Michael Rusk

The Prodigy

Don?t let his age fool you, 24-year-old Michael Rusk is no stranger to the industry. Finishing his first novel, ?Why Vegas Never Closes,? Michael built his name by exploiting flaws in public betting. With his economics and statistics background, Michael uses multiple algorithms pooling with recency bias to produce profitable picks. Sharp action, regression, fading the public and closing line value are all things he considers before finalizing his card. In the 2017 MLB season he was up 30.36 units ($3,036 for a $100 bettor), and he's crushing books on the hardwood with that same approach. For Michael Rusk media inquiries, contact SportsLine@CBSInteractive.com.

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Atlanta -1.5 ATL -1.5

Toronto 6 @ Atlanta 2
7/10
TOR 6 @ ATL 2
7/10
LOSS
Tue 7/10

No time for a write-up, pick Atlanta and collect your winnings.

Purdue -3.5 PURDUE -3.5

Butler 73 vs Purdue 76
3/18
BUTLER 73 vs PURDUE 76
3/18
LOSS
Sat 3/17

This line is a clear overreaction due to Purdue?s top player, Isaac Haas, being sidelined with a broken elbow. After the public witnessed a commanding victory against the Razorbacks Friday night, we have no choice other than to fade the Bulldogs. Purdue has only covered twice in its past 14 games and we are getting this at a nice discount. Look for Purdue to play inspired ball and lay the number.

OVER 131.5 OVER 131.5

Loyola-Chi. 63 vs Tennessee 62
3/17
LOYCHI 63 vs TENN 62
3/17
LOSS
Sat 3/17

The Under has been on an absolute tear with these teams, cashing in 11 of their last 13 combined decisions. We're getting this total at a discount. With both teams' tournament lives on the line, expect many fouls late in the game, even though the outcome may be out of reach. Take the Over.

TCU -210 TCU -210

Syracuse 57 vs TCU 52
3/16
CUSE 57 vs TCU 52
3/16
LOSS
Fri 3/16

Syracuse doesn't deserve to be in this tournament. Its recent history and Jim Boeheim as its coach played a pivotal role in getting an at-large bid. Without late-game heroics against Arizona State, the Orange wouldn't even be in the main field. TCU, on the other hand, has beaten six tournament teams this season, most notably, powerhouse West Virginia. Also, Horned Frogs Coach Jamie Dixon owns Boeheim, winning 15 of 21 matchups. This spread is giving me cold feet, fearing a late backdoor cover, so I am laying the money line today. TCU advances.

Auburn -9.5 AUBURN -9.5

Charleston 58 vs Auburn 62
3/16
CHARLS 58 vs AUBURN 62
3/16
LOSS
Fri 3/16

A perfect time to hop on the struggling Tigers of late. Auburn, with just one cover in its past six games, is up against a thriving Charleston squad that has covered in four of its last six. The Colonial Athletic Association is by far one of the weakest NCAA conferences and has not had any tournament success. The last win by any team from the conference in the big dance was over five years ago. Auburn will represent the SEC well in this matchup. Chalk all day.

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