Psycho T to gain as March Madness approaches

Mar 3, 2009 5:06 PM
On The Mark by Mark Mayer |

Psycho T will be a nickname you will hear a lot as March Madness approaches. For those unfamiliar to the tag, it stands for how Tyler Hansbrough (pictured) plays basketball.

T decided to stay all four years at North Carolina, a story in itself, but has come under some criticism for a rather pedestrian senior year.

Well last Saturday in Chapel Hill, Hansbrough had his usual understated 28-point, 10-rebound, 8-for-8 from the line in a rout of Georgia Tech. In the process, he broke the NCAA record for most career free throw made (905) that stood for some 50 years.

So there.

Tuesday, March 3

Florida State at Duke: The Blue Devils have won four straight and covered the last three. But this is a tough spot with UNC next on Sunday. FSU is 15-7 ATS and 10-4 overall on the road. Noles could be getting at least 10. FSU.

Utah at New Mexico: Lobos have won 6 of 7 and in basically a pick’em game here. Utah is coming off a stunning 13-point loss at BYU. NEW MEXICO.

Wednesday, March 4

Seton Hall at Louisville: The visiting Pirates have proven they can cover against the Big East elite. Louisville could be giving 14 or more here. Too many points. SETON HALL.

Boston College at NC State: The host Wolfpack have covered 5 of 6 and looking to avenge a 1-point loss at BC. State may be a very slight favorite here. NC STATE.

Thursday, March 5

Tennessee at S. Carolina: The first matchup in Knoxville had a 160½ projected total, the largest of any South Carolina game this season. Gamecocks’ last game vs Vandy finished 179. Carolina scores a lot and allows plenty. OVER.

Friday, March 6

St. John’s at Notre Dame: The Irish were 10-2 until losing by 6 at St. John’s. Since then, 6-10. Problem with taking Notre Dame here is that the spread will be around 14 or 15 and the Red Storm have covered 4 of 5. ST. JOHN’S.

Saturday, March 7

Texas at Kansas: The defending national champs are on an amazing 11-1-1 ATS. Texas just 2-7 ATS in last 9 and may just cruise since this is the last game before the Big 12 tourney. Kansas could be laying 10 or 12, but we’re not stepping in front of that bus. KANSAS.

LSU at Auburn: Arguably the two surprise teams in the SEC. LSU is 25-4, has won 10 straight and beat Auburn by 7 in Baton Rouge. Auburn at 19-10 has covered seven straight. A win over LSU could secure an at-large bid to the Dance. LSU may give 3 or 4. AUBURN.

Sunday, March 8

Duke at N. Carolina: Duke won the first half in Durham by 9, Carolina the game by 14. That’s a 23-point difference the Blue Devils are going to have figure a way to stifle. I don’t see it happening in Psycho T’s last game at the Dean Dome. N. CAROLINA.

OT: Louisville favored by 8½ against Marquette was a gift even without Dominic James. Marquette lost by just 4. But, who knew James would be hurt starting the week!