ESPN Streak for the Cash Picks and Analysis, March 2

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In one of today’s marquee matchups and Streak for the Cash picks, the Miami Hurricanes and guard Durand Scott (1) get a rematch with the Duke Blue Devils and guard Seth Curry (30).Get my free picks for this game and many others from around the sports world today, right here in this post. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

Just a day into our new month on Streak for the Cash we’ve got a great, fully-packed Saturday of picks with picks from morning to night from a variety of sports. Things gets started this morning with golf, EPL soccer, and some college lacrosse. This afternoon is full of college hoops and NHL hockey with another PGA prop and another EPL game. Tonight, the MLS kicks off its 2013 season and they’re joined on tonight’s board by the NBA, NHL, and more college hoops. With so many options, I’ll try to keep my analysis brief but thorough as the mayhem that is sure to be the month of march rolls on today in Streak for the Cash.

3/2 Streak Picks

8:15- David Lynn or Tie: Lynn is a little-known English golfer who joined the tour this year. He’s won once on the European tour in 2004 and finished runner-up in the PGA Championship last year. In this prop, he faces Tiger Woods. Lynn has shot 72-68 the first two days while Tiger has shot matching par 70′s. On the front nine (which is all this prop includes) Woods has gone out in 34 and 33 while Lynn has shot a 32 and a 35. Since Lynn is getting the tie and they’ve played this stretch so evenly, I’ll take Lynn but wouldn’t put much of a streak on it. Confidence Meter: 2 1/2 (out of 10)

10:00- Man U wins by 2+: United hosts Norwich  as they look to win their third EPL game in a row by multiple goals. City beat United earlier this season 1-0 in Norwich handing Man U one of their only three losses on the year. Man U is 12-0-1 on the season at home in EPL play and six of those wins have come by two or more goals. I hate giving goals in soccer picks, but I don’t have the confidence in Norwich who is 1-3-1 in their last last five including a five-goal blowout at Liverpool. The Red Devils will be out to avenge their earlier loss which hopefully will keep them fully engaged even with their match against Real Madrid on Tuesday looming. Confidence Meter: 4

11:00- Maryland: The Terps LAX team is ranked #1 in the land as they travel to Duke who are ranked #19 but have gotten off to a rough start losing three of their first five games. Duke has lost when matched up with then-#9 Denver and the-#3 Notre Dame both in Durham. The Blue Devils are definitely not unbeatable at home and haven’t won any of their games against ranked opponents. Maryland has opened with three wins including knocking off the top-ranked (at the time) Loyola-Maryland Greyhounds. Confidence Meter: 6

Feb 23, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Virginia Commonwealth Rams head coach Shaka Smart talks to guard Darius Theus (10) in the first half against the Xavier Musketeers at the Cintas Center. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports

12:00- VCU Rams: The Rams are seven-point favorites at home against Butler. This is a classic “follow the rankings” trap where many just pick blindly because Butler has a 20 in front of their name. VCU is 13-2 at the Stuart Siegel Center in Richmond on the season and have won their last three home games and six of their last seven overall including an impressive road win over Xavier their last time out. Butler has also impressed in their first Atlantic 10 season but lost at home to St. Louis their last time out and are 2-2 in their last four. VCU is at home, have a better conference record, and have been playing better lately. Confidence Meter: 7

12:00- Syracuse Orange: The Orange knocked off then-#1 Louisville by two earlier this season and look to complete the series sweep as the Cardinals visit the Carrier Dome in a tense Big East showdown. Coach Jim Boeheim will have his players fired up coming off back-to-back tough losses to Georgetown and Marquette (on the road). Lousville has been solid lately winning seven of eight with their only loss coming in five overtimes against Notre Dame. This should be a great one to watch, but a very hard one to pick. The Orange are at home and are favored by 1 1/2. Confidence Meter: 4

1:00- Boston Bruins: The Bruins bottled the Lightning tin Tampa last Thursday and host Tampa today at the TD Garden. Boston has won five in a row and is 5-1-1 at home while Tampa has lost four of their last five and are just 3-6-0 on the road. Both teams have not played since Thursday. Confidence Meter: 8

2:00- Marquette Golden Eagles: The Golden Eagles extended their home winning streak to 24 by beating ‘Cuse earlier this week and are favored by six as they host Notre Dame this afternoon. Notre Dame is just 4-3 on the road and have lost  two of their last three away games at Syracuse and Providence. The Irish have looked good in their last two games beating Pitt and Cincy, but taking on Marquette at the Bradley Center is quite a tall task. Confidence Meter: 7

Doug McDermott will once again lead the Bluejays against the Wichita State Shockers today as he did last year when this picture was taken during the second half at the CenturyLink Center. Mandatory Credit: Matt Ryerson-USA TODAY Sports

2:00- Creighton Bluejays: Creighton is favored by 5 1/2 as they host Wichita State tonight in what amounts to the regular season title game for the Missouri Valley Conference. Both teams come in at 12-5 in conference play although Wichita eked out a three-point win at home mid-January. Creighton has won three of their last four while the Shockers lost two days ago to Evansville while not being able to score a single point in the last 3:28 of the game. Creighton at home and with their scoring talent should be able to avenge their earlier loss and get the #1 seed in the MVC tournament. Confidence Meter: 6

3:00- Green Bay Phoenix: Valpo is getting 98% of the picks right now even though they are 2 1/2 point dogs as they travel to Green Bay in this big-time Horizon League tilt. Green Bay is 11-2 at home, but lost to the Crusaders by 12 five weeks ago. The Green Bay Phoenix have won four of five including a nice home win over Detroit. Green Bay played the Crusaders closer than the score indicated the first time around despite falling behind early in the first half. With this being the final regular season game for both teams, they’ll leave it all on the floor in what should be a close one in the Resch Center. Confidence Meter: 3

3:00- Buffalo Sabres: The Devils have lost three in a row as they head to Buffalo to face the Sabres who may be turning things around in the other direction. New Jersey is 1-4-1 in their last six and are struggling without Martin Brodeur. Their stand-in starter Johan Hedberg has giving up over four goals per game in his last four which have all been losses.  The Sabres have won their last two as interim coach Ron Rolston turns around their offense especially. The Devils have the better record and more “upside,” but I’ll take the team that has the momentum and the home-ice advantage. Confidence Meter: 4

3:00- USC: The Trojans have had a rough year overall but are finishing nicely at home winning four of their last five games at the Galen Center including upsetting #11 Arizona earlier this week. They’ll face Arizona State today who are coming off a pair of losses to Washington and UCLA. Both these teams have been inconsistent all year, so predicting how they’ll come out is a tricky proposition. Vegas has the Trojans as 3 1/2 point favorites and there’s not enough reason to go against them. Confidence Meter: 3 1/2

4:00- Arkansas Razorbacks: The Razorbacks are two different teams. At home, they play inspired and are 15-1 on the season with their only loss coming in non-conference play to Syracuse. On the road though, the Hogs are 1-8 and have lost their last two at Florida and LSU. They’ll be back in Fayetteville this afternoon to take on the Kentucky Wildcats who continue to teeter in bubble obscurity. This would be a big road win for them to pick up, but in their only road game since Nerlens Noel went down they lost by 30 at Tennessee. The Wildcats have won three games since, but all were at home against teams with bad road records. Arkansas knows all about road issues, but when they’re at home they can definitely beat Kentucky and are favored by two or three points depending on where you check. Confidence Meter: 5

Feb 28, 2013; Berkeley, CA, USA; California Golden Bears guard Tyrone Wallace (3) controls the ball against the Utah Utes during the second half at Haas Pavilion. The California Golden Bears defeated the Utah Utes 64-46. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

5:00- California Golden Bears: Although the Buffaloes and Golden Bears aren’t atop the Pac-12 standings, they’ve been playing some of the best basketball coming down the stretch in the conference with just a few games before the Pac-12 tournament tips off. Cal has won six in a row including big wins at Arizona and Oregon who were ranked with the Bears beat them. At home, Cal hasn’t lost since January 9 and are 10-4 on the year. The Buffaloes have had a stronger home court advantage but are just 5-6 in road games. Colorado did hold on (barely) to win its last road game at Stanford and also won at Oregon and Oregon State in their recent stretch where they’ve won five of six. Cal is the hottest team in the Pac-12, but the Buffs are a solid team too. I’ll take the Bears at home to avenge their earlier 10-point loss in Boulder. Confidence Meter: 6

6:05- Duke Blue Devils: Speaking of revenge…. Duke will look to avenge its worst loss in a long time when earlier this season Miami ran them off the court winning 90-63. Miami has been great rising all the way to join Duke in the top five, but they have had some close calls on the road. They los their last road game at lowly Wake Forest and barely squeaked out victories over Clemson and BC who are also toward the bottom of the ACC Standings. The Blue Devils have lost four games this year but all were on the road. At home they’ve been cruising and I think they’ll bounce back from a tough loss at Virginia and win easily over the ‘Canes at Cameron. Confidence Meter: 7

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