Streak For The Cash, March 21 Picks And Analysis

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March19, 2013; Raleigh, NC, USA; Carolina Hurricanes right wing Alexander Semin (28) carries the puck against he Florida Panthers at the PNC center. The Panthers defeated the Hurricanes 4-1. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Hurricanes: 
The ‘Canes  are 7-7-0 at home as they host the New Jersey Devils who are 4-6-4 on the road. This game is expected to feature the return of Martin Brodeur for the Devils and not a moment to soon for New Jersey and their fans. In Brodeur’s absence the team went 3-8-2, are 0-2-1 in their last three overall, and 0-4-2 in its last six road games. Facing Carolina hasn’t helped the Devils either as Carolina has won the first two meetings my a total score of 10-5. The only reason Carolina isn’t more of a sure thing is that they’re dealing with their own losing streak having dropped their last four including a 4-1 home loss to Florida on Tuesday. I still think they’ll get the win in this one though in this key matchup in the race for the playoffs. Confidence Meter: 4

7:03- Maryland Terrapins: The Terps missed the NCAA Tournament, but they looked good at home in their NIT opener as they cruised by Niagara 86-70. Tonight they’ll take on Denver out of the WAC who beat Ohio in their first round NIT contest. Maryland is favored by four and should be able to get the win at home where they’ve been tough all year and finished 16-3. Denver was just 8-6 on the road and will face a tough task to win in College Park. Confidence Meter: 6

7:15- Michigan wins by Double Digits: The Wolverines are 11 point favorites as they take on the Jackrabbits of South Dakota State. The game is in Auburn Hills Michigan which should provide a boost for the #4-seeded Wolverines. SDSU brings their own star point guard with Nate Wolters to match up with Trey Burke in one of the most interesting one-on-one matchups of day one. Ultimately, the supporting cast for Michigan and playing so close to home will make the difference though as the Wolverines win going away. Confidence Meter: 5

Mar 9, 2013; Nashville, TN, USA; Belmont Bruins display the net after defeating the Murray State Racers 70-68 during overtime of the championship game of the Ohio Valley Conference tournament at Nashville Municipal Auditorium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

7:20- Belmont three-pointers made: It wouldn’t surprise me if the Bruins of Belmont get the upset here as they take on the higher-seeded Arizona Wildcats. The ‘Cats have been inconsistent this year and haven’t seemed to gel as a unit especially defensively. Arizona is favored by just five which may be the three’s made by just one of the Bruins. Belmont guard Ian Clark made more three’s than anyone in the country this year and as a team Belmont averages 8.5 per game. I think this will be an extremely close game and that Belmont’s three’s will cover the winning margin. I’m glad this isn’t a straight-up pick, but I do think Arizona squeaks into the second round since the upset seems to be a bit too trendy at this point. Confidence Meter: 6

7:27- California Golden Bears: Cal was another victim of the selection committee’s slighting of the Pac-12 as they ended up a 12 taking on UNLV in the first round. The Runnin’ Rebs are four point favorites as they take on Allen Crabbe and the Bears, but it’s important to remember that this game is just 50 miles from Cal’s campus and UNLV is a great team when they’re at home but have struggled on the road a bit. One of the games the did win on the road was actually at Cal when they beat the Bears 76-75 all the way back on December 9. Cal improved as the season went on though winning nine of ten to give themselves a shot at the Pac-12 title before losing their regular season finale to Stanford and crashing out of the Pac-12 tournament to Utah. Being close to home and looking for payback, I like the Golden Bears to hand out the upset greensin this one. Confidence Meter: 3

9:20- Colorado State Rams: The CSU Rams out of the Mountain West get ready for their tournament opener as three-point underdogs despite being the higher seed in this 8-9 matchup with Missouri. The reason I can’t go with coach Frank Haith and the Tigers is their struggles on the road. Mizzou was just 2-8 on the road this season. Colorado State is tough and scrappy down low, finishing second in the nation in offensive rebounding rate according to Ken Pomeroy. They’ll rely on Minnesota transfer Colton Iverson to control the boards and create enough offense to get the win in Lexington. Confidence Meter: 5

Mar 16, 2013; Las Vegas, NV, USA; New Mexico Lobos guard Tony Snell (21) shoots against the UNLV Rebels during the championship game of the Mountain West tournament at the Thomas

9:50- New Mexico Winning Margin: The Lobos look primed to make a deep run in the tournament and take on Harvard in their opener. The Crimson have a tendency to get sloppy with the ball which could lead to this one turning into a blowout quickly. New Mexico is one of the best #3 seeds in my opinion and are favored by 11. Another important thing to note in this prop versus the Harvard FT Made is that New Mexico is one of the best teams in the nation at foul avoidance. Confidence Meter: 6

10:00- Vancouver Canucks: The Canucks head to the desert to take on the Coyotes who have a 10-5-1 record at Arena. Phoenix is struggling mightily right now though which is why I’m going with Vancouver. After going three games without a goal, Phoenix finally scored but still lost on Tuesday night in LA.  Vancouver coming to town is probably not a welcome sight for the Coyotes either since they’ve won three straight in the series and are 3-0-3 in their last six trips to Phoenix. The Canucks got a nice win Tuesday at home against St. Louis to snap their own two-game skid. Phoenix is better at home, but they’re playing pretty badly right now. I’ll take Vancouver to get the green in this one. Confidence Meter: 4

Streak Scoreboard-March 

Yesterday’s Record: 7-6  

Total Record for the month: 154-122-2

Confident Picks (6+): 58-27 (1-2 yesterday)

Longest Personal Streak this month: W6 twice

Current Personal Streak: W1 (Baylor got me back in the green after LIU broke my six-gamer)

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