Flyers at Devils -130
So would you rather bet on Martin Brodeur (2.15 GAA) or Martin Biron (2.64)? It’s been all Brodeur in the last five in this Northeast Division rivalry with the Devils’ netminder allowing just 8 goals in NJ’s five-game win streak against Philly in which his teammates put the puck in the back of the net a healthy 24 times (4.8-1.6 GPG avg.). The Devils are still fighting the Penguins for first place in the division and have Patrik Elias (50 points) back in the lineup. Also worth noting, NJ is a perfect 3-0 versus the Flyers at Newark’s brand new Prudential Center. DEVILS -130.
Davidson +4 versus Wisconsin (CBS)
This Sweet 16 match-up from Ford Field in Detroit in the Midwest Regional is a must watch and should be a low-scoring (total 127) defensive struggle with every possession mattering. Davidson (28-6) rides a 24-game win streak into this game and is led by sophomore guard Stephen Curry. The 10th-seeded Wildcats have played NC, Duke and UCLA within 10 points and have really put themselves on the tourney map with wins over Gonzaga and Georgetown. Wisconsin (30-4) is extremely disciplined and with Brian Butch, Marcus Landry and Trevon Hughes may provide the biggest challenge for top-seed Kansas in this bracket, but there is really something mystical about this Davidson team which may be the best mid-major to surface in years. DAVIDSON +170 (MONEYLINE).
Villanova +11 versus Kansas (CBS)
Trying to stop No. 1 Midwest seed Kansas (33-3) is like trying to fight a tentacle on an octopus – you struggle with one while the other seven arms – Rush, Chalmers, Jackson, Robinson, Collins, Arthur and Kaun – slowly strangle you to death. Villanova (21-12) is led by super sophomore Scottie Reynolds and will have to win the defensive battle to try and keep this one close. Playing in the rugged Big East and getting a passel full of points are enough to look at here betting on another group of Wildcats just trying to advance to the Elite 8 somehow. VILLANOVA +11.