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Guaranteed Pick: Larry Ness

Larry's 10* 2nd Rnd No. 1 Total: 10-0 L2 NCAAs-Day: Larry DOMINATED the CFB ov/un line in the regular season (10-3-1 with 10* "featured" totals) & he's kept up his 'ASSAULT' in CBB, going 22-7 (76%) with 10* "featured" totals. Larry's a PERFECT 10-0 the L2 years with his 10* NCAA Tourney Totals (one per round) & here it's his 10* 2nd Round No. 1 NCAA Tourney Total! Want in?

Game: Belmont at Georgetown Mar 16 2012 3:10PM
Prediction: over
Grade: Loser (-110)
Reason: My 10* 2nd Round No. 1 Total is on Belmont/Georgetown Over at 3:10 ET.

Belmont coach Rick Byrd took over at this small Baptist school from Nashville in 1986 (members of the NAIA) and led the school into Division I as an Independent for the 1996-97 season. Belmont joined the Atlantic Sun in 2001-02 and made it’s first of what’s now FIVE appearances in the NCAA tourney back in 2006. The school’s most memorable game in the Big Dance came back in 2008, when the No. 15 seeded Bruins lost 71-70 to Duke (a No. 2 seed), when Gerald Henderson made a layup with just 11.9 seconds remaining. Byrd is still around and this year’s team enters at 27-7, averaging 81.5 PPG on 48.4 percent shooting , including 37.8 percent on threes (make almost NINE per game!). He likes to say the school’s feeling of being “strangers in a strange land” is a thing of the past, as this marks the school’s FIFTH NCAA tourney in the last seven years. Belmont opened its season with one-point loss at Duke (talk about some déjà vu!) and is now a ‘sexy’ upset pick to knock off the third-seeded Georgetown Hoyas on Friday, a team which has suffered first round losses in each of the last two years (to Ohio U in 2010 as 13 1/2-point choices and to VCU last year as 5 1/2-point favorites). I’m NOT sure whether I’m ready to ‘buy into’ a Belmont SU win but I sure see the Bruins scoring in this game. The team’s trio of guards includes juniors Johnson (14.1-3.1-5.2) and Clark (12.7) plus senior Hanlen (10.9-3.4-3.8). Throw in seniors Saunders (10.2-5.0) at 6-10 and Hedgepeth (9.8-5.8) at 6-9 and one has to ‘LOVE’ the balance, depth and experience of this group. A pair of sophomore forwards also make contributions in the 6-6 Mann (8.5-3.6) and the 6-7 Jenkins (5.6-3.0). Now Georgetown is a solid defensive team (allows 59.2 PPG on 38.7% shooting, including nation’s-best 27.0% on threes) but I just don’t see the Hoyas being able to control the pace against the Bruins. Georgetown is a big team with guard Clark (13.9-4.1), the team’s leading scorer, recently starting with the 6-8 Thompson (12.7-5.6), the 6-10 Sims (11.7-6.2-3.5), 6-9 freshman Porter (9.5-6.7) and the 6-8 Lubick (3.5-3.9). Other contributors are guard Starks (7.4) plus 6-8 freshman Whittington (4.2-3.8) The Hoyas were picked to finish in 10th place in the Big East preseason poll, so the team’s 23-8 season has come to a surprise to most. Georgetown owns wins this year over NCAA tourney teams Memphis (twice), Alabama, Louisville, Marquette, UConn, South Florida and Notre Dame. Considering it’s AWFUL efforts in each of the last two NCAA openers, I’m not buying for a second that Georgetown comes out ‘flat’ in this one. Let me go back to Belmont’s season-opener against Duke, which resulted in a 77-76 loss. I see much the same type of game here, which means this game is ‘FLYING OVER!’

Good luck...Larry