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NCAA Tournament: UPSETS ABOUND

A look at the biggest upsets of the past week in college basketball.

The 2022 NCAA basketball tournament had a very eventful first four days. That can be said on not only the men’s side, but the women’s too. Several schools not only pulled first-round upsets but have made their way into the Sweet 16 for the first time in their program’s history. Let’s look at a few of the teams that have made the magic happen in March.

Creighton Women’s Basketball

If you made a bracket this year and didn’t have Creighton making the Sweet 16, nobody would blame you. They came in as a #10 seed and had never won two games in the March tourney before. But this year has proven to be magical for them.

They defeated No. 7 Colorado by an 84-74 tally in round one to continue onwards. And then on Saturday, Lauren Jensen made sure history would be made. Playing at Iowa last year, she didn’t get the amount of playing time she wanted. Now playing for the Blue Jays, she hit the biggest shot in program history against her former team, a three-pointer with 11 seconds left. The defense prevailed, and the team won.

Down goes the great Caitlin Clark and Iowa Hawkeyes. Creighton makes history. An incredible moment. Make sure to get in on the action and never miss a moment with sports betting Iowa from Tipico.

Michigan Men’s Basketball

Most teams that finish the season at 17-14 and lose in the first round of their conference tournament don’t make it into the madness. But the Wolverines got themselves a bid and have made sure that they made the most of it. They’re a #11 seed but were able to find their way to the Sweet 16.

Led by the two-way big standout Hunter Dickinson, the team has defeated Colorado State, and Tennessee. They have found their way on the defensive end, allowing the offense enough time to get going. The next challenge for the Wolverines will be Villanova. Time to see what they’re made of.

South Dakota Women’s Basketball

The South Dakota men’s basketball team did not make any noise this year. The women’s team on the other hand, is now preparing for their first-ever Sweet 16 game. Like Creighton, they are a #10 seed. They defeated #7 Mississippi by 14 points in the round of 64.

And then they did something very few folks expected. They defeated #2 Baylor, a team that had dreams of winning the national title. They did so by a 61-47 tally, showcasing some impressive defense. They held the Lady Bears to just 4(!) points in the first quarter. Led by Hannah Sjerven’s 16 points, they lived to play another game.

Time to see if they can handle #3 Michigan, now.

Saint Peter’s Men’s Basketball

Of all the feel-good stories this year, there is no question that Saint Peter’s is the best. A #15 seed that houses one of the smaller D-I gyms, the team wasn’t expected to make any noise in the tournament. They won their conference in thrilling fashion but seemed to lack the presence needed to win in March.

They quickly squashed that by coming out hot against #2 Kentucky. They eventually won the game in overtime, and the viewing parties back on campus featured several hundred hyped fans. And then, facing #7 Murray State, a team that was 31-2 and on a long win-streak, they were unfazed.

They were up by 5 five at the half and doubled their lead by game’s end. A 70-60 defeat, led by 17 points and 10 rebounds from KC Ndefo. They’re on to the Sweet 16 and facing #3 Purdue next.

Time to see if the Peacocks can keep strutting and making the magic flow.

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by Danny Scaramella - Tipico

BETFTW! On Site Divisional Round

Lorenzo's Locks: Divisional Round Games

The Green Bay Packers are coming off their first round bye and are the healthiest they have been all season long. Aaron Rodgers is surgical at home, especially when coming off a bye. Now although the 49ers have been red-hot in recent play, their two best defenders, Bosa and Warner, were injured vs the Cowboys and may be slowed down against Green Bay. The Packers also went 7-1 against the spread this season at home. Lorenzo is locking in the Packers and the spread. Onto the AFC, Lorenzo likes the Buffalo Bills in an upset. Buffalo played their most complete game of the entire season last week against New England. The Bills have been clicking on all cylinders and are 4-1 against the spread over their last five. Their offense is comparable with Kansas City's and Buffalo has the edge on defense. The Chiefs have been unreliable at home, while the Bills excel on the road as underdogs. Lorenzo is locking int the Bills to win and to cover the spread. The Los Angeles Rams vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers has everything in the making for an offensive showdown. Tom Brady knows how to pick apart defenses and with the Rams electric offense, Lorenzo sees this game as a shootout. In week 3, the Rams beat the Bucs and 58 points were scored. Although Lorenzo likes the Bucs in this matchup, he is locking in the OVER in total points scored.

BETFTW! On Site Wild Card Weekend

The AFC Wild Card game on Saturday, January 8th features the New England Patriots traveling to Buffalo to take on the Bills. We all remember what happened the last time these two faced off in Buffalo. New England has cooled down after their mid-season hot streak, winning only one of their last four, including a Week 18 loss to the Miami Dolphins. This season, New Englands holds a better record against the spread than the Buffalo Bills. Bills beat reporter Sal Maiorana highlights the rubber match and game three between these two teams this weekend. Weather will continue to be a factor in their matchups. This has the chance to be one of the coldest games in Bills and Patriots history, and even close to league history. Wind chills are expected to be 10 to 15 degrees below zero. So who will this favor? The Patriots took advantage of the wind in their first matchup against Buffalo and pulled off the win. Then Buffalo's offense took control and came out with a win in Foxboro. If the wind is manageable, Maiorana expects a great game for Josh Allen. Josh Allen is the X-factor. The last time these two teams faced, Allen lit up the Patriots for three touchdowns and over 300 yards. If the Bills can contain the running game and make Mac Jones be a true quarterback, Maiorana thinks Buffalo can handle their business and move on to the divisional round.

By Danny Scaramella - Tipico

Lorenzo's Locks: Wild Card Weekend

The Playoffs are here and Lorenzo isn't taking any chances against Tom Brady. The Bucs continue to have one of the top scoring offenses in the NFL, with Tom Brady locked in. The Eagles have also been hot as of late, closing out the season winning six of their final eight games, but the competition they played was incredibly weak. Some of their wins came against the Jets, Giants, and two against Washington. The Eagles secondary is also weak and Tom Brady will look to expose their defense. Since Brady joined Tampa Bay, the Bucs are 9-5 against the spread at home. Lorenzo likes the Bucs winning and covering the spread. The hottest team in the NFC down the stretch, may have been the 49ers. In their final 11 games, San Francisco went post an 8-3 record in wins and against the spread. Although Dallas likes to establish the run early, the 49ers are built to stop the run. Their pass-rush generated 24 sacks in the last six games of the season and will look to pressure Dak Prescott early. If the 49ers can avoid turnovers, Lorenzo sees them covering the spread and upsetting the Cowboys in Dallas. Finally, a divisional matchup to play each other for the third time this season. The Rams face the Cardinals with two electric offenses taking the field. The Rams have showed inconsistencies with their superstar lineup and haven't lived up to their expectations. The Cardinals are great on the road as underdogs and Lorenzo sees this game coming down to the wire and decided by less than a field goal. He predicts the Rams to win, but the Cardinals to cover.

By Danny Scaramella - Tipico

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