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WILDEST TOURNEY OPEN?

By Marc Lawrence — According to Sports Illustrated, forty years ago we had the wildest opening round in NCAA tournament history.

It was as if Liberty Valance came to town and the womenfolk would hide.

That was back when the main bracket began on a Saturday, and the upsets rained down all over the place.

Two No. 1 seeds lost at the buzzer (Oregon State and DePaul); two No. 2 seeds went down (Kentucky and Arizona State); so did a No. 3 seed (Iowa); and No. 4 seed Louisville was beaten by Arkansas on a half-court shot.

And Kansas State upset of 28–1 Oregon State on a baseline jumper by Rolando Blackman.

But when Liberty University failed to cover on a last second shot against Oklahoma State in Friday’s first round action in this year’s tourney, they and their backers were shot down.

It’s what the NCAA tourney is all about… when two teams go out to face each other, only one returns.

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Grinding Out The Profits

From this week’s Playbook MARCH MADNESS TOURNEY GUIDE: Round 2 of the NCAA tourney offers a myriad of winning situations.

The problem is sifting through them to sort out the best and the worst.

When you find opposites going head-to-head you have a BMW situation – or Best Meets Worst.

Sunday’s pairings finds Texas Tech and its 5-0 ATS mark in Round 2 games taking on Arkansas and its 1-4 ATS ledger in Round 2.

With Red Raiders head coach Chris Beard 7-0 SU and 6-1 ATS in his career during the postseason against foes coming off a pointspread win of 8 or more points, we’ll buckle up and take a ride with TTRR today.

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