ESPN Streak for the Cash, March 14 picks and analysis

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In one of the featured early matchups in today’s Streak for the Cash, the Iowa State Cyclones led by guards Korie Lucious (13) and Tyrus McGee (25) take on the Oklahoma Sooners. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

It’s a busy Thursday in Streak for the Cash with the Big 12, Big 10, and ACC tournaments joining the board and filling in an already crowded college hoops slate. When you add in picks from the NHL, the NBA, the PGA Tampa Bay Championship, and even the UEFA Europa league, there’s plenty of options to choose from to get your streak on today.

This will probably have to be a two-part post and I may need to add an “updated” list tonight with extra picks. Follow us on twitter @FantasyCPR or like us on facebook to make sure you don’t miss any of my picks for Streaking. Here’s what I like so far:

3/14 Streak Picks

8:30- Jim Furyk or Tie: Furyk and Donald both were in the playoff last year with Donald ultimately claiming what was then called the Transitions Championship. They’re both consistently solid golfers with solid track records here. I don’t see much separation, so I’ll take the tie. Confidence Meter: (out of 10)

Feb 10, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Gophers forward Oto Osenieks (10) and Illinois Fighting Illini guard Brandon Paul (3) reach for a loose ball in the first half at Williams Arena. Mandatory Credit: Marilyn Indahl-USA TODAY Sports

12:03- Illinois Fighting Illini: As is usually the case for Big 10 teams, both Illinois and Minnesota were good at home but struggled on the road. In a weird reversal of that fact though, both teams won on their opponents’ home floor in the head-to-head series. Early in Big 10 play, both were ranked in the top 15 when Minnesota won by 17 at Illinois. Later, Illinois was unranked and Minnesota was #18 when Illinois won at the Barn by four on February 10. That was part of the Gophers slide that saw them go 5-10 over the second half of the season including losing their last two games against Purdue and Nebraska. Illinois also toppled in the second half going 7-8 including losing three of their last four. Illinois did have a stretch in the second half where they won six of seven and since they beat Minnesota more recently head-to-head I think they’ll get the win on a neutral court today. Confidence Meter: 5

12:03- Georgia Tech: Georgia Tech and BC tip-off the ACC tourney after their disappointing season. The Eagles finished strong winning their last three games while Georgia Tech had their best win of the year just two games ago as they upset then-#6 Miami in Miami. These two teams played on Saturday on Senior day in Chestnut Hill. The Eagles clawed their way back from a double-digit second half deficit and won, but had everything go right at home. They were outplayed for much of the game, and on a neutral court I think the Yellow Jackets can get their revenge and move on to the next round. Confidence Meter: 4

12:33- Iowa State Cyclones: Iowa State and Oklahoma split their season series with both teams winning by double-digits on their only floor. The Sooners win in Norman was less than two weeks ago, and OU comes in as one-point favorites according to some odds-makers with others having this game as a straight-up “pick ‘em.” Both teams come in 11-7 in conference pla,y and there really isn’t that much that separates them. I’ll go with ISU since Oklahoma has lost their last two games away from Norman including a regular season-ending loss at TCU. Iowa State beat West Virginia in their finale and finished 5-2 over their last seven. Confidence Meter: 3

2:00- 3 Goals or More: Tottenham won the first leg over Inter Milan 3-0 in England and now head to Italy to wrap up their round of 16 matchup. Inter will be forced to press to score which could leave them vulnerable to counter-attacks as well. This will most likely go over, but goal props can do unexpected things too. Confidence Meter: 4

February 2, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Syracuse Orange guard Brandon Triche (20) drives to the basket against Pittsburgh Panthers guard Cameron Wright (3) during the first half at the Petersen Events Center. The Pittsburgh Panthers won 65-55. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

2:30- Pittsburgh Panthers: The Orange and the Pitt Panthers meet for the last time in the Big East tournament before heading to the ACC next year. Both teams are ranked right now in the top 20 and it should be a solid game as both try to earn a better seed in the Big Dance. Vegas has Pitt as the two-point favorite, and the Panthers did take the previous meeting this season by 10 at Pitt. They’ve also won their last four in a row while Syracuse lost four of their last five regular season games before struggling to beat Seton Hall in their opener yesterday. The game was tied at the half, but Syracuse shot well in the second half to pull away. Pitt has won 14 of the last 18 head-to-head matchups and should move on to the semi’s win a win behind Brooklyn-native Tray Woodall at MSG. Confidence Meter: 4

6:33- Purdue winning Margin: The Boilermakers are 6 1/2 point favorites as they take on Nebraska in their opening game in the Big Ten tournament. Purdue has been playing well winning two of their last three and challenging Michigan in their one loss over that span. They only played the ‘Huskers once this season and they beat them in Lincoln by 9. Nebraska averages only 5.1 three-pointers per game and they’ve lost three of their last four by sizable margins. Purdue is playing better and should be able to win by 8-10 points covering this prop. Confidence Meter: 7

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