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After the smoke cleared there were four – three real good teams and possibly one great.

The three real good teams are Ohio State, who if able to come back next year in tact could be a really great team, Kansas one of the best coached teams out there, and “Slick Rick’s” Louisville Cardinals.

Above them all sits Kentucky who looks unbeatable but we have been there before and still have several days until the games begin.

Pitino did a masterful job in getting the Cardinals here with a convincing win over Michigan State (who didn’t know what hit them) with great defense. That win ran Pitino’s Sweet Sixteen record to 10-0 both SU and ATS in his career.

Very sweet, Rick, plus good for the pocket and University coffers. Then “Slick Rick,” a small dog again, had the game handed to him on a silver platter by Florida, and on to the sweet land of the Final Four.

Ohio State played good basketball the entire tournament with two very solid wins over an overmatched Cincinnati and a man short Syracuse.

Kansas got by a fired up North Carolina team in what looked like a game that was coming down to the wire but ended up a blowout in the last three minutes. I don’t know where that 3-point game went!

As for Kentucky, what can I say! The Wildcats are very, very gooooood. They will really need to toss in a very bad effort to lose or whoever they play will need the game of their life.

Let’s take a quick look at the two games and predict the final game Monday in New Orleans with our buddy Syl Friedman sitting in the Superdome somewhere unknown at this time.


Louisville +8½ vs. Kentucky (138½): HC John Calipari has done a masterful job at keeping his Wildcats focused (I wonder if PETA will be coming after them to change their nickname). The Cards will need more magic to keep it close. I made this game Kentucky -6 so I will be sitting in wait. If it goes higher my money will be on “slick Rick.”

LOUISVILLE (wait for higher).

Ohio St. -2½ vs. Kansas (136½): The Buckeyes had the perfect trip here, but will have their hands full with well-coached Kansas who can play some good defense. This game should be a pick. In a game I really want my Buckeyes to win, I will need to bet hard earned money on the Jayhawks plus the points and hope the (eye’s) win by 1 or 2.

KANSAS (buy up to +3).


And then there are. If Kentucky meets Ohio State they will be -4, if they meet Kansas they will be -5½ or -6.

I won’t even make the Louisville line but if they somehow beat Kentucky the birds would be a hoop or more dog. Have fun and enjoy as we move onto baseball and the Kentucky Derby.


With just over a month until the Kentucky Derby we have some major prep races coming – the Wood, the Santa Anita Derby, Blue Grass Stakes and Arkansas Derby. Station Casinos says come on down to one of the race books every Saturday in April.

The Station properties will be offering a $10k twin Q on all four Saturdays: April 7, 14, 21 and 28. Come see me at Palace Station or listen to the Bad Beats show every Monday morning at 9:15 at 1400 on your AM dial.

Next week: My predictions along with some betting tips in our GT Baseball issue. Get it or miss out.


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