It is Championship Week in college basketball! This is one of our favorite weeks and it has already gotten off to a wild start with Liberty and Gardner-Webb winning in the other team's home court to secure NCAA bids and Bradley having the best comeback ever in an MVC title game to earn their first berth in 31 years.

It is going to be a wild week and check out Intertops for the best odds on a game by game and daily basis.


Big East Conference - Mar. 13-16

Top seeds Villanova and Marquette arrive in the Big Apple not only limping but need a cane with a flurry of recent losses. The Wildcats with coach Jay Wright would appear to be able to stabilize themselves faster. This has the feel of anything can happen and betting underdogs would seem like a wise strategy. The two hottest teams headed to Madison Square Garden are Creighton and Xavier, unfortunately, they meet in the quarterfinals. Presently, we like the inside/outside game of the Musketeers and if they beat Nova in the semis, they are going dancin'.

Winner: Villanova/Xavier


ACC Conference - Mar.12-16

With some uncertainties about Duke's complete health, one has to wonder if they can win three games in three days. That would leave it to Virginia and North Carolina and they would be one heck of a finale. The Tar Heels are playing the best basketball in the ACC right now and would enjoy payback against the Cavaliers should they meet. North Carolina appears to be a solid bet here.

Winner: North Carolina


Big 12 Conference - Mar. 12-16

Though Kansas did not win this tournament like they did the regular season in the Big 12 all these years, they still were the favorites. The Jayhawks could still win this event, but lack of success outside Lawrence is a problem. Kansas State has the kind of game and team that can travel well which makes them a factor. Yet, our choice is Texas Tech, the two-seed. The Red Raiders are back to playing like they did early and the offense has returned. Also, two-seeds in this tourney are 9-1 SU when they reach the semis and Chris Beard's team will be the champs.

Winner: Texas Tech



Big Ten Conference - Mar. 13-17

Despite multiple key injuries, Michigan State tied Purdue for the regular season crown. The Spartans will be a factor, as will Michigan and Wisconsin. Michigan State is probably the right choice, but this is March Madness where conventional wisdom is as useless as almost any teams regular season record. (Ask South Dakota State) We would not be surprised at all if the Boilermakers and Badgers are in the Big Ten Final, led by their star players Carsen Edwards and Ethan Happ respectively. Let's take a flyer on Purdue who has a great week.

Winner: Purdue


American Athletic Conference - Mar. 13-17

Skip the Pac-12, an argument could be made, rather convincingly that the four top seeds in the AAC are better than Washington, the Pac-12 chumps, sorry champs. If Houston, Cincinnati, Temple, and UCF all play to capabilities and one of them does not, that is who can win this tourney. One warning, Memphis is the host and is backed with a home crowd and coach Penny Hardaway surely will work the situation, making the Tigers are a treacherous foe. Memphis will get UCF first and if the knockout the Knights, the Cougars are next. Even with the home floor, that's asking the Tigers to take four games in four days against this level of competition, too much. It's the Cougs and Temple in the final and Houston is the winner and they just might up to a No.2 seed in the next week.

Winner: Houston


Southeastern Conference - Mar. 13-17

Just when you think Tennessee is back, they play terrible defense and lose at Auburn in the season finale. That sets up LSU and Kentucky final and the amount of athleticism will be unrivaled in any championship contest this week if true. It's a broken record, but how do you go again coach Cal in this spot with 80 percent of the fans in the stands wearing blue?

Winner: Kentucky

About the Author

Doug Upstone has been involved in sports handicapping in some form or another his entire adult life. NOBODY watches and studies games more than he does. Whether it is live or going back and watching later, Doug has game notes and observations dating back two decades. (Yes, somehow he’s still married to his original wife.)

Doug is process person, meaning he’s developed his own power ratings in different sports to determine if the lines are accurate from his perspective, yet always follows the fundamentals when handicapping games.

Doug has been heard on various sports radio talk shows (Tony George Radio Show on Sirius radio the latest) around the country for years and never has a shortage of opinions. Plus, his Line Moves article is one of the most consistently viewed pieces among sports bettors on Facebook and Google Plus.

Doug has been writing articles for over a decade and doing videos nearly as long at several websites, which are among the most viewed in any particular week.

His articles have been in the New York Post.com, Sportsbookreview.com, RantSports.com, Covers.com, Playbook.com, Daily Racing Form, StatFox.com and Sportsbook.ag on a daily basis, along with being seen at many different websites on the internet and is pleased to become part of the ScoresandStats.com team also in various capacities.

He also does work on some of the most popular football newsletters in the country, something he has done since 2006.

Doug has had 21 No. 1 rankings at documented sports monitors in a multitude of sports and over 80 Top 10 finishes and consistently delivers HUGE profits.

 

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#1 2016 NFL at The Sports Eye

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#1 2014 NFL Playoffs at The Sports Eye Monitor

#1 2013 NFL at Cappers Monitor

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#1 2009-10 CBB at Cappers Monitor

#1 2009 MLB at The Sports Eye and Free Sports Monitor

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