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March Madness 2018: NCAA Tournament betting lines, spreads, odds, picks, predictions

March Madness 2018: NCAA Tournament betting lines, spreads, odds, picks, predictions

It’s the most wonderful time of the year -- to skip work and gamble! The 2018 NCAA Tournament is finally here.

Before the games begin on Thursday, you need the right analysis predictions and picks. That's why you came here, right?

Need betting advice? We got you covered.

Need the first-round lines? We got that.

If you're trying to win your bracket pool, our analysis will not steer you wrong.

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NCAA TOURNAMENT SOUTH REGION ANALYSIS, PICKS, LINES:

No. 1 Virginia vs. No. 16 UMBC, Friday 9:20 PM
ANALYSIS: The question isn’t if Virginia will win. Instead, will Virginia hold UMBC to less points than they allowed to Pitt (7) in the first half of a real game played between two power five teams this year. 
PICK: Watch something else and come back to find UVA covered easily.
​LINE: Virginia -21.5

No. 2 Cincinnati vs. No. 15 Georgia St., Friday 2:00 PM
ANALYSIS: The Bearcats got the final bid in the tournament, but potentially the easiest path to the Elite 8 by avoiding Virginia, Arizona, and Kentucky. They could be upset in Round 1. I picked Michigan State to win it all in 2016 so I’m never doubting a 15-seed ever again. 
PICK: Cincinnati
​LINE: Cincinnati -14

No. 3 Tennessee vs. No. 14 Wright State, Thursday 12:40 PM
ANALYSIS: The second game of the tournament and first on TruTV, good luck finding it. However, when you do… just remember the channel for the next three days before forgetting it for another 361 days. 
PICK: You’ll miss the first ten minutes searching for TruTV, but Tennessee will be on their way to a win.
​LINE: Tennessee -12

No. 4 Arizona vs. No. 13 Buffalo, Thursday 9:40 PM
ANALYSIS: By now you know Arizona is under NCAA scrutiny and no joke I can make about that will be new nor can I muster any outrage at paying players (most because there is none and they should be paid).
PICK: Arizona makes a statement and the NCAA cringes.
​LINE: Arizona -8.5

No. 5 Kentucky vs. No. 12 Davidson, Thursday 7:10 PM
ANALYSIS: Everyone wants to pick 12-seeds to upset 5-seeds and Davidson was a trendy pick for a few upset before seeding came out.
PICK: Kentucky wins, but they won’t cover the 6 points.
​LINE: Kentucky -5.5

No. 6 Miami (Fl.) vs. No. 11 Loyola-Chicago, Thursday 3:15 PM
ANALYSIS: Loyola-Chicago, a University I definitely knew was real before Sunday, is one of the trendiest picks for an upset in the first round. With an offense and defense in KenPom’s top-70, I totally get it.
PICK: Loyola-Chicago not only covers, but wins outright.
​LINE: Miami -2

No. 7 Nevada vs. No. 10 Texas, Friday 4:30 PM
ANALYSIS: This is very relatable and completely influencing my decision. Get Nevada a win AND Bojangles.
PICK: Wolfpack avoid the upset and deserve some Bo-berry biscuits for their work. I’d buy if it wasn’t a violation.
​LINE: Nevada -1

No. 8 Creighton vs. No. 9 Kansas State, Friday 6:50 PM
ANALYSIS: These 8/9 games are impossible to predict and every time I think I have a good idea about one, not only do they lose, but the team that beats does well against the No. 1 seed. Creighton does better in the KenPom rankings, so I’m just going to default to that.
PICK: Creighton
​LINE: Creighton -1

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NCAA TOURNAMENT WEST REGION ANALYSIS, PICKS, LINES:

No. 1 Xavier vs. No. 16 NCCU/Texas Southern Winner, Friday 7:20 PM
ANALYSIS: I’ve heard Xavier was overseeded, but last I checked they still have Trevon Blueitt and no one else does.
PICK: No 16-seed upset here, Xavier covers too.
​LINE: Xavier TBD

No. 2 UNC vs. No. 15 Lipscomb, Friday 2:45 PM
ANALYSIS: Lipscomb loves to run and UNC is no slouch either, this may be an entertaining game for a 2/15 matchup, but I don’t know if Garrison Matthews is enough.
PICK: A fun game, which is usually pretty rare for these types of games, but UNC pulls away in the second half. 
​LINE: North Carolina -19

No. 3 Michigan vs. No. 14 Montana, Thursday 9:50 PM
ANALYSIS: Wolverines vs. Grizzlies sounds like a midwest matchup if I’ve ever heard one. As far as No. 14 seeds go, Montana is pretty good… coming in No. 71 in KenPom’s rankings. Unfortunately, they are just no match for Michigan.
PICK: Michigan pulls away late.
​LINE: Michigan -11

No. 4 Gonzaga vs. No. 13 UNC-Greensboro, Thursday 1:30 PM
ANALYSIS: Full disclosure -- I have Gonzaga in my Final Four. A favorable early location (Boise) and a potential 12-seed in the second round. I like Gonzaga’s chances.
PICK: Gonzaga. Don’t think twice.
​LINE: Gonzaga -12.5

No. 5 Ohio State vs. No. 12 South Dakota State, Thursday 4:00 PM
ANALYSIS: This is going to be an extremely chalky region, but the Jackrabbits are one team I actually like for an upset. I think it helps Ohio State fans immediately hated the matchup, which in turn made me instantly like it.
PICK: South Dakota State pulls the upset.
​LINE: Ohio State -8

No. 6 Houston vs. No. 11 San Diego State, Thursday 7:20 PM
ANALYSIS: I genuinely hate when two non-Power 5 teams get matched up in the tournament. I’m not saying the committee does it on purpose, but it *kinda* feels like the do it on purpose some years.
PICK: Aztecs are hot, winning 9 in a row. Make it 10.
​LINE: Houston -4

No. 7 Texas A&M vs. No. 10 Providence, Friday 12:15 PM
ANALYSIS: Both the Aggies and the Friars seem like wild cards. Xavier had a “bad” loss to Providence in the Big East Tournament, and here they sit as a 10-seed.
PICK: Texas A&M is just better than Providence. Sorry, Friars.
​LINE: Texas A&M -3.5

No. 8 Missouri vs. No. 9 Florida State, Friday 9:50 PM
ANALYSIS: Michael Porter, Jr. is must-watch TV, whether or not that translates into wins in the NCAA Tournament… we’ll see.
PICK: I’m going with the upside of Porter, Jr.
​LINE: Florida State 1.5

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NCAA TOURNAMENT EAST REGION ANALYSIS, PICKS, LINE:

No. 1 Villanova vs. No. 16 Radford, Thursday 6:50
ANALYSIS: Doug McKinney, I’m glad your team gets credit for an NCAA Tournament win in the play-in game because Villanova is going to crush your Highlanders.
PICK: Sorry, Doug.
​LINE: Villanova -21

No. 2 Purdue vs. No. 15 Cal State-Fullerton, Friday 12:40
ANALYSIS: Hopefully you aren’t too hungover that you forgot where TruTV is. They are savage on Twitter and you don’t want to test them.
PICK: Boilermakers roll.
​LINE: Purdue -20.5

No. 3 Texas Tech vs. No. 14 Stephen F. Austin, Thursday 7:30 PM
ANALYSIS: I always like Stephen F. Austin as a potential “Giant Killer” for one reason or another and 2 out of the last 3 times they’ve come through in the first round.
PICK: That’s going to be 2-2 after this year. Texas Tech is too much. 
​LINE: Texas Tech -11.5

No. 4 Wichita State vs. No. 13 Marshall, Friday 1:30 PM
ANALYSIS: Wichita State came into the year considered one of the favorites. 25-7 and a No. 4 seed kinda feels disappointing, but they are so dangerous that it doesn’t really matter. It won’t be a … wait for it… Shocker… if Wichita State gets to the second weekend. Dad jokes rule.
PICK: Wichita State slows the roll of Jon Elmore and the Thundering Herd.
​LINE: Wichita State -12

No. 5 West Virginia vs. No. 12 Murray State, Friday 4:00 PM
ANALYSIS: Press Virginia vs. The Racers. Murray State is a popular upset pick because they are pretty good at not turning the ball over and they shoot well. Two things you need to do to beat a Bob Huggins team.
PICK: The Mountaineers squeak by.
​LINE: West Virginia -10.5

No. 6 Florida vs. No. 11 St. Bonaventure, Thursday 10:00 PM
ANALYSIS: Bonnies took down UCLA and I think it’s possible they take down Florida. Jaylen Adams and the St. Bonaventure veteran backcourt could give Florida fits. Also, I can’t ever get over Joakim Noah.
PICK: St. Bonaventure continues their winning ways.
​LINE: Florida TBD

No. 7 Arkansas vs. No. 10 Butler, Friday 3:10 PM
ANALYSIS: Arkansas seemed overseeded. Butler seemed underseeded. It ain’t rocket science which way I’m going here. Just in case it isn’t clear: a Butler vs. Purdue matchup in the second round would be awesome… if you’re from Indiana.
PICK: Butler and their adorable bulldog mascot.
​LINE: Butler -1.5

No. 8 Virginia Tech vs. No. 9 Alabama, Thursday 9:20 PM
ANALYSIS: Collin Sexton is awesome. He’s drawn comparisons from Russell Westbrook to Kemba Walker to… name a guard who had a great Tournament one year. Don’t worry about forcing a comparison, just watch him play.
PICK: I love Buzz Williams, but I’m going with Sexton. Roll Tide.
​LINE: Virginia Tech -2

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NCAA TOURNAMENT MIDWEST REGION ANALYSIS, PICKS, LINE:

No. 1 Kansas vs. No. 16 Penn, Friday 2:00 PM
ANALYSIS: Listen, I’m not saying it is going to happen… I’m just saying in era of fake news, Penn being the best 16-seed ever is quite real.
PICK: Penn pulls off an unbelievable… first half. Kansas wins, but probably doesn’t cover.
​LINE: Kansas -13.5

No. 2 Duke vs. No. 15 Iona, Thursday 3:45 PM
ANALYSIS: The entire nation is rooting against Grayson Allen and I’m no different.
PICK: Duke will eventually lose, but it won’t be to Iona.
​LINE: Duke -20.5

No. 3 Michigan State vs. No. 14 Bucknell, Friday 7:10 PM
ANALYSIS: Zach Thomas isn’t enough for Bucknell to upset Sparty, but I also didn’t Upshaw and Potts were enough in 2016.
PICK: Sparty moves on.
​LINE: Michigan State -14.5

No. 4 Auburn vs. No. 13 College of Charleston, Friday 7:30 PM
ANALYSIS: Can you believe College of Charleston hasn’t been to the NCAA Tournament since 1999? That seems impossible. Even crazier (to me) is that they’ve only been to the NIT three times since then. It’s weird and I feel old.
PICK: Heart and mind are for CofC, but the wallet is on Auburn.
​LINE: Auburn -9.5

No. 5 Clemson vs. No. 12 New Mexico State, Friday 10:00 PM
ANALYSIS: Do you remember Sim Bhullar? That dude was huge. He also played at New Mexico State. Good times.
PICK: Why not, we need an upset in this region. New Mexico State pulls off the upset.
​LINE: Clemson -5

No. 6 TCU vs. No. 11 Arizona State/Syracuse Winner, Friday 9:40 PM
ANALYSIS: Now that Herm Edwards is back coaching football and learning on the fly, I’d like to imagine him learning about the NCAA Tournament for the first time and some of the press conferences he could have. It would be incredible. Anyway, Syracuse probably didn’t deserve to be in the tournament and were the final seed and will somehow get by both ASU and TCU.
PICK: Syracuse because somehow these things always happen.
​LINE: TBD

No. 7 Rhode Island vs. No. 10 Oklahoma, Thursday 12:15 PM
ANALYSIS: This is probably going to be the best game of the first round, and potentially of the first weekend. It’s also the first game of the Tournament. Kevin Harlan is on the call and it just feels like a big game despite the 7/10 matchup. I’m all in.
PICK: The game you absolutely have to watch comes down to Trae Young. I don’t think it’s enough to take down the Rams.
​LINE: Rhode Island -2

No. 8 Seton Hall vs. No. 9 NC State, Thursday 4:30 PM
ANALYSIS: Omer Yurtseven is the Uzbekestani-born Turkish player who is going to give NC State the right to lose to Kansas.
PICK: NC State edges by Seton Hall.
​LINE: Seton Hall -2.5

NCAA TOURNAMENT FINAL FOUR THOUGHTS

1. You can tell me how great Virginia is until you are blue in the face, but I don’t see them winning the Tournament, let alone getting out of their region. Give me Arizona.

2. I made it clear I have Gonzaga coming out of the West, but I think UNC will probably be the team to come out. I’m just going with my heart here.

3. I think Villanova has the softest region and that’s not much of a stretch. It’ll probably be Texas Tech or Purdue against the Wildcats, but chaos in this region could be fun to shake things up.

4. Kansas, Duke, and Michigan State are all really, really good teams. Any of the three could make a run to the Final Four. Give me the Spartans.

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Why you need to watch every bowl game; a guide from the weird and wacky to the College Football Playoff

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Why you need to watch every bowl game; a guide from the weird and wacky to the College Football Playoff

Bowl season is upon us and while you think there may be too many or matchups you don't like, I'm here to give you a reason to watch every single game.

Plus a pick if, you know, you're "tangentially interested."

Let's get weird. 

MORE COLLEGE FOOTBALL: BOWL GUIDE ON TV

Saturday, December 16th

R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, 1 p.m. ET on ESPN 
Who: North Texas vs. Troy 
Why: It has been a week since Army-Navy and you need your scratch that college football itch. I get it, man. You don't have to explain yourself to me.
Pick: North Texas (+6.5)

AutoNation Cure Bowl, 2:30 p.m. ET on CBS Sports Network
Who: Western Kentucky vs. Georgia State
Why: You want to justify paying for CBS Sports Network.
Pick: Western Kentucky (-6.5)

Las Vegas Bowl, 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC
Who: No. 25 Boise State vs. Oregon 
Why: Neither of these teams like each other. Remember that LeGarrette Blount punch? So does Boise State.
Pick: Oregon (-7)

GILDAN New Mexico Bowl, 4:30 p.m. ET on ESPN
Who: Marshall vs. Colorado State
Why: It can't be worse than watching the Chicago Bears set football back 50 years in the same time slot.
Pick: Colorado State (-5.5)

Raycom Media Camellia Bowl, 8 p.m. ET on ESPN
Who: Arkansas State vs. Middle Tennesse State
Why: Last chance to watch a bowl game for a few days and these two should put on a pretty fun offensive show for you thanks to ASU QB Justice Hansen and MTSU QB Brent Stockstill.
Pick: Arkansas State (-4)

Tuesday, December 19th

Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton Bowl, 7 p.m. ET on ESPN
Who: Florida Atlantic vs. Akron
Why: Lane freakin' Kiffin. You know he's going to be celebrating early on the sideline as FAU runs up the score.
Pick: Florida Atlantic (-22.5)

Wednesday, December 20th

DXL Frisco Bowl, 8 p.m. ET on ESPN
Who: SMU (7-5) vs. Louisiana Tech (6-6)
Why: SMU WR Courtland Sutton will likely have a big day. Also, the endless opportunities to see DJ Khaled "DXL" commercials. 
Pick: SMU (-5)

Thursday, December 21st

Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl, 8 p.m. ET on ESPN
Who: Temple  (6-6) vs. Florida International (8-4)
Why: I'm sorry, did you miss the title sponsor? Bad. Boy. Mowers. Gasparilla. Bowl. Think of the disdain the announcers are going to have by halftime for repeating that over and over. 
Pick: Temple (-7)

Friday, December 22nd

Bahamas Bowl, 12:30 p.m. ET on ESPN
Who: UAB (8-4) vs. Ohio (8-4)
Why: UAB wasn't a program last year. They went 8-4 in their first season back after a two-year hiatus. That's awesome.
Pick: UAB (+7.5)

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, 4 p.m. ET on ESPN
Who: Wyoming (7-5) vs. Central Michigan (8-4)
Why: You get a chance to see Blake Bortles Josh Allen before your favorite team overdrafts him in April! 
Pick: Wyoming (PK)

Saturday, December 23rd

Birmingham Bowl, 12:00 p.m. ET on ESPN
Who: South Florida (9-2) vs. Texas Tech (6-6)
Why: Defense will be set to "Optional" for what could be the most entertaining offensive game of the bowl season.
Pick: South Florida (-2.5)

Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl, 3:30 p.m ET on ESPN
Who: San Diego State (10-2) vs. Army (9-3)
Why: If you like to be efficient with your time, this game should be over in under three hours. Army may not attempt a pass. 
Pick: Army (+7)

Dollar General Bowl, 7 p.m. ET on ESPN
Who: Toledo (11-2) vs. Appalachian State (8-4)
Why: I have a tough time finding a reason to steer you away from Aaron Rodgers against the Vikings, but maybe you went to Toledo or Appalachian State. Or, maybe you are an Ohio State fan still gleeful about the Mountaineers win over Michigan. To each their own.
Pick: Toledo (-7.5)

Sunday, December 24th

Hawai'i Bowl, 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN
Who: Fresno State (9-4) vs. Houston (7-4)
Why: There is no Sunday Night Football and you've already seen Home Alone a dozen times by now. 
Pick: Fresno State (+2.5)

Tuesday, December 26th

Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl, 1:30 p.m. ET on ESPN
Who: Utah (6-6) vs. West Virginia (7-5)
Why: You can't be guilted to wear that awful sweater your Aunt Mildred got you in public if you don't leave the couch.
Pick: Utah (-6.5)

Quick Lane Bowl, 5:15 p.m. ET on ESPN
Who: Duke (6-6) vs. Northern Illinois (8-4)
Why: Duke's David Cutcliffe didn't leave for Tennessee and it is never a bad time to poke fun at Tennessee for that coaching search.
Pick: Northern Illinois (+5.5)

Cactus Bowl, 9 p.m. ET on ESPN
Who: Kansas State (7-5) vs. UCLA (6-6)
Why: Chip Kelly is back at the college ranks; plus, a look at future top-10 pick QB Josh Rosen.
Pick: Kansas State (-2.5)

Wednesday, December 27th

Walk-On's Independence Bowl, 1:30 p.m. ET on ESPN
Who: Southern Miss (8-4) vs. Florida State (6-6)
Why: To see the team Alabama fans spent hours arguing was the key to propping up Alabama's strength of Schedule and why the Crimson Tide made the playoff. A 6-6 Florida State team!
Pick: Southern Miss (+15.5)

New Era Pinstripe Bowl, 5:15 p.m. ET on ESPN 
Who: Iowa (7-5) vs. Boston College (7-5)
Why: To see the other reason Alabama fans spent days arguing they deserved to be in the playoff -- Iowa! 
Pick: Iowa (-3)

Foster Farms Bowl, 8:30 p.m. ET on FOX
Who: Purdue (6-6) vs. Arizona (7-5)
Why: Arizona QB Khalil Tate is a cheat code. He didn't start the first four games, but finished with almost 1,300 passing yards and 1,400 rushing yards. He is a human highlight reel. 
Pick: Purdue (+3.5)

Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl, 9 p.m. ET on ESPN
Who: Missouri (7-5) vs. Texas (6-6)
Why: Because Texas might be ... BACK! (Probably Not)
Pick: Missouri (-3)

Thursday, December 28th

Military Bowl presented by Northrup Grumman, 1:30 p.m. ET on ESPN
Who: Navy (6-6) vs. Virginia (6-6)
Why: You love America, that's why.
Pick: NAvy (+1)

Camping World Bowl, 5:15 p.m. ET on ESPN
Who: No. 19 Oklahoma State (9-3) vs. No. 22 Virginia Tech (9-3)
Why: We have our first matchup between ranked teams and it should be a fun contrast of styles.
Pick: Oklahoma State (-4.5)

Valero Alamo Bowl, 9 p.m. ET on ESPN
Who: No. 13 Stanford (9-4) vs. No. 15 TCU (10-3)
Why: Bryce Love was a Heisman finalist and you probably haven't watched him yet because you live on the East Coast and the Pac-12 Network does not exist here.
Pick: TCU (-2.5)

San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl, 9 p.m. ET on FS1
Who: No. 18 Washington State (9-3) vs. No. 16 Michigan State (9-3)
Why: Hopefully you have multiple TV's so you can watch both of these games. Also, Mike Leach is a pirate and conspiracy theorist. 
Pick: Washington State (-2.5)

Friday, December 29th

Belk Bowl, 1 p.m. ET on ESPN
Who: Wake Forest (7-5) vs. Texas A&M (7-5)
Why: The Belk Bowl has the best twitter account and you should reward good tweets.
Pick: Wake Forest (-3)

Hyundai Sun Bowl, 3 p.m. ET on CBS
Who: No. 24 North Carolina State (8-4) vs. Arizona State (7-5)
Why: Maybe a chance to find out if Herm Edwards really knew the mascot for Arizona State was the Sun Devils before he accepted the job.
Pick: North Carolina State (-6)

Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl, 4:30 p.m. ET on ESPN
Who: Kentucky  (7-5) vs. No. 21 Northwestern (9-3)
Why: Northwestern RB Justin Jackson will keep your interest if nothing else.
Pick: Northwestern (-7)

NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl, 5:30 p.m. ET on CBS Sports Network
Who: New Mexico State (6-6) vs. Utah State (6-6)
Why: New Mexico State hasn't been in a bowl game since 1960, which oddly enough was against Utah State. Revenge game for Utah State?
Pick: New Mexico State (+4)

Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic, 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN
Who: No. 8 USC (11-2) vs. No. 5 Ohio State (11-2)
Why: A top-10 matchup of two teams that had legitimate shots at the playoff and both probably had better profiles than Alabama. Plus, future No. 1 pick Sam Darnold!
Pick: Ohio State (-7.5)

Saturday, December 30th

TaxSlayer Bowl, Noon ET on ESPN
Who: Louisville (8-4) vs. No. 23 Mississippi State (8-4)
Why: Lamar Jackson. You know he is going to do something insane one more time in college football and it is your last chance to see him. 
Pick: Mississippi State (+6.5)

AutoZone Liberty Bowl, 12:30 p.m. ET on ABC
Who: Iowa State (7-5) vs. No. 20 Memphis (10-2)
Why: Iowa State's Matt Campbell and Memphis' Mike Norvell aren't going to be at these schools long before they go up to bigger programs.
Pick: Memphis (-3.5)

PlayStation Fiesta Bowl, 4 p.m. ET on ESPN
Who: No. 11 Washington (10-2) vs. No. 9 Penn State (10-2)
Why: A few of my bosses are Penn State fans and I like seeing them upset when they lose. 
Pick: Penn State (-2)

Capital One Orange Bowl, 8 p.m. ET on ESPN
Who: No. 6 Wisconsin (12-1) vs. No. 10 Miami (10-2)
Why: Two words -- Turnover Chain.
Pick: Miami (+6.5)

Monday, January 1st

Outback Bowl, Noon ET on ESPN2
Who: Michigan (8-4) vs. South Carolina (8-4)
Why: You're probably still going to be hungover and on the couch and don't want to move. Oh, and BLOOMIN' ONION MAN!https://twitter.com/Outback/status/938123729716023297?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.sbnation.com%2Flookit%2F2017%2F12%2F5%2F16740134%2Flocal-man-achieves-his-dreams-becomes-bloomin-onion-mascot-thanks-to-10000-retweets
Pick: South Carolina (+7.5)

Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl, 12:30 p.m. ET on ESPN
Who: No. 12 UCF (12-0) vs. No. 7 Auburn (10-3)
Why: UCF has a chance to go for an undefeated season and send Scott Frost out to the cornfields of Nebraska in style.
Pick: UCF (+9.5)

Citrus Bowl presented by Overton's, 1 p.m. ET on ABC
Who: No. 14 Notre Dame (9-3) vs. No. 17 LSU (9-3)
Why: Can you imagine how angry Brian Kelly will be if Notre Dame loses?
College Football Playoff at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual, 5 p.m. ET on ESPN
Who: No. 3 Georgia (12-1) vs. No. 2 Oklahoma (12-1)
Why: The Granddaddy of Them All is way less of a mouthful than the official title and way more fun to say in Keith Jackson's voice. Also, and this is probably more important, it is the first playoff game and Baker Mayfield is facing an SEC defense.
Pick: Oklahoma +2

College Football Playoff at the Allstate Sugar Bowl, 8:45 p.m. ET on ESPN
Who: No. 4 Alabama (11-1) vs. No. 1 Clemson (12-1)
Why: You know why.
Pick: Clemson +2.5

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John Wall is having a PRP procedure; what is it and who else has had it?

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John Wall is having a PRP procedure; what is it and who else has had it?

As you now know John Wall will have two procedures on his knee, including PRP therapy.

Before we start with who has also had PRP therapy, what exactly is PRP therapy? Platelet rich plasma, commonly referred to as "PRP", is human blood (your own blood) that is spun down and separated producing a concentration of platelets above normal values. Platelets are the clotting cells of our blood, but they also can enhance the healing of muscle, tendon, and ligaments. To develop a PRP preparation, blood must first be drawn from a patient. The platelets are separated from other blood cells and their concentration is increased during a process called centrifugation. Then the increased concentration of platelets is combined with the remaining blood.

So who else has had PRP therapy? Actually, a lot of big name athletes have had the procedure. 

Local Athletes:

  • SP Stephen Strasburg, Washington Nationals

Given his lengthy injury history, this shouldn't come as much of a surprise. In September of 2016, Strasburg got PRP therapy to help heal his elbow.

  • OF Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals

Another National with a history of injuries, Harper had PRP therapy in June of 2013 to heal his bursa sac in his knee.

  • C Ian Mahinmi, Washington Wizards

The oft-injured center had PRP therapy in December 2016 to heal both of his knees. He missed six weeks with the injury.

  • S LaRon Landry, Washingon Redskins

LaRon Landry was no stranger to injuries during his time in Washington and in October of 2011 got PRP therapy for his achilles.

  • TE Chris Cooley, Washington Redskins

Landry wasn't the only Redskins player to use PRP in 2011, tight end Chris Cooley was also on the list. He also wasn't the last.

  • KR/PR Brandon Banks, Washington Redskins

The return specialist was the third Redskins player to receive PRP therapy in 2011.

  • G/F Kelly Oubre Jr., Washington Wizards

The swingman had PRP injections after the season ended in 2017, he resumed basketball activities after the two-week timeframe.

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Notable National Athletes:

  • SG Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant headlined the exodus to Europe for PRP treatments for his knee and others quickly followed suit. 

  • QB Peyton Manning

Peyton Manning traveled to Europe in 2011 for PRP therapy for his neck. After Bryant and Manning went, the groundbreaking therapy really took off.

  • PG Stephen Curry

You may remember Curry had the therapy during the first round of the playoffs in 2016. He returned later in the playoffs, but that therapy couldn't avoid blowing a 3-1 lead.

  • LB Ray Lewis

In 2012, the Ravens star linebacker tore his triceps and was expected to be done for the year, but returned in the playoffs and helped the Ravens win the Super Bowl.

  • Golfer Tiger Woods

In 2012, Tiger had another comeback thanks to PRP treatment. He's had other comebacks since with varying degrees of success.

  • Soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo

Ronaldo was called "desperate" by the English press for seeking out PRP therapy, but the Real Madrid star returned in time for Euro 2016 and helped Portugal win their first major title. 

  • Tennis star Rafael Nadal

In 2013, it looked like Nadal was headed to the twilight of his career after knee injuries, but after PRP therapy Nadal returned to win three majors in 2013. Not too bad. 

  • 3B Alex Rodriguez

The Yankees third basemen also followed the trend of going to Europe in 2011 for PRP therapy. This injection was legal.

  • DH David Ortiz

Ortiz needed another injection to save his 2012 season, but he was not able to return. He did return in 2013 with an all-star season.

The list goes on and on with big names to have the procedure. It's been met with largely positive results. Wall's timetable is two weeks and hopefully won't take much longer that.

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