Session 2 Cheat Sheet
March 20, 2014
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(14) Western Michigan vs. (3) Syracuse – South Regional (CBS, 2:45 p.m. ET)
The Orange opened as 12 ½-point favorites, but has moved up to 13. The total has held steady at 128.
Western Michigan (7-5): The best victory for the Broncos came in the season opener against eventual WAC champ New Mexico State as 7 ½-point underdogs, 70-64. Western suffered road losses at Hawaii, Missouri, Northwestern, and Drake, while also falling to Summit League champ North Dakota State at home.
Syracuse (13-0): The Orange played their best basketball during this stretch, including wins over Baylor (74-67) and Villanova (78-62). Syracuse went 6-3 ATS in non-conference lined action, which included a 1-2 ATS record as a double-digit favorite.
Western Michigan: 10-7
Western Michigan: The Broncos stepped up down the stretch with 12 wins in their final 13 games, including knocking off MAC regular season champ Toledo in the conference title game, 98-77.
Syracuse: Following a 25-0 start, any thoughts of a top seed in the NCAA Tournament were squeezed with a 2-5 reecord down the stretch, which included home losses to Georgia Tech (62-67) and Boston College (59-62).
Western Michigan: The Broncos were 16-12-1 ATS this season, including a 9-6 ATS record in the underdog role.
Syracuse: In spite of a 14-12-2 ATS record, the Orange stumbled to a 1-6-1 ATS record in the final eight contests.
(10) BYU vs. (7) Oregon – West Regional (truTV, 3:10 p.m. ET)
The Ducks opened as 5 ½-point favorites, as that number has creeped to six at some books. The total is sitting between 158 ½ and 159.
BYU (8-5): The Cougars suffered losses to Wichita State, Iowa State, and Oregon, but did knock off Stanford and Texas in a decent non-conference slate.
Oregon (12-0): The Ducks were one of the early-season surprises out of the gate, but they played only one true road game, an overtime victory at Ole Miss, 115-105. Oregon's only wins in non-conference against a team in the tournament field are over BYU and Cal Poly SLO.
BYU: Down the stretch, the Cougars won 10 of their last 12 games, but lost the WCC tournament championship to Gonzaga.
Oregon: Following a 3-8 start in Pac-12 play, the Ducks took off with wins in nine of their last 10 games, including victories over UCLA and Arizona.
BYU: The Cougars went 13-18 ATS, capped off by three ATS losses in the WCC tournament. .
Oregon: The Ducks cashed the 'under' in 12 of the last 17 games, while posting a 6-1 ATS record the past nine away from Eugene.
(16) Albany vs. (1) Florida – South Regional (TBS, 4:10 p.m. ET)
Florida is hovering between a 21 and 22-point favorite as the top overall seed in its opener. The total currently sits at 121.
Albany (6-7): The Great Danes were anything but against teams outside of the America East, but did beat lower-tier postseason squads Yale and Siena. Albany lost at Pittsburgh, 58-46 in late December.
Florida (11-2): The Gators slipped up in early-season tests against Wisconsin (53-59) and UConn (64-65), but managed to knock off Kansas and Memphis.
Albany: The Great Danes have won seven of their last eight games, including all four games in the America East tournament.
Florida: Billy Donovan's team is rolling with a 26-game winning streak, which included a perfect 21-0 record in the SEC (including the conference tournament). UF has covered five of its last six games, while limiting six of its last seven opponents to 61 points or below.
Albany: Although they were listed in four lined games (all in postseason play), the Great Danes covered all four times, while cashing the 'over' three times.
Florida: As a double-digit favorite, the Gators managed a 7-6-1 ATS record, while going 2-1-1 ATS when laying at least 10 points to non-SEC competition.
(13) Delaware vs. (4) Michigan State – East Regional (TNT, 4:40 p.m. ET)
The Spartans opened as 14-point favorites and have stayed at the number for most of the week. The total opened at 149, but has moved all the way up 154 at some books.
Delaware (8-7): The Blue Hens had their hands full prior to CAA play, losing at Ohio State, Notre Dame, and Villanova. Delaware didn't have any impressive wins over out of conference, with the only win over a tournament team coming against Cal Poly SLO, who finished under .500 on season.
Michigan State (11-2): The Spartans knocked off Oklahoma and Kentucky in neutral-site wins, but Michigan State suffered defeats to Georgetown and North Carolina MSU put together an average 5-5-2 ATS record against non-Big Ten opponents..
Michigan State: 14-4
Delaware: Following an 11-0 start in CAA play, the Blue Hens went 3-2 in their final five conference games. However, Delaware pulled it together in the Colonial tournament for three wins, including a late comeback victory in the title game over William & Mary.
Michigan State: After losing four of its final six regular season games, the Spartans bounced back to win the Big Ten tournament title with three victories, including a huge triumph over rival Michigan in the championship game.
Delaware: In the final 11 games, the Blue Hens were a coin-flip proposition at 6-5 ATS, as Delaware went 16-9-1 ATS on the the campaign.
Michigan State: Since losing to Georgetown in early February, the Spartans have covered nine of their last 12 contests, while owning a solid 20-11-2 ATS record on the season.
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