Since I didn’t post this in time, I figured now would be a good time to say Texas Tech +4. Maybe even money line.
After going 2-2 last night and 1-3 on Thursday, we could definitely use a winning night. Since we missed the first game, here’s a bonus pick.
Edson Barboza vs. Justin Gaethje – Gaethje (-110)
In a matchup between two fighters who could cut down a small tree with low kicks, the oddsmakers are having difficulty predicting a winner. In a sport where it is not uncommon to see fighters as -600 favorites or higher, Barboza is -120 and Gaethje is (-110). I’ll take Gaethje in this matchup as his constant pressure has been something Barboza has struggled handling in the past, like when he fought Khabib Nurmagomedov. Barboza has often been described as the best fighter in the lightweight division for two rounds. He has been known to fade when dragged into deep waters. Tonight, he is fighting in the main event, meaning this could be a five round fight. If Gaethje can weather the storm, expect him to be the one getting his hand raised (Bonus bonus pick: Gaethje +650 via 3rd round TKO).
Purdue (+4.5) vs. Virginia – Purdue +4.5
The Boilermakers busted many of the remaining brackets in tact when they took down Tennessee on Thursday. Carsen Edwards turned in his usual outstanding performance over this Tournament and enjoyed the help his teammate Ryan Cline who poured in a career-high 27 points including a trio of clutch triples. They were able to stave off a furious comeback attempt from the Volunteers to take the game in OT.
Virginia has struggled to cover the spread all tournament, going 1-2 ATS with a point and a half win over Oklahoma. They have shown their defensive prowess in those games, not allowing over 56 points thus far. However, they have not faced a team that is as proficient in scoring the ball as Purdue. The Boilermakers have posted 87 and 99, albeit in OT, in their last two games. The Cavaliers have only managed 53 and 63 and have shown that they struggle to score at times. While they play at a