Vegas veteran Benjamin Eckstein, author of America’s Line, brings three years of expertise to make weekly picks in his”Ecks & Bacon” column.
March Madness picks
LAS VEGAS — Gimme a few Cal-Irvine +3.5 points over Kansas State. In fact, we took +5 when the line started, and it is now down to +3.5. So, I could take K-State -3.5 and shoot for the elusive middle, and pray for a four-point final perimeter. Maybe. But lemme tell you. Yeah, I predict them Irving because that was my grandpa’s name.
And they have perhaps my FAV nickname ever, the Anteaters. Yet again, get that the Big 12 is WAY better than the Big West. However, Irving roars into the first-round matchup on a 16-0 straight-up run, also has covered nine of the last 10, with a single push. In addition, one of K-State’s very best players, an All-Big 12 first-teamer for two years, F Dean Wade, is GONE. Eaters gotta EAT!
Quack Quack. Yeah, the Ducks, baby! Oregon dropped my favorite college player, Bol Bol, yeah, son of Manute, back in January. However, the Ducks do have among the greatest coaches on this side of the Mississippi, Dana Altman. he does is win. Altman posted a 68-54 listing at Kansas State, 327-176 at Creighton, and is currently 235-95 in Oregon. This isn’t his very best gaggle of ducks, sorry, had to throw gaggle in. Really, how often can you get to utilize gaggle in a lifetime? Oops, never mind, that’s for geese. Ducks are a flock.
Back to biz. And we are talking baby, MONEY! Oregon has come down the stretch just like Secretariat, winning and COVERING eight in a row. Totally understand the Big Ten is way better than the Pac-12, however, Wiscy has been burning money. The Badgers have covered only two of the past 10, and 20 percent doesn’t make it within my world.
Close down it in Columbia, South Carolina, with Duke -27 over North Dakota State. Are you gonna observe a second HUMONGOUS No. 1 vs No. 16 mad? Not certain but we do have some numbers you might wanna look at. Talking North Dakota State and Duke. And talking a 27.5-point spread. That is a whole lotta chalk. If you’re not a fan of this Summit League, then the Bison likely have not hit your radar screen. That’s why I’m here. NDSU was a cash cow, or cash Bison if you may, covering nine of the last 13 total, and five of the last six on the street.
In terms of the big picture, the Blue Devils’ overall disperse log sits in 18-16, 9-8 on the street and 16-15 as a favorite. The Bison’s overall spread markers is 15-17, 7-12 on the street and 4-8 as an underdog. For you totals gamers, the Dookies have gone OVER just nine times, UNDER an AMAZING 24 times and pushed after, while Dakota has gone OVER 20 times and UNDER 12. Gonna tickle a Bison, and make a light play into the dog.
NHL select Before I let you go, skate on the NHL ice , and catch the UNDER on the Islanders/Flyers game tomorrow .
And plz, PLZ struck me Twitter over the weekend, @vegasvigorish, only if anything pops on the faculty hoop board.
Benjamin Eckstein is a sportswriter/oddsmaker that is nationally syndicated. His column, America’s Line, together with all the Ecks & Bacon appetizer, has run in the New York Daily News and above 100 other newspapers since 1988. You can follow him online at He’s beloved by most, when he chooses winners, and detested by others, when he chooses the occasional failure. Should you wanna piece of Eck, hit his email…

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