Play-In Tip Sheet
March 19, 2014
By Brian Edwards
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**Cal Poly Slo vs. Texas Southern**
-- As of early this morning, most books had Cal Poly Slo (13-19 straight up, 11-19 against the spread) listed as a four-point favorite. The Tigers were +155 on the money line (risk $100 to win $155), while the total for 'over/under' wagers was 129.5 or 130.
-- Texas Southern (19-14 SU, 2-4 ATS) was sent to the First Four in Dayton after winning the Southwestern Athletic Conference's automatic berth. The Tigers beat Prairie View A&M in the league's tournament championship game in Houston, capturing a 78-73 triumph despite trailing by seven at halftime. They failed to cover the number as 11-point favorites even though Aaric Murray produced 27 points, 10 rebounds and four blocked shots.
-- Texas Southern has won nine straight games. The Tigers are led by Murray, a transfer from West Va. who averaged 8.8 points per game for the Mountaineers last season. Murray averages 21.2 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.6 blocked shots per contest.
-- Cal Poly Slo lost three in a row and five of its last six to close the regular season. Nevertheless, the Mustangs caught fire at the Big West Tournament in Anaheim. Ridge Shipley buried a go-ahead 3-pointer with 13.7 seconds left to lift his team to a 61-59 win over CSU Northridge in the finals. Shipley scored 14 points off the bench and made 3-of-5 from deep to propel Cal Poly Slo to its first NCAA bid in school history. Chris Eversley finished with a team-best 18 points.
-- CPS played five road games against teams in the NCAA Tournament field. The Mustangs lost 73-62 at Arizona, 82-61 at Oregon, 73-56 at Pittsburgh, 79-62 at Stanford and 82-72 at Delaware.
-- Texas Southern also faced Stanford in Palo Alto, losing by a 97-71 score. The Mustangs lost 98-71 at Tulsa. They also lost by at nine at Texas Tech, by 15 at Miami and by 13 at TCU.
-- The 'over' is on a 6-3 run for the Mustangs, who have seen it go 14-14-1 overall.
-- The 'under' is 4-2 overall for Texas Southern.
-- TruTV will have television coverage tonight at 6:40 p.m. Eastern. The winner gets Wichita St. on Friday in St. Louis.
**Tennessee vs. Iowa**
-- As of early this morning, most books had Iowa (20-12 SU, 15-15 ATS) installed as a 2.5-point favorite. The total was 144 and the Volunteers were +125 on the money line (risk $100 to win $125).
-- Iowa head coach Fran McCaffrey arrived in Dayton with his team on Monday. He left the team at 8:30 p.m. Central on Tuesday to rejoin his family in Iowa City. McCaffrey's son Patrick will have surgery Wednesday morning to remove a mass from his thyroid. "Assuming all goes well, I'll be back for our meeting after the pre-game meal," McCaffrey told the assembled media on Tuesday.
-- Iowa limped down the stretch and nearly missed out on its first NCAA bid since 2006. The Hawkeyes have lost six of their last seven games and are in the midst of a 0-7 ATS slide. Their only win during this span was an 83-76 decision over Purdue at home.
-- Roy-Devyn Marble, the son of Hawk legend Roy Marble, is the leader of this team. Marble averages a team-best 17.3 points per game. He has 59 steals and a solid 113/57 assists-to-turnovers ratio. Aaron White is the team's second-leading scorer, averaging 13.0 points and 6.7 rebounds per game.
-- Tennessee (21-12 SU, 18-13 ATS) finished the season in impressive fashion, winning six of its last eight games to garner its first NCAA bid during Cuonzo Martin's three-year tenure. The Volunteers are 4-1 ATS in their last five games and the only non-cover was a brutal beat for gamblers on UT in a 56-49 loss to Florida at the SEC Tournament semifinals. UT led UF by double digits in the first half and by seven at intermission. The Gators didn't get ahead of the number until Patric Young knocked down a pair of free throws with 2.5 seconds remaining.
-- Tennessee brought more energy and intensity to the Florida game than I've seen from this squad all year long. That's a credit to Martin, who has been forced to endure a fan base that has been pining for the return of Bruce Pearl. If not for a shaky call that went against Jeronne Maymon, who subsequently was issued a technical foul that resulted in the end of his day (the tech was his fifth foul), UT may have ended the Gators' winning streak that dates back to Dec. 2.
-- UT senior slasher Jordan McRae is the catalyst for the Vols, averaging a team-high 18.6 PPG. Junior power forward Jarnell Stokes is a beast in the lane, averaging a double-double (14.7 PPG, 10.3 RPG). --While UT prepared for its First Four showdown with Iowa, its former coach Bruce Pearl was in the news after his hiring by Auburn was announced Tuesday morning. Two UT players, Maymon and McRae, were recruited by Pearl and played one season for him. "We ain't got no comments on the Auburn situation," Maymon told the assembled media Tuesday in Dayton. "We're here to talk about Tennessee." McRae added, "What Jeronne said." --Iowa saw the 'over' hit in nine consecutive games, but it has seen the 'under' cash in back-to-back contests. The 'over' is 20-9 overall for the Hawkeyes.
-- The 'under' has cashed in five consecutive Tennessee games to improve to 18-12-1 overall.
-- This game will tip in Dayton 30 minutes after the conclusion of Texas Southern-Cal Poly at around 9:10 p.m. Eastern.
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