02 May

Suns sign guard to four-year deal after career season in Phoenix

The Phoenix Suns are ensuring that Grayson Allen is wearing purple and orange for a couple more seasons. The team announced an extension Tuesday for the shooting guard of a reported four-year, $70 million deal, his agents confirmed to ESPN. Allen was set to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season, where he no doubt would’ve garnered plenty of attention from other teams after having a career year with the Suns.

Not only did Allen average a career-high 13.5 points during the regular season, he also shot 46.1% from 3-point range, which led the NBA. His shooting has been essential on a Suns team that doesn’t have a ton of depth, and on multiple occasions, his shots from deep helped carry Phoenix in games, especially when Bradley Beal missed time due to injuries.

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While keeping Allen in Phoenix is important for their current success, it won’t come without some complications down the line, primarily on the financial side of things. The Suns were already a luxury-tax team this season with Kevin Durant, Devin Booker and Beal consuming a majority of the cap space in Phoenix, which is part of the reason why they lack depth, but paying Allen a sizable amount will push them even further into the luxury tax for next season.

New owner Mat Ishbia has already shown that he has no issue spending money, even if the tax penalties are hefty, but the Suns will have to show that all this money being spent will be worth it.

So far, the Suns have had an underwhelming season, finishing sixth in the Western Conference, and while they could certainly go on a run in the postseason as they face the Minnesota Timberwolves in the first round, their lack of depth is a concerning factor. Injuries have played a role in Phoenix’s roller coaster of a season, and they did finish the regular season just one win shy of a 50-win season, but they haven’t been as dominant as they were through stretches of last season and especially two seasons ago when they finished first in the Western Conference.

Regardless of how this season ends for the Suns, this is a solid deal for Allen who proved himself to be an important piece in Phoenix. As the Suns prepare for the Timberwolves, they’ll need Allen’s hot shooting to pull off an upset against Minnesota, otherwise it’ll be back to the drawing board for next season.

02 May

Knicks’ 2010 recruitment video for LeBron James resurfaces, featuring James Gandolfini as Tony Soprano

The New York Knicks took a huge swing at attempting to lure LeBron James to town back in 2010 when James was a free agent. On Tuesday’s episode of the “Pablo Torre Finds Out” podcast, Pablo Torre shared parts of the recruitment video, which featured characters from “The Sopranos” along with several high-profile celebrities with ties to the Big Apple.

In addition to James Gandolfini and Edie Falco returning to their respective characters from the show, future president Donald Trump, Chris Rock, Robert De Niro and Spike Lee all made cameos in the video.

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Unfortunately for the Knicks, it was all for nothing as James ended up taking his talents to South Beach and playing with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh as a member of the Miami Heat. James spent the next four seasons with the Heat and won two NBA titles.

James has since won two more championships with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Lakers.

Heading into the 2010 offseason, the Knicks were coming off of a 29-53 season under head coach Mike D’Antoni. If James had ended up calling New York home, it likely would’ve been an uphill battle.

Ironically enough, James could elect to test free agency in the near future since he has a player option on his deal for the 2024-25 season. The Knicks would have a better pitch this time around considering that they are the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs this year.

02 May

Knicks’ Donte DiVincenzo ineligible for Most Improved Player under new criteria after missing only one game

Donte DiVincenzo of the New York Knicks improved enormously this season. After averaging 9.4 points per game (or 12.9 per 36 minutes) last season with the Golden State Warriors, he averaged 15.5 points per game (or 19.2 per 36) for the Knicks. DiVincenzo reinvented himself as one of the NBA’s most prolific 3-point shooters, attempting 10.8 3s per 36 minutes — many of them deep or off movement — and making a career-high 40.1% of them.

DiVincenzo is not, however, eligible for the Most Improved Player award, under the rules of the NBA’s collective bargaining agreement. He will not receive a single vote.

The games-played requirement for end-of-season awards, new this season, has been widely discussed, but what constitutes a “game” in this context has not necessarily been widely understood. Here’s the wording that appears on the official ballot:

Please note that a player is eligible for this award only if he meets the criteria set forth in the NBA/NBPA Collective Bargaining Agreement (‘CBA’). Specifically, a player must have played in at least (a) 65 Regular Season games, or (b) 62 Regular Season games, suffered a season-ending injury as determined in accordance with the CBA, and prior to suffering such injury had played in at least 85% of his team’s Regular Season games. A player is considered to have played in a Regular Season game for these purposes if he played at least 20 minutes of such game, provided that in respect of no more than two games per Regular Season, a player is considered to have played the game if he played at least 15 and fewer than 20 minutes. A player who failed to meet the games-played requirement may nonetheless be eligible for this award if he prevailed in a challenge to establish his eligibility pursuant to procedures set forth in the CBA.

In DiVincenzo’s case, he is considered to have played 64 games under these criteria: 62 games of at least 20 minutes, plus the maximum of two games of 15 to 20 minutes, the NBA confirmed.

DiVincenzo missed only one game this season, a Feb. 14 loss in Orlando in which he was out with hamstring soreness. For the purposes of award eligibility, 17 of the 81 games he played do not count.

Last week, The Ringer published Michael Pina’s picks for the end-of-season awards, in which DiVincenzo appears in the No. 3 spot for Most Improved Player. On Tuesday, when Pina submitted his official votes, he had to choose someone else. He went with Jalen Brunson, DiVincenzo’s teammate. ESPN’s JJ Redick said on his podcast on Monday that he planned to put DiVincenzo third on his ballot, too; after this story published on Tuesday, he called DiVincenzo’s ineligibility “preposterous.”

Since DiVincenzo missed the cut by only one game, simply logging nine more seconds against the Magic on Dec. 29 (or 11 more seconds against the Spurs on Nov. 8, 20 more seconds against the Pelicans on Oct. 28 or 23 more seconds against the Heat on Jan. 27) would have been enough. The NBA confirmed that it does not round up players’ minutes totals when determining whether games are classified as 15-to-20 or 20-plus, so, although DiVincenzo is listed as having logged 20 minutes in all four of those games on his CBS Sports and ESPN game logs, they all fell into the 15-to-20 category.

There is irony in the fact that DiVincenzo’s exclusion from the ballot is a result of minutes played, as he logged 52 minutes and 30 seconds on Sunday in New York’s regular-season finale, a 120-119 overtime win against the Chicago Bulls. From Jan. 29 onward, DiVincenzo averaged 38.2 minutes, the third highest mark in the NBA. He finished the season ranked 48th in total minutes (and third on the Knicks, behind Brunson and Josh Hart).

DiVincenzo began his first season in New York as a reserve and went scoreless in his debut. He became a starter on Dec. 8 and then became one of the best development stories in the league, setting franchise records for 3-pointers made in a game (11 vs. Detroit on March 25) and in a season (283, which ranks third in the league this season and 14th all-time). Similarly, Knicks center Isaiah Hartenstein began the year as Mitchell Robinson’s backup and broke out in a starting role after Robinson hurt his ankle in December. Hartenstein, who finished the season second in defensive estimated plus-minus, per dunksandthrees.com, averaged 25.3 minutes and appeared in 75 games, but only 52 of those games counted for awards purposes. Voters may have considered him for an All-Defensive Team and Most Improved Player, but he was not eligible.

Other players who were deemed ineligible according to the NBA’s criteria include the Pelicans’ Jonas Valanciunas, who started all 82 games; the Clippers’ Terance Mann, who played in 75 games and started 71 of them and the Mavericks’ Derrick Jones Jr., who played in 76 games and started 66 of them.

24 Mar

2024 NCAA Tournament picks by proven model

The Morehead State Eagles seek their first NCAA Tournament victory in 13 years when they face the Illinois Fighting Illini in the first round of the 2024 NCAA Tournament. The No. 13-seeded Eagles (26-8) had the same seeding when they pulled off a memorable upset of Louisville in 2011 but have been back just once since, a first-round loss to West Virginia in 2021. The No. 3-seeded Fighting Illini (26-8) hope to advance to the second round for the fifth time in the past six seasons.

Tipoff is set for 3:10 p.m. ET from the CHI Health Center in Omaha, Neb. The Illini are 10.5-point favorites and the over/under for total points scored is 146 in the latest Morehead State vs. Illinois odds via SportsLine consensus. Before making any Illinois vs. Morehead State picks, be sure to see the college basketball predictions and betting advice from SportsLine’s proven computer model.

The model simulates every Division I college basketball game 10,000 times. It enters the 2024 NCAA tournament on a 148-106 roll on all top-rated college basketball picks dating back to last season, returning more than $1,700 for $100 players. It also has a strong 29-19 (+810) record on top-rated spread picks this season. Anyone following has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on Illinois vs. Morehead State. You can head to SportsLine now to see the picks. Here are several college basketball odds and trends for Morehead State vs. Illinois:

Illinois vs. Morehead State spread: Illinois -10.5
Illinois vs. Morehead State over/under: 146
Illinois vs. Morehead State money line: Illinois -674, Morehead State +481
MHS: The Eagles are 11-2 against the spread when playing with four or more days of rest.
ILL: The Illini are 4-1 ATS in neutral site games this season.
Illinois vs. Morehead State picks: See picks at SportsLine
Why Illinois can cover
The Fighting Illini feature a lethal mix of experience and efficiency on both ends of the court, a combination they hope will carry them past the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2005. Last year, they fell 73-63 to Arkansas in the first round. This year’s club has the highest ceiling of any in the program’s seven years under coach Brad Underwood, and they showed their mettle Sunday in outlasting a prepared Wisconsin club that matched them blow for blow most of the way.

The game was tied 82-82 with 3:32 left before Illinois closed out the win by making all the key plays down the stretch, which included numerous offensive rebounds to keep possessions alive, a couple of steals and clutch free-throw shooting. Terrence Shannon Jr. had eight points and two steals down the stretch, while also grabbing the defensive rebound that sealed the outcome. He finished with 34 points and four rebounds while Marcus Domask, who had 26 points, made 9-of-10 free throws to help close the win. See which team to pick at SportsLine.

Why Morehead State can cover
Proven leadership and experience are essential attributes for success in the NCAA Tournament, and Morehead State’s top two players are among the most seasoned in the 64-team field. Senior guard Drew Thelwell has been part of all of the program’s 94 wins since he joined the Eagles in 2020, a program record, and he also set the all-time Morehead State mark for assists this season. What’s more, leading scorer and rebounder Riley Minix (20.8 ppg, 9.8 rpg) has emerged as one of the most impactful transfers in college basketball this season.

Minix was named the Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Year in his lone season at the Division I level. He joined Morehead State after authoring one of the more decorated NAIA careers in recent memory at Southeastern University in Florida, where he led the club to three playoff berths while earning numerous individual accolades. See which team to pick at SportsLine.

How to make Morehead State vs. Illinois picks
The model is leaning Over on the total, projecting 148 combined points. It also says one side of the spread hits well over 60% of the time. You can only see the pick at SportsLine.

24 Mar

What to know about Terrence Shannon Jr.’s rape arrest as Illinois plays in 2024 NCAA Tournament

On Jan. 24 inside Welsh-Ryan Arena, Northwestern fans chanted “No means no” throughout the Wildcats’ game vs. Illinois as a means to heckle Illini guard Terrence Shannon Jr., who was making his return from a suspension stemming from a 2023 rape case in Kansas.

Shannon missed six games while suspended but successfully sued his school and was cleared to return to play, but fans have not shied away from heckling him on the road since his return. And while the case with the school is settled, the criminal case remains ongoing, opening up the spectacle of controversy as No. 3 seed Illinois begins its NCAA Tournament run Thursday vs. No. 14 seed Morehead State in the first round.

Here’s what we know about the timeline and details of the case against Shannon, who has maintained his innocence since charges were brought against him in December.

Dec. 5, 2023: Shannon is charged with one count of rape or an alternative count of sexual battery after a woman alleged that he grabbed her buttocks, reached under her skirt and touched her inappropriately on Sept. 8 in Lawrence, Kansas.

Dec. 28, 2023: Shannon turns himself in and is arrested one day after a warrant is issued. He is released on $50,000 bail. Illinois suspends Shannon indefinitely, citing a zero-tolerance sexual conduct policy. Shannon’s attorney, Mark P. Sutter, issues a statement acknowledging the accusation surfaced in September 2023 but that his client has declared his innocence since the beginning.

Jan. 2, 2024: Shannon Jr. writes a 1,366-word letter addressed to the University of Illinois student-athlete conduct panel, in which he continues to declare his innocence and pleads for the suspension to be overturned. The letter reads in part:

As to the criminal charges against me, I am declaring my innocence, as I did back in September. I have totally cooperated with that process and will continue to do so. While I appreciate my lawyers and their ability to fight the case in court, I know that the criminal justice system takes time. So my day in court will not come about for a long time, most likely long after the NBA draft, and I may not be cleared of the charges until it’s too late. The harm that I will suffer from an immediate suspension can never be undone, and I will never have this opportunity to further my collegiate career or fulfill my lifelong dream to play in the NBA. Going forward, I want nothing more than to play basketball for the University of Illinois, and I remain hopeful that my due process rights will be honored and allow for a full reinstatement while this case is pending.

Jan. 8, 2024: Shannon’s attorneys file a temporary restraining order against the University of Illinois seeking immediate reinstatement. The suit claims Shannon was not granted due process before being suspended from the team.

Jan. 19, 2024: U.S. District Court Judge Colleen Lawless hears Shannon’s case and rules the school violated his civil rights with the suspension. Lawless grants an injunction asserting Shannon “will suffer irreparable harm” without it. Illinois abides by the ruling, reinstating him to full status.

Jan. 21, 2024: Shannon returns to play after missing six games and scores 16 points in an 86-63 home win over Rutgers.

Feb. 23, 2024: A preliminary hearing date for the rape case against Shannon is initially scheduled but later moved to May 10.

March 17, 2024: Illinois wins the Big Ten Tournament after three wins in three days. Shannon scores 28, 40 and 34 points in the three wins while earning Most Outstanding Player but is unavailable to the media. Illinois coach Brad Underwood comments only that he is coaching the players in the locker room, which at the time includes Shannon.

“I’m the basketball coach, and a lot of this stuff was put in play by our university, the courts, and I’m not going to consume myself with it,” said Underwood. “I’ve got a locker room full of players that I said, when he was suspended, I was going to coach the guys in the locker room. He’s in the locker room. I’m going to coach him.”

March 21, 2023: No. 3 seed Illinois faces No. 14 seed Morehead State in the first round of the 2024 NCAA Tournament.

24 Mar

2024 NCAA Tournament picks by proven model

Teams looking to make deep postseason runs clash when the Oregon Ducks meet the South Carolina Gamecocks on Thursday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in a Midwest Region matchup. The Ducks (23-11), who are making their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2021, were the fourth seed in the Pac-12 Tournament, but swept their way to the conference tournament championship. The Gamecocks (26-7), who are making their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2017, had a 15-win turnaround over last season. South Carolina is making its 10th NCAA Tournament appearance, while Oregon is making its 18th appearance.

Tipoff from PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh is set for 4 p.m. ET. This will be the first-ever meeting between the schools. The Ducks are 1.5-point favorites in the latest Oregon vs. South Carolina odds from SportsLine consensus, while the over/under for total points scored is 134. Before making any South Carolina vs. Oregon picks, be sure to see the college basketball predictions and betting advice from SportsLine’s proven computer model.

The model simulates every Division I college basketball game 10,000 times. It enters the 2024 NCAA tournament on a 148-106 roll on all top-rated college basketball picks dating back to last season, returning more than $1,700 for $100 players. It also has a strong 29-19 (+810) record on top-rated spread picks this season. Anyone following has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on Oregon vs. South Carolina. You can head to SportsLine now to see the picks. Here are several college basketball odds and trends for South Carolina vs. Oregon:

Oregon vs. South Carolina spread: Oregon -1.5
Oregon vs. South Carolina over/under: 134 points
Oregon vs. South Carolina money line: Oregon -121, South Carolina +101
ORE: The Ducks have won 25 of their last 35 games (+17.80 units on ML)
SC: The Gamecocks have won 23 of their last 31 games (+21.65 units on ML)
Oregon vs. South Carolina picks: See picks at SportsLine
Why South Carolina can cover
Freshman forward Collin Murray-Boyles has made a big first impression for the Gamecocks. In 27 games, including 18 starts, he is averaging 10.6 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.1 steals and one block in 22.8 minutes. He has registered two double-doubles on the season, including an 11-point and 11-rebound effort in a 66-59 loss to Tennessee on March 6. He had 15 points and 11 boards in an 82-76 win over Florida on March 2.

Senior guard Ta’Lon Cooper has been effective for South Carolina. He is among the team’s scoring leaders and is averaging 9.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 4.2 assists in 33.7 minutes. He has played in 33 games, all starts. He has reached double-figure scoring in four of the past six games, scoring 11 points each time. Cooper scored a season-high 20 points and added five rebounds and five assists in a 79-62 win over Kentucky on Jan. 23. See which team to pick at SportsLine.

Why Oregon can cover
Senior center N’Faly Dante appears to be peaking at the right time for the Ducks. In the Pac-12 Tournament championship game, he nearly registered a double-double as he recorded 25 points and nine rebounds in 32 minutes of action in a 75-68 win over Colorado. He had 14 points and 10 rebounds in a 67-59 upset win over top-seeded Arizona in the semifinals. He opened the Pac-12 Tournament with a 22-point, six-rebound and four-assist performance in a 68-65 quarterfinal victory over UCLA. In 20 games, including 19 starts, he is averaging 16.2 points, 8.8 rebounds, 1.9 blocks, 1.7 steals and 1.5 assists in 30.4 minutes.

Also powering the Ducks is senior Jermaine Couisnard. The fifth-year player, who played his first three years at South Carolina, has started all 34 games this season for Oregon. In 32.3 minutes of action, he is averaging 15.4 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.6 steals. Couisnard played a big role in the Ducks’ win over Colorado in the Pac-12 title game, scoring 14 points, dishing out eight assists and grabbing three boards. See which team to pick at SportsLine.

How to make Oregon vs. South Carolina picks
The model is leaning Over on the total, projecting 143 combined points. It also says one side of the spread hits well over 50% of the time. You can only see the pick at SportsLine.

24 Mar

2024 NCAA Tournament picks, March Madness bets by proven model

A West Region first-round matchup has the No. 7 seed Dayton Flyers and the No. 10 seed Nevada Wolf Pack battling in the 2024 NCAA Tournament on Thursday. This is Nevada’s 11th appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Meanwhile, Dayton is set to make its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2017 and it’s 19th overall.

Tipoff from the Delta Center in Salt Lake City is set for 4:30 p.m. ET. The Wolf Pack are 1-point favorites in the latest Nevada vs. Dayton odds from SportsLine consensus, while the over/under for total points scored is 136.5. Before making any Dayton vs. Nevada picks, be sure to see the college basketball predictions and betting advice from SportsLine’s proven computer model.

The model simulates every Division I college basketball game 10,000 times. It enters the 2024 NCAA tournament on a 148-106 roll on all top-rated college basketball picks dating back to last season, returning more than $1,700 for $100 players. It also has a strong 29-19 (+810) record on top-rated spread picks this season. Anyone following has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on Dayton vs. Nevada. You can head to SportsLine now to see the picks. Here are several college basketball odds and trends for Nevada vs. Dayton:

Nevada vs. Dayton spread: Wolf Pack -1
Nevada vs. Dayton over/under: 136.5 points
Nevada vs. Dayton money line: Wolf Pack -120, Flyers -100
DAY: Dayton is 9-6-1 ATS away from home this season
NEV: Nevada has covered the spread in 22 of its last 32 games
Nevada vs. Dayton picks: See picks at SportsLine
Why Nevada can cover
Senior guard Jarod Lucas is a reliable scorer from multiple spots on the court. Lucas does a great job knocking down jumpers to help space the floor. The California native averages a team-high 17.8 points with 2.8 rebounds per game. He totaled 20-plus points in four of the last six games. On March 9 against UNLV, Lucas had 26 points and three boards.

Senior guard Kenan Blackshear gives the Wolf Pack an athletic, slashing scorer in the backcourt. Blackshear uses his length and body control to be effective in the lane. He logs 15.1 points, 4.9 rebounds and 4.9 assists per contest. The Florida native dropped 16 points, four rebounds and six assists in his last game. See which team to pick at SportsLine.

Why Dayton can cover
Junior forward Nate Santos can score from all three levels and will get into the lane when his shot isn’t falling. The Illinois native logs 12 points and 6.4 rebounds per game and makes 42% of his 3-pointers. In the March 8 win over VCU, Santos finished with 21 points and eight rebounds, while going 4-of-6 from 3-point land.

Junior guard Kobe Elvis gives the Flyers another smooth ball handler. Elvis can get past defenders with ease and will knock down perimeter jumpers if left open. He averages 9.5 points, 2.5 rebounds, and 3.6 assists per game. He’s scored in double figures in three of his last five contests. On March 5 against Saint Louis, Elvis had 21 points and five assists. See which team to pick at SportsLine.

How to make Dayton vs. Nevada picks
The model is leaning Over on the total, projecting the teams to combine for 145 points. It also says one side of the spread hits well over 50% of the time. You can only see the pick at SportsLine.

24 Mar

Printable March Madness bracket, NCAA Tournament predictions, picks, scores, dates

Saturday’s NCAA Tournament bracket has produced a schedule loaded with great matchups as the first weekend of the Big Dance enters the second round. If it was anything like the first few days, we’re in for upsets, dramatic finishes and big comebacks as the field of teams competing for the national title continues to dwindle.

No. 4 seed Kansas meets No. 5 seed Gonzaga as two historically strong programs look to silence the critics and make the Sweet 16 despite roster limitations. The only other game that boasts the same level of brand recognition is the late afternoon/early evening tussle between No. 1 seed North Carolina and No. 9 seed Michigan State.

In the evening a couple of legendary coaches battle their former employers. First, it’s No. 2 seed Tennessee and Rick Barnes taking on No. 7 seed Texas, where he won 402 games between 1998 and 2015. Finally, No. 11 seed Oregon and coach Dana Altman will battle No. 3 seed Creighton to close the evening. Altman won 327 games while coaching the Bluejays from 1994 to 2010.

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24 Mar

2024 NCAA Tournament picks, March Madness bets by top model

Teams that haven’t played one another in over 70 years renew acquaintances when the 10th-seeded Colorado State Rams battle the seventh-seeded Texas Longhorns on Thursday in an NCAA Tournament first-round matchup. The Rams (24-10), who have won five of their past six games, defeated Virginia 67-42 in a First Four matchup on Tuesday. The Longhorns (20-12), who have won three of five, are making their 38th appearance in the NCAA Tournament, including their 22nd in the last 25 NCAAs. Texas leads the all-time series 2-0, but the last meeting with Colorado State was a 63-46 win on Dec. 15, 1952.

Tipoff from the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, N.C., is set for 6:50 p.m. ET. The Longhorns are 3-point favorites in the latest Colorado State vs. Texas odds from SportsLine consensus, while the over/under for total points scored is 143.5. Before making any Texas vs. Colorado State picks, be sure to see the college basketball predictions and betting advice from SportsLine’s proven model.

The model simulates every Division I college basketball game 10,000 times. It enters the 2024 NCAA tournament on a 148-106 roll on all top-rated college basketball picks dating back to last season, returning more than $1,700 for $100 players. It also has a strong 29-19 (+810) record on top-rated spread picks this season. Anyone following has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on Texas vs. Colorado State. You can head to SportsLine now to see the picks. Here are several college basketball odds and trends for Colorado State vs. Texas:

Texas vs. Colorado State spread: Texas -3
Texas vs. Colorado State over/under: 143.5 points
Texas vs. Colorado State money line: Colorado State +133, Texas -157
CSU: The Rams have hit the first-half game total under in 23 of their last 31 games (+13.60 units)
TEX: The Longhorns have hit the game total over in 22 of their last 34 games (+8.80 units)
Texas vs. Colorado State picks: See picks at SportsLine
Why Texas can cover
Junior guard Tyrese Hunter is one of four Longhorns averaging 10 or more points this season. In 31 games, all starts, Hunter is averaging 11.1 points, 4.2 assists, 2.7 rebounds and 1.4 steals in 31.8 minutes. In the season finale, a 94-80 win over Oklahoma, he scored 30 points, while dishing out seven assists. He had 21 points and three assists in a 75-73 win over Baylor on Jan. 20.

Sophomore Dillon Mitchell has reached double-digit scoring in each of the last two games. In the second-round Big 12 Tournament loss to Kansas State, Mitchell scored 13 points, while grabbing six boards and adding two assists. He had 14 points, two rebounds and two assists in a win over Oklahoma on March 9. He scored a season-high 21 points with eight rebounds in an 81-71 loss to UConn on Nov. 20. He has reached double-digit scoring eight times this year, and in 32 games, including 31 starts, he is averaging 10.1 points, 7.7 rebounds, 1.5 assists and one steal in 29.3 minutes. See which team to pick at SportsLine.

Why Colorado State can cover
Senior guard Isaiah Stevens helps power the Rams. Entering Tuesday’s First Four matchup with Virginia, he had reached double-digit scoring in 10 consecutive games, including a 29-point performance in an 82-73 win at Air Force on March 9. He registered his fifth double-double of the season in a 72-62 Mountain West first-round win over San Jose State on March 13. In that game, he scored 11 points, while dishing off 10 assists.

Senior forward Joel Scott has been dominant over the past 10 games. In the 74-61 loss to New Mexico in the Mountain West Tournament semifinals, he scored 20 points, while grabbing eight rebounds and blocking two shots. He registered his second double-double of the season in Tuesday’s First Four win over Virginia, scoring 23 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. See which team to pick at SportsLine.

How to make Colorado State vs. Texas picks
The model is leaning Over on the total, projecting 149 combined points. It also says one side of the spread hits nearly 60% of the time. You can only see the pick at SportsLine.