Matt Norlander

College Basketball Expert

Matt Norlander is a national writer for CBS who has covered college basketball since 2007. From award-winning features to weekly game analysis, Norlander covers the sport in myriad ways. Every October he provides the Internet's most thorough ranking of all 351 college basketball teams. He also co-hosts the popular CBS Sports College Basketball Podcast. For Matt Norlander media inquiries, contact SportsLine@cbsinteractive.com.

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UNDER 132.5 UNDER 132.5

Texas Tech 61 vs Michigan St. 51
4/07
TXTECH 61 vs MICHST 51
4/07
WIN
Wed 4/3

This total is asking you to take the Over -- but no, I like the Under in this spot. I don't expect either team to try and get out and run. And as I've said, the Red Raiders bring the most dominant defense we've seen in at least the past 18 years.

Texas Tech +2.5 TXTECH +2.5

Texas Tech 61 vs Michigan St. 51
4/07
TXTECH 61 vs MICHST 51
4/07
WIN
Wed 4/3

This is one of the more compelling national semifinals we've had in the past five years. MSU is smart, passes well, takes opportune 3s and has the bodies down low. Texas Tech rates as the most dominant defense in at least the past 18 seasons. It's not an easy game to handicap. I'm going to take Sparty to win but TTU to cover. It might be a classic.

5-0 IN LAST 5 TXTECH ATS PICKS | +500

3-0 IN LAST 3 MICHST ATS PICKS | +300

Houston +2.5 HOU +2.5

Houston 58 vs Kentucky 62
3/30
HOU 58 vs UK 62
3/30
LOSS
Tue 3/26

Kentucky's uncertain status with PJ Washington has taken what probably would have been a -4.5 or -5 number and dropped it down. Houston has the No. 1 3-point defense in America, an offense that rates in the top 20 and a good three-guard attack that will go hard at the Wildcats' freshmen. The Cougars are an enticing moneyline play. Give me Kelvin Sampson's team -- only three losses all season -- to withstand Kentucky and take advantage, especially if Washington can't go.

Virginia Tech +7.5 VATECH +7.5

Virginia Tech 73 vs Duke 75
3/30
VATECH 73 vs DUKE 75
3/30
WIN
Tue 3/26

I can't go as far as to be confident with a Virginia Tech moneyline play, but I love getting the Hokies with this many points and only needing a bus ride to get to D.C. Duke's close-shave win against UCF brought this number down one or two points less than what it would have been otherwise. But given how good Tech's offense is -- and knowing Tech already beat Duke once -- it's too tempting a play. Duke has been ever so slightly overrated much of the season. It's currently the fourth-best team at kenpom.com. That's right, not No. 1. Not even top three. Take. The. Points.

2-1-1 IN LAST 4 DUKE ATS PICKS | +89

Tennessee -1.5 TENN -1.5

Purdue 99 vs Tennessee 94
3/28
PURDUE 99 vs TENN 94
3/28
LOSS
Tue 3/26

Tennessee has struggled mightily as of late against the line -- it's 0-3 ATS in the last three games. But the time has come to jump in front of that streak train and take the Vols. The public will be hot on Purdue after its dominant run through Hartford and Carsen Edwards' performance. With Tennessee having tight games against Colgate and Iowa, the lean for the Vols will not be heavy. But Tennessee is the play, for sure. It has two of the three best players on the floor, will have the most fans in the building and has a better offense than the Boilers.

2-1 IN LAST 3 PURDUE ATS PICKS | +89

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