Ohio State @ Maryland on 2/11

By Totals 4 U

Hello, Sports Fans! With the very busy football seasons behind us, it is time to jump back in here by looking at some match ups down the College Basketball homestretch. First up, we head to the Big 10 Conference for Ohio State @ Maryland, tipping off 4:00 EST Saturday on ESPN…

OHIO STATE (15-10, 5-7 Big 10): The Buckeyes held off Rutgers Wednesday night with a 4-point play by Kam Williams with a minute to play, taking a 70-64 win in Columbus. 7’0″ junior C Trevor Thompson added 15 points, 13 boards, and 3 blocks to earn the crew their 2nd straight victory and just barely keeping their Big Dance hopes alive.

Thad Matta’s group is pretty well-balanced with 4 players averaging double-digit scoring, led by forwards Jae’Sean Tate (14.1p, 6.1r) and Marc Loving (11.7p, 5.0r) plus a solid big man with Thompson adding 9.4 rebounds per game to his 10.8 points.

On the injury front, Ohio State may be getting their starting point guard back in position. 6’5″ sophomore PG JaQuan Jyle (11.4p, 5.0a) has been taking a secondary role while he works through an ankle injury and represents a big step up over 6’1″ CJ Jackson (5 turnovers last game), his temporary replacement.

The Buckeyes are capable of surprising a good team in the Big 10 Tourney – and they are going to have to earn the invite they missed last season.

MARYLAND (20-4, 8-3 Big 10): The Terrapin dropped their 2nd straight Tuesday night with a lackluster 64-70 loss at middling Penn State to follow a tough 72-73 home drop to Purdue. Flat all night, Maryland managed just 20 of 59 from the field and 7 of 26 behind the arc against the Lions.

Dynamic 6’3″ junior G Melo Trimble leads the way with 16.9 points per game and is deadly from the line at .831, paired with 6’0″ Anthony Cowan (10.2p, 4.0r, 3.6a) in the back court. 6’7″ forwards Jackson (11.4p and 6.3r) and Heuerter (8.9p, 5.0r) are versatile and add some 3-point firepower (81-196 combined).

Coach Mark Turgeon’s offense starts with strong defense, allowing just 66.5 points per game on .402 shooting from the field and .320 behind the arc. Truly a team-rebounding crew with 7 players averaging at least 3 boards a game while big men Dodd, Cekovsky, and Bender are all capable of delivering a pass over the top on the break.

Wins by Wisconsin and Purdue Thursday night, paired with recent Terp losses, have ended hopes for a regular season championship but this a team that could still take the Big 10 Tourney.

FREE SELECTION: College Park will be raising a banner at the XFinity Center for former Coach Lefty Driesell. Driesell was the originator of “Midnight Basketball” back in 1971, the only coach to record 100+ wins with 4 teams, and piled up 786 wins over 41 seasons (17 at Maryland).

The Terrapins topped the Buckeyes 77-71 on January 31st in Columbus and we expect them to right the ship with a home game against a team they so recently beat. Better shooting, better on the break, a better star, and know how to grind with 17 made free-throws per contest. No line on the game yet but our prediction is 76-67 Maryland.

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– TD at Totals 4 You


Top NCAA Tourney Upset!!

By Totals 4 U

The most exciting three weeks in sports have arrived as the final 64 teams of your 2014 Big Dance begin tipping off Thursday morning at 12:15 EST!

Buzzer-beaters and bracket-busting upsets drive the early round action and in this article (tomorrow we’ll address Friday’s slate) we’re zeroing in on our pick for Thursday’s biggest shocker.

Contrasting styles take favorites out of their comfort zones, fertile ground for producing upsets, so let’s look at parings that feature squads with better offensive efficiency rankings (according to stat-master Ken Pomeroy) facing squads with better defensive efficiency ratings…

12:15 EST tip on CBS
(11) Dayton (23-10) OFF: 32 DEF: 103
(6) Ohio State (25-9) OFF: 123 DEF: 4

12:40 EST tip on TRU-TV
(15) American (20-12) OFF: 199 DEF: 47
(2) Wisconsin (26-7) OFF: 5 DEF: 58

6:55 EST tip on TBS
(10) St Joseph’s (24-9) OFF: 68 DEF: 56
(7) Connecticut (26-8) OFF: 78 DEF: 11

7:20 EST tip on TNT
(12) NC State (22-13) OFF: 23 DEF: 124
(5) St Louis (26-6) OFF: 176 DEF: 8

9:40 EST tip on CBS
(10) Arizona State (21-11) OFF: 99 DEF: 29
(7) Texas (23-10) OFF: 79 DEF: 36

9:57 EST tip on TRU-TV
(13) New Mexico State (26-9) OFF: 41 DEF: 128
(4) San Diego State (29-4) OFF: 104 DEF: 7

…and to find out our Free Top Upset Pick for Thursday CLICK HERE

Great Eight Weekend

Great Eight Weekend is here, sports fans, and it’s going to be huge!

Foundation Friday built the roll with a sweet 4-0 from the college basketball (2013 Sweet 16 Total of the Year was Michigan/Kansas Over the Total) while your NBA Northwest Division Total of the Year winner, Thunder/Timberwolves Under the Total carried the pros and today we LET IT RIDE…

From the pro side, your NBA East/West Primetime Total of the Month for Brooklyn/Utah, tipping at 9:00 EST.

From the campuses, your Grand-Daddy! Your 2013 NCAA Tournament Total of the Year is set to roll with Syracuse vs Marquette from the Verizon Center, tipping at 4:30 EST on CBS.

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Huge Basketball Lineup Today

Great college & pro basketball lineup today, sports fans. Round 2 from The Dance continues while The Association goes full slate with 11 dynamite contests!

On our Totals handicapping, the run good run continues. The conference and national college basketball tourney have been huge money-makers while the NBA yielded a tidy 3-0 night from last night’s short board.

Today, the winning continues early with your 2012 NCAA Tourney Round 2 Total of the Year tipping early on Mississippi vs Wisconsin on TRUtv at 12:40 EST – guaranteed against tonight’s college report.

On the late show, a full college report including a dynamite 2-teamer for Florida Gulf Coast vs Georgetown at 6:50 EST plus Iona vs Ohio State at 7:15 EST.

On the pro side we’ve released March’s NBA Triple “Unders” Parlay of the Month – guaranteed 2-1 or better – plus a couple bonus winners!

You can get in on the action at the Totals 4 You Home Page

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