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Las Vegas Expert Picks: March Madness

Vegas veteran Benjamin Eckstein, author of America’s Line, brings three decades of experience to make weekly selections in his"Ecks & Bacon" column.
March Madness picks
LAS VEGAS — Gimme a few Cal-Irvine +3.5 points over Kansas State. In fact, we took +5 if the line started, and it is down to +3.5. So, I could take K-State -3.5 and take for the elusive middle, and beg for a four-point final perimeter. Maybe. However, lemme inform you about Irving. Yeah, I call them Irving because that has been my grandpa’s name.
And they have perhaps my FAV nickname , the Anteaters. Yet again, get the Big 12 is WAY better than the Big West. However, Irving roars into the first-round matchup on a 16-0 straight-up run, also has covered nine of the last 10, with a single push. Also, one of K-State’s best players, an All-Big 12 first-teamer for two decades, F Dean Wade, is GONE. Eaters gotta EAT!
Quack Quack. Yeah, the Ducks, baby! Oregon dropped my favorite college player, Bol Bol, yeah, son of Manute, back in January. However, the Ducks do have among the greatest coaches on the side of the Mississippi, Dana Altman. No matter where he goes, all he does is win. Altman submitted a 68-54 record at Kansas State, 327-176 at Creighton, and is now 235-95 at Oregon. This isn’t his best gaggle of ducks, sorry, had to throw gaggle in. Really, how many times do you get to utilize gaggle in a lifetime? Oops, never mind, that is for geese. Ducks are a flock.
Back to biz. And we’re talking MONEY! Oregon has come down the stretch like Secretariat, winning and COVERING eight in a row. Totally understand that the Big Ten is way better than the Pac-12, but Wiscy has been burning cash. The Badgers have covered just two of their last 10, and 20 percent doesn’t make it in my world.
Close it out down in Columbia, South Carolina, with Duke -27 over North Dakota State. Are you gonna observe a second HUMONGOUS No. 1 vs No. 16 upset? Not certain but we have some numbers you may wanna seem at. Discussing North Dakota State and Duke. And speaking a 27.5-point disperse. That’s a whole lotta chalk. If you are not a fan of the Summit League, then the Bison probably haven’t hit your radar display. That is why I’m here. NDSU has been a cash cow, or money Bison if you may, covering two of the last 13 overall, and five of the last six on the road.
As for the big picture, the Blue Devils’ overall spread log sits at 18-16, 9-8 on the road and 16-15 as a favored. The Bison’s in general spread mark is 15-17, 7-12 on the street and 4-8 within an underdog. For you totals gamers, the Dookies have gone OVER only nine occasions, UNDER that an AMAZING 24 occasions and pushed after, while Dakota has gone OVER 20 times and UNDER 12. Gonna tickle a Bison, also make a light play into the dog.
NHL pick Before I let you go, skate on the NHL ice , and grab the UNDER on the Islanders/Flyers game tomorrow night.
And plz, PLZ struck me on Twitter over the weekend, even @vegasvigorish, only if anything pops on the college hoop board.
Benjamin Eckstein is a nationally syndicated sportswriter/oddsmaker. His column, America’s Line, with the Ecks & Bacon appetizer, has conducted in the New York Daily News and above 100 other papers since 1988. You can follow him on line at www.americasline.com. He is loved by many, when he chooses winners, and detested by others, when he picks the occasional failure. Should you wanna bit of Eck, hit his email…ben@americasline.com.

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