Vegas veteran Benjamin Eckstein, author of America’s Line, brings three decades of expertise to make weekly picks in his”Ecks & Bacon” column.
March Madness picks
LAS VEGAS — Gimme a few Cal-Irvine +3.5 points over Kansas State. Actually, we took +5 if the line started, and it is down to +3.5. So, I could take K-State -3.5 and shoot for the elusive centre, and beg for a four-point final margin. Maybe. However, lemme inform you about Irving. Yeah, I call them Irving because that has been my grandpa’s name.
And they’ve maybe my FAV nickname , the Anteaters. Yet more, get that the Big 12 is WAY much better than the Big West. But, Irving roars to the first-round matchup on a 16-0 straight-up run, and has covered nine of the last 10, with a single push. Also, one of K-State’s best gamers, an All-Big 12 first-teamer for a couple of 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 trainers on this side of the Mississippi, Dana Altman. Regardless of where he belongs, he does is win. Altman submitted a 68-54 listing at Kansas State, 327-176 at Creighton, and is now 235-95 at Oregon. This isn’t his very best gaggle of ducks, sorry, had to throw gaggle in. Really, how often do you get to use gaggle in a life? Oops, never mind, that’s for geese. Ducks are a flock.
Back to biz. And we are talking baby, MONEY! Oregon has come down the stretch like Secretariat, winning and COVERING eight in a row. Totally understand that the Big Ten is far better than the Pac-12, however, Wiscy has been burning cash. The Badgers have covered just two of the past 10, and 20 percent doesn’t make it in my own world.
Close it out down in Columbia, South Carolina, together with Duke -27 over North Dakota State. Are you gonna see a second HUMONGOUS No. 1 vs No. 16 upset? Not sure but we have some numbers you may wanna look at. Talking Duke and North Dakota State. And talking a 27.5-point disperse. That’s a whole lotta chalk. If you are not a fan of the Summit League, subsequently the Bison likely haven’t hit your radar display. That’s why I am here. NDSU has been a cash cow, or cash Bison if you will, covering two of the last 13 overall, and five of the past six on the road.
As for the big picture, the Blue Devils’ overall spread log sits at 18-16, 9-8 on the street and 16-15 as a favorite. The Bison’s overall spread mark is 15-17, 7-12 on the street and 4-8 within an underdog. For you totals players, the Dookies have gone OVER just nine times, UNDER an AMAZING 24 times and pushed once, while Dakota has gone OVER 20 times and UNDER 12. Gonna tickle a Bison, and make a light play into the dog.
NHL select Before I let you go, skate onto the NHL ice , and catch the UNDER on the Islanders/Flyers game tomorrow night.
And plz, PLZ hit me Twitter over the weekend, even @vegasvigorish, just in case anything pops the faculty hoop board.
Benjamin Eckstein is a sportswriter/oddsmaker that is syndicated. His column, America’s Line, together with all the Ecks & Bacon appetizer, has run in the New York Daily News and over 100 other papers since 1988. You can follow him online at He’s loved by most, when he chooses winners, and detested by others, when he chooses the occasional loser. If you wanna bit of Eck, hit his email…

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