Lenny D's FAMOUS CBB Trifecta: It has been a frustrating start to the week for former linesmaker Lenny Del Genio to be sure. Thursday's NCAA action was filled w/ close losses (1-3 overall). All we can say is that w/ over 3 decades experience on "both sides of the counter," Lenny is due for a turnaround. He's bundled ALL 3 night plays into one AWESOME Trifecta!
Game: Detroit U at Kansas Mar 16 2012 9:55PM
Prediction: Detroit U
Grade: Loser (-110)
Reason: Play on Detroit at 9:55 ET. We've heard Detroit called the "best 15 seed ever" by some. Not sure if that's really a compliment, but they are going to give Kansas a tough go in this Round of 64 matchup. This, along w/ Lehigh, is one of the few remaining examples where you can find extreme value with a dog in this Tournament. Kansas largely overachieved this regular season. The Titans actually have the better depth here, an advantage that can be increased here by getting KU big man Jeff Withey (and his 3.3 blocks/game) in foul trouble. While Detroit's defensive numbers aren't very good, they were without C Eli Holman early on. He's a 6'10" presence that can prove huge here. Note that in the Horizon League semifinal and Champ Game, the Titans allowed just 54 ppg. Take Detroit.
Game: Lehigh at Duke Mar 16 2012 7:15PM
Grade: Winner (100)
Reason: Play on Lehigh at 7:15 ET. The Mountain Hawks of Lehigh will not be intimidated by the vaunted pomp and circumstance of Duke here. This is a team that played some good teams tough on the non-conference slate, including losses by only 5 to St. John's, 11 to Michigan State and 9 to Iowa State. Against both tournament teams, they scored 77 points or more. Any time you can go for 80 against Michigan State, that's impressive. What's not impressive here is Duke's defense, which allows 68.5 PPG, but was torched badly at times this season. This Lehigh team also has some depth as well w/ nine players averaging double digit minutes. The name to keep an eye on here is CJ McCollum, who averages 22 points per game. He can go tit for tat with Duke frosh Austin Rivers, Doc's brat kid that has the ball in his hands too often. Doesn't it seem like Coach K's little band of Dookies are overrated every year? They closed on a 0-5 ATS run and only score two more PPG that does Lehigh. Take Lehigh.
Game: Ohio University at Michigan Mar 16 2012 7:20PM
Prediction: Ohio University
Grade: Winner (100)
Reason: Play on Ohio at 7:20 ET. This is a bad matchup for 4th seeded Michigan in what promised to be a battle of teams that love to shoot the three-pointer. But the big difference is how well Ohio defends from the perimeter, holding foes to just 28% shooting from beyond the arc. When the Wolverines aren't connecting from long-range, they simply aren't very good. Just take a look at that Big 10 Tournament game vs. Ohio State where they were blown out of the water, shooting just 30% for the game. Worse news for the Maize and Blue is the fact they are just 1-9 ATS away from Ann Arbor when coming off a loss by 20 or more points. Meanwhile, Ohio is 9-0 ATS in first round tournament games, including an upset as a 14-seed over Georgetown in this event two years ago. The Bobcats have an outstanding guard in DJ Cooper, who averages 14.6 PPG and comes off a great MAC Tournament. He is one of nine players averaging at least 11 minutes per game for the Bobcats. Compare that to just seven for Michigan, who is also a lousy rebounding team. OU cashed seven of eight non-conference games during the year. Take Ohio.