By Marc Lawrence — From this week’s Playbook MARCH MADNESS TOURNEY GUIDE: We simply weren’t impressed with the Maryland’s nonchalant ways this season, especially when taking points (4-10 SU and 5-9 ATS, including 0-5 SUATS as a dog of 4 or less).
The Terps are also riding a slow path to the poor house in the NCAA tournament, going 2-7 ATS in their last nine games.
Meanwhile, UConn was a different team with guard James Bouknight in the lineup this season.
The Huskies’ leading scorer (19.0 PPG) with a future in the NBA missed 8 games in which UConn went 4-4 before he returned to the lineup February 16.
They closed out the campaign 6-1 with him back in the lineup. In addition UConn cashed in five of its seven games versus tourney teams this season.
With its 17-3 SU and 16-4 ATS mark in this tourney since 2009, the Huskies are the epitome of a team ready to devour some turtle soup tonight.
Finding An Upset
Saturday would normally mark the beginning of the 2nd round of the NCAA tournament, but this year we have twice the number of games to start off the weekend.
Four underdogs pulled upsets and gained entry during the First Four on Thursday night.
And No. 15 Oral Roberts upset No.2 Ohio State yesterday. Are more upsets in the offing?
Games of note on today’s card include No. 3 seed Kansas, who will lightened by losses to three players to failed COVID tests, including starting center David McCormick, the team’s third-leading scorer.
That makes this is a dangerous game against an Eastern Washington team that has gone 13-1 in its last 14 games.
St. Bonaventure and LSU is a classic tortoise vs. the hare matchup. The Bonnies score just 70.3 points per game and are ranked fourth in the country in scoring defense (60.1), 17th in defensive efficiency and 319th in tempo.
LSU ranks eighth in the country in scoring (82.2) and 78th in tempo.
The Tigers have three of the SEC’s top 10 scorers in 6-4 freshman Cam Thomas (22.8), 6-9 sophomore Trendon Watford (16.2) and 6-4 junior Javonte Smart (15.7).
Finally, UCSB has won 20 games in each of coach Joe Pasternack’s four seasons as head coach after going 6-22 the year before he got there. They vanquished a really good UC Irvine team by 16 points in the tourney final.
To read more previews on today NCAA tournament firs round matchups click here.
The number of total cases in the DeShaun Watson lawsuit alleging inappropriate conduct and sexual assault has risen to 12.
In addition, the Houston attorney prosecuting the case has spoken to “more than 10 additional women” who have come forward with reports about similar conduct from Watson after encounters.
“We actually had contact with Deshaun Watson’s agent/lawyer from Los Angeles, who minimized these allegations, who did not take them seriously,” lawyer Tony Buzbee said.
“We wanted to resolve this matter without a lawsuit, without any publicity. We knew that once we filed a lawsuit – Texas, of course, has an open courts provision in the constitution, so all lawsuits are public. We wanted to avoid that.”
Meanwhile, Watson’s attorney issued a statement saying the allegations against Watson are “meritless.”
This is going to get ugly. Real ugly.