The lords of college basketball should rename today's ACC/Big 12 championship double-header "Bluebloods Vs. The Virginias."
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Friday's Free Pick selection got decked in the Mountain West semifinals, putting the breaks on what had previously been a pretty decent week. We'll look to lock in a winning week with a strange point spread in the Big 12 championship game.
Full disclosure: I'm a dyed-in-the-wool West Virginia fan. I desperately want the Mountaineers to win this game. It's the third consecutive year Jevon Carter and the guys have made the championship game, but they've yet to take any trophies back to Morgantown. I want it for them, bad.
None of that has anything to do with why I'm picking WVU here. Did you see that point spread? West Virginia is favored over No. 1 seed KU in Kansas City? The celestial forces that have to be at work for something like that to happen are difficult for mere mortals like myself to comprehend.
I'm advocating you take this game purely on the "Something's Fishy" principle, as No. 1 seed Kansas "should" be the favorite in this spot. But if you need a little more than that, I can give it to you.
Kansas and West Virginia played twice this year in the Big 12's double round robin format. West Virginia outplayed KU in both games, only to collapse late and give away the wins. The Mountaineers remain the toughest matchup for Kansas in the conference, and they probably want this game just a little bit more.
I have a rule. With rare exception, I never bet on teams I'm emotionally involved with. However, the weirdness of this point spread qualifies as an exceptional circumstance. If West Virginia was a 1.5-point underdog, I wouldn't even consider it. Instead, I'm telling you to take the Mountaineers.
Pick: WVU -1.5
Bennett Rank Picks for March 10, 2018
Nothing to report today. Bennett's system did recommend plays on Maryland-Baltimore County plus the 11 points, but that game tipped at 11 a.m.
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