2017 NCAA March Madness Sweet 16 Preview and, Odds: Villanova and Duke eliminated.

Written and authored by NCAA Basketball March Madness Expert Analyst Greg Nelson. Charliessports.com produces it for Basketball news and notes.

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The 2017 Sweet Sixteen is in place. Three of the Four top seeds will advance. 2016 National Champions Villanova will be sitting at home in Philadelphia instead of New York City, site of the East Semi and finals.

The Wisconsin Badgers upset the top seed Wildcats at Buffalo, New York over the weekend.

The Duke Blue Devils were at a disadvantage playing in Greenville, South Carolina.

The result has the Gamecocks going to the Sweet 16 for the first time in quite some time.

The East Region looks more like a slew of premier football institutes with South Carolina, Florida, Baylor and Wisconsin all invading the Big Apple.

The West has Gonzaga, Arizona, West Virginia and Xavier. West Regional games will take place in San Jose, California and they get started on Thursday.

Mick Cronin and the Xavier Musketeers are the Cinderella story in the bracket. The Musketeers took down Maryland and a talented Florida State team in the first two rounds.

Xavier is also without their best player Edmond Sumner, who is out for the rest of the season with a severe knee injury. Trevon Blueitt is having his time in the spotlight.

Xavier will take on Arizona, who is the favorite in the contest. However, the Musketeers are a gritty Big East team, used to playing the underdog role.

Xavier will not be intimidated; they beat Florida State in Orlando. The one seed Gonzaga Bulldogs will have their hands full with a very tough West Virginia Mountaineers team.

Head Coach Bob Huggins has West Virginia playing their best basketball of the season.

Bovada. Lv list Xavier at +25,000 to win the 2017 NCAA Tournament, West Virginia at +2,800, Arizona +1,800, and Gonzaga+900.

The storyline of the 2017 March Madness Basketball Tournament this past weekend was the Atlantic Coast Conference.

All season we listened to the analyst on various Television, as well as radio shows, talk about how great the ACC is.

However, the North Carolina Tar Heels are the only team from the conference left in the NCAA Tournament. Making matter worse it took a late surge for the Tar Heels to get past Arkansas to advance.

The Big Ten Conference has three teams left, Xavier and Butler are the only teams from the Big East left and the SEC “FLEXED THEIR MUSCLE” with Kentucky, South Carolina and Florida representing the Football first Conference.

Baylor, Kansas, and West Virginia showed the nation how great the Big Twelve Conference is playing basketball.

Charliessports.com believes the Sweet Sixteen will be just an exciting to fans like the past weekend.

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Free March Madness Betting Predictions and, Odds For Thursday. March 16, 2017: Florida Gulf Coast Eagles vs. Florida State Seminoles.

Written and authored by NCAA Basketball March Madness Expert Analyst Al Presto. Charliessports.com produces it for Basketball news and notes.

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The (26-7) and Number-Fourteen Seed Florida Gulf Coast Eagles of the Atlantic Sun Conference will take a short bus ride to the ” LAND OF DISNEY” for their first round matchup of the 2017 March Madness NCAA Basketball Tournament.

Florida Gulf Coast play’s (25-8) and three seed Florida State Seminoles of the Atlantic Coast Conference in 2017 (First Round) NCAA Basketball March Madness Tournament action.

Tip-off is 9:20 PM EST on the TNT Television Network. The game is on Thursday. March 16, 2017.

The teams will play at the Amway Center in downtown Orlando, Florida.

The best Sports Handicapper believes the Florida Gulf Coast Basketball program is on the rise again post-Andy Enfield era.

Florida Gulf Coast will have plenty of fans in the stands as students will make the short trip from Fort Myers.

Florida State has the talent to make a Final Four run in the 2017 NCAA Tournament.

The Seminoles show the world they can play efficient away from Tallahassee.

The Opening Betting Line has the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles as an Eleven And A Half-Point Underdog Against The Point Spread on a neutral court. The Betting Odds Total is 147-Points for Thursday’s contest.

The 2017 Florida Gulf Coast Eagles won three in a row to capture the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament.

Florida Gulf Coast is not the high-scoring team they were when they upset Georgetown a few years ago in March Madness.

Junior Guard Brandon Goodwin is the spark plug that makes the offense run with efficiency.

The Eagle wants to play at a slow pace and Goodwin will be overmatched against the taller Florida State guards.

Former Kansas Jayhawks assistant Joe Dooley has seen every scenario in the NCAA Tournament.

Dooley will have his team ready to try to pull off the upset, and it’s possible. Orlando should not be an advantage for either team as the distance is about the same from Fort Myers to Orlando as it is from Tallahassee to “O” TOWN.”

However, Florida State has a larger fan base in the Sunshine State.

The key to a Florida Gulf Coast victory is to make Florida State play out of sync and drain the shot clock.

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The Florida State Seminoles got a bye in the first round of the 2017 Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament.

Florida State beat Virginia Tech in the second round before bowing to Notre Dame in the next round.

The Seminoles have talent at every position and a few NBA caliber players. Sophomore Guard Dwayne Bacon leads the “NOLES” in scoring.

Backcourt mate Xavier Rathan-Mayes is capable of taking the team to new heights in the month of March.

Freshman Forward Jonathan Isaac is the teams leading rebounder who can also take the defender on the perimeter. Isaac, a possible lottery pick in the 2017 NBA draft.

Veteran Head Coach Leonard Hamilton has one of his most talent teams since his tenure at the Institute.

The key to a Florida State win is to play patient on offense and expose their strengths which they have at every position.

Bovada.Lv, list the 2017 Florida State Seminoles at +2,800 to win the NCAA March Madness Tournament.

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NCAA Basketball March Madness First Four Predictions and, Odds For Wednesday. March 15, 2017: USC Trojans vs. Providence Friars.

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The (24-9) and Number-Eleven Seed USC Trojans of the PAC-Twelve Conference will make the trip to the “BUCKEYE STATE” for their First Four matchup of the 2017 March Madness NCAA Basketball Tournament.

Southern California will play the (20-12) and 11 seed Providence Friars of the Big East Conference in 2017 NCAA Basketball March Madness Tournament action.

Tip-off is 9:10 PM EST on the Tru Television Network. The game is on Wednesday. March 15, 2017. The teams will play at the University of Dayton Arena in Dayton, Ohio.

The best Sports Handicapper believes the USC Trojans were one of the hottest teams in the land earlier in the season.

Their Head Coach will have the Trojans ready to dominate Wednesday. The Providence Friars are making their fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance.

Providence is turning into one of the most consistent programs in the Big East Conference.

The Opening Betting Line has the Providence Friars as a Three-Point Underdog Against The Point Spread on a neutral court. The Betting Odds Total is 140-Points for Wednesday’s contest.

The 2017 USC Trojans lost to crosstown rivals UCLA in the PAC-Twelve Tournament.

USC Head Coach Andy Enfield and his Trojans are looking for revenge from a 70-69 loss to the Friars in last season’s NCAA tournament.

The Good news is the Trojans don’t have to face Chris Dunn, who is now a member of the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Enfield has experience as the coach of Florida Gulf Coast, who shocked the world a few years ago.

USC has all of the talents to beat you from the perimeter and if they get hot, watch out.

Jordan McLaughlin and De’Anthony Melton can bury the jump shot from anywhere on the court.

Leading scorer Bennie Boatwright is a force on the inside.

The key to a USC victory is to match the intensity of Providence of the defensive end of the basketball court.

Bovada.Lv, list the USC Trojans at +20,000 to win the 2017 NCAA March Madness College Basketball Crown.

The Providence Friars lost to Creighton in the 2017 Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Providence is one of two teams from “LITTLE RHODY” to make the NCAA Tournament.

The Rhode Island Rams won the Atlantic Ten Conference Tournament Sunday by beating VCU.

Providence won their last six games of the regular season to get into the NCAA March Madness Tournament.

Head Coach Ed Cooley understands his team must be ready, USC will be ready.

Providence lost to North Carolina in the second round in 2016, but Kris Dunn and Ben Bentil are now in the NBA.

Guard Kyron Cartwright is a native of the Los Angeles area and will surely be ready. Junior Forward Rodney Bullock must flex his muscle in the post; the Virginia native is the Friars leading scorer.

The key to a Providence victory Wednesday is to play tight defense. Providence can’t get enticed by USC fast pace.

Bovada.Lv, list the 2017 Providence Friars at +25,000 to win the NCAA March Madness Tournament.

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Free Winning NCAA Basketball American Athletic Conference Tournament First Round Pick and, Odds For Thursday. March 9, 2017:Tulane Green Wave vs. Tulsa Golden Hurricane.

Written and authored by NCAA Basketball March Madness Expert Analyst Bobby Wallace. Charliessports.com produces it for Basketball news and notes.

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The (6-24) and Number-Ten Seed Tulane Green Wave of the American Athletic Conference will be in the largest city of the “CONSTITUTION STATE” for their first round American Athletic Conference Tournament matchup.

Tulane play’s the (14-16) and seven seed Tulsa Golden Hurricane also of the AAC in 2017 NCAA Basketball Tournament action.

Tip-off is 6:00 PM EST on the ESPNN Television Network. The game is on Thursday. March 9, 2017. The teams will play at the XL Center in chilly Hartford, Connecticut.

The best Sports Handicapper believes the Tulane Green Wave will not have the large contingent in Hartford on Thursday.

However, the Tulane “HOOPS” program is heading in the right direction but must upgrade facilities.

The Tulsa Golden Hurricane has a long tradition of playing competitive basketball. However, the team has had their struggles down the stretch of the 2017 season.

The Opening Betting Line has the Tulane as a Four-Point, And A Half-Points Underdog Against The Point Spread on a neutral court. The Betting Odds Total is 149-Points for Thursday’s contest.

The Tulane Green Wave won just four games in Conference action this season and finished next to last in the standings.

Tulane beat Tulsa in New Orleans less than a week ago in the regular season finale. Former longtime NBA legend Mike Dunleavy Sr is now running the show with the Tulane basketball program.

The old South Carolina University and NBA star have eighteen years of coaching experience.

However, it’s his first at the collegiate level. The Tulane program is in good hands, and Dunleavy will turn the program around sooner than later. The Green Wave are 1-3 vs. The number of their last four contests.

Junior Guard Cameron Reynolds is the team’s leading scorer and lights up the gym against Tulsa in their final game with seven three-pointers and 31-points.

The key to a Tulane victory is to dictate the pace of the basketball game and make open shots.

Bovada.Lv, list the Tulane Green Wave at +12,500 to win the 2017 American Athletic Conference Basketball Tournament title.

 

The 2017 Tulsa Golden Hurricane seemed to be getting a bye in the AAC Tournament, but they went 2-8 straight up to end the regular season.

Tulsa will now face a confident Tulane team which beat them last Sunday. March 5th. Head Coach Frank Haith must instill some confidence in his team; they look lethargic and lazy.

The Golden Hurricane were 6-2 n Conference play about a month ago. What is going wrong?

NCAA Basketball enthusiast in the “SOONER STATE” believes Haith is over coaching the team.

The starting five are solid, but the bench players have been less than average in production.

Rutgers University transfer Junior Etou Bovada is the team’s leading scorer with just 13 points per game and is the only player averaging double figures.

The key to a Tulsa victory is to play tight defense and control the post.

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Winning College Basketball Betting Predictions and, Odds For Wednesday. March 1, 2017: Marquette Golden Eagles at Xavier Musketeers.

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The (17-11) Marquette Golden Eagles of the Big East Conference are in the “BUCKEYE STATE” for a Conference matchup. Marquette plays the (18-11) Xavier Musketeers also of the Big-East in 2017 NCAA Basketball action.

Tip-off is 9:00 PM EST on the FS-1 Television Network. The game is on Wednesday. March 1, 2017. The teams will play at the Cintas Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.

The best Sports Handicapper believes the Marquette Golden Eagles has a gritty young coach on the bench and is building the program back to prominence.

Marquette is currently a bubble team as far as getting into the NCAA March Madness Tournament.

The Xavier Musketeers were once a top fifteen team this season. However, injuries to key players have the Musketeers also on the bubble.

The Opening Betting Line has the Marquette Golden Eagles as a One And A Half-Point Road Underdog Against The Point Spread.

The Betting Odds Total is 149-Points for Wednesday’s contest.

The 2017 Marquette Golden Eagles beat Xavier by double digits in February of 2017. Marquette is 5-5 their last ten both straight up and Against The Spread.

The Golden Eagles control their destiny as far as the “BIG DANCE” goes. Win their next two games, and a strong showing in the annual Big East Tournament in New York City and they are in the field.

Head Coach Steve Wojciechowski is a former Duke standout known for his gritty play at both ends of the floor. “WOJO” is looking to take the program back to the success they had under Al McGuire in the 1970’s.

The Golden Eagles can score with any team in the land, but they must learn the fundamentals of defense.

Sophomore Guard Haanif Cheatham is underachieving this season after a stellar Freshman campaign.

The Fort Lauderdale, Florida native has the talent to make the Golden Eagles a Sweet Sixteen basketball squad.

The key to a Marquette victory is to dictate the flow of the game and make open shots both on the perimeter and in the post.

Bovada.Lv, list the Marquette Golden Eagles at +50,000 to win the 2017 March Madness NCAA Basketball Tournament Championship.

The Xavier Musketeers are just above Marquette in the Big East Conference standings, both teams is 8-8 in Big East action.

Xavier is 12-3 in front of the home crowd this season. Head Coach Chris Mack and his team were considered a ninth seed before they went on a five-game losing streak.

The Musketeers have also been wrong to ATS bettors, 1-9 their last ten basketball contests.

Xavier now considered a strong bubble team, a win Wednesday at home could go a long way in getting back to the good graces of the NCAA Tournament committee.

Junior Guard Trevon Bluiett leads Xavier in scoring and must impose his will on the final two games as well as the Big East Tournament.

The loss of Sophomore guard Edmond Sumner is hurting at both ends of the basketball court.

The key to a Xavier victory is to play with renewed energy. Bovada.Lv, list the 2017 Xavier Musketeers at +30,000 to win the NCAA Basketball March Madness Tournament Title.

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Free 2017 College Basketball Picks and, Odds: Indiana Hoosiers at Purdue Boilermakers.

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The (16-13) Indiana Hoosiers of the Big Ten Conference will travel north in the “HOOSIER STATE” for a Conference matchup. Indiana will take on the (23-6) and 13th-ranked Purdue Boilermakers also of the Big-10 in 2017 NCAA Basketball action.

Tip-off is 7:00 PM EST on the ESPN Television Network. The game is on Tuesday. February 28, 2017. The teams will play at the historic Mackey Arena in West Lafayette, Indiana.

The best Sports Handicapper believes the Indiana Hoosiers are on the outside looking in to get into the 2017 NCAA March Madness Tournament.

The Hoosiers must win the Big Ten Tournament to go “DANCING.” The Hoosiers are just 8-10 in Big Ten action.

Purdue, on the other hand, wins the Big Ten regular season title with a victory over their in-state rivals.

The Boilermakers are also looking for the season sweep over Indiana.

The Opening Betting Line has the Indiana Hoosiers as a Ten And A Half-Point Road Underdog Against The Point Spread. The Betting Odds Total is 150′-Points for Tuesday’s contest.

The Indiana Hoosiers have lost four of the last five to the Purdue Boilermakers, and that is unacceptable in the basketball-crazed state.

Indiana is also 0-5 to the Number in the span. Indiana broke a five-game losing streak on Saturday. February, 25th in front of the home crowd by beating Northwestern.

Hoosiers head coach Tome Crean must find a way to attract top talent to Bloomington. The day’s of Cody Zeller and Victor Oladipo are gone, but they have the facilities plus a strong tradition to bring in top tier players. T

he city of Indianapolis is full of talented high schoolers, and Crean must tap into the pool.

The Butler Bulldogs have taken over as the top College Basketball program in the Central part of the state, and it is not sitting well with Hoosier fans.

The key to an Indiana victory is for Guard James Blackmon to shoot the light’s out of the basketball.

Bovada.Lv, list the Indiana Hoosiers at +25,000 to win the 2017 NCAA Basketball March Madness Tournament. (They must get in the Tournament first).

The 2017 Purdue Boilermakers lost at Michigan 82-70 in their last game. The defeat ended a six-game winning streak, but the Purdue Boilermakers will be in the “BIG DANCE.”

Mackey Arena will be rocking, not only will their rivals be in the building but a Championship is also on the line.

Head Coach Matt Painter is in his twelfth season on the bench in West Lafayette and has one of his finest teams.

Senior Caleb Swanigan leads the team in scoring and rebounds and is a front-runner for the Big Ten player of the year. T

he Fort Wayne, Indiana native will have family in the stands but understands the team has the talent to make a run in the NCAA Tournament.

The key to a Purdue victory is to take advantage of the home crowd and play solid at both ends of the court.

Bovada.Lv, list the 2017 Purdue Boilermakers at +425 to win the Big Ten regular season Title.

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Free 2017 NBA Picks and, Odds: Houston Rockets at New Orleans Pelicans.

Written and authored by National Basketball Association Expert Analyst Bobby Wallace. Charliessports.com produces it for Basketball news and notes.

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The (40-18) Houston Rockets of the Western Conference Southwest Division are in the “BIG EASY” for a Divisional matchup. Houston takes on the (23-34) New Orleans Pelicans also of the Western Conference Southwest in 2017 NBA action.

Tip-off is 8:05 PM EST. The game is on Thursday. February 23, 2017. The teams will play at the Smoothie King Center in downtown New Orleans, Louisiana.

The best Sports Handicapper believes the Houston Rockets overachieved in the first half of the season. Can the Rockets continue their winning ways as the second half begins?

The New Orleans Pelicans acquired another force in the post. DeMarcus “Boogie” Cousins is now playing for his home state team.

The Opening Betting Line has the New Orleans Pelicans as a Three Point Home Favorite Against The Point Spread. The Betting Odds Total is 227-Points for Thursday’s contest.

The Houston Rockets lost to the Miami Heat in front of their home crowd before the 2017 NBA ALL Star break.

Houston still has the third-best record in the Western Conference and are second in the Southwest division. Houston is 7-4 vs. Divisional opponents this season and 19-11 on the road.

The Rockets own a three-game winning streak over Thursday’s opponent.

First Year Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni is doing a masterful job with “SUPERSTAR” James Harden moving him to the Point Guard position.

The Arizona State University Alumni are the front runner for the league Most Valuable Players this season.

Also two-guard, Eric Gordon, who won the 3-Point contest is having his best year as a pro.

Houston is the second highest scoring team in the NBA and acquired another scoring threat, Lou Williams comes to the team from the Los Angeles Lakers.

The key to a Houston victory is to make open shots from the perimeter and defend the post.

Bovada.Lv, list the Houston Rockets at +700 to win the 2017 NBA Western Conference Championship.

The 2017 New Orleans Pelicans have won three of their last four both straight up and to the Number.

New Orleans is next to last in the Southwest Division and will probably miss the postseason.

Things are looking up for basketball in the “BIG EASY” with DeMarcus Cousins wearing a Pelicans uniform.

Head Coach Alvin Gentry must communicate with the former Sacramento Kings All-Star.

Cousins, labeled as uncoachable, and Gentry can become a hero by finding common ground with the talented big man.

Former Kentucky Wildcats star Anthony Davis won the MVP of the All-Star game and can also become a fixture by working with his former UK alumni.

The Pelicans are going to be tough to defend in the post wit the two seven footers who can put the basketball on the floor and dominate inside.

Coaches in the Western Conference are probably pulling their hair out. The key to a New Orleans victory is to play inside out basketball and feed the post.

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