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2023 NIT Championship Predictions & Props + NCAA Final Four EARLY PREVIEW | College Basketball Odds

 

TJ Rives:

Welcome back. We’re getting closer to the upcoming 2023 Final Four in Houston, Texas and we’re back aboard on the BetUS College Basketball Show. I am just the somewhat capable host, TJ Rives. The handicappers, both Matts are back, Mid-Major Matt and Matty Cox here for a Wednesday. We’ve got plenty on the plate that includes not only a recap of last night’s NIT but take a look at the NIT championship game and both of these gentlemen will be making official plays for the games on Saturday because they’re not here with us the rest of the week. We look forward to that. Mid-Major Matt, how you feeling in the middle of the week before we head to the Final Four in Houston?

Matt:

I want to thank everybody for that steam that they had on UAB. I had Utah Valley +5 last night. That seemed to be a gift because crazy to see it move that much but TJ, we’re actually dealing with some coaching news in this area. Looks like Mike Rhoades is going to go to Penn State and Ryan Odom is going to be the new VCU coach so dealing with some coaching stuff here in our area.

TJ Rives:

Very interesting that the carousel continues to spin and again, Micah Shrewsberry takes the Notre Dame job so that opened up Penn State. So do you have a quick thought on Rhoades getting the Penn State job and how you think he might do. Project for us.

Matt:

I mean he’s from the area and he played in the area so I think he’s going to do well. The problem is he’s got seven scholarship spots open and that’s if no one else decides to leave, I wonder if any VCU players will follow. I think you’ll be okay. I think Ryan Odom’s a slam dunk hire for VCU. I think he’s going to do awesome. It’s going to improve that offense and their defense isn’t going to be that bad either.

TJ Rives:

Matty Cox, I see you nodding along. Welcome to a Wednesday show. You would like to put it out there that you are not taking any jobs between now and the bottom of the hour because you’re with us on BetUS right now.

Matt Cox:

Right here. Loyal. I’m here to serve Mr. Rives. No. Yeah, the Odom hire is a, I’m with Mid-Major Matt there. It’s a slam dunk. It’s a pretty seismic shift culturally and stylistically from the Mike Rhoades brand of basketball, so I’m wondering if that creates a little bit of friction going from the guys that Rhoades recruited how he played to Odom but still it just in terms of quality of coach, I mean I was a big Rhoades fan myself but Odom was terrific. Yeah, crazy game out there in the desert at Orleans. Lucky enough to get my over with the overtime. Will be looking at an over again in the tile game. I’ve seen some money’s already been coming in on that over. We’ll talk about that here shortly. So yeah, overs at the Orleans is a theme of this NIT.

TJ Rives:

Well and again it was an ugly first game as we thought with Wisconsin and North Texas scoring wise. They made up for it in the second game and again the-

Matt Cox:

Should have gone.

TJ Rives:

Yeah.

Matt Cox:

Should have over. No points in the final 10 minutes for Wisconsin so-

TJ Rives:

That’s incredible.

Matt Cox:

Incredibly repulsive.

TJ Rives:

Yeah. Yeah, they fizzled out after they played so well at Oregon, but again for Conference USA they get North Texas and UAB into the title game. As we sit here, is it 14 straight or 15 straight March wins for Florida Atlantic, Charlotte winning the CBI and these two teams now winning four games each in the NIT Conference USA and by the way, three of them are departing. The two teams playing in the NIT championship game and Florida Atlantic all departing for the American Athletic Conference. So that’s, it’s kind of interesting. So a little NIT conversation. We’ll look ahead to the NIT championship game tomorrow night.

We’ll look ahead obviously to Saturday, Final Four in Houston. I will be in Houston Friday here on the show as we handicap from the Lone star state. Get ready for the Final Four matchups with San Diego State, Florida Atlantic, Miami and UConn. We’re looking forward to all of that. Thank you for finding us. Get some live questions ready. We’ll have time for those here on a Wednesday edition of the show. First things first, let’s take a look in our BetUS madness contest. We have the updated standings. Let’s take a look at that right now on how we’ve been doing the handicapper contest. Here you go.

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TJ Rives:

I’m looking here at the official tallies and the do I see correctly? Mid-Major Matt’s second in the BetUS handicapping contest right now and there you see out of the five of us that have been on this show between the two Matts, Corbie Craig and Kyle Hunter where we stand. The somewhat capable host is in the top 10 of the, do I do I have this, does that say two beside you? Are you a two seed right now, Matt Josephs headed into the weekend?

Matt:

I just hope I’m not Arizona. I mean man, keep the Princetons away from me but hey, with two days left, now the strategy comes about do I just go with some normal plays? Do I try and keep going pluses to try and hold the lead? I don’t know, we’ll see what happens.

TJ Rives:

All right again, nice job there. BetUS madness and there’s the official leaderboard. Again, we each are going to make one handicapping play for Saturday, one more on Monday and how will it all end up when it’s all said and done? We will find out.

Okay, now onto the records for this show with a one in one night last night, Corbie Craig didn’t quite get home laying the four with UAB, however the total did hit for Matty Cox as he mentioned in the Ohio Valley, I’m sorry, the Utah Valley UAB game hitting that total of 151 and a half. All right, so there we are right at hovering right at .500 still as we get ready to embark on today.

And why don’t we discuss first what’s going to chronologically happen first and that is the championship game of the NIT based off of what we saw on Tuesday night’s games. It’s UAB North Texas, two conference USA teams. It’s a neutral floor in Las Vegas. UAB is favored by a short two on the neutral floor. Again this game is Thursday night. They take the day day off and then they will participate in it on Thursday night. The total at 127 and a half. Discussion from both of you guys. Let’s begin with Matty Cox. A thought on this meeting for these two Conference USA teams to win the NIT championship.

Matt Cox:

I mean just crazy this is the fourth time these teams have played. North Texas swept UAB in the regular season including a double overtime thriller at home at The Super Pit and then UAB got the revenge they sought out in the Conference USA tournament. Now, for a fourth time, I guess the rubber rubber match, just look at how the pace of each of those first games played out. The conference tournament was actually a pretty faster, a quicker tempo type game. 67 possessions which for North Texas is like an all time record KenPom has as a 63 possession type game. I think you see closer to a true North Texas style of slow stuck in the mud boxing match possession by possession that probably favors North Texas. However, I do think UAB has the shot making to kind of stay with North Texas if they get it into that snails pace. Jelly Walker, Eric Gaines, they’ve had guys step up. Ty Brewer especially has been terrific down the stretch.

And the other key thing people are honing in on this handicap is North Texas being without Ousmane their primary center, rim protector best rebounder. I think people have been betting too much against North Texas on that injury just because this defense is so sturdy and so sound as a unit. I don’t think any one player means the world to that. So all that said, I think I lean toward North Texas and I lean toward the under yet again even though I talked about how the over has been playing. [inaudible 00:07:36] leans the more I looked at this match, I do think it plays more toward the under just because of the familiarity with both teams and the fact that they’re playing what their fifth game here in two weeks. So I do think some wear and tear starts to show up tonight in the pace.

TJ Rives:

All right, and again this will be a Thursday night game just so we clarify, we’re handicapping it now because the two Matts are not going to be tomorrow here for the Thursday show.

Matt Cox:

For tomorrow. Thank you.

TJ Rives:

That’s okay. For Thursday night in the Orleans Arena, 6:30 local time, 9:30 eastern time, 8:30 in Denton or in Birmingham. I think I covered all the time zones. Mid-Major Matt, thoughts on this with UAB as the short favorite or maybe a thought on the total as well.

Matt:

I think it’s interesting. KenPom has this at 137 which is a 10 point difference from what it is now and it’s a what a 12 point difference from what it opened because it opened at, well, 126, 125 ish. You can’t pay me to take an over in a North Texas game. I mean last night case in point, I mean it looked like it was an over and then all of a sudden everything just grinded to a halt and the fact that each team knows each other, I think that somewhat benefits the defense. It’s not like there’s plays you can come up with that all of a sudden Nor Texas hasn’t seen and then Jelly’s going to shoot a lot of shots and Brewer being better is, I think going to be a help here. So there’s no way you could get me to take the over in this game. I just, never again in a Nor Texas game. Well maybe next year when Grant McCasland leaves and they change their style.

But it’s tough because this is, as you just talked about, the fourth meeting between these two and the meetings were so different in some ways with the double overtime game and then the game where they came back from being down 22 to two and everything. So to me the handicap in this game is just which team do you like better? I would almost take the money line here. I know you’ve had the discussion with regards to money lines. I think you either take the UAB money line or you take the North Texas money line, whoever you’ve had more faith in whoever you’ve had more success with during the season. I don’t see many edges since this is meeting four.

TJ Rives:

All right, good discussion on this. Again, it’s worth noting that as you mentioned Grant McCasland is likely going to be the Texas Tech coach. It appears when this is all said and done after tomorrow night. Andy Kennedy at his alma mater, is he looking to jump anywhere else? Probably not. UAB again has had a good season. They were in the NCA tournament last year with the players they have and again, these two will play it out in Las Vegas on the neutral floor on Thursday night. Again, thank you for finding us. We see the live audience growing. Hit that like button. There’s going to be some discussion here on some NCAAB prop bets, some future plays from these two guys for the games this weekend at the Final Four in Houston. We’re going to do that now on the show before we get to some q and a with you on a Wednesday.

So Florida Atlantic and San Diego State. On the BetUS line, San Diego State remains a two point favorite in Houston on the neutral floor. The total 131 and a half, but let’s get into a little prop discussion here and Matty Cox, why don’t you begin with a prop play that you would like to make and why here from semi-final number one Saturday?

Matt Cox:

Yeah, my specific player prop looking toward the Vlad Goldin points, I believe it’s at eight, eight and a half depending on where you look. Right now, it should be basically within that eight, seven to nine point range, closer to eight, eight and a half. A few reasons why I like this. I think Goldin’s coming off that big game against K State, he was pretty important, impactful down low against an undersized K State frontline. FAU was smart to prioritize him in that game. You look at the four games, I’m sorry, five games prior to that though he didn’t eclipse eight points once against tougher matchups with more tougher front lines, Tennessee being a prime example. Goldin was kind of reduced. I thought he looked sort of not scared but maybe uncomfortable against that power, true top end power conference size. You’ll see that for sure against the Aztecs with Nathan Mensah, an absolute rim destroyer. They had plenty of other guys that can battle up front too.

I think Dusty May is fantastic at going to where he sees strengths and advantages and I think he’s smart enough to realize that Goldin inside is not one of those spots, especially with Mensah up there. I think you actually see a lot more of his backup Rosado in this game. So not only will Goldin’s usage be limited in the minutes he’s out there, I think there’s a good chance his minutes actually come down closer to high teens, mid-teens as opposed to the high twenties, mid-twenties that we saw last game against K State. So I’m going to target Goldin under here in a game that I think many people including myself like the overall under. So just that sort of macro tilt toward unders on everyone’s props and then within that filter picking out Goldin is my favorite play. So Goldin under eight and a half points for me.

TJ Rives:

Well, good luck. As you mentioned against that San Diego state frontline the bulk and the way that they’ve guarded, they held Alabama down, they held Creighton down. Interesting on that specific prop there. Mid-Major Matt, any thought on that or another prop that you’re just looking at? Not necessarily for an official play out of Florida Atlantic and San Diego State’s matchup.

Matt:

So I mean obviously I like where he is going here and the numbers that in terms of Goldin’s usage, he’s a hundred percent correct. I mean this was kind of a throwaway sort of game in terms of he doesn’t often get double digits. My one thing is, and you could kind of compare Kalkbrenner to, Kalkbrenner’s a whole lot better than him, but obviously it was a little bit of trouble there. It also depends on, as Matt said, how much does Florida Atlantic want to throw it inside and let Goldin work? I have a feeling this is a team that’s going to shoot a lot of threes and San Diego State, 40% of the shots they allow are from three point land.

So that kind of goes along with what I want to play and that is Alijah Martin’s under two and a half three pointers made in this game and you look the last, I’m looking here, last eight games, only three players have had more than two three pointers against San Diego State. I mean look at the last two games. Creighton went two of 17 from three point land and that’s a team that wants to shoot a ton of threes. Alabama went three of 27 from three point land. You obviously know what the way this week is going to go.

Brian Dutcher sees that Florida Atlantic wants to shoot a lot of threes and so I think he’s going to have a plan to kind of cut it off and almost allow them to shoot the twos. Not necessarily obviously give them the twos but at least to present them because we always know twos are better than threes if you’re a defense.

On the number side, Alijah Martin, eight of his last 11 games, he’s gone under this number, 23 of 33 games overall this season. He’s obviously their star, one of their stars. So I would say to take a look here, it’s a little juicy, which I don’t love to do with regards to props, but the numbers seem to pan out that I like under two and a half threes for Alijah Martin in this game.

TJ Rives:

All right, two different prop plays. I wasn’t sure if we were getting a second prop play officially on this one and again you were somebody a year ago at this time that was looking at the three pointer prop play to the positive with Brady Manek if I remember correctly. Give me a little credit, Matt Josephs in the Final Four in New Orleans on that. So you’re going back to the three point prop play on San Diego State and stopping the perimeter shooting which they did against Alabama and against Creighton. And if it continues, you’re likely not going to get three three pointers out of anybody. It’s going to be trouble to do that, it’s points at a premium.

Matt:

And Nick Boyd is another person you can kind of look at seven, his is one and a half though, so you have a little bit less of a number there, but 18 of his 35 games he’s gone under that number. The juice is a little bit better but two and a half is a meaty number here for a game like this where Florida Atlantic may only make six as a team or seven as a team.

TJ Rives:

Okay, good enough. So again, on prop plays Florida Atlantic, San Diego State, we got two official plays. Matty Cox again is looking for the Florida Atlantic center, Vlad Goldin, the Russian to be under eight and a half points for the game against that Aztec defense and again in Mid-Major Matt’s case, he believes Alijah Martin will not make that third three pointer, two, three pointers made or less, maybe none against San Diego State. We’ll see what happens in that one.

All right, one more game of prop plays to discuss and that is the Saturday night game then we’ll come to some questions and answers for you folks. Miami and UConn, it still holds as a five and a half point spread for UConn on the neutral floor in Houston. Again as a program, they’re familiar with this building because they won the national title in 2011 in an ugly game against Butler 12 years ago in this. And again, the total 149 and a half so prop plays again are going to be something of note. All right, Mid-Major Matt, you’ve got a prop play and a thought on this one and again, are we going back to three point shooting for UConn Miami?

Matt:

Yeah, and this one’s a plus one and this is kind of a speculative one so if you go a little bit less on it that’s fine but it’s really hard for UConn because they’re such a balanced team. There’s a lot of guys who do a bunch of different things but I’m going to kind of focus on Alex Karaban here, the six-foot eight freshman and he seems to be an all or nothing kind of guy but when you look his over one and a half three pointers is +135 on the BetUS sports book and he’s gone over this in 23 of 37 games and he’s gone over this as I do some quick math here, six of his last eight, seven of his last 10 games and to get a plus number for this I think is pretty good.

Now look, is it a guarantee because there’s other games where he hasn’t hit one or he is only had one and somebody else could be really hot. We know Hawkins takes a ton of threes himself so he might get kind of edged out a little bit here, but at a plus price, I’m willing to take a shot here against a Miami defense that’s going to have some issues trying to match up inside and so I’ll take a chance at the plus price on Alex Karaban over one and a half threes here. It’s +135 in the BetUS sports book.

TJ Rives:

Again, Matty Cox, we should make mention too that UConn has just shot the lights out with confidence and Karaban even shooting early in the shot clock. I mean there’s early in the shot clock and there were two or three times in Las Vegas where it was like they come across mid-court catch and shoot with nobody under the basket, which again, we can go over the nuances of the modern game, that used to be a shot that even if it went in you were being scolded, don’t do that. Now, it’s like commonplace but he’s been hitting those, Karaban, for Connecticut. All right, thoughts on this prop or anything else in a prop for Miami or UConn that might be attractive for the second semi-final game Saturday?

Matt Cox:

No, I like the angle here. My one concern is defensively can Karaban guard Jordan Miller. I worry that Hurley may try and tinker with his rotations to kind of optimize against the speed and quickness of Miami, which could limit Karaban’s minutes, but just with the way he’s shooting the ball right now, he’s such a weapon. I got to think Hurley’s just going to find any way he can to get him on the floor and I think the point that you make TJ, just his unabashed confidence is certainly a good thing when you’re betting on any prop. You’re not betting on how efficient will he be. You’re betting on how many points will he score and given the confidence that he’s riding right now is certainly a good momentum there.

In general in this game, yeah, I think you’re looking more toward overs. I like the over in this one, so unlike the FAU San Diego State game, I’m trying to kind of target the best overs on points or assists or rebounds, so kind of going against the early game here.

TJ Rives:

Along those same lines, Mid-Major Matt, we saw a comment I think from Trevor on the UConn team total being over 77 and a half. I think that’s what he had it at from the BetUS line. That kind of goes along with what they’ve been doing really since the second half of their opening round game with Iona. They scored 50 points and that second half against Iona in Albany and really for the last three full games since then, the shooting confidence has gone up, gone up and gone up. Any thought on that team total for UConn as a prop there?

Matt:

Yeah. And the funny thing is scoring 70 against St. Mary’s is like scoring 90 against other teams. That’s a pretty good number that is not going to translate numerically but at least if you convert it to a normal defense, my one worry for this game and this is why if this was a normal game being played in one of their gyms, I’d look at the first half over but we know it’s in a football stadium at NRG Stadium in Houston so therefore the sight lines and everything could be at least a little bit of a slow start, which maybe you bet it live then and take the over live in game if like let’s say it’s a seven, five TV time out, the first TV time out, you look at maybe a live in-game over. That’s my one worry with either teams team total. I think once they get used to the settings and everything then this game should sail over. But I think maybe the best way to go is an in-game over or an in-game team total. Let these two teams kind of figure it out early on in the football stadium.

TJ Rives:

Yep and we’ve seen this now. We have a large enough sample size that good shooting teams aren’t bothered so much by that. It became more and more of a myth when we watched different clubs come in and shoot the lights out. Villanova for example, did it in this stadium back seven years ago, came in and blew away Oklahoma I believe it was, correct me if I’m wrong, boys in the semi-final and made everything in the first half of that game. So shooters are going to shoot and we will see if that trend continues. Matt believes that it will in the case of the UConn player prop that he’s taking in game number two, let’s lock him in officially Alex Karaban to be over one and a half three pointers in the second semi-final with Miami on individual player prop for that game on Saturday.

Okay, good stuff on that. Let’s get to some questions and answers. Again, midweek, there’ll be more handicapping on the specific games as we get closer to Saturday. Again, hit that like button, make sure that you’re subscribed. We did cross the 5,000 subscriber mark here on the show. I’d still love to see us by the end of this weekend get to 5,200, get to 5,300 subscribers. We can do that with your help. Hit subscribe, share the show out as we keep saying, you guys have done a great job with that. Let others know about where we are, weekdays 11:00 AM. We’re going to be here 11:00 AM Thursday I’ll be live in Houston with the handicappers again on with me 11:00 AM from Houston Friday eastern time.

And then on Monday the national championship Monday one final show before the title game Monday night, whoever it is out of San Diego State, Florida Atlantic, Miami, UConn be live back in Houston with the handicappers giving you the breakdown at 11:00 AM. Three shows to go after today. So again, get in here, subscribe, share it out, let people find us on BetUS TV through your help socially.

With that being said, some quick q and a before we’re done here on a Wednesday edition of the show. Arthur had a question earlier he was wanting to know when you were talking about money line plays, if you don’t see an edge, shouldn’t you take the points as opposed to the money line play? I believe that was the topic you were going on. What is your philosophy there, Mid-Major Matt?

Matt:

Well, I mean it’s just because it’s the fourth meeting and as we said there’s just nothing that the other team is, that each team’s going to do what they’re strong at. I don’t see this being a one point game and so if the number was bigger, yeah of course I would take the spreads, but with the number being so small, I would just take the money line. If North Texas has been good to you, then take North Texas. If UAB’s been good to you, take UAB. But to me, the money line’s more the play here than the spread, I think.

TJ Rives:

Matty Cox, any thought on that philosophically just one more time especially in this specific instance with teams that are playing for the fourth time against each other.

Matt Cox:

Yeah, I’ve gotten a lot of flack for this. I believe that two is a key number, but I also agree with Mid-Major Matt’s logic in that if you believe it’s a coin flip, right? If you really think it just feels fourth meeting teams are very closely matched. If it truly really feels like a 50% coin flip, then yeah take the plus money with money line, you’re getting kind of a free bonus value there, especially if your gut or your intuition leans that way. So I like that logic in a nutshell, but it’s usually when I’m catching two, I’ll usually just take the two points, especially in a low total game when those points seem to matter quite a bit.

TJ Rives:

Gabe is watching us. Thank you Gabe. He says his first, I assuming he means first half under, first half under automatic play in the UAB game, would you say, Matty Cox to you, would you say book it on first half under for sure against North Texas Thursday night?

Matt Cox:

Yeah, I’ve not been good at [inaudible 00:23:49] half second half over unders. I will say I think in the FAU San Diego State game, I do like the first half under in that one. It seems like FAU has kind of come out and they’ve been reluctant to find their transition attack on offense until the second half. That’s when they’ve made most of their runs. So I think the first half under as has been a popular play in all rounds of this tournament is a pretty good look in that FAU SDSU game.

TJ Rives:

On those same lines, Matt Josephs for the NIT championship game, a lot of familiarity. We know North Texas grind it out, plays slow first half under. How advantageous is that do you think?

Matt:

So, it’s actually gone over this number in two of the three meetings during the regular season. Now that’s not to say that I would say take the over because I would think it would be an under. You’re in a neutral court. Of course we saw the neutral court game in the Conference USA, we’ve seen these people in so many different locations. This is the fourth different location too, which is also pretty interesting and I don’t know how much of a crowd there was going to be because the Utah Valley crowd was pretty much everybody it felt like yesterday. So you’re going to have a half empty gym in Las Vegas. These kids have been in Las Vegas for how, who knows how long, three, four days. Who knows what they’ve been doing. I would think you would look at the under here but it would not have hit in two of the three meetings. So it’s a tough thing to kind of handicap there.

TJ Rives:

I love the comment. Somebody under the handle Degenerate Ringer, I don’t know if we’ve seen that handle in the chat all year long says had the UAB number at -2 and a half last night. It worked out better if you had that than it did obviously if you had the Blazers. What did Corbie Craig lay four in that game? I believe he did and didn’t have it work out. Oh, well actually it’ll up being a two point spread so two and a half didn’t help you either for the overtime. And the overtime was kind of interesting with some free throws at the end of it. That’s another factor here in game, late game situation who makes the foul shots? Because UAB missed a couple of them late trying to put the game away and then they ended up making I think one of two at the very end with a one point lead made one of two at the very end at the foul line as well. Again, I’m scouring to see if there is anything else out of the comments or the questions. I think we pretty well covered things.

Guys, let’s circle back and take a look at what we’re looking at officially. These guys are going to lock in on player prop plays or on certain situations for the two games on Saturday. We see Matty Cox on a scoring prop for the Florida Atlantic big man Vlad Goldin to keep it under. Mid-Major Matt is going with three pointer props, one of them as an under for Alijah Martin in the Florida Atlantic San Diego State game, the other one is an over two three pointers or more for Alex Karaban of UConn in the matchup with Miami. So those will be prop plays that you guys are making and we’re looking forward to seeing if you’ve got any official plays. We’ll pass those along before the show on the show either tomorrow or on Friday before the games are played on Saturday.

I don’t think this is just wishful thinking. I think we’re in for too close games and obviously the first game’s probably much more low scoring than the second game, but I think we’re going to be in for two competitive close games. Now, UConn may do exactly to Miami what they’ve been doing to everybody else, but I don’t think so. Coming this week, any final thought on that guys, on whether on projecting whether we’re going to get two close competitive games out of this?

Matt Cox:

I think UConn takes them to the woodshed. I really do. I just think that Miami has continuously surprised us so far, but UConn’s a different animal and they present a whole different challenge with basically no flaws at this point. So yeah, I’m kind of all in on the Huskies train.

TJ Rives:

I’m trying to build some momentum to Saturday. Matty Cox is raining all over it.

Matt Cox:

I know. I’m sorry. I’m sorry, man.

TJ Rives:

Are you going to spread some sunshine Mid-Major Matt? Are you going to tell me that UConn’s rolling as well?

Matt:

I mean I think Florida Atlantic’s going to roll over San Diego. No, I’m just kidding. I do think Florida Atlantic is going to win. I think Florida, I think we’re getting a UConn Florida Atlantic championship game in a true David versus Goliath situation and at least that’s what I’m hoping for. I really like this Florida Atlantic team and they’re not going to be this good next year even if everybody comes back. So I hope they enjoy the ride.

TJ Rives:

It has been a ride for them. And again, somebody out of San Diego State or Florida Atlantic’s playing for the national title, an FAU athletic budget, not significant, smaller conference. We’ve seen this before. Butler was in the title game back to back years, including in Houston in 2011 and what was an ugly game with UConn. So it has happened even in this century, even in the last 10, 12 years it has happened, but Florida Atlantic may be about to be that team if they can solve San Diego State’s defense. We’ll see.

Boys, good stuff today on a Wednesday. Remember to checkout our sportsbook website. Thank you Matty Cox. Thank you Mid-Major Matt. We thank Kevin and everybody behind the scenes at BetUS. Again, we’re here at 11:00 AM tomorrow and 11:00 AM again on Friday before the Final Four. We’ll talk more about the NIT title game tomorrow, more on some official plays coming and some handicapping of the two semi-finals in Houston here on the program as well. For Mid-Major Matt and Matty Cox, I’m TJ Rives. Thank you for watching us on the BetUS College Basketball Show.

 

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