Like most of the other guys’ previews this isn’t going to be a 35,000 word dissertation riddled with saber-metrics. Short and sweet, gut picks.
This tournament is gonna be mayhem. With the top two teams, Villanova and Marquette, not looking like themselves as of late, there’s tons of parity. Anybody can beat anybody in the Big East, and pretty much everyone has.
Let’s start with some darts to win it all. I think it’s gonna be too tall a task for Jay Wright and the Wildcats to become the first team to win three in a row, I like a unit on Marquette (+250). I think Marcus Howard has a Kemba run in him.
I also see some value in my Providence Friars at (+3300). I’ll be there making some noise, let’s hope Cooley has another ripped-pants championship game run in him. Half a unit on my guys, book it.
The tournament itself kicks off tonight with (8) Providence v. (9) Butler, and (7) St. John’s v. (10) DePaul. I like Providence ML +105 and St. John’s -4.5, like I said I think PC is hungry and I know that the crowd will show up for the Johnnies.
With all that said, this is my first time posting my picks, so feel free to tail or fade. Idc. This. is. March.
P.S. I’ll be back daily with my picks as the tournament goes on, so follow me on Twitter @OwenRoeder . Cheers.