ST. LOUIS – For almost 10 minutes in the second half, the player who had anchored Syracuse down low for the past 70 sat on the bench. Tyler Roberson wore his white long-sleeved warmup shirt in between assistants Adrian Autry and Mike Hopkins, a water bottle sitting between his legs as he watched Syracuse put away a game that he wasn’t a part of anymore.Right before he exited with 12:05 remaining in the second half, Roberson’s head collided with the floor after Tyler Lydon inadvertently mounted him when both contested a rebound. Roberson fell to his chest, turned over and winced while clutching his head.“Possibly, I mean I don’t know really,” Roberson said of why he sat for half of the second stanza, a smile spreading across his face. “…I’m good.”Even with the game well past decided in the waning minutes, Roberson re-entered with 2:45 on the clock and proceeded to finish a thunderous two-handed alley-oop. Less than a minute remained and his stat line was once again filled, the demands from Jim Boeheim for more consistency from the junior satisfied.His 12 points and nine rebounds in Sunday night’s 75-50 win against No. 15 seed Middle Tennessee State (25-10, 13-5 Conference USA) that helped propel No. 10 seed Syracuse (21-13, 9-9 Atlantic Coast) to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 followed a 10-point, 18-rebound domination from two days prior. All of a sudden, the player thrown in the doghouse by Boeheim less than a month ago has emphatically emerged from it.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“When he plays like that, with that energy, we’re just a different team,” assistant coach Mike Hopkins said.Roberson picked up where he left off to start Sunday’s game, hitting all three of his shots in the first half and grabbing eight rebounds. His boards came in a variety of ways – one tipping a ball to himself at the peak of a scrum, one chasing after a loose ball by himself, one mounting Middle Tennessee’s Aldonis Foote before holding onto the ball with one hand and untangling the other.His makes also came of varying flavors, a left-handed tip-in, a pump-fake-and-lay-in and a mid-range jumper. He showcased versatility on both ends while manning the paint for the majority of a 20-minute span for the third consecutive half.“He’s capable of doing this night in and night out,” Tyler Lydon said.Roberson even hit all four of his free throws, the ball gently spinning off the edge of his fingertips and through the hoop each time. He was the only player on the team to make all of his attempts from the charity stripe on a night when Syracuse shot an abysmal 59 percent from the line.Since the offseason, Roberson has emphasized expanding his perimeter game. Check. Boeheim wanted more consistency on the glass. Check. After a 1-for-8 performance from the foul line against St. John’s in Syracuse’s worst loss of the season, he had to improve. Check.Roberson’s entire arsenal is materializing at just the right time on just the right stage. He’s had all these tools at his disposal, but he’s finally putting them to use all at once.“These last two games, that’s what we need out of him,” assistant coach Adrian Autry said. “That’s what we know he can do pretty consistently.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 20, 2016 at 11:26 pm Contact Matt: firstname.lastname@example.org | @matt_schneidman
WEEK 14 NON-PPR RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerAll data presented is as of Wednesday morning. You can track all NFL line movement on BetQL’s Line Movement Dashboard. Figures below calculated by wagering one unit on each touted bet with -110 spread odds.NFL Week 14 Betting Picks: Spread pick of the weekGiants (+8.5) at Eagles It only took a few hours for the betting community to lose all faith in the Eagles (5-7). Philadelphia has lost three straight games SU and ATS (to the Patriots and Seahawks at home and against the Dolphins on the road last week). At just 4-8 ATS on the season, the Eagles have fallen short of their expectations, to say the least. Meanwhile, the Giants are 2-10 and also 4-8 ATS, and although they’ve lost eigh straight games SU, they could play their first game of the season with Golden Tate (concussion), Evan Engram (foot), Sterling Shepard and Saquon Barkley all healthy. If Ryan Fitzpatrick and DeVante Parker made the Eagles defense look pathetic, even Eli Manning and that core can. The 8.5-point spread is simply too large. Per BetQL’s Public Betting Dashboard, 60 percent of the total tickets and 63 percent of the money has been wagered on the Giants ATS.WEEK 14 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endNFL Week 14 Betting Picks: Moneyline pick of the weekRavens (-250) at Bills The Ravens have won eight straight games and their Lamar Jackson-led offense looks like the most dangerous unit in the NFL. Baltimore passed its recent tough stretch with flying colors, beating the Patriots 37-20, Texans 41-7, Rams 45-6 and 49ers 20-17 (in the rain) in four of its past five contests. They recently surpassed New England as the new Super Bowl favorites and are clicking on both sides of the ball. Defensively, they’ve allowed 17, 16, 20, 13, seven, six, and 17 points, respectively, in consecutive contests. While the Bills are one of the NFL’s pleasant surprises and have a solid defense, it doesn’t seem like they can match up on either side of the ball, even at home in front of Bills Mafia.Via BetQL’s Sharp Picks Dashboard, a shocking percentage of the money has been wagered on one team’s moneyline in this matchup. Find out what it is!WEEK 14 DFS LINEUPS:DK Cash | DK GPP | FD Cash | FD GPP | Y! Cash | Y! GPP NFL Week 14 Betting Picks: Over/under pick of the weekColts at Buccaneers OVER 46.5The OVER has gone 9-3 in Buccaneers games this season, due mostly to everyone’s favorite reckless quarterback Jameis Winston. He didn’t throw an interception last week, which led to the score staying UNDER the total against the Jaguars. However, the OVER hit in the nine games prior, most of which had something in common: Winston turnovers. In fact, he threw 17 interceptions in that span, which allowed opposing teams to capitalize on improved field positions while setting up pass-first game scripts for the Bucs, who frequently played from behind. Now, seemingly out of the playoff mix, Winston, Mike Evans and Chris Godwin all particularly have reasons to keep producing with urgency. Winston is in a contract year while Evans and Godwin are in the hunt to lead the league in receiving yards (Godwin is second with 1,121 and Evans is third with 1,096 heading into this week, and they trail Michael Thomas’ 1,290). How many straight weeks can Winston go without inevitably returning to his usual reckless self? You can find all of BetQL’s NFL over/under picks on their Totals spread dashboard. The Week 14 NFL betting slate features nine spreads between one and three points, a pair of 13-point spreads, and three more between eight and nine points. With so many contests expected to go down to the wire, finding an edge can be difficult.Fortunately, BetQL can help in that area. Our subscribers can view NFL ATS picks from BetQL’s model and make the most informed, data-driven wagers possible. Let’s get into some of the Sunday slate’s top options.