Round 2 Picks: A10 Tournament

So I am a little late with this and missed the Charlotte/SLU game that started at 12…so I won’t pick that game.

Butler (-2.0) vs La Salle (+2.0)
I think La Salle is a good match-up against Butler. La Salle did beat Butler last time these teams played. La Salle is also averaging 76ppg in their last 5 games while giving up 71ppg in the same span. Butler, meanwhile, is averaging 65ppg while giving up 68ppg over their last 5. La Salle wins and they definitely cover the 2.0.

St. Joe’s (+7.0) vs VCU (-7.0)
I have VCU winning outright as they are just way more talented than St. Joe’s plus their defense will shut this Hawks team down. VCU covers but it will be because of fouling at the end of the game so if you bet on this game, expect it kind of close until the end.

UMass (+5.0) vs Temple (-5.0)
I have Temple winning this game. However, I think UMass covers. This will be a great game with Chaz Williams and Khalif Wyatt both trying to out-perform each other. There will also be a lot of 3’s. UMass has been keeping it close for the most part this year (win or lose).

So there we have it. Just know I am batting .500 in sports betting so don’t blame me for my wrong picks….and send a piece of the winnings if I am right.

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Wild Finishes Today In The First Round Of A-10 Tournament Play

Richmond/Charlotte

Tough day for the refs in this game. I think Richmond got absolutely screwed with some of these calls. In conference tournament games, refs really need to not make themselves the show and really be conservative with their whistles. I’ll be curious to see what the league has to say about this tomorrow. Either way, I’m happy with the outcome. I said that I thought Charlotte would win outright (thereby covering the spread). Take it to the bank. Anyways, get ’em, Digger!

Xavier/St. Joe’s

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GIF courtesy of SB Nation

What a bad beat…had Xavier covering (and winning outright). Xavier fought to gain the lead. Had a 1 point lead with 28 seconds left and took a bad shot (essentially giving the ball back to St. Joe’s). Then Xavier doesn’t do what any team with a 1 point lead does…they allowed the St. Joe’s player to get into the paint and drive to the basket and fouled him. Now down 1 point with 1.4 seconds left, Xavier gets a GIFT of a lucky bounce on the inbounds pass landing right in Philmore’s hands with nobody around and he bricks an easy lay up. What a shitty way to end your last season in the A-10, huh? NIT should be entertaining, though….cheer up Xavier fans!