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March for the Cash: Off to a HOT start, plus plays for every game Friday

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4-1-1 Thursday 3/15

Rhode Island -2 WIN
San Diego State +4  WIN
Kentucky-5 PUSH
Loyola Chicago +1.5 WIN
Florida -4 WIN
NC State +3 LOSS

Including the play in games:
Favorites are 15-5 straight up
Favorites are 12-8 ATS
Unders have dominated going 14-6

Day 1 is in the books, and we got what we expected, THRILLERS! One, thing we must take note of is how sharp the lines were on the first day of games. 8 out of the first 12 games ended within 3 points of the line.

- Down goes No 4 seed Arizona. Listed as an 8.5 point favorite, the Wildcats were blown out by Buffalo. Many fans kissed their brackets goodbye.

- The Houston Cougars won a thriller of a game behind Rob Gray's 39-point performance. None more important than the layup with 1 second left for the Game-winner! One stat that does stick out is Gray had 0 assists, something that must change if they want to advance to the sweet 16. Cougars only had 5 assists the whole game.

- Villanova is SCARY! The Wildcats offense is ranked No 1 in efficiency, as we can see why. They shot lights out hitting 59.6% percent from the field while hitting 14 three-pointers (51.9).

- The Big Ten tournament starting a week early hurt the Wolverines. Michigan started the game ice cold and looked out of sorts. They finally were able to overcome the slow start (10-0) and covered the -10.5 spread.

Here are my predictions for every game (official plays at the bottom)

Kansas State +1     O/U 144
Creighton
Kansas St +1

Providence +2     O/U 138
Texas A&M
Texas A&M -2

Lipscomb +20       O/U 163
North Carolina
Over 163

Butler                     O/U 151.5
Arkansas  +1.5
Butler-1.5

CS Fullerton +20.5    O/U 146.5
Purdue
1st Half Under 68.5

Syracuse +4            O/U 136.5
TCU
Under 136.5

Bucknell +14.5    O/U 148
Michigan State
Over 148

Texas                   O/U 143
Nevada +1    
Texas -1

Georgia State+14    O/U 129.5
Cincinnati
Under 129.5

Texas Southern +19.5     O/U 160
Xavier
Xavier -19.5

Florida State           O/U 147
Missouri +1.5
Missouri +1.5


Murray State +10.5      O/U 145.5
West Virginia
Under 145.5

Marshall   +12    O/U 165
Wichita State
Over 165

New Mexico State +5.5    O/U 133
Clemson
New Mexico St +5.5       

College of Charleston   +9 O/U 148
Auburn
Auburn -9

Official Plays
New Mexico St +5.5
Texas A&M -2
Butler-1.5
Cincinnati Under 129.5



Any questions or comments reach me at @JerryBoKnowz on twitter
 

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Kyle Tucker had a big day at the plate on Sunday. Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images

After splitting the first two games of the series, with one team or the other putting on a solid offensive performance in each, the Astros tried to win their fourth series in their last five by taking the rubber game on Sunday against the Blue Jays. Thanks in part to a big day from Kyle Tucker, who played a significant role in the early offense they used to power to the win, they would accomplish their mission.

Final Score: Astros 7, Blue Jays 4

Astros' Record: 18-16, second in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Bryan Abreu (2-1)

Losing Pitcher: Nate Pearson (0-1)

Kyle Tucker helps lead the offense to seven unanswered runs

Houston did not go easy on Nate Pearson in his 2021 debut. After a scoreless first, the Astros loaded the bases on two walks and a single, then brought the first run of the day home on an RBI walk by Michael Brantley. Another walk opened the door in the bottom of the third, and Kyle Tucker capitalized with an RBI triple to make it 2-0, followed by an RBI single by Robel Garcia to make it a three-run lead, ending Pearson's day one out into the bottom of the third.

Things didn't get easier for Toronto's pitching in the next inning, as Jose Altuve would lead off the bottom of the fourth with a solo homer. A single and a walk then set up another big hit for Kyle Tucker, a three-run dinger to make it seven unanswered runs and giving Tucker four RBI on the day.

Blue Jays pound Greinke in the fifth

After four shutout innings to start his day on the mound, working around a few hits along the way, Zack Greinke tried to cash in on his team's offense to get another win on his record. He wouldn't be able to get it done, though, as Toronto would get after him in the top of the fifth. They would score four times amongst five batters that came to the plate, with a solo homer by Rowdy Tellez, a two-RBI double by Bo Bichette, and an RBI single by Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

That made it a 7-4 game, and with Greinke still not having recorded an out in the frame, Dusty Baker would lift him at 88 pitches in favor of Bryan Abreu, who would get a pop out and a double play to end the inning and keep the lead at three runs. Greinke's final line: 4.0 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 HR, 88 P.

Houston takes the series

No more runs would come on either side the rest of the way, with Kent Emanuel working around a single for a scoreless sixth, Ryne Stanek getting a 1-2-3 seventh, and Andre Scrubb doing the same in the eighth to set up Ryan Pressly for the save. Pressly would get the job done, sending the Blue Jays down in order, including two strikeouts to wrap up the win and giving Houston the series victory.

Up Next: The Astros will stay at home to continue this homestand, welcoming in the Angels for three games starting Monday at 7:10 PM Central. The opener will feature a pitching matchup of Alex Cobb (1-2, 5.48 ERA) for Los Angeles and Luis Garcia (0-3, 3.28 ERA) for Houston.

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