Rebels steal NCAA’s show

Mar 20, 2007 6:05 AM

UNLV was 40/1 at the Hilton SuperBook to win it all, improving from 75/1 in some books last week and 125/1 offshore.

Still enough time to jump on the bandwagon for a good futures payoff. The highest priced team is Butler at 75/1. Defending champ Florida is still the lowest at 5/2.

Here we go.

SOUTH

Texas A&M -3 vs Memphis: Hard to imagine a lower seed being an underdog, but Memphis has to deal with the San Antonio factor. Calipari has the Tigers on a 24-game win streak, but who have they played? A&M is road tough and very hungry. A&M.

Tenn +4½ vs Ohio St: The Vols lost by just two in the first meeting and have to believe they are a better team now. Ohio State barely survived Xavier. We haven’t had a huge upset yet. TENN.

WEST

So. Illinois +8½ vs Kansas: The Salukis are the team nobody wants to talk about, as if everyone wishes they would go away. Perhaps, because they are so dangerous. Kansas better take the Missouri Valley boys seriously or they will be gone. SO. ILLINOIS.

Pitt +3 vs UCLA (123½): There’s only one way to look in this one and that’s TOTAL. If either team reaches 60, I’ll be surprised. This will be trench warfare at its ugliest. First to 50 wins. UNDER.

MIDWEST

UNLV +2 vs Oregon: Now for the bad news. The Rebels came away from Wisconsin pretty banged up. The Ducks are in top form and a sleeper candidate for the Final 4. OREGON.

Butler +10½ vs Florida: St. Louis isn’t that far from Butler and you can bet everyone in the house will be against the Gators. This is Cinderella and we’re riding these guys against a Florida team that has had problems covering spreads. BUTLER.

EAST

Vandy +7½ vs Georgetown: The Commodores always have a shooter’s chance. But Georgetown will not concede the 3 and their overall strength and skill will wear Vandy down. If Vandy shoots less than 40 percent, they are toast. G’TOWN.

USC +8½ vs N.Carolina: The Meadowlands is almost like a home away from home for the Tar Heels and Duke. Not so for USC. Hansbrough will be handful for the Trojans, but UNC may underrate the USC speed. USC.