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Chip Patterson
Chip Patterson
Shoot Your Shot
Chip has covered college football, college basketball and golf for CBS Sports since 2010. He’s a high-volume shooter who loves to spray the board with a well-balanced mix of statistical insight, matchup-specific trends and a feel for the games built up from his experience as an analyst. February 2022 marked his debut as a SportsLine expert. You can also find him hosting the Cover 3 Podcast, contributing on CBS Sports HQ or dropping some of his favorite plays on SportsLine’s Early Edge, where he went 56-42 (57.1 percent) during the 2021 college football season. For Chip Patterson media inquiries, contact SportsLine@CBSInteractive.com.
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N. Carolina 73 @ UCLA 66 | 03/26 | 1:58 AM UTC

UCLA -2

LOSS

ANALYSIS: North Carolina looked great as it pulled away from Duke in the regular season finale and rolled over Marquette basically from the tip, but this isn't a team that has been elite in close games. Even in games they win, the Tar Heels' late-game execution has been suspect and that doesn't bode well going up against Mick Cronin and a UCLA team with versatility up and down the rotation. If the game is going to be close, which the oddsmakers are suggesting, I think the Bruins will win the clutch possessions and cover the number.

+80 3-2 IN LAST 5 CBB PICKS

Texas Tech 73 @ Duke 78 | 03/25 | 2:00 AM UTC

Texas Tech PK

LOSS

ANALYSIS: Texas Tech's swarming perimeter defense will be the difference, creating problems for Duke's offense and allowing the Red Raiders to keep up against a team that does have a notable talent edge. This is a Texas Tech team that has beat Kansas, swept Baylor and is absolutely well-prepared to take down a juggernaut like Duke on the big stage. The Red Raiders are 6-2 against the spread on the year as an underdog or pick em, because the team is able to overcome on-paper disadvantages with the physical and psychological impact of their defense.

+80 3-2 IN LAST 5 CBB PICKS

Arkansas 74 @ Gonzaga 68 | 03/24 | 11:09 PM UTC

Arkansas +9.5

WIN

ANALYSIS: Arkansas will be excited to play an up-and-down game with pace, and the Razorbacks' defensive pressure might be able to bother Gonzaga's backcourt in a way that keeps the Zags from getting into a flow with their offense. If this game is called tight, I think it will help Arkansas, a team that rates tops among Sweet 16 teams in free throw rate and free throw percentage.

+80 3-2 IN LAST 5 CBB PICKS
+300 3-0 IN LAST 3 ARK ATS PICKS

Miami (Fla.) 79 @ Auburn 61 | 03/21 | 12:08 AM UTC

Miami (Fla.) +7

WIN

ANALYSIS: This is too many points for a Miami team with offensive options that can either hang in a track meet or cut into a lead quickly in the game's final minutes. The trio of Isaiah Wong, Charlie Moore and Kameron McGusty can overwhelm an opposing defense and while Walker Kessler has been elite at the rim, that's not where the Hurricanes are looking to establish their edge. Auburn's ceiling is much higher than Miami's, but the inconsistency through the year suggests betting on that ceiling against a quality opponent away from home is a shaky position.

+80 3-2 IN LAST 5 CBB PICKS
+300 3-0 IN LAST 3 MIAMI ATS PICKS

Notre Dame 53 @ Texas Tech 59 | 03/20 | 11:10 PM UTC

Notre Dame +8

WIN

ANALYSIS: This is going to be a low-scoring, low-possession game, so laying this many points is not going to be a favorable position. Texas Tech is elite defensively but the style of basketball, and Notre Dame's ability to take care of the ball and work through the offense to find good shots, will let the Fighting Irish hang around. An outright upset seems like a reach, but Notre Dame's luck can carry the team to a third-straight cover.

+80 3-2 IN LAST 5 CBB PICKS
+88 2-1 IN LAST 3 ND ATS PICKS