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HOOPS POWER SHIFTING?

By Marc Lawrence — It has been Gonzaga then Baylor all season – for most of the season – until now.

Michigan exited its COVID-19 pause looking as good as it has all season, while Baylor really struggled in its first two games out of its own pause.

Now with Baylor tasting defeat for the first time this season, ESPN has flip-flopped the two teams in its College Basketball Power Rankings.

Let’s pump the brakes on the Michigan No. 1 talk, though. Gonzaga is still atop the nation in nearly every relevant metric, and it’s 7-0 against Quadrant 1 opponents, 5-0 against Quadrant 2 opponents and still hasn’t lost a game yet.

As we inch closer to Selection Sunday, there are still plenty of teams with questions and a handful of teams on the bubble. For a closer look at where the strengths lie in college basketball at the moment click here.

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On the heels of yesterday’s callout on Loyola Marymount and Michigan being involved in the highest-scoring game ever in NCAA Tournament history sits the other side of the coin.

The lowest-scoring game in NCAA Tournament history occurred in 1941 when Pittsburgh defeated North Carolina, 26-20.

The Panthers were 9 for 69 and the Tar Heels 9 for 65 from the field. UNC was also 2 for 8 from the free throw line. Talk about ugly.

Grinding Out The Profits

From the Playbook Basketball Newsletter: We’ve sung the praises of Brad Stevens and his effectiveness when ferreting out revenge games. We’ll look the other way tonight with the shoe on the other foot – namely that of the invading Clippers.

It all started when Boston leveled Los Angeles as a 5.5-point road dog a month ago. Tonight, the Clippers carry a 10-4 ATS mark in this series as a visitor, including 4-0 SUATS in game in which the Celtics sport a losing record.

And a quick check of this year’s record book shows the Clippers at 17-1 SU and 15-3 ATS away when coming off a loss and facing .500 opposition.

Meanwhile, Boston enters off a revenge victory against Washington on Sunday with a meaningful look-ahead to Toronto.

And it certainly doesn’t hurt knowing that the Celts are just 10-20-1 ATS at home in games before taking on Toronto. Call this revenge served cold for the Clippers tonight.

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