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. Over the past three seasons, Mike is 197-162 in the NFL, returning over $1,800 to $100 players. For Mike Tierney media inquiries, contact SportsLine@CBSInteractive.com.

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OVER 117.5 OVER 117.5

Texas Tech 77 vs Virginia 85
4/09
TXTECH 77 vs UVA 85
4/09
WIN
Sun 4/7

The NCAA Championship game will be somewhat deprived of points. We know that from watching the semifinals. But the public has hammered an already low total down to a figure that hardly befits teams capable of going off offensively. Texas Tech reached the 80s in five of its last six regular season outings, while Virginia?s average of 71 points puts the Cavaliers in the middle of the 15-team ACC in scoring. Players might have needed Saturday?s games to grow accustomed to shooting in the massive football stadium and should be more on target. And, if nothing else, the negligible point spread suggests we could be treated to bonus minutes in yet another tournament overtime that would allow for more scoring.

3-2 IN LAST 5 UVA O/U PICKS | +78

Texas Tech +2.5 TXTECH +2.5

Texas Tech 61 vs Michigan St. 51
4/07
TXTECH 61 vs MICHST 51
4/07
WIN
Sat 4/6

Flip the head coaches, and Texas Tech would be favored. As awesome as Tom Izzo is, Chris Beard earned his National Coach of the Year Award with a peerless defense and an effective offense built around Jarrett Culver, the Final Four?s most effective player not named Cassius Winston. The Red Raiders took out the tournament's most talented team (Gonzaga), so they certainly can hang with the rugged Spartans.

4-1 IN LAST 5 TXTECH ATS PICKS | +289

2-1 IN LAST 3 MICHST ATS PICKS | +90

OVER 131.5 OVER 131.5

Auburn 62 vs Virginia 63
4/06
AUBURN 62 vs UVA 63
4/06
LOSS
Sat 4/6

As torrid as Auburn?s shooters are, this total seems a tad low. While the Tigers? frontcourt depth covers somewhat for the absence of Chuma Okeke (knee), Virginia can bank on more scoring from the vastly improved Mamadi Diakite. The Cavaliers were involved in several ultra-low points games this season, but controlling the tempo against the Tigers, who have soared Over five times in a row, will be a test. Plus, Virginia sharpshooter Kyle Guy seems to have ended his slump.

3-2 IN LAST 5 UVA O/U PICKS | +78

South Florida +1 SFLA +1

South Florida 77 @ DePaul 65
4/05
SFLA 77 @ DEPAUL 65
4/05
WIN
Fri 4/5

DePaul played this season with an eight-man rotation. Well, PG Devin Gage (concussion), the assists leader, has missed three straight games and would seem unlikely to suit up here. F Eli Cain (arm), the No. 2 scorer, is done after an injury Wednesday. F Jaylen Butz (shoulder) departed that game, too. His status is uncertain. At full strength, the Blue Demons are superior to South Florida. Now? They are way too compromised.

4-0 IN LAST 4 DEPAUL ATS PICKS | +400

4-0 IN LAST 4 SFLA ATS PICKS | +400

OVER 143 OVER 143

Lipscomb 66 vs Texas 81
4/04
LPSCMB 66 vs TEXAS 81
4/04
WIN
Thu 4/4

Lipscomb?s through-the-roof scoring dipped Tuesday in the NIT semifinals. Familiarized with Madison Square Garden, the Bisons should be more accurate, even against Texas? sticky defense. Lipscomb has shot 54 percent inside the arc, nearly 38 on 3-pointers and almost 76 on free throws this season, which is triply impressive. Texas? recent 1-6 record on Overs has driven down the total, creating value here. Take the Over.

3-0 IN LAST 3 TEXAS O/U PICKS | +300

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