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  • Big 12 Conference Championship betting preview and odds: West Virginia vs. Kansas

    West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Kansas Jayhawks (-1, 153.5)

    Game to be played at Sprint Center, Kansas City, Missouri

    Malik Newman was a top-10 recruit for Mississippi State back in spring of 2015, but it is Kansas who is reaping the rewards of his talent nearly three years later. The 6-3 sophomore attempts to put the finishing touches on his brilliant offensive display at the Big 12 Tournament on Saturday when the ninth-ranked and top-seeded Jayhawks face No. 18 West Virginia in the championship game at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.

    After averaging 12 points per game while playing a complementary role behind Devonte' Graham and Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk for most of the season, Newman has stepped up in a featured role this weekend. The Big 12 Newcomer of the Year burned Oklahoma State for a career-high 30 points in Thursday's quarterfinal victory and followed it up with a team-high 22-point performance in Friday's 83-67 victory over Kansas State in the semifinals. The third-seeded Mountaineers advanced to the conference tournament title game for the third straight season Friday, riding a 10-for-20 effort from 3-point range to defeat No. 13 Texas Tech 66-63 in the other semifinal matchup. West Virginia has dropped three straight meetings to Kansas despite holding a double-digit lead at some point in each contest.

    TV: 6 p.m. ET, ESPN


    BETTING ACTION AND LINE MOVES: The Jayhawks opened as 1-point favorites and that number has held firm. The total hit the board at 153.5 and yet to move off the opening number.


    ABOUT WEST VIRGINIA: Daxter Miles Jr. connected on 24 of his first 97 3-point attempts in 21 games prior to missing his only game of the season due to an illness on Jan. 31, but he is 25-for-51 in 11 outings since his return, including 10-for-15 over the first two contests of this event. Backcourt mate and fellow senior Jevon Carter overcame some early foul trouble to reach double figures for the seventh straight game Friday, but the program's all-time steals leader was shut out in that department for only the third time this season. Sophomore forward Sagaba Konate was a thorn in the side of the Jayhawks in their two regular-season meetings, averaging 12.5 points, eight rebounds and four blocks.

    ABOUT KANSAS: Freshman center Silvio De Sousa, who wasn't cleared to play by the NCAA until Jan. 13, continued to take advantage of his increased playing time this weekend with Udoka Azubuike (knee) sidelined and is averaging 9.5 rebounds in 17 minutes per game in Kansas City. Graham (17.3 points) has failed to reach his season scoring average in four straight outings and is 13-for-42 from the field over that time, but the Big 12 Player of the Year has made up for his struggles by averaging nine assists per game. Mykhailiuk shot 4-of-8 beyond the arc against the Wildcats to complement Newman's 5-for-8 showing from long-range and has drained on at least 40 percent of his 3-point attempts in seven straight contests.


    * Mountaineers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win.
    * Jayhawks are 6-0-1 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
    * Over is 4-1 in Mountaineers last 5 overall.
    * Over is 5-0 in Jayhawks last 5 games following a ATS win.


    * Kansas has won the conference tournament seven times in 15 years under coach Bill Self and is 10-2 all-time in the Big 12 championship game.
    * The Mountaineers are eyeing their first conference tournament title victory since winning the Big East in 2010.
    * Newman needs 16 points Saturday to break Paul Pierce's school record (67) for the most in a single conference tournament.


    • ACC Trends and Angles
      March 10, 2018

      Venue: Barclays Center - Brooklyn, New York

      Overall Betting Results
      Favorites/Underdogs: 10-3 SU, 8-5 ATS
      Over/Under: 8-5

      Saturday, March 10

      Matchup Records Skinny Projection

      No. 6 North Carolina
      Overall: 25-9 SU, 19-13-1 ATS
      Totals: 18-15 O/U

      No. 1 Virginia
      Overall: 30-2 SU, 19-9-1 ATS
      Totals: 9-20 O/U

      No. 6 North Carolina vs. No. 1 Virginia (ESPN, 8:30 p.m. ET)

      The Tar Heels might be playing their best stretch of basketball this season, winning and covering each of their first three games in the ACC Tournament. Their revenge tour continues against Virginia, a team they fell against in Charlottesville by a a 61-49 count back on Jan. 6. UNC lost two in a row to Miami and Duke to close out their season, only to beat them in the tournament. Can they complete the trifecta against the Hoos?

      The Cavaliers are in the running for the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament, and they likely will secure that spot with an ACC championship. These teams met in the 2016 championship, with the Tar Heels winning 61-57 in Washington D.C. These teams also met for all the marbles in 1994, with Jerry Stackhouse leading the Heels to a 73-66 win to cut down the nets. They also met in the title game in 1982, and it was the same result. Virginia has snap years of misery against the Tar Heels with a victory in their fourth try against them in the ACC final. Virginia has appeared in the title game in three of the past five seasons, winning behind Joe 'Buckets' Harris in 2014 in Greensboro.

      North Carolina 59
      Virginia 63


      Big 12 Trends and Angles
      March 10, 2018

      Venue: Sprint Center - Kansas City, Missouri

      Overall Betting Results
      Favorites/Underdogs: 6-2 SU, 4-4 ATS
      Over/Under: 3-4-1

      Saturday, March 10

      Matchup Records Skinny Projection

      No. 3 West Virginia
      Overall: 24-9 SU,15-14 ATS
      Totals: 14-15 O/U

      No. 1 Kansas
      Overall: 26-7 SU, 17-14-1 ATS
      Totals: 15-16 O/U

      No. 3 West Virginia vs. No. 1 Kansas (ESPN, 6:00 p.m. ET)

      The Mountaineers make their third consecutive appearance in the Big 12 Championship Game, and they hope it goes better than last season's 80-74 setback against Iowa State in the title game, or the previous matchup in 2016 against these Jayhawks. West Virginia has won and covered both of their first two tournament games, and the 'over' has cashed in four of the past five. They're hoping three is a charm, as the Mountaineers suffered a 71-66 setback in Morgantown on Jan. 15 in a nice comeback by Rock Chalk, and the Jayhawks won at home on Feb. 17 by a 77-69 score to sweep the season series.

      Kansas has covered in each of their two tournament games so far, which is a contrast to how they wrapped up the regular season. They were just 6-9-1 ATS in their final 16 games to finish the conference schedule. However, they were able to pick up covers in both games against West Virginia during the span. The Jayhawks have won three in a row against the Mountaineers dating back to Jan. 24, 2017, and they dumped the Mountaineers in the 2016 title game by 10 points, 81-71.

      Kansas 83
      West Virginia 75


      Big East Trends and Angles
      March 10, 2018

      Venue: Madison Square Garden - New York City

      Overall Betting Results
      Favorites/Underdogs: 6-2 SU, 4-4 ATS
      Over/Under: 4-3-1

      Saturday, March 10

      Matchup Records Skinny Projection

      No. 5 Providence
      Overall: 21-12 SU, 13-18 ATS
      Totals: 15-16-1 O/U

      No. 2 Villanova
      Overall: 29-4 SU, 22-11 ATS
      Totals: 19-14 O/U

      No. 5 Providence vs. No. 2 Villanova (FOX, 6:30 p.m. ET)

      Cinderella's slipper has fit Providence nicely, and their run to the Big East final might have punched their ticket to the NCAA Tournament as an at-large team. However, the Friars would breathe easier earning the automatic bid with a win over 'Nova. While the Wildcats have just four losses overall, one of them was against the Friars. Providence lost in Philly 89-69 in the first meeting on Jan. 23, but they exacted revenge in the Valentine's Day rematch, 76-71. The Friars are in their first final since 2014, when they rubbed out Creighton 65-58. They also won in their second and only other final appearance, topping Georgetown 74-64 in 1994.

      The Wildcats are in the Big East final for the fourth consecutive season. They topped Xavier 69-52 in the 2015 game, and they knocked out Creighton 74-60 last season behind Josh Hart, sandwiching a disappointing loss to Seton Hall in 2016. The Wildcats are 2-5 in seven Big East finals all-time. The Wildcats streak into this game with four wins in a row, and they're 8-0 SU/7-1 ATS in eight neutral-site games so far this season. All of that past and recent history doesn't matter, however. The Wildcats will roll the Friars on Saturday.

      Providence 70
      Villanova 84


      Pac-12 Trends and Angles
      March 10, 2018

      Venue: T-Mobile Arena - Las Vegas

      Overall Betting Results
      Favorites/Underdogs: 9-1 SU, 7-2-1 ATS
      Over/Under: 4-6

      Saturday, March 10

      Matchup Records Skinny Projection

      No. 2 USC
      Overall: 23-10 SU, 21-12 ATS
      Totals: 10-21-2 O/U

      No. 1 Arizona
      Overall: 22-10 SU, 15-14-3 ATS
      Totals: 18-14 O/U

      No. 2 USC vs. No. 1 Arizona (FS1, 10:00 p.m. ET)

      The Trojans are back in a Pac-12 title for the first time since winning it all in 2009 behind Tournament MVP DeMar DeRozan. Whatever happened to that guy? Andy Enfield hadn't even reached a semifinal in his previous tries, but has gotten his team to defend with intensity over the past few weeks to make up for the loss of talented forward Bennie Boatwright, the team's most talented player. The under is on a 12-1-1 mark in the Trojans' last 14 games, including an 81-67 loss in Tucson that fell five points shy of reaching the posted total. USC is giving up an average of just 51 points thus far and has likely secured its inclusion in the NCAAs. Last night's win over Oregon was a dominant one despite point guard Jordan McLaughlin and big man Chimezie Metu each having quiet starts. McLaughlin, typically steady, had six first-half turnovers and ended up with 10. Jonah Mathews and Elijah Stewart combined to go 10-for-15 from 3-point range, with Mathews putting himself on the short list for MVP honors with a 27-point night on 8-for-10 shooting. According to the Los Angeles Times, USC has now won 70 games in a three-year span for the first time in school history.

      The Wildcats used an 11-0 overtime session to eliminate UCLA in advancing to their fourth appearance in a championship game in five years. If head coach Sean Miller is indeed coaching the final games of his college career, he's going out in style. He's tied Arizona legend Lute Olson with 16 Pac-12 Tourney victories and has an identical 16-6 record in this event. DeAndre Ayton, the player who Miller reportedly arranged payment to secure, went 13-for-16 against the Bruins, finishing up with a career-high 32 points and 14 rebounds. He scored the first seven points of the OT to help the 'Cats overcome the sting of losing a two-point lead when UCLA guard Jaylen Hands tied the game on a layup with nine seconds left. Ayton and USC's Metu each scored 18 points in their only meeting, which was highlighted by the Wildcats shooting 56 percent from the field and 9-for-20 from 3-point range. Rawle Alkins led all scorers with 20 points as 'Zona registered its seventh straight win in this series. Miller has never lost to Andy Enfield. The Wildcats haven't played USC in the Pac-12 Tournament since a semifinal win in 2011. The under is 7-2 in the last nine games involving the 'Cats.

      Arizona 74
      USC 68


      SEC Trends and Angles
      March 10, 2018

      Venue: Scottrade Center - St. Louis, Missouri

      Overall Betting Results
      Favorites/Underdogs: 6-4 SU, 2-6-2 ATS
      Over/Under: 5-5

      Saturday, March 10

      Matchup Records Skinny Projection

      No. 9 Alabama
      Overall: 19-14 SU, 17-14-1 ATS
      Totals: 11-21 O/U

      No. 4 Kentucky
      Overall: 22-10 SU, 15-17 ATS
      Totals: 15-15 O/U

      No. 9 Alabama vs. No. 4 Kentucky (ESPN, 1:00 p.m. ET)

      Alabama's Cinderella run continues, as they took care of the top seed and rival Auburn on Friday to survive and advance. They met Kentucky just once during the regular season, suffering an 81-71 setback in Lexington. Of course, the last time they faced Auburn they were drummed by 19, and the last time they faced Texas A&M they also lost. They also had five losses in a row to close out the regular season, so previous results should be taken with a grain of salt.

      The Wildcats won their tournament opener against Georgia, 62-49, and they have wn and covered five of their past six outings. Kentucky is looking like a team that is peaking at the right time, and they're catching a break not having to face the No. 1 seed Auburn. Total bettors might like the 'over' in this one, as it is 5-1 across the past six, including their meeting Feb. 17 against Bama.

      Alabama 71
      Kentucky 84


      No. 2 Tennessee
      Overall: 24-7 SU, 17-12 ATS
      Totals: 11-18 O/U

      No. 6 Arkansas
      Overall: 23-10 SU, 17-15-1 ATS
      Totals: 17-15 O/U

      No. 2 Tennessee vs. No. 6 Arkansas (ESPN, 3:00 p.m. ET)

      The Volunteers are the top seed remaining in the SEC after Auburn was shown the door by Alabama on Friday. They have a tough road to hoe, however, as Arkansas has reached the Final in two of the past three seasons, so they have experience surviving and advancing. And if their earlier meeting with the Hogs is any indication, this one could be fun. Arkansas outlasted Tennessee in Fayetteville on Dec. 30 by a 95-93 count in overtime.

      The Razorbacks bounced Florida on Friday, winning for the eighth time in their past 10 contests. The Razorbacks cover on Friday helped them improve to 7-2-1 ATS over the past 10. They're also 5-1 SU in six neutral-site battles while posting a 4-1-1 ATS mark. These teams last met in the 2015 SEC Quarterfinals, with the Hogs coming away with an 80-72 victory in Nashville.

      Tennessee 76
      Arkansas 79


      • BUBBLE WATCH: Alabama takes another step toward the NCAAs
        March 10, 2018

        ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Alabama's Collin Sexton had one thing to say after another amazing performance: ''Don't count us out.''

        Those were the first words out of the star freshman's mouth on Friday after the Crimson Tide's second straight triumph in the Southeastern Conference Tournament, an 81-63 victory in the quarterfinals over 16th-ranked Auburn, the top seed.

        Trailing by 10 at halftime, Sexton helped make sure the Tide would roll for at least another day, most likely longer. He hit a trio of 3-pointers to jumpstart the offense as Alabama stormed back with a 28-3 spurt to start the second half and outscored its archrival 50-22 after the break.

        ''Coach told us just not to give up, keep playing, fight through adversity,'' said Sexton, who finished with 31 points a day after his court-long dash and scoop at the buzzer had given the Tide a scintillating one-point win over Texas A&M. ''We knew when we came in this tournament we had to win games, and we wanted to because we have a lot to prove. I feel like everybody counted us out.''

        The SEC Tournament has been a boon for Alabama (19-14), which entered riding a five-game losing streak and teetering on the brink of the NCAA Tournament bubble. The Tide entered the day ranked No. 46 in RPI, sixth in strength of schedule, and had six Quadrant 1 victories.

        ''We've been trying to build a resume all season long,'' Alabama coach Avery Johnson said. ''For us to be involved in a five-game losing streak and weather all of that adversity and be where we are right now speaks to the character and the core of our team. If you're looking for a team that has an impressive resume, we feel we're one of those teams. All you can do is allow what you do on the floor to speak for itself.

        ''Talk is cheap. I say that all the time,'' Johnson said. ''But we are an NCAA Tournament team, if you want to know my opinion. There shouldn't be any doubt about that.''

        ON THE RISE

        The fifth-seeded Friars (21-12, RPI 35) rallied from a 17-point deficit in the second half and stunned top-seeded and third-ranked Xavier 75-72 in overtime to advance to the Big East championship game against Villanova. Providence, seeking its fifth straight NCAA Tournament berth, has beaten Xavier twice and Villanova once this season and chalked up its fifth Quadrant 1 triumph.

        ''I don't think we're on that bubble, baby! I don't think we're on that bubble, baby!'' Providence coach Ed Cooley shouted afterward.

        St. Bonaventure: The Bonnies (25-6, 22 RPI) continue to roll after their 13th straight win, 83-77 over Richmond in the Atlantic 10 quarterfinals. Matt Mobley hit an Atlantic 10 Tournament-record nine 3-pointers and scored 21 of his 29 points in the second half for the Bonnies, who haven't lost since Jan. 19. They'll play No. 3 seed Davidson, the last team to beat them, in the semifinals Saturday.

        ''I think the only way we can secure our spot is winning the whole thing, honestly,'' Mobley said. ''You know, the snub in 2016, everybody remembers that, and we don't want to go through that again, so the only way to avoid that is to try to win this whole thing.''

        San Diego State: The Aztecs (21-10, RPI 85, Strength of Schedule 125) did what they had to do to keep in contention for a bid to the Big Dance for the first time in three years by blowing out No. 22 Nevada 90-73 in the Mountain West Conference semifinals. Devin Watson scored 20 points to lead San Diego State, which has won eight in a row.


        Butler: The Bulldogs (20-13) pulled off a big victory over Seton Hall in the Big East quarterfinals but fell behind 19-0 at the outset against Villanova in the semifinals, couldn't recover, and lost 87-68 . The Bulldogs had an RPI of 36 and four Quadrant 1 wins entering the game, one of them over Villanova at home.

        Oregon: The Ducks (22-11, RPI 63), seeded sixth in the Pac-12 Tournament, beat Washington State and Utah to remain in the hunt but lost to USC 74-54 on Friday night in the semifinals.

        Syracuse: The Orange (20-13) likely were the last team eliminated a year ago from the NCAA Tournament - they were tabbed the top seed in the NIT. If there's one game they'd probably like to have back this time around, it's a 51-49 loss at home in January to Notre Dame . The Irish played without their top two scorers (Bonzie Colson and Matt Farrell) and still found a way to win on a last-second putback by Rex Pflueger. Buffalo's win Friday in the Mid-American Conference semifinals likely will give the Orange (43 RPI, No. 17 strength of schedule) their fourth Quadrant 1 win, but is that enough?



          NCCU at HAMP 01:00 PM
          HAMP -4.0

          COR at HARV 01:30 PM
          HARV -5.5

          UTA at ULL 01:30 PM
          ULL -6.0
          O 158.5

          JOES at URI 02:00 PM
          JOES +8.0

          MEM at CIN 02:00 PM
          MEM +16.0

          ALA at UK 02:00 PM
          ALA +4.5
          O 141.0

          HOU at WICH 03:30 PM
          HOU +2.5
          O 148.0

          GASO at GSU 04:00 PM
          GASO +4.5

          YALE at PENN 04:00 PM
          PENN -4.5

          DAV at SBON 04:30 PM
          DAV -2.5
          O 145.5

          ARK at TENN 04:30 PM
          ARK +3.0
          O 143.0

          TXSO at ARPB 05:00 PM
          ARPB +6.5
          O 143.0

          SDSU at UNM 07:00 PM
          SDSU -4.0
          O 150.5


          • Evening Games:

            WVU at KU
            WVU -1.5
            O 148.5

            TOL at BUFF 07:00 PM
            BUFF -6.5
            U 158.5

            PROV at VILL 07:30 PM
            VILL -13.0
            O 144.0

            EWU at MONT 09:00 PM
            EWU +4.5

            UNC at UVA 09:30 PM
            UVA -3.5
            O 125.5

            MRSH at WKU 09:30 PM
            MRSH +5.5
            U 159.5

            SFA at SELA 10:00 PM
            SFA -7.0

            USC at ARIZ 11:00 PM
            USC +3.5

            GRC at NMSU 11:00 PM
            GRC +4.5


            • No. 1 Virginia tops UNC, finishes historic run through ACC
              March 10, 2018

              NEW YORK (AP) Kyle Guy, Devon Hall and No. 1 Virginia completed one of the most successful seasons in the storied history of Atlantic Coast Conference basketball, beating No. 12 North Carolina 71-63 in the tournament championship game Saturday night to finish 20-1 against league competition.

              The top-seeded Cavaliers (31-2) set a school record for victories and won the ACC Tournament for the second time in five seasons under coach Tony Bennett, and third time overall. With plenty of their fans packing Barclays Center in Brooklyn, the Cavaliers beat sixth-seeded North Carolina (25-10) for the second time this season and snapped a seven-game losing streak to the Tar Heels in ACC Tournament play.

              Guy, the tournament MVP, scored 11 of his 16 points in the second half and Hall added 15 points, five rebounds and four assists. Ty Jerome had 12 points, six assists and six rebounds for Virginia, which will certainly enter the NCAA Tournament as the top overall seed.

              Not bad for a bunch that started the season unranked and was picked to finish sixth in the ACC.

              Luke Maye led North Carolina with 20 points.

              NO. 2 VILLANOVA 76, PROVIDENCE 66

              NEW YORK (AP) - Mikal Bridges scored 25 points and hit two 3-pointers in overtime to lift Villanova over Providence in the Big East Tournament championship game.

              The Wildcats (30-4) won their second straight Big East Tournament and third in four years (losing in the 2016 final). They put the bow on a fantastic season that should have them earn a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

              Villanova had rolled to a pair of dominant victories in the tourney and held off a pesky Providence team that played its third straight overtime game.

              The fifth-seeded Friars (21-13) rallied in the second half from yet another double-digit hole and seemed set to pull off one more upset and earn the automatic NCAA berth. Providence erased a 17-point hole in the second half to beat top-seeded Xavier to reach the final. With one stunning rally on its resume, Providence nearly made it two. But the Friars ran out of gas in OT.

              NO. 8 CINCINNATI 70, MEMPHIS 60

              ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Jarron Cumberland scored 18 points and Gary Clark had 17 points and 12 rebounds to rally Cincinnati past Memphis in the semifinals of the American Athletic Conference Tournament.

              Kyle Washington added 11 for the Bearcats (29-4), who advanced to meet No. 21 Houston in Sunday's final.

              Jamal Johnson led Memphis with 17 points but didn't score in the second half, when the Tigers squandered a 13-point lead. Kyvon Davenport had 12 points and 11 rebounds for Memphis (21-13), which is hoping for an invitation to the NIT.

              NO. 9 KANSAS 81, NO. 18 WEST VIRGINIA 70

              KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Devonte Graham piled up 18 points and 13 assists, Silvio De Sousa came up big in place of Udoka Azubuike and Kansas proved its toughness down the stretch to beat West Virginia in the Big 12 Tournament title game.

              De Sousa had 16 points on 8 of 8 shooting while grabbing 10 rebounds, and Malik Newman added 20 points to cap a phenomenal tournament, lifting the Jayhawks (27-7) to their 11th tournament title and a likely No. 1 seed when the NCAA Tournament bracket is revealed Sunday.

              It was the second time in three years they've beaten West Virginia (24-10) in the title game.

              Svi Mykhailiuk also had 16 points for the Jayhawks, who scrapped their way through three games in three days without their 7-foot anchor. Azubuike hurt a ligament in his left knee in practice early in the week and spent the weekend on the bench, though he's expected to return next week.

              Daxter Miles Jr. finished with 25 points, and Jevon Carter had 17 points and nine assists for the Mountaineers, who have lost three straight Big 12 Tournament championship games.

              NO. 21 HOUSTON 77, NO. 11 WICHITA STATE 74

              ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Rob Gray had a key steal and scored 33 points, including two free throws with 5 seconds remaining, as Houston held off Wichita State in an American Athletic Conference Tournament semifinal.

              Corey Davis Jr. scored 19 points for the Cougars (26-6), who advanced to play No. 8 Cincinnati in the championship game.

              Houston led by as many as nine points in the first half before the lead changed hands or was tied eight times in the final seven minutes.

              With the Cougars trailing 74-73, Gray intercepted a pass near midcourt and drove to the basket, handing off to Galen Robinson for a layup with 1:27 remaining. Houston sealed the victory when Robinson intercepted an in-bounds pass with 5 seconds left and a foul by the Shockers sent Gray to the free-throw line.

              Landry Shamet led Wichita State (25-7) with 19 points while Shaquille Morris had 12, including 10 in the final seven minutes to keep the game close.

              NO. 13 TENNESSEE 84, ARKANSAS 66

              ST. LOUIS (AP) - Jordan Bone scored 19 points to help spark a hot-shooting first half for Tennessee, which beat Arkansas in the Southeastern Conference Tournament semifinals.

              The win is the sixth straight and 13th in the last 15 games for the second-seeded Volunteers (25-7), who will try to win their first SEC Tournament championship in almost 40 years when they face Kentucky on Sunday.

              Bone scored 17 of his points in the first half, hitting 7 of 7 from the field and all three of his 3-point attempts. Admiral Schofield added 16 points for Tennessee, while Grant Williams, Kyle Alexander and James Daniel III finished with 12 points apiece.

              Daryl Macon scored 19 points to lead the sixth-seeded Razorbacks (23-11), who had won eight of their previous 10 games.

              NO. 25 RHODE ISLAND 80, SAINT JOSEPH'S 87

              WASHINGTON (AP) - Andre Berry scored 18 points, Fatts Russell made two crucial 3-pointers in the final six minutes and Rhode Island rallied past Saint Joseph's in the Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament semifinals.

              The Rams (25-6) are the first No. 1 seed in the Atlantic 10 to reach the conference championship game since Saint Louis in 2013.

              Jeff Dowtin added 16 points and 10 assists for Rhode Island, Russell scored 14 points and E.C. Matthews had 11 of his 14 points in the second half for the defending tournament champions.

              Shavar Newkirk had 18 points, eight rebounds and six assists for the fourth-seeded Hawks (16-16), who drubbed Rhode Island 78-48 last week. Saint Joseph's appeared poised to deliver another upset while trying to extend its season, building an 11-point lead early in the second half.


              • March CBB Record:

                DATE W-L-T % UNITS RECORD

                03/10/2018 23-18-0 56.10% +16.00
                03/09/2018 24-28-1 46.15% -34.00
                03/08/2018 39-37-3 51.32% -8.50
                03/07/2018 20-21-1 48.78% -15.50
                03/06/2018 13-16-0 44.44% -23.00
                03/05/2018 13-8-0 61.90% +16.00
                03/04/2018 5-3-0 62.50% +8.50
                03/03/2018 52-56-1 48.15% -48.00
                03/02/2018 13-16-0 44.83% -23.00
                03/01/2018 20-24-1 45.45% -32.00

                Totals..........222 - 227 -2....49.44%.....-134.50


                • Armadillo: Sunday's six-pack

                  Over last two years, best 3-point shooters in NBA:

                  6) Seth Curry, 137-322, 42.5%

                  5) Darren Collison, 145-339, 42.8%

                  4) Klay Thompson, 471-1101, 42.8%

                  3) Otto Porter Jr, 257-595, 34.2%

                  2) Kyle Korver, 307-698, 44.0%

                  1) Joe Ingles, 289-649, 44.5%


                  Armadillo: Sunday's List of 13: Wrapping up a sports Saturday

                  13) Basketball trivia: a regulation hoop is exactly two basketballs wide. Its a pretty good coaching point to show that to kids- the hoop looks smaller because it is ten feet up in the air, but if you show kids that two basketballs can fit in a rim, it can help their confidence.

                  12) Arizona 75, USC 61— If you made me tell you who the best team in the country is, I’d tell you Arizona, though Virginia is close. All the chaos at Arizona this season may help them this month, since they’re used to the limelight- it may have brought the team closer together.

                  Pac-12 will have an interesting day, with UCLA/Arizona State on the bubble. It is possible that the AAC gets more teams in the tournament than the Pac-12.

                  11) UMBC 65, Vermont 62— Retrievers win the America East title- this was a great game. This league has found a niche with the 11am Saturday slot in Champ Week. No matter where their championship game is played, the gym is always packed.

                  Senior guard Jairus Lyles drained a straight-away 3-pointer with 0:00.6 left to give UMBC its first NCAA berth since 2008. This was UMBC’s first win over Vermont in their last 24 meetings.

                  Ryan Odom is UMBC’s coach; his dad is Dave Odom, who was Tim Duncan’s coach at Wake Forest.

                  10) How great was Pistol Pete Maravich? He played at LSU from 1967-70, long time ago, but there are still eight college gyms in this country where Maravich holds the scoring record for a visiting player. Pistol Pete scored 44.2 ppg in his three-year varsity career, and that was before 3-pointers were in the game.

                  9) Marshall 67, Western Kentucky 66- Thundering Herd is in NCAAs for first time since 1987; they’re coached by Dan D’Antoni, Mike’s brother.

                  8) LIU won the NEC tournament this week; they’re 18-16 this year, against the #335 schedule in the country (out of 351). Only 5 of their 34 games were against teams ranked in the top 200.

                  7) Coaching carousel: UConn fired Kevin Ollie, Georgia fired Mark Fox.

                  UConn won the national championship four years ago, but in this “What have you done for me lately?” world, they’re 30-35 the last two years, so Ollie was told to take a hike.

                  Georgia is 58-50 in SEC games the last six years, but Dawgs only made the NCAAs twice in nine years under Fox. Some smart mid-major team will hire Fox and will be glad they did.

                  Also being rumored that Fresno State coach Rodney Terry will be leaving for the UTEP job, which I am told pays better than Fresno.

                  6) Mookie Betts started out spring training 0-16; I’ve always wondered if players get stressed out over spring training slumps. When Betts got his first hit of the spring the other day, an infield hit, he smiled and pointed to the skies, so apparently, the 0-16 start stressed him out.

                  5) Cal-Fullerton 71, Cal-Irvine 55— Big West has nine teams in it; the last eight years, 8 of those 9 teams won the Big West tournament once each, which may help explain why Cal-Riverside will be hiring a new coach this spring.

                  4) Houston 77, Wichita State 74— AAC semifinal was a terrific game; dawned me during second half that Jim Nantz went to college at Houston, but you’d never know it listening to him call the game. Nantz, Raftery and Grant Hill make a good broadcasting team.

                  3) Villanova 76, Providence 66 OT— Bubble teams everywhere exhale; Friars would’ve been a bid-stealer. Internet pundits keep speculating about Chris Mack or Ed Cooley leaving for other schools, but why would you leave a Big East job?

                  Not only is the Big East a really good league, there is no football involved at those schools, so your team is king at your school, and thats a big thing.

                  2) Every bubble team in the country will be rooting for Rhode Island against Davidson today; if Davidson wins, it knocks another team off the bubble. Nevada losing in the Mountain West already knocked one bubble team off.

                  1— Today is one of the longer days of the year, and not because we turned the clocks ahead an hour last night; NCAA brackets come out at 6:00 tonight. Once the brackets come out, then it is a full night of research and handicapping. Sleepy day, very busy night.


                  • NCAAB

                    Sunday, March 11

                    Pennsylvania @ Harvard

                    Game 819-820
                    March 11, 2018 @ 12:00 pm

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                    (-2); Over

                    Davidson @ Rhode Island

                    Game 821-822
                    March 11, 2018 @ 1:00 pm

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                    139 1/2
                    Dunkel Pick:
                    Rhode Island
                    (-2); Over

                    Kentucky @ Tennessee

                    Game 823-824
                    March 11, 2018 @ 1:00 pm

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                    (+1); Under

                    TX-Arlington @ Georgia State

                    Game 825-826
                    March 11, 2018 @ 2:00 pm

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                    Georgia State
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                    Georgia State
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                    (+1 1/2); Under

                    Houston @ Cincinnati

                    Game 827-828
                    March 11, 2018 @ 3:30 pm

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                    127 1/2
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                    (-4 1/2); Over

                    Armadillo's Write-Up

                    Sunday, March 11

                    Ivy League tournament, Philadelphia
                    Penn/Harvard split pair of games this year, with home side winning both meetings. Harvard is 7-3 in last ten series games; teams split last six. Quakers are playing this on their home court; they’re 8-0 in Ivy home games this season. Crimson lost last three visits here, by 10-3-3 points, though they did win here yesterday, beating Cornell by 19. Only two Harvard guys played more than 30:00. Penn has easy time in their semi-final game; they’re 11-2 in last 13 games, with a win over St Joe’s in there. No Quaker played more than 29:00 yesterday.

                    Atlantic 14 tourney, Washington DC
                    Davidson/Rhode Island split pair of games this year; home side won both. Rams won first meeting Feb 9, then lost rematch 63-61 in Charlotte March 2, when URI was just 6-24 on arc, 5-11 on foul line. Rams are 4-3 in A-14 meetings with Davidson, beating Wildcats 84-60 in this event LY. URI is 4-3 in its last seven games overall; they made 14-31 on arc, rallied back from down 11 in 2nd half in 90-87 win over St Joe’s yesterday. Wildcats won 10 of last 12 games; they played three starters 38:00+ in 82-70 win over St Bonaventure yesterday, pulling away late.

                    SEC tournament, St Louis
                    Tennessee beat Kentucky twice this season, 76-65 in Knoxville Jan 6, then 61-59 in Rupp Arena Feb 6, when Volunteers outscored Kentucky 9-4 over last 2:53 of game. Tennessee won its last six games; they drubbed Arkansas by 18 yesterday- no Hog played more than 29:00. Kentucky won six of its last seven games, winning last two days by 13-23 points; three of their guys still played 31:00+ Saturday. Wildcats won last three SEC tournaments; they’re 21-3 in last 24 SEC tourney games. Vols are in SEC final for first time since ’09, when they lost to Miss State by 3.

                    Sun Belt tournament, New Orleans
                    Tex-Arlington won five in row, eight of last ten games- they played only seven guys yesterday, three of them 35:00+ in upset win over top-seed ULL. UTA is most experienced team in nation; six of seven guys who played yesterday are seniors. Georgia State/Tex-Arlington split pair of games this year, with home side winning both; State is 5-4 overall in Sun Belt meetings with UTA. Panthers played three guys 30:00+ in 73-67 win yesterday; they held on to win after PG Simonds got in foul trouble- they led by 18 in 1st half. State won 14 of its last 18 games.

                    AAC tournament, Orlando
                    Cincinnati is 29-4 this year, but they split pair with Houston, losing 67-62 in Texas Feb 15; Bearcats are 8-2 in AAC meetings wth Houston. Cincy won its last six games, but they were down 13 at half to Memphis yesterday before storming back to win 70-60. Three Bearcats played 31:00+. Houston won 10 of its last 11 games, with only loss at Memphis; Cougars won 10 of last 11 games, winning tough 77-74 game with Wichita Saturday. Three Houston kids played 30:00+ yesterday. Both of these teams are in NCAA’s, so they’re just playing for a trophy here.


                    Sunday, March 11

                    Trend Report

                    PENNSYLVANIA @ HARVARD
                    Pennsylvania is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
                    Pennsylvania is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games
                    Harvard is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
                    Harvard is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games

                    KENTUCKY @ TENNESSEE
                    Kentucky is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games
                    Kentucky is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
                    Tennessee is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
                    Tennessee is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Kentucky

                    DAVIDSON @ RHODE ISLAND
                    Davidson is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
                    Davidson is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
                    Rhode Island is 20-3 SU in its last 23 games
                    Rhode Island is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Davidson

                    Texas-Arlington is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
                    The total has gone OVER in 6 of Texas-Arlington's last 7 games when playing Georgia State
                    The total has gone OVER in 6 of Georgia State's last 7 games when playing Texas-Arlington
                    Georgia State is 11-2 SU in its last 13 games at home

                    HOUSTON @ CINCINNATI
                    Houston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
                    The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Houston's last 8 games when playing Cincinnati
                    Cincinnati is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
                    Cincinnati is 16-2 SU in its last 18 games when playing Houston


                    • NCAAB
                      Long Sheet

                      Sunday, March 11


                      PENNSYLVANIA (23 - 8) vs. HARVARD (18 - 12) - 3/11/2018, 12:00 PM
                      Top Trends for this game.
                      HARVARD is 30-15 ATS (+13.5 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
                      HARVARD is 30-15 ATS (+13.5 Units) in all lined games over the last 2 seasons.
                      HARVARD is 18-7 ATS (+10.3 Units) when the total is 130 to 139.5 over the last 2 seasons.
                      HARVARD is 11-3 ATS (+7.7 Units) against conference opponents this season.
                      HARVARD is 11-3 ATS (+7.7 Units) after a conference game this season.
                      HARVARD is 10-2 ATS (+7.8 Units) off a win against a conference rival this season.
                      HARVARD is 7-0 ATS (+7.0 Units) after allowing 60 points or less this season.
                      HARVARD is 14-5 ATS (+8.5 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record over the last 2 seasons.
                      HARVARD is 9-2 ATS (+6.8 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record after 15 or more games over the last 2 seasons.

                      Head-to-Head Series History
                      HARVARD is 4-2 against the spread versus PENNSYLVANIA over the last 3 seasons
                      HARVARD is 3-3 straight up against PENNSYLVANIA over the last 3 seasons
                      3 of 6 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons


                      DAVIDSON (20 - 11) vs. RHODE ISLAND (25 - 6) - 3/11/2018, 1:00 PM
                      There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

                      Head-to-Head Series History
                      RHODE ISLAND is 3-3 against the spread versus DAVIDSON over the last 3 seasons
                      RHODE ISLAND is 4-2 straight up against DAVIDSON over the last 3 seasons
                      4 of 6 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons


                      KENTUCKY (23 - 10) vs. TENNESSEE (25 - 7) - 3/11/2018, 1:00 PM
                      There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

                      Head-to-Head Series History
                      TENNESSEE is 5-1 against the spread versus KENTUCKY over the last 3 seasons
                      TENNESSEE is 4-2 straight up against KENTUCKY over the last 3 seasons
                      4 of 5 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons


                      TX-ARLINGTON (21 - 12) vs. GEORGIA ST (23 - 10) - 3/11/2018, 2:00 PM
                      Top Trends for this game.
                      TX-ARLINGTON is 11-22 ATS (-13.2 Units) in road games against conference opponents over the last 3 seasons.
                      GEORGIA ST is 18-4 ATS (+13.6 Units) in road games revenging a road loss vs opponent since 1997.
                      TX-ARLINGTON is 51-25 ATS (+23.5 Units) as an underdog since 1997.

                      Head-to-Head Series History
                      TX-ARLINGTON is 3-2 against the spread versus GEORGIA ST over the last 3 seasons
                      TX-ARLINGTON is 4-1 straight up against GEORGIA ST over the last 3 seasons
                      4 of 5 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons


                      HOUSTON (26 - 6) vs. CINCINNATI (29 - 4) - 3/11/2018, 3:30 PM
                      Top Trends for this game.
                      CINCINNATI is 119-160 ATS (-57.0 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record after 15 or more games since 1997.

                      Head-to-Head Series History
                      CINCINNATI is 4-2 against the spread versus HOUSTON over the last 3 seasons
                      CINCINNATI is 4-2 straight up against HOUSTON over the last 3 seasons
                      5 of 6 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons


                      • AAC Championship betting preview and odds: Houston vs. Cincinnati

                        Houston Cougars vs. Cincinnati Bearcats (-4.5, 127.5)

                        Game to be played at Amway Center in Orlando, Florida

                        No. 8 Cincinnati can make its final statement toward earning a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament on Sunday when the top-seeded Bearcats face third-seeded Houston in the American Athletic Conference Tournament final in Orlando. Cincinnati has won six in a row and, with only four losses all season, is certainly in the mix to be on the top line when the Field of 68 is announced Sunday, while 21st-ranked Houston is comfortably in the field, as well.

                        The Bearcats have defeated SMU (61-51) and Memphis (70-60) in their first two games of this event as Gary Clark has averaged 14.5 points and 11.5 rebounds. Jarron Cumberland added 18 points versus Memphis after going scoreless against SMU, giving Houston one more weapon to worry about in the championship game. The Cougars rode Rob Gray's 33 points to a 77-74 win over Wichita State on Saturday, earning a trip to the AAC title game for the first time. Houston knows it can beat Cincinnati, as it did as recently as Feb. 15 when it snapped the Bearcats' national-best winning streak at 16 games.

                        TV: 3:30 p.m. ET, CBS

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                        BETTING STATS:

                        BETTING ACTION AND LINE MOVES: The Bearcats opened as 4.5-point chalk and that number has yet to move. The total hit the board at 131 and money coming in on the under has driven that number quickly down to 127.5.

                        MATCHUP CHART:

                        ABOUT HOUSTON: The Cougars only had seven turnovers in Saturday's win and that proved to be the difference, along with 7-of-15 combined 3-point shooting by Gray and Corey Davis Jr. The other three starters for Houston combined for only 13 points, although Nura Zanna did register a team-high nine rebounds off the bench. Gray has reached the 30-point plateau in two of his last three games and is averaging 24.7 points over his last six outings.

                        ABOUT CINCINNATI: The Bearcats committed only three turnovers against Memphis, which was critical because the team shot barely above 40 percent from the field for the second straight game. Kyle Washington contributed double-digit points for the fourth straight game but missed both of his 3-pointers, dropping him to 2-of-12 from outside the arc over the last four games. Jacob Evans is 1-of-11 from long distance over the last two outings and has made only 4-of-17 shots during that span, totaling nine points - four below his season average.


                        * Cougars are 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
                        * Bearcats are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
                        * Under is 7-1 in Cougars last 8 vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
                        * Under is 6-1 in Bearcats last 7 vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
                        * Under is 7-1 in the last 8 meetings.


                        * The Bearcats have previously won 30 games in a season twice - in 2001-02 and in 2016-17.
                        * Houston starting F Breaon Brady has gone 10 straight games without attempting more than three shots.
                        * Davis is 9-of-12 from 3-point range against Cincinnati this season.


                        • SEC Trends and Angles
                          March 11, 2018

                          Venue: Scottrade Center - St. Louis, Missouri

                          Overall Betting Results
                          Favorites/Underdogs: 8-4 SU, 4-6-2 ATS
                          Over/Under: 7-5

                          Sunday, March 11
                          Matchup Records Skinny Projection

                          No. 2 Tennessee
                          Overall: 25-7 SU, 18-12 ATS
                          Totals: 12-18 O/U

                          No. 4 Kentucky
                          Overall: 23-10 SU, 16-17 ATS
                          Totals: 16-15 O/U

                          No. 2 Tennessee vs. No. 4 Kentucky (ESPN, 1:00 p.m. ET)

                          The Volunteers were the best SEC team remaining after the dust cleared Friday, and they looked the part on Saturday when dusting Arkansas. They made quick work of the Hogs, 84-66, in the semis, and will now face their rivals from Lexington in the final. These teams met twice during the regular season, with the Vols sweeping the season series. Tennessee won the most recent meeting 61-59 at Rupp Arena on Feb. 6, and they took a 76-65 decision in Knoxville back on Jan. 6, covering both affairs while the 'under' also cashed in each. This will be Tennessee's first trip to the title game since 2009. They haven't won the tournament since 1979.

                          The Wildcats are no stranger to Championship Sunday in the SEC, as this is their fifth consecutive appearance, and they are aiming for their fourth consecutive title, too. These teams haven't met for the SEC title since 1979 at BJCC Coliseum in Birmingham when the Vols edged the Wildcats 75-69 in overtime. As mentioned, Kentucky was swept by Tennessee in regular season, but lately they have been cover kings. The Wildcats are 6-1 ATS over their past seven games with the 'over' also going 6-1 during the span. On a neutral-site floor, Kentucky is 3-2 SU and 4-1 ATS in five games this season.

                          Tennessee 79
                          Kentucky 82


                          • Rambling on: Loyola up for first NCAA tourney in 33 years
                            March 11, 2018

                            CHICAGO (AP) Loyola of Chicago coach Porter Moser recalled dinners with Rick Majerus.

                            Whether they went to a fancy restaurant or a greasy spoon, it was always a local joint and never some middle-of-the-road national chain. There was no such thing as a quick bite, either, even if his boss insisted they were going for just that.

                            ''He liked a big group. He liked to talk ball. He liked to talk movies, politics. But it was an event,'' Moser said. ''It was a three-hour event.''

                            The late Majerus would have plenty to chew on with Loyola heading to the NCAA Tournament. After all, they're in it for the first time in 33 years and his former assistant is leading the way.

                            The Ramblers bring a 28-5 record after dominating the Missouri Valley during the regular season and securing their spot by winning the conference tournament. They sure have come a long way in Moser's seven years, and in a city where they're often overlooked, they're suddenly a big story.

                            ''We've been getting a lot of love around the area and people reaching out through social media,'' senior Ben Richardson said. ''I felt like there was a dormant fan base that's kind of coming alive in Chicago.''

                            The Ramblers drew their first sellout since 2003 for the regular-season finale against Illinois State and beat the Redbirds in the conference final. That sent them to the NCAA tourney for the first time since a loss to Patrick Ewing and Georgetown in the 1985 Sweet 16. And no other team from the area is going.

                            ''It's cool that we're the only Chicago team that's gonna be in the NCAA,'' guard Clayton Custer said. ''Having the support from the whole city is a cool thing for us. Obviously, we want to go out there and try to win some games, and hopefully the excitement will grow even more.''

                            Northwestern stumbled badly after making the NCAA for the first time, dropping its final seven games to finish 15-17. The Wildcats were 6-12 in the Big Ten despite having most of the top players back. But instead of another run, the school that hosted the first Final Four finds itself back in a familiar position - on the outside at tournament time.

                            DePaul moved from Rosemont to a gleaming new arena on Chicago's Near South Side, and the new digs were about the only thing shining for a once-proud program. The Blue Demons went 11-20 for their 11th straight losing season and finished last in the Big East for the eighth time in 10 years.

                            DePaul has made 22 NCAAs - but just two in 26 years. And the most recent appearance was during coach Dave Leitao's first tenure in 2004.

                            UIC last reached it that same year, and Chicago State has never been to the tournament. Northern Illinois - about 65 miles from downtown Chicago - has three appearances and none since 1996.

                            ''Chicago has a great history of basketball,'' said Loyola forward Donte Ingram, who played at Simeon Career Academy - the South Side powerhouse that produced Derrick Rose and Jabari Parker. ''I wouldn't necessarily say we're carrying the flag right now. We're just representing the city the best way we can.''

                            The Jesuit school of about 16,000 along the lakefront on Chicago's far North Side has a big spot in NCAA history with a championship in 1963 that is a benchmark for civil rights. Loyola started four black players and brought home what remains the only title for an Illinois school.

                            But the years following the run in 1985 weren't easy.

                            Loyola had a string of 14 seasons without a winning record. That ended in 2002.

                            In the four years before Moser's arrival in 2011, the Ramblers finished with losing marks three times. And in his first three seasons, they won seven, 15 and 10 games before breaking through with a 24-13 record and a College Basketball Invitational championship in 2015.

                            A move from the Horizon League to the Valley in 2013 with powerhouse Wichita State then in the conference didn't make the job easier. But Moser was no stranger to rebuilding.

                            He took on big jobs at Arkansas-Little Rock and Illinois State, where he was let go in 2007 after four seasons. The four years he then spent with Majerus at Saint Louis reinforced that Moser had the right approach - to stay patient rather than go for quick fixes.

                            The way Majerus coached his players and developed game plans also stood out.

                            ''He'd have eight, 10 teaching points on how to hedge a ball screen,'' Moser said. ''The accumulation and the emphasis on all the little things added up. Sitting in a boardroom game-planning with him, to listen to his mind work on `how we're going to take the two, three things they do best away from them?'

                            ''To sit there for four years for 30-something games a year - and many, many meals - and listen to him (and see) how his mind worked on how he wanted to stop a team or game planning against a team, you can't put a price tag on what spending that time with him meant to me.''


                            • BUBBLE WATCH: Davidson takes best shot; 'Bama, USC wait
                              March 11, 2018

                              A barrage of 3-pointers gave Davidson a shot to make the NCAA Tournament.

                              Another accurate day from the arc for the Wildcats could burst the hopes of bubble teams across the country.

                              The Atlantic-10 Conference Tournament final on Sunday between Davidson and top-seeded Rhode Island may be must-see viewing at Arizona State, Louisville, Syracuse and any other school on precarious NCAA tourney footing.

                              Win and the Wildcats snatch the A-10's automatic NCAA bid away from top-seeded Rhode Island. But the 25th-ranked Rams (25-6, 14 RPI) have a good enough resume to claim a precious at-large bid even if they lose.

                              Davidson (20-11, 74 RPI) is no lock if it loses. The Wildcats are 3-6 against Quadrant 1 teams and ranked 108th in strength of schedule.

                              Quadrant 1 wins are defined as victories in home games against teams with RPIs in the top 30, neutral-court wins against teams in the top 50 or road wins against teams in the top 75.

                              Still, bubble teams might have reason to worry. The Wildcats' stock is rising thanks to all those 3s: 16 in an 82-70 win over St. Bonaventure in the A-10 semifinals on Saturday to snap the Bonnies' 13-game winning streak.

                              ''I think it's just us sticking to our game plan and sticking to what we do best, which is move the ball, attack appropriately, find the open man, throw to the next one,'' said guard Kellan Grady, who scored 23 points.

                              In the Big 12, Oklahoma remains one of the more interesting teams on the bubble. The Sooners (18-13, 48 RPI) stumbled in February and finished 8-10 in the Big 12. They were booted from their conference tournament in their first game by Oklahoma State.

                              Oklahoma also has six Quadrant 1 wins, including a victory in January over Kansas, which beat West Virginia to win the Big 12 tourney on Saturday. The Big 12 is one of the strongest conferences in the country this season.

                              The brackets are scheduled to be announced Sunday at 6 p.m. ET, after the American Athletic final between Houston and Cincinnati wraps up conference tournament season. But those two teams ranked in the AP Top 25 appear to be safely in the tourney no matter what happens.

                              Tennessee and Kentucky also have good enough NCAA resumes regardless of which team wins the Southeastern Conference Tournament final on Sunday.

                              For bubble teams, that makes the Atlantic 10 final in Washington the most important game to watch on Selection Sunday.

                              ON THE RISE

                              A 23-point loss to Kentucky in the SEC semifinals in St. Louis on Saturday isn't the ideal lasting impression to leave on the NCAA selection committee. But the Crimson Tide (19-15, 36 RPI) may have still done enough to make the NCAAs after beating No. 16 Auburn by 18 on Friday.

                              ''When we got on the plane to come to St. Louis, there are a lot of unknowns about kind of our future, especially in the NCAA Tournament,'' Crimson Tide coach Avery Johnson said. ''But the perseverance that they've showed this year and especially over the last 48, 72 hours ... we've played ourselves hopefully (into) the tournament.''

                              Southern California: A run to the Pac-12 Tournament final against Arizona may have put the Trojans (23-11, 33 RPI) on firmer footing and made Saturday night more about an opportunity to improve NCAA seeding.

                              Butler: ''On the rise'' might be pushing it for the Bulldogs after getting blown out by Villanova in the Big East tourney semifinals. But Butler (20-13, 40 RPI) has an important Quadrant 1 win in the regular season over the Wildcats on its resume. Villanova beat Providence to win the conference tourney on Saturday.

                              FADING HOPES

                              St. Bonaventure: Coach Mark Schmidt plans to pray on Selection Sunday. The resume looks impressive with nonconference wins over Syracuse and Maryland. But the loss to Davidson deprived the Bonnies (25-7, 21 RPI) a chance to cement their NCAA tourney hopes.

                              ''I don't know if we could have done any better,'' Schmidt said about building the Bonnies' resume. ''So I think we're going to have a good day tomorrow. Those guys deserve it ... so let's pray that we do.''

                              Middle Tennessee: A threat to win a first-round game in the NCAA Tournament - if it gets in. But the Blue Raiders (23-7, 34 RPI) must rely on getting an at-large berth after getting upset by Southern Mississippi in the first round of the Conference USA Tournament.

                              Big Ten teams: Remember Nebraska and Penn State? When the NCAA selection committee unveils the bracket on Sunday, more than a week will have passed since the last time the Cornhuskers (22-10, 57 RPI) and Nittany Lions (21-13, 78 RPI) played in the Big Ten tourney. They're probably NIT-bound.


                              • SUNDAY, MARCH 11
                                GAME TIME(ET) PICK UNITS

                                DAV at URI 02:00 PM
                                DAV +3.0
                                U 138.0

                                UK at TENN 02:00 PM
                                TENN -2.0
                                O 137.0

                                UTA at GSU 02:00 PM
                                GSU -2.0
                                O 143.5

                                HOU at CIN 03:30 PM
                                CIN -4.5
                                O 128.0