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Mike Tierney
Mike Tierney
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A veteran sportswriter whose work appears periodically in the New York Times and Los Angeles Times, Mike Tierney has covered the NFL for decades and reported from seven Super Bowls. Mike does not consider himself a pet lover. But he likes 'dogs, preferring to evaluate each game from the underdog's point of view. Mike has used that philosophy to crush the NFL, going 187-147 ATS (56 percent) the past three seasons. All-time at SportsLine (2016-20), Mike is 347-291 on all NFL picks, returning $2,534 to $100 players. For Mike Tierney media inquiries, contact SportsLine@CBSInteractive.com.
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Nevada 66 @ Utah St. 87 | 03/01 | 12:00 AM UTC

Nevada +7.5

LOSS

ANALYSIS: Nevada needed one half Friday to sweep away the cobwebs from a 19-day break. The Wolf Pack trimmed a 16-point deficit at intermission against Utah State to a deuce and lost by three. Momentum could carry over to this rematch, and the Wolf Pack, who had won four straight outright prior to Friday, are positioned for a sixth straight cover as an away underdog. Aggies F Brock Miller played through a painful back ailment and could be limited, while teammate PG Rollie Worster (foot) could miss his fourth game in a row.

+80 3-2 IN LAST 5 NEVADA ATS PICKS

Pittsburgh 62 @ NC State 65 | 02/28 | 9:00 PM UTC

NC State -7

LOSS

ANALYSIS: Pittsburgh players are dropping (out) like flies. The Panthers’ second- and third-leading scorers — G Au’Diese Toney (14.4 ppg) and G Xavier Johnson (14.2) — have stepped into the transfer portal. Only one leftover is a double-digit scorer. Pitt went 2-5-1 ATS in its previous eight games. Flip the win-loss numbers, and you have N.C. State’s ATS record during the same span. The Pomeroy analytics place the Wolfpack higher than Pitt, and that does not account for the two exiting players.

FIU 58 @ W. Kentucky 91 | 02/28 | 8:00 PM UTC

W. Kentucky -16

WIN

ANALYSIS: This is a heap of points to allot in a league game. Consider that Western Kentucky has won six consecutive Conference USA games outright, while FIU has dropped a dozen in a row. The Hilltoppers have covered in all but one game during their streak, while the Panthers have beaten the spread just once on their slide. FIU’s top scorer, G Antonio Daye Jr. (17.1 points), left the team last week in order to transfer and its No. 2 scorer, Radshad Davis (12.5), is recuperating from an ankle injury. The huge spot is justified.

Memphis 80 @ Cincinnati 74 | 02/28 | 6:00 PM UTC

Memphis -4.5

WIN

ANALYSIS: It’s the fourth game in eight days for weary Cincinnati - and the second in a span of 42 hours. Memphis is rested, having emerged from a 2 1/2-week pause for a game on Wednesday. The Tigers were covered in rust but knocked off Tulane by 15 points two days before the Bearcats defeated the Green Wave by 10. Memphis has won four in a row outright and covered in seven of its last eight contests. A sticky defense that yields just 62 points per game should bedevil the offensively limited Bearcats.

+300 3-0 IN LAST 3 MEMP ATS PICKS

Drake 61 @ Bradley 67 | 02/28 | 12:00 AM UTC

Bradley +8

WIN

ANALYSIS: Depleted Drake beat the Braves on Friday by nine. But, owing to the absence of F ShanQuan Hemphill (14.1 points per game) and PG Roman Penn (11.2 points, 5.5 assists per game) with foot injuries, the Bulldogs’ lineup has little time to recover from an exhausting night. Two starters played all 40 minutes, another 39 and the remaining two 35. Only two subs saw action for a combined 11 minutes. The Braves better distributed their minutes and are positioned to cover.

+300 3-0-1 IN LAST 4 BRAD ATS PICKS
+200 2-0-1 IN LAST 3 DRAKE ATS PICKS