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Gambling Cheat Sheet: Women’s Elite 8

Central Illinois 1:33 am: Crow Worthy representatives have been instructed to release the follow statement on behalf of their client Terry Collins, the king of women’s basketball gambling. Mr. Collins’ statement, ahead of the women’s Elite 8, is as follows:

“I’m Back”

(If you don’t get this reference, I don’t like you)

Y’all didn’t think one measly rough patch was enough to make the fearless king abandon his post did you? As the fearless leader of the Women’s College Basketball Gamblers Club of America (otherwise known as WCBGCA) I feel an obligation to make my presence known, so as no piece of trash competition even remotely thinks they can unseat me from my self titled position.

We are back in the saddle after a…..well….not so good first attempt at picking winners in the women’s tournament. As a young lad I always taught never to run away from adversity, so here we are again, ready to make this women’s Elite 8 slate my bitch. Am I any more educated on the teams or games? Nope not really, but that doesn’t stop the people at Pickswise from making picks, so why should it stop me? Okay that was a unprovoked shot, and I don’t dislike Pickswise, but I thought it was a funny line, so get over it.

Matchups:

South Carolina (-6.5) vs. Texas (O/U 131)

South Carolina comes into this game without having trailed in the second half of any game this year. Just think about that. Not once did they have an off night and trail in the 3rd or 4th quarter. Amazing. USC may have an All American in Boston, but Texas has played multiple all Americans this tournament and obviously has been up to the task defensively, but Boston will easily be the toughest defensive task they have faced. South Carolina has been extremely good all season, but face a red hot Texas team.

Coming into this matchup SC has yet to put up 80 points in a game, and aside from the lopsided win over a 16 seed, their defense hasn’t been dominant. Their last two games have been a 17 point win, and 11 point win coming over an 8 and 5 seed. This Texas team is coming in just having knocked off 3 seed UCLA, and 2 seed Maryland. The only game Texas has scored over 80 was a first round matching against Bradley, and they’ve only given up an average of 62 ppg defensively. I think this game is low scoring, South Carolina leads the nation in blocked shots, and I see Texas struggling inside. If Texas can find a way to score in transition, and knock down perimeter shots this game will come down to the final minute.

Stanford (-9.5) vs. Louisville (O/U 134)

We’ve a matchup between Cardinals in this one folks. Stanford comes into this one with a 17 game win streak and average margin of victory of over 25 points. Louisville on the other hand comes into this with only 3 season losses, and just having beat Oregon by 18 points. This game really boils down to the defense of Louisville. Can they continue their trend of holding teams to sub 30% shooting nights, and under 50 points, which are both their tournament averages? I don’t think so. This Stanford team has 4 girls averaging double digits, and on the defensive end they have a defensive conference player of they year to combat Louisville and their one man show called Dana Evans. I see this game being extremely low scoring, but Stanford all the way.

Official Women’s Elite 8 Picks:

*Stanford vs Louisville — Under 134

*Stanford -9.5

*Texas +6.5

*South Carolina vs. Texas – Over 131

Wrap-Up

Well folks, you’re going to need some bolt cutters for these locks. All of you need to thank me for once again putting on the crown, and resuming my rightful reign as the king of women’s college basketball. This is going to be my best women’s college basketball gambling day to date. Count on it. Good luck all, and remember that I do this for you. The people. I’ve built this empire for you, my loyal women’s basketball follows and expect a “thank you” from each and every one of you on my twitter @TCollins1012 after you get rich off these picks.