NCAA TOURNAMENT FANTASY CHALLENGE


Three Review-Journal sports department members and three professional handicappers have been given $1,000 fantasy bankrolls to bet during the NCAA Tournament -- two picks per day of either sides, totals or one of each. Below are their bets for today, with a brief explanation of their picks:

Adam Hill, Review-Journal

Bankroll: $885 Thursday: Lost $115

Today's plays -- Betting $220

Bet 1: $110 on Dayton-West Virginia under 1271/2 Comment: A matchup of two physical, defensive-minded teams that's unlikely to produce many points.

Bet 2: $110 on Southern Cal -21/2 over Boston College Comment: The Trojans are finally healthy and appear to be peaking at the right time.

Mal Van Valkenburg, Review-Journal

Bankroll: $990 Thursday: Lost $10

Today's plays -- Betting $220

Bet 1: $110 on Portland State +101/2 vs. Xavier

Comment: Xavier did not finish the season strong, and Portland State's backcourt could pose a problem.

Bet 2: $110 on Ohio State-Siena over 141 Comment: Siena will try to play up-tempo and Ohio State may have no choice but to keep pace with the Spartans.

Matt Youmans, Review-Journal

Bankroll: $973 Thursday: Lost $27

Today's plays -- Betting $165

Bet 1: $88 on Southern Cal -21/2 over Boston College

Comment: USC is more talented with DeMar DeRozan, Taj Gibson, Daniel Hackett and Dwight Lewis.

Bet 2: $77 on Utah -11/2 over Arizona Comment: If senior center Luke Nevill avoids foul trouble, the Utes will prevail because they're tougher defensively.

Jim Kruger, VegasSportsAuthority.com

Bankroll: $1,023 Thursday: Won $23

Today's plays -- Betting $297

Bet 1: $165 on Arizona State -51/2 over Temple Comment: ASU is a much better defensive team from a much better conference.

Bet 2: $132 on Portland State +101/2 vs Xavier Comment: Portland State beat Gonzaga by 7 and lost to Washington by 1. Xavier has a negative assist-turnover ratio.

Bruce Marshall, The Gold Sheet

Bankroll: $1,200 Thursday: Won $200

Today's plays -- Betting $220

Bet 1: $110 on Temple +51/2 over Arizona State Comment: The Owls have seen ASU-like matchup zones in the A-10, and they have Dionte Christmas.

Bet 2: $110 on Portland State +101/2 over Xavier Comment: The Vikings can punch above their weight thanks to an explosive backcourt led by Jeremiah Dominguez.

Erin Rynning, SportsMemo.com

Bankroll: $980 Thursday: Lost $20

Today's plays -- Betting $440

Bet 1: $275 on Utah 11/2 over Arizona

Comment: The steady Utes are the superior defensive team. The fading Wildcats have lost five of six.

Bet 2: $165 on Michigan State-Robert Morris over 132 Comment: The Spartans are glad to escape the Big Ten grind as this game goes up-tempo with Robert Morris' small ball.