Friday, March 28, 2014

Elite Eight: Dayton vs Florida, Wisconsin vs Arizona Picks ATS

Well, well, well - now that was some serious, awe-inspiring, blood-pressuring raising, ignore your wife and kids until the final seconds ticked away March Madness. Four games decided by a total of 14 points, and all four underdogs coming away with the covers - two with the straight up wins. Had it not been for the free-throw-a-thon at the end of the UConn-Iowa State game killing the Under, our picks would have enjoyed a perfect sweep on the evening. As it was, we'll take the 3-1 record on the night and add it to our tournament totals, bringing us to:

Picks: 13-5 ATS

Totals: 1-2 

No time for small talk tonight, gotta rest up after five straight hours of mid-level anxiety so I can get up tomorrow and do it all over again. We're down to eight teams now, which means only two games on the schedule. Let's get to it.

Dayton Flyers/Florida Gators OVER 133: I'd love to take the Dayton Flyers almost as much as I'd love to be at the Miller household next Christmas when Sean (Arizona head coach) and Archie (Dayton head coach) get to regale each other with Sweet Sixteen victory stories. These two have become the Mannings or Harbaughs of college basketball. Actually, Sean's really more established, so they're more like the equivalent of baseball's legendary hitter George Brett (Hall of Famer) and less memorable brother Ken (.500 pitcher). 

  "A Flyer could totally beat a Wildcat." 

As I was saying, the Flyers are getting 10 points which seems like a lot, but I believe that Florida will take care of business and get to the Final Four in a comfortable rout. I just hate them too much to make it an official pick. So, I'm recommending the OVER 133. 

"Yeah, we covered the spread guys."

Wisconsin Badgers (+3) over Arizona Wildcats: There's something about these games between solid, disciplined teams in single-elimination, post-season battles where the prize is just within reach that seems to keep things close. This game will be no exception. In fact, whether you're taking the points or giving them up, the game will be in the balance until the final seconds. 

Best of luck as always,

Vinny and Marco

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