Adam Thompson

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Adam Thompson became a SportsLine handicapper in February after going a documented 42-16 on college basketball picks, 30-20 on NFL picks and 29-23 on college football picks in the 2017-18 season. Previously the award-winning sports editor of the Green Bay Post-Gazette, Adam spent nearly 20 years covering the NFL, MLB, NBA and major college sports. Now he's sharing the insight he gained with SportsLine members, through well-reasoned picks and thought-provoking articles.

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Fordham 52 @ Davidson 76
2/21
FORD 52 @ DAVID 76
2/21
WIN
YESTERDAY 11:03 AM

Davidson can score, averaging 76.2 ppg, but the Wildcats are even better on defense, allowing only 67.4. Fordham, meanwhile, can't score: The Rams rank 347th out of 351 teams in points. They're 295th in possessions per game, but that's frenetic compared to Davidson at 336th. When these teams squared off Jan 14, they combined for 120 points.

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Bradley 82 @ Missouri St. 78
2/21
BRAD 82 @ MOST 78
2/21
LOSS
YESTERDAY 10:58 AM

Talk about two teams with a defense-first mentality. Bradley and Missouri State rank 16th and 27th in the nation, respectively, in points allowed per game. Meanwhile, the squads rank 307th and 266th in points scored and 323/317 in possessions per game. These team combined to score 124 points earlier this year. Take the Under.

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Marquette -4.5MARQET -4.5

St. John's 73 @ Marquette 85
2/21
STJOHN 73 @ MARQET 85
2/21
WIN
YESTERDAY 10:53 AM

I think Marquette has the potential to be a real spoiler in the NCAA Tournament, but first the Golden Eagles need to get there. Their up-and-down season -- including a loss to these Red Storm less than two weeks ago, thanks to a 44-point performance from Shamorie Ponds -- make this a must-win situation for any at-large hopes. Markus Howard is doubtful for MU, dropping the line, but it's time for Marquette to put up or shut up.

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N. Carolina -4UNC -4

N. Carolina 78 @ Syracuse 74
2/21
UNC 78 @ CUSE 74
2/21
PUSH
YESTERDAY 10:43 AM

The Tar Heels have won five straight, and covered in all of them. Syracuse's 2-3 zone can give some team fits, but not UNC, which has beaten the Orange five straight games, all by more than four points (an average margin of 12 ppg). The last time the Orange won in this matchup was in 2011, and they were ranked No. 2. The Heels are shooting better than 53 percent in their last three games. This is a huge game for Syracuse, but I'll take the hot team with recent success in the Carrier Dome.

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Creighton +6CREIGH +6

Creighton 70 @ Butler 93
2/20
CREIGH 70 @ BUTLER 93
2/20
LOSS
Tue 2/20

The last time Creighton and Butler played, Bluejays leading scorer Marcus Foster was coming off a nine-point, 3-of-14 performance and went off for 21 first-half points in an 85-74 win. For Tuesday night's matchup in Indy, he's coming off his second-worst performance with just 12 points in a surprising loss to Marquette. Creighton comes in with something to prove to itself and is a solid 5-6 on the road, making six points too big a spread here in this evenly matched showdown.

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