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 used that philosophy to post a sparkling 63-46 ATS mark for the entire 2018 NFL season. For Mike Tierney media inquiries, contact SportsLine@CBSInteractive.com.

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USC -2.5 USC -2.5

Oregon 49 @ USC 66
2/22
OREG 49 @ USC 66
2/22
WIN
YESTERDAY 4:23 PM

Southern Cal?s talented bigs could feast against a visitor that has yet to recover from the loss of 7-footer Bol Bol. One of those tall Trojans, Bennie Boatwright, has been scoring in bunches. Oregon F Louis King, averaging 16 ppg in Pac-12 play, will give it a try, but an injured shooting hand could affect his stroke. USC, at 9-6 ATS, plays far better at home than on the road, while Oregon is 3-5 ATS in away tests.

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4-0-2 IN LAST 6 OREG ATS PICKS | +400

5-2 IN LAST 7 USC ATS PICKS | +285

So. Utah -2.5 SUTAH -2.5

E. Washington 62 @ So. Utah 76
2/22
EWASH 62 @ SUTAH 76
2/22
WIN
YESTERDAY 4:20 PM

Nobody in the NCAA has been hotter than Eastern Washington G Jacob Davison, who is averaging 23.8 points in his last eight outings. However, he departed the Eagles? latest game with an ankle injury and, if he suits up here, could be somewhat impaired. With Davison on duty, the Eagles have won once outright in 13 away games, covering just three times, while Southern Utah is 8-2 straight-up at home. EWU?s points differential on the road is a yawning 15.

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North Carolina +9 UNC +9

North Carolina 88 @ Duke 72
2/21
UNC 88 @ DUKE 72
2/21
WIN
Wed 2/20

Take a gander at UNC?s away games in the calendar year. Beat Wake Forest by 38. Louisville by 10. Georgia Tech by 23. Miami by nine. N.C. State by eight. Pitt by 25. The Tar Heels not only cover on the road in the ACC but handily. They will not be weak-kneed in the cauldron that is Cameron Indoor Stadium. No doubt Duke is on a higher level than the Heels? league conquests, but this spread is sizable enough for them to beat.

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Syracuse -1 CUSE -1

Louisville 49 @ Syracuse 69
2/21
LVILLE 49 @ CUSE 69
2/21
WIN
Wed 2/20

In one respect, Louisville could thrive against Syracuse's trademark zone defense. The Cardinals shoot more threes than any ACC member and are the fifth-most accurate. However, Louisville has been vulnerable lately to the full-court press, which Syracuse unleashes at times, and could get turned over often. A week off assures the Orange will be fresh, and they have covered in six of the last eight games in the cavernous arena that heightens the home-floor edge.

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6-3-1 IN LAST 10 LVILLE ATS PICKS | +273

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