Bobby Dalton has an EARLY NIT 7* for Saturday – add to an amazing NIT track record with a big win to start the day!
Big E will be featuring FOUR 10* Biggies today for $9.94 each or get them as part of his 4 x 4 package!
Nelly’s had a rotten Friday in the Round of 64 despite our 65% run the past three NCAA Tournaments and a 62% regular season this year. We’ll hope to bounce back today and will have our next 2/3 out by 10 AM CT. Two of our underdog sides had multi-basket leads for significant stretches of the game but fell short for a tough result.
FREE PICK SATURDAY: #773 Eastern Washington +10.5 over Kansas 12:15 PM CT
Kansas was given a #3 seed in the Big Dance despite eight losses this season and having to exit the Big XII tournament. The Jayhawks are 8-1 in the past nine games but four of those wins were vs. teams outside of the nation’s top 100. Wins over Oklahoma State and Baylor stand out but a flat showing post-quarantine seems likely. Star freshman Jalen Wilson isn’t with the team and while David McCormack appears cleared to play both tested positive last week and have been unable to practice prior to this game, not to mention any possible lingering conditioning concerns. Eastern Washington played right with a few Pac-12 teams as well as Saint Mary’s in non-conference action and this squad dominated the Big Sky going 15-3 following convincing wins in the semis and finals. The Eagles are an exceptional 80 percent free throw shooting team and a strong 3-point shooting team while featuring a very low turnover rate for favorable underdog characteristics. They do play very fast which isn’t always ideal for an underdog to hold on but given that a very thin Kansas team will be short-handed and without usual practice time that may be less of an issue. Kansas is a rather mediocre offensive team, leaning on its defense this season. Kansas had plenty of close calls in non-conference action with three wins by four or fewer points including against North Dakota State in Lawrence. A few more points might make this an appealing selection but the underdog still warrants a small look, with better size than many smaller conference schools.