Why Purdue, why? You had every chance to win the game, let alone cover and YOU BLEW IT!
Thank goodness for Justin Gaethje’s right hand. Seriously, what a KO.
Also, take a look at the odds, way different then when I put my bet in. That’s how much and how quickly they can swing when betting MMA, kind of like how the fight game goes.
Anyway, today’s games are just what we need to come back. One bet under .500 on the week means it’s time to fire hard to make up what we should have won on the week due to a couple of bad beats. Once again, shoutout to Purdue.
Auburn (+4.5) vs. Kentucky – Kentucky -4.5
Auburn put on a show from deep against North Carolina, torching the Tar Heels for 12 second half triples and 17 total. However, the Tigers lost one of their best big men, Chuma Okeke to a torn ACL in the victory. He has been a key factor in this NCAA Tournament for Bruce Pearl’s squad, grabbing offensive rebounds and holding down the paint defensively for the Tigers.
Kentucky boasts two of the more polished offensive remaining in the NCAA Tournament in PJ Washington and Reid Travis. Washington played his first game of the tournament on Friday, coming off of a foot injury that sidelined him for the first weekend of the tournament. He showed no signs of injury in his return posting 16 points on eight field goal attempts in 26 minutes off the bench. The Tigers will not be able to keep the Wildcats out of the paint in this one and Kentucky prevails (and covers) in this SEC matchup.
Michigan State (+2) vs. Duke – Duke -2
I know people may be hesitant to bet on Duke when it’s tough to believe they have any business still being i this tournament. However, the spread is close enough that you can hope to be benefitted by the free throw game late as long as Duke can hold a lead. The Blue Devils seem to have overcome what was seen as their biggest flaw coming into the tournament in shooting the deep ball. They have shot over 37% as a team in their first three games, though their worst effort was on Friday (6-20).
Michigan State has rolled to 17 and 20 point victories in their last two outings against Minnesota and LSU. However, neither team has a roster that strikes fear into opponents quite like the Blue Devils. The Spartans also have one more ugly stat that isn’t working in their favor. As good a coach as Tom Izzo is, he has a career record of 1-11 against the mighty Coach K. I’ll roll with the best player and best coach in the country in this one.