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SUNDAY MARCH MADNESS GAMES: PICKING THE SPREAD
By Matthew L. Lofton
MATT’S RECORD (24-14-2)
Take Georgetown – 4.5 against NC State. State won against the rather unimpressive Mountain West. Enter the Big East and the Hoyas to take it.
Take Florida State -2 against Cincinnati. The Bearcats rely on jumpshots, which plays perfectly into Florida State’s hands.
Take Ohio +2.5 over South Florida. Ohio surprisingly is the more experienced team. This is not the weak PAC-12 or a Temple team that ended the pre-NCAA tournament with an embarrassing loss to UMASS. Ohio again shoots its way to the sweet 16.
Take Norfolk State +14 against Florida. Both teams can shoot. Florida will clearly win, but NFSU showed it can put the ball in the hoop in a shootout win over Missouri. And Florida’s defense leaves a bit to be desired.
Take Purdue +8 against Kansas. The Jayhawks should win, but Purdue has been here before with the Big Ten. Purdue covers.
I would stay away from this, but take Michigan State -7 over Saint Louis. Rick Majerus can keep this close with timely defense, but MSU should cover.
Take North Carolina -8 over Creighton. Again, I would stay away as North Carolina seems to make close games when they are clearly more talented, but if you must, go UNC.
Take Xavier -3.5 over Lehigh. Lehigh has won its super bowl, so the usual post-Duke letdown (see Arizona) rears its ugly head and the Musketeers pull away late.
-Michigan St -7
-Norfolk St +14
-South Florida -2.5
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