Hollywood Sports' 25* FINAL FOUR GAME OF THE YEAR!: Frank Sawyer's Hollywood Sports is PEAKING to close this CBB season with his RED HOT 8 of 11 (73%). CBB winning streak! Frank OWNS March Madness with his SENSATIONAL 37-19 (66%) mark with his highest-rated 25* NCAA Tournament releases & now he UNLEASHES his 25* Final Four Game of the Year. BANK on Frank!
Game: Ohio State at Kansas Mar 31 2012 8:45PM
Prediction: Ohio State
Grade: Loser (-110)
Reason: At 8:45 PM EST on Saturday, we will be playing the Ohio State Buckeyes minus the points versus the Kansas Jayhawks in the Semifinals of the NCAA Tournament. Ohio State's depth was on display as they gutted out a 77-70 win over Syracuse in a game where the referees were apparently getting paid by the whistle. Officials called a whopping 49 fouls in this game to almost completely change the tone of this game. Despite this adversity of the refs getting way too involved, the Buckeyes (31-7) deserve credit for surviving these circumstances. Jared Sullinger played only 26 minutes because of foul trouble. Furthermore, Aaron Craft only had five points while William Buford and DeShaun Thomas combined to hit just 9 of their 26 combined shots. Yet Ohio State's bench was good enough to advance against a very good Syracuse team. Those four players are not likely to all experience as subpar efforts as they did in this one -- which bodes well for the Buckeyes in this one. Ohio State has covered the point spread in 5 of their last 7 games as a favorite. The Buckeyes have also covered the point spread in 6 of their last 8 games against teams with a winning percentage over 60%. Additionally, Ohio State has covered the point spread in 4 of their last 5 games against teams outside the Big Ten. The Buckeyes have also covered the point spread in 8 of their last 11 games played on a neutral court. And now in their last 7 NCAA Tournament games, Ohio State has covered 5 of these contests.
Kansas (31-6) employed a triangle-and-two that apparently Roy Williams was unable to decipher (given his statements after the game) which stifled North Carolina and took advantage of their inexperienced point guard in Stillman White who was a scoring liability en route to their 80-67 victory as a 2-point favorite. We look for a bit of a letdown here as the Jayhawks have failed to cover the point spread in 4 straight games after a point spread victory. This Kansas team is good but they have not looked elite in their wins over Purdue and NC State before defeating a Tar Heels without their point guard. The Jayhawks give up too many 2-point shots as 49.3% of the points they allow are 2-point range (260th in the nation). They don't take enough advantage of their shots from behind that arc as they convert only 34.5% of their 3-pointers (152nd in the nation). And Kansas hits only 69.1% from the charity stripe (176th in the nation). They look outmatched here against this loaded Buckeyes team. The Jayhawks have failed to cover the point spread in 5 of their last 7 games against teams with a winning percentage over 60%. Kansas has also failed to cover the point spread in 11 of their last 13 games against teams from the Big Ten. And the Jayhawks are just 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games as an underdog of under 7 points. Together, these team trends produce our specific 51-15-1 ATS combined winning angle for this situation. These two teams met on December 10th in a game that Sullinger did not play -- and Kansas came away with a 78-67 win on their home court. The Buckeyes raised their level of play late in the Big Ten season -- and they are obviously much better with Sullinger on the floor. As a small favorite, Ohio State's superior talent should make the difference in this one. 25* NCAA Tournament Final Four Game of the Year with the Ohio State Buckeyes minus the points versus the Kansas Jayhawks. Best of luck for us -- Frank.