Wizard of Odds
Kenny White learned the bookmaking business on his father's knee. By age 24 he was running a sportsbook and at 26 he was setting lines for Vegas' biggest casinos. A two-time winner of the prestigious Stardust Football Invitational, the originator of Player Power Ratings and the former head of the powerful Las Vegas Sports Consultants, Kenny arrived to Sportsline armed with new algorithms, ready to exploit mistakes in the betting line. He debuted with SportsLine in February 2017 and promptly went 51-33-2 (61 percent) on college hoops. He's destroying the books again in 2018. For Kenny White media inquiries, contact SportsLine@CBSInteractive.com.
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This is a big game for both teams as the A-10 Tournament awards a double bye to the top four teams. St. Louis sits in fourth place, leading by one game over four teams. Dayton is tied for ninth (the top 10 teams receive a first-round bye). The Billiens won the first meeting, 75-65, and they're 7-2 SU and ATS over their last nine. Dayton is 3-6 SU and 1-8 ATS over that same span. Grab the points.
Two teams going in opposite directions. The Bears have covered six straight and 10 of 14 in conference play, and boast a five-game win streak that includes victories over the Big 12's best, Kansas and Texas Tech. West Virginia lost on Saturday at Kansas after leading by 12 with 10 minutes left. The loss was the Mountaineers' seventh in their last 11 games, and they're just 5-7 ATS in their last 12. West Virginia beat Baylor 57-54 on Jan. 8 in a game that was close throughout. The top six teams in the Big 12 get a bye in the conference tournament; Baylor currently sits fifth with three teams one game behind. Play on the Bears.
As bad a season as it's been for Wisconsin, at least the Badgers are coming off a win over Purdue. And they have one of the 10 best players in the nation in Ethan Happ. After suspending center Reggie Lynch and losing forward Amir Coffey, the Golden Gophers are 1-11 SU and 2-9 ATS. Minnesota may also be without Dupree McBrayer, who has missed the last two games with a leg injury. Lay the points.
Jerrod Calhoun learned a lot from Bobby Huggins. He likes to pressure on defense like Huggy but he also wants to play that fast on offense. Calhoun's strategy did not quite work so well early in the season as his team went 2-8 ATS in non-conference play. Calhoun made a change and gave up the uptempo offense but kept the pressure defense. His team has responded with a very nice 10-6 ATS record in conference play. YSU is one game out of a bye for the conference tournament. Northern Kentucky gets no benefit from finishing first or second to Wright State, as either way they play the exact amount of games in the conference tournament, which they must win to get another NCAA bid. Coming off a tough loss to Wright State, I expect them to be down. Youngstown also comes in playing with revenge from an earlier loss this season.
There is so much parity that a team like Clemson, ranked No. 22 in my power ratings, could actually get hot enough to sneak into the Final Four. The Tigers' power rating is just seven points below the top team, Virginia. Of Clemson's four road losses, it lost by one at N.C. State, two in overtime at Florida State, by eight at North Carolina and a blowout at Virginia. The Tigers lost at Duke last year and then again in the conference tournament. Four of Duke's five losses have come on the road, and three of them -- Boston College, N.C. State and St. John's are all far less talented than Clemson.
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