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03/08/2012 08:38 AM

NCAAB

Thursday, March 8

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Trend Report
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11:30 AM
ILLINOIS vs. IOWA
No trends available
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Iowa's last 6 games
Iowa is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing Illinois

12:00 PM
WAKE FOREST vs. MARYLAND
No trends available
Maryland is 4-0-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Wake Forest
Maryland is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games

12:30 PM
KANSAS STATE vs. BAYLOR
No trends available
Baylor is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Kansas State
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Baylor's last 10 games

1:00 PM
ARKANSAS vs. LSU
No trends available
LSU is 3-9-1 ATS in its last 13 games when playing Arkansas
LSU is 15-8 SU in its last 23 games when playing Arkansas

1:55 PM
PENN STATE vs. INDIANA
No trends available
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Indiana's last 9 games when playing Penn State
Indiana is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games when playing Penn State

2:25 PM
BOSTON COLLEGE vs. NORTH CAROLINA STATE
No trends available
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of North Carolina State's last 5 games when playing Boston College
North Carolina State is 14-7 SU in its last 21 games

3:00 PM
HAWAII vs. IDAHO
No trends available
Idaho is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Idaho's last 5 games when playing Hawaii

3:00 PM
PACIFIC vs. SANTA BARBARA
No trends available
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Santa Barbara's last 12 games when playing Pacific
Santa Barbara is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games when playing Pacific

3:00 PM
BOISE STATE vs. SAN DIEGO STATE
No trends available
San Diego State is 17-4 SU in its last 21 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of San Diego State's last 6 games

3:30 PM
SOUTH CAROLINA vs. ALABAMA
No trends available
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Alabama's last 6 games
Alabama is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games

5:30 PM
TCU vs. COLORADO STATE
No trends available
Colorado State is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Colorado State's last 5 games when playing TCU

5:30 PM
FRESNO STATE vs. NEW MEXICO STATE
No trends available
New Mexico State is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games when playing Fresno State
The total has gone OVER in 5 of New Mexico State's last 7 games when playing Fresno State

5:30 PM
MINNESOTA vs. NORTHWESTERN
No trends available
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Northwestern's last 6 games
Northwestern is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Minnesota

5:30 PM
UC IRVINE vs. CS FULLERTON
No trends available
The total has gone OVER in 5 of CS Fullerton's last 6 games when playing UC Irvine
CS Fullerton is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing UC Irvine

7:00 PM
VIRGINIA TECH vs. CLEMSON
No trends available
Clemson is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Clemson's last 10 games when playing Virginia Tech

7:30 PM
AUBURN vs. MISSISSIPPI
No trends available
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Mississippi's last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Mississippi's last 6 games when playing Auburn

7:55 PM
NEBRASKA vs. PURDUE
No trends available
Purdue is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Purdue's last 5 games

9:00 PM
AIR FORCE vs. NEW MEXICO
No trends available
The total has gone OVER in 4 of New Mexico's last 6 games
New Mexico is 21-4 SU in its last 25 games

9:00 PM
UC DAVIS vs. LONG BEACH STATE
No trends available
Long Beach State is 15-2 SU in its last 17 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Long Beach State's last 5 games

9:00 PM
SAN JOSE STATE vs. NEVADA
No trends available
Nevada is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing San Jose State
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Nevada's last 5 games when playing San Jose State

9:25 PM
GEORGIA TECH vs. MIAMI
No trends available
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Miami's last 5 games
Miami is 8-4 SU in its last 12 games

9:30 PM
TEXAS vs. IOWA STATE
No trends available
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Iowa State's last 8 games when playing Texas
Iowa State is 1-8 SU in its last 9 games when playing Texas

10:00 PM
GEORGIA vs. MISSISSIPPI STATE
No trends available
Mississippi State is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Mississippi State's last 5 games when playing Georgia

11:30 PM
UC RIVERSIDE vs. CAL POLY
No trends available
Cal Poly is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games
Cal Poly is 3-8-1 ATS in its last 12 games when playing UC Riverside

11:30 PM
WYOMING vs. UNLV
Wyoming is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Wyoming's last 6 games when playing on the road against UNLV
The total has gone OVER in 4 of UNLV's last 6 games when playing at home against Wyoming
UNLV is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Wyoming

11:30 PM
LOUISIANA TECH vs. UTAH STATE
No trends available
Utah State is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Utah State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Louisiana Tech

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03/08/2012 08:40 AM

NCAAB

Thursday, March 8

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Big Ten tournament: Day 1 preview and picks
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Illinois Fighting Illini vs. Iowa Hawkeyes (2, 136.5)

THE STORY: Bruce Weber is expected to be fired at season’s end. Now, the only question is how many more days the ninth-year Illinois coach has left. The ninth-seeded Illini will take on No. 8 Iowa in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament, looking to extend a season that fell off the rails over the last two months. Illinois has lost two straight and 11 of its last 13 after starting 4-1 in league play. One of the wins came against the Hawkeyes, who the Illini defeated 65-54 in the only this season’s only meeting on Feb. 26. Iowa has slim NCAA tournament hopes and would likely need to advance to the title game to have a chance. The winner will play No. 1 seed Michigan State on Friday.

TV: 11:30 a.m. ET, Big Ten Network.

TIP-INS:

1. Illinois has the most all-time Big Ten tournament wins with 23.

2. Weber is 13-2 against Iowa.

3. Iowa has lost seven straight in the series. The two schools have never met in the Big Ten tournament.

PICK: Illini



Penn State Nittany Lions vs. Indiana Hoosiers (-13.5, 136.5)

THE STORY: Fifth-seeded Indiana is already a lock to advance to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since the 2007-08 season. Now, the Hoosiers will try to claim their first Big Ten tournament title in school history. The Hoosiers came close in 2001, finishing as a runner-up to Iowa. But aside from that, Indiana has never advanced past the semifinal round in the event’s 14 years. No. 12 Penn State, which finished last in the Big Ten standings, made an unlikely run last year, advancing to the championship game before falling to Ohio State. Indiana swept the regular-season series and won by a combined 25 points.

TV: 1:55 p.m. ET, Big Ten Network.

TIP-INS:

1. The winner will advance to play No. 4 Wisconsin on Friday.

2. Indiana lost to Penn State 61-55 in the first round of last year’s Big Ten tournament.

3. The Hoosiers lead the all-time series 30-9.

PICK: Hoosiers



Minnesota Gophers at Northwestern Wildcats (-2.5, 130)

THE STORY: Northwestern and Minnesota are certainly no strangers to each other, but when they meet for the third time this season – and fourth time in the last five conference tournaments – the Wildcats may have more at stake than ever. Seventh-seed Northwestern, which has never qualified for the NCAA tournament, further solidified its tournament resume in Saturday’s 70-66 victory at Iowa. The Wildcats have alternated wins and losses over the last five games, a stretch which started with a 64-53 home victory over the 10th-seeded Golden Gophers, who ended their six-game losing streak Saturday.

TV: 5:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2, ESPN3.com

TIP-INS:

1. Tubby Smith, who has won at least one game in 15 of 18 conference tournaments, is 34-14 in conference tournaments as a head coach.

2. Shurna is 30 points shy of 2,000.

3. The winner plays second-seeded Michigan in Friday's quarterfinals.

PICK: Under



Nebraska Cornhuskers vs. Purdue Boilermakers (-9.5, 129)

THE STORY: When Purdue last met Nebraska on Feb. 22, the Boilermakers humbled a Cornhuskers team coming off their most impressive Big Ten win of the season. When the teams meet again in the first round of the Big Ten tournament, Purdue will try to end Nebraska’s season. The Cornhuskers, losers of four straight since that meeting, routed Illinois by 23 points before the Boilermakers returned the favor with an 83-65 home victory four days later. First-team all-conference selection Robbie Hummel scored 18 of his game-high 29 points before the break as Purdue raced out to a 17-point halftime lead.

TV: 7:55 p.m. ET, ESPN2, ESPN3.com

TIP-INS:

1. Purdue has either advanced to or had a bye into the Big Ten tournament quarterfinals in each of the last five years. Conversely, Nebraska is 2-5 in conference tournament games under coach Doc Sadler.

2. With a win, the Huskers would notch their 1,400th victory in program history while giving Sadler his 150th Division I win.

3. The winner plays third-seeded Ohio State in Friday's quarterfinals.

PICK: Over


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03/08/2012 08:41 AM

NCAAB

Thursday, March 8

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ACC tournament: Day 1 preview and picks
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Wake Forest Demon Deacons vs. Maryland Terrapins (-4, 136)

THE STORY: On a three-game skid, Maryland will try to resurrect its NIT hopes by starting an ACC tournament run against Wake Forest. The Terps haven’t been the same since point guard Pe’Shon Howard was lost to a season-ending knee injury a month ago. Still, ACC leading scorer Terrell Stoglin (21.2 ppg, 38 percent on 3-pointers) can take over at any time. The Demon Deacons have dropped nine of 11, and their rotation got shorter last week with the season-ending suspension of center Ty Walker. Maryland won the only meeting this season, 70-64 at home, to give new coach Mark Turgeon his first ACC victory. The Terps prevailed because they broke down the Demon Deacons off the dribble and outscored them at the foul line, 24-9.

TV: 12 p.m. ET, ESPNU, ACC Network.

TIP-INS:

1. Wake Forest sophomore 7-footer Carson Desrosiers has hit 7 of 13 3-pointers over the last four games.

2. Wake Forest leads the ACC in free-throw percentage (73.6), while Maryland ranks 11th (66.3 percent).

3. Stoglin has made 83 3-pointers, which ranks third on Maryland’s all-time single season list.

PICK: Over



Boston College Eagles vs. NC State Wolfpack (-12.5, 133)

THE STORY: Sitting squarely on the NCAA bubble with an RPI of 57, the Wolfpack probably need to win at least two games in the ACC tournament. They have to like their draw, as they swept two regular-season meetings with Boston College. NC State won 76-62 at home and 56-51 in Chestnut Hill, Mass. Junior forward Scott Wood scored 32 points in those games, making 7 of 14 3-pointers. The freshman-laden Eagles have lost 21 games, matching the most in program history. “I think right now, unfortunately, we’re running on fumes,” coach Steve Donahue said after B.C. was demolished by Miami in the regular-season finale.

TV: 2:30 p.m. ET, ESPNU, ACC Network

TIP-INS:

1. By a wide margin, the Eagles rank last in the ACC in scoring margin (minus-9.0).

2. Wolfpack F Richard Howell is third in the ACC in rebounding (9.3).

3. Wood has made at least one 3-pointer in 27 straight games.

PICK: Wolfpack



Clemson Tigers vs. Virginia Tech Hokies (2.5, 120)

THE STORY: Virginia Tech coach Seth Greenberg won’t be sweating out another Selection Sunday, something that has become a March rite of passage in recent seasons. Instead, the 10th-seeded Hokies will have to win four games in four days in the ACC tournament in order to reach the NCAA tournament, beginning with a first-round matchup against seventh-seeded Clemson. The Tigers also have to win out to reach the NCAA tournament for a school-record fifth straight season. The teams split two meetings this season, with each winning on its home court by two points. Tanner Smith scored 14 points, including the go-ahead free throws in the Tigers’ 58-56 victory last Thursday. Close games are nothing new in this series. Since Virginia Tech moved to the ACC in 2004, 10 of the 12 meetings have been decided by five points or less.

TV: 7 p.m. ET, ESPNU, ACC Network

TIP-INS:

1. The Hokies finished the regular season second to only Duke in 3-point percentage (36.4) among ACC teams.

3. The Tigers went 0 for 10 from 3-point range in the last meeting, marking the first time in 22 years that Clemson won an ACC game without making a 3-pointer.

3. The winner plays second-seeded Duke in Friday's quarterfinals.

PICK: Hokies



Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets vs. Miami Hurricanes (-6.5, 124)

THE STORY: Miami needs a strong showing in the ACC tournament in order to return to the NCAA tournament for the first time in four years. The sixth-seeded Hurricanes’ first opponent shouldn’t present too much of a challenge despite its recent play. Miami has won seven of the last nine meetings with rebuilding Georgia Tech, including a 63-49 rout in Atlanta’s Philips Arena – the site of the ACC tournament – Jan. 24. Kenny Kadji led the way with 21 points and eight rebounds for Miami. Glen Rice Jr., the Yellow Jackets’ leading scorer and rebounder, is suspended and will miss a sixth straight game.

TV: 9 p.m. ET, ESPNU, ACC Network

TIP-INS:

1. First-year Yellow Jackets coach Brian Gregory said Rice will remain suspended throughout the ACC tournament. Gregory has declined to cite a reason for the disciplinary action.

2. “I don’t know what (Rice’s absence) has to do with (Georgia Tech’s play), but clearly they are playing terrific right now." - Miami first-year coach Jim Larranaga.

3. The winner plays third-seeded Florida State in Friday's quarterfinals.

PICK: Under

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03/08/2012 08:44 AM

NCAAB

Thursday, March 8

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SEC tournament: Day 1 preview and picks
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Arkansas Razorbacks vs. LSU Tigers (-2, 137)

THE STORY: LSU and Arkansas, two teams that finished the regular season in a downward spiral, meet in the first round of the Southeastern Conference tournament. LSU dropped its final three games, including a drubbing at Auburn on the final day. Arkansas has lost five of its last six, although the Hogs did face a tougher schedule. The two teams split during the regular season; LSU won 69-60 in Baton Rouge, Arkansas won 71-65 in Fayetteville. Whoever controls the tempo and wins the turnover battle will have the upper hand; LSU gave it up 16 times in its loss, Arkansas turned it over 19 times when it lost.

TV: 1 p.m. ET. SEC Network, ESPN3

TIP-INS:

1. The winner advances to play No. 1 seed Kentucky.

2. Arkansas holds a 2-1 lead over LSU in SEC tournament games. They haven’t met in the tournament since 2003.

3. LSU is 22-6 at the Superdome and New Orleans Arena and is 2-2 in a pair of SEC tournaments held in New Orleans.

PICK: Razorbacks



South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Alabama Crimson Tide (-9, 116)

THE STORY: South Carolina has unquestionably been the weakest team in the Southeastern Conference this season, but one of its two league wins came against Alabama. Such an upset was possible –and is conceivable in the tournament – because of Alabama’s inability to produce a consistent offense. Both teams have trouble scoring points: Alabama averages 65.1 points and South Carolina only 61.5. South Carolina won the only regular-season meeting, 56-54 in Columbia. Alabama appears to be in the NCAA tournament, regardless of the outcome, as a likely No. 8 or No. 9 seed.

TV: 3:30 p.m. ET. SEC Network, ESPN3

TIP-INS:

1. The winner plays Florida in the second round.

2. Alabama holds a 3-2 advantage of South Carolina in SEC tournament games.

3. Alabama’s RPI, which had surged to 25, dropped to 32 after a narrow win over Auburn and a loss at Ole Miss. Last year the Tide had an RPI of 89 and didn’t get an invitation, despite winning 20 games.

PICK: Under



Auburn Tigers vs. Mississippi Rebels (-4, 121)

THE STORY: It has been a roller-coaster ride for Mississippi this season, but the Rebels hope to continue rising as the SEC tournament begins. Mississippi started the season 9-1, only to lose six of eight at one point in the middle of conference play. Its current three-game winning streak gives Mississippi hope it may be peaking again at the right time. Auburn comes in having lost eight of its past 10, but the Tigers shocked LSU 67-52 to end the regular season on an upswing. The two teams split their regular season meetings, each winning on their home floor in two close contests.

TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, SEC Network, ESPN3.com

TIP-INS:

1. The last three meetings have been decided by a total of 11 points.

2. The postseason opener is Mississippi coach Andy Kennedy’s 200th game at the school (123-76 in six seasons).

3. The winner plays No. 2 Tennessee in Friday's quarterfinals.

PICK: Over



Georgia Bulldogs vs. Mississippi State Bulldogs (-5, 123.5)

THE STORY: Which Bulldogs enter the SEC tournament on an upswing? It’s not the Bulldogs who were in the Top 25 a couple weeks ago. While Mississippi State is struggling, Georgia comes to New Orleans winners of two of its past three, including an upset of Florida. Three weeks ago, Georgia stunned Mississippi State in Starkville in overtime. That loss sent Mississippi State spiraling on a five-game losing streak that dropped it from the national rankings. A two-game winning streak, though, capped by a solid 20-point victory over Arkansas in the season finale, provides Mississippi State some hope it can recapture the form it showed in starting the season 15-3.

TV: 10 p.m. ET, SEC Network, ESPN3.com

TIP-INS:

1. Robinson sparked Georgia’s 70-68 victory in overtime Feb. 11 in Starkville, scoring a key basket late in regulation and eight of his 13 points in overtime.

2. Moultrie leads the SEC with 18 double-doubles, and has posted double figures in points and rebounds in five of his past six games.

3. The winner plays No. 3 Vanderbilt in Friday's quarterfinals.

PICK: Georgia Bulldogs

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cnotes Posts:24371 Followers:32
03/08/2012 08:46 AM

Thursday’s betting tips: Mavs on hot streak vs. Suns

Who’s hot

NBA: Dallas is 8-0 outright and against the spread in its last eight meetings with the Phoenix Suns.

NCAAB: Indiana has covered in eight of its last 11 overall.

NCAAB: Auburn has covered in five of its last six.

NCAAB: The over is 8-2-1 in South Carolina’s last 11.

NHL: Nashville has won seven straight against Colorado.

NHL: The over is 8-1 in the last nine meetings between the Ducks and Blues.

Who’s not

NBA: Orlando is 1-5 against the spread in its last six.

NCAAB: Baylor is 3-8 against the spread in its last 11 overall.

NCAAB: Wake Forest is 16-35 against the spread in its last 51 neutral-site games.

NCAAB: Illinois is 1-8 against the spread in its last nine overall.

NHL: Minnesota has lost five in a row.

NHL: The New York Islanders have won just two of their last 10 games in New Jersey.

Key stat

-9 – The Boston College Eagles rank last in the ACC in scoring margin, scoring nine fewer points per game than they allow. The Eagles have cracked 60 points just once over the last five games and have covered only once over that span. BC is set as a 13-point underdogs against NC State.

Injury that shouldn’t be overlooked

Larry Anderson, Long Beach State 49ers – Anderson, a 6-foot-5 guard, injured his knee on March 3 and is considered questionable for Thursday’s game against UC Davis. Anderson averages 14 points, five rebounds and 3.1 assists per game for the 49ers, who are set as 19.5-point favorites against UC Davis.

Game of the day

Kansas State Wildcats at Baylor Bears (-2, 135.5)

Notable quotable

"We've got to take this confidence level and the will that we played with at home and know that we're not going to get the support of the fans. We're going to have to provide our own energy and our own support system in the room, but we've established that here over the course of this home stand. Right now, you've got to feel pretty good about where our team's at." – Winnipeg Jets coach Claude Noel on his club playing nine of its last 15 games on the road. The Jets, who currently hold down the eighth and final playoff spot in the East, are just 11-17-3-1 as visitors this season and head to Vancouver as +175 underdogs Thursday.

Notes and tips

Toronto Maple Leafs left wing Joffrey Lupul will miss the next three to four weeks with a separated shoulder, the team announced Wednesday. Lupul was forced to leave Tuesday's game against the Boston Bruins after he was hit into the boards by David Krejci in the second period. The 28-year-old has 25 goals and 47 assists in 66 games for Toronto this season. Maple Leafs forward Colby Armstrong is also out due to a broken nose. He's listed as day-to-day.

Dallas Mavericks guard Jason Kidd was fined $25,000 by the NBA on Wednesday for his comments about the referees following Monday's game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Mavericks fell 95-91 in a game that was decided by free throws down the stretch. Kidd blamed the loss on a lack of respect from the officials. "It's been like that all year. We don't get the benefit of the whistle...I don't think we're looked upon as defending champions. That's a whole 'nother story," Kidd said after the game. The veteran point guard was especially upset that NBA Finals MVP and teammate Dirk Nowitzki was only awarded three free throws throughout the course of the game. The Mavs have covered in two straight after dropping five in a row against the number.

Arizona suspended freshman point guard Josiah Turner on Wednesday for an undisclosed violation of team rules. It was the second suspension this season for Turner, who was not with the team for the Pac-12 Conference tournament. Turner also suspended one game in December - also for a violation of team rules. He averaged 6.8 points in 29 games.

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03/08/2012 08:48 AM

Armadillo: Thursday's six-pack

-- Miami Dolphins visit Indianapolis next season, so if Mr Manning is a Dolphin next year, expect to see that game on Sunday Night Football.

-- Montana trailed Weber State by 5 at the half, but pulled away in the second half and won the Big Sky title 85-66 over the Wildcats.

-- West Virginia blew an 11-point second half lead, then went 0-11 from field in OT, as UConn won its 7th consecutive Big East tourney game.

-- Derrick Rose had 38 points, the last two on a fadeaway 20-footer at the buzzer, as the Bulls escaped Milwaukee with a two-point win.

-- Lakers lost in Washington, their 7th loss in last ten road games.

-- Celtics got crushed in Philly; they're now 0-6 on the road when they played the night before.


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Armadillo: Thursday's List of 13: Clearing out a cluttered mind.........

13) Johnny Unitas wound up a Charger, Joe Namath a Ram, Joe Montana a Chief, Brett Favre a Viking; it happens. So Peyton Manning’s divorce from the Colts will be talked about ad nauseum, but it’s a solid business move by the Colts, and likely will help Manning end his career well, too. Divorce can be a positive.

12) I love stats/numbers, but I read some of these baseball metrics that are out there, and I must admit some of them go over my head. At the end of the day, any evaluator has to balance data with the eye test and intuition to make his decision.

11) I’ve had it with mainstream media morons saying the Rams should draft Robert Griffin III; once they get offensive linemen who can protect Sam Bradford, he's going to be just fine. Lot of the writers who are falling all over RGIII had never heard of him until last October.

10) Very cool moment in Dallas Tuesday, when Tyson Chandler got his NBA Championship ring from the Mavericks. Tremendous reception from the fans. Classy ceremony; Mark Cuban does things the right way.

9) If you’ve seen the Timberwolves play this season, you know they’re fun to watch, with several good, young players, but apparently, team brass thinks they’re getting hosed by the refs, and have complained to the league. They’ve actually played better on the road than at home, which is unusual.

8) Its 263 miles from Bowling Green, KY to Dayton, so fans of Western Kentucky should get ready for a 5-hour drive next week for a play-in game, since the Sun Belt champion Hilltoppers are under .500 this year. Quite a run they’ve had since New Year’s, for new coach Ray Harper.

7) When I look at the leftfield bleachers at the Marlins’ new stadium. it reminded me of old Tiger Stadium . Except for the retractable roof, of course. New stadium got positive reviews. Lot of history on that site— that’s where the old Orange Bowl was.

6) Mark Sanchez makes $8.5M a year? Was surprised when I read that. Will be interesting to see how hard the Jets go after Peyton Manning, then how they mend fences with Sanchez when Manning signs elsewhere.

5) Speaking of Manning, I'm guessing this means former GM Bill Polian wanted to keep number 18 as a Colt, and the owner said no.

4) If you bought 10% of Facebook back in 2005, it would be worth $7B now. Apparently, one of the Washington newspapers had a chance to do that but passed. Whoops.

3) Must admit, quality of play in Wednesday's college basketball wasn't so great; some of these teams are hard pressed to score 50 points.

2) I defer to former NFL players when it comes to this bounty issue; those guys played the game, so their opinion on this issue is what matters most to me. I don’t think its something that was all that unusual, and there doesn’t seem to be a lot of outrage amongst former players.

1) This is probably a dumb question, but will the Colts lower ticket prices this season? They were putrid last year, they don’t figure to be much better this year, with a rookie QB getting his feet wet, you’d think they’d cut the fans a break. I know, it was a dumb question.

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03/08/2012 12:21 PM

Early Games:


03/08/2012 @ 08:40 AM

CBB

[705] ILLINOIS -1 1.91



03/08/2012 @ 10:55 AM

CBB

[708] INDIANA U -13 1.91



03/08/2012 @ 02:30 PM

CBB

[710] NORTHWESTERN -2 1.91



03/08/2012 @ 08:10 AM

CBB

[713] TOTAL o138 1.91
(WAKE FOREST vrs MARYLAND)



03/08/2012 @ 11:25 AM

CBB

[716] NC STATE -13 1.91



03/08/2012 @ 09:40 AM

CBB

[730] BAYLOR -2½ 1.91



03/08/2012 @ 10:00 AM

CBB

[737] ARKANSAS +2½ 1.91



03/08/2012 @ 04:30 PM

CBB

[741] TOTAL o120½ 1.91
(AUBURN vrs MISSISSIPPI)



03/08/2012 @ 07:00 PM

CBB

[743] GEORGIA +5 1.91



03/08/2012 @ 12:00 PM

CBB

[761] TOTAL o130½ 1.91
(BOISE ST vrs SAN DIEGO ST)



03/08/2012 @ 02:30 PM

CBB

[763] TCU +4 1.91



03/08/2012 @ 12:00 PM

CBB

[770] IDAHO U -5½ 1.91



03/08/2012 @ 02:30 PM

CBB

[772] TOTAL u137 1.91
(FRESNO ST vrs NEW MEXICO ST)

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03/08/2012 12:24 PM

NCAAB
Short Sheet

Thursday's Top College Basketball Trends

NEW MEXICO is 13-1 ATS after allowing 65 points or less 2 straight games (vs Air Force)

BOISE ST is 1-12 ATS when playing against a good team (Win Pct. 60% to 80%) (vs San Diego St)

HAWAII is 1-13 ATS off 2 consecutive home losses (vs Idaho)

NEBRASKA is 1-11 ATS after 3 straight games committing 14 or less turnovers (vs Purdue)

CONNECTICUT is 16-3 ATS in all neutral court games (vs Syracuse)

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03/08/2012 12:41 PM

Texas clashes with Iowa State in Big 12 tourney

TEXAS LONGHORNS (19-12)

vs. IOWA STATE CYCLONES (22-9)


Big 12 Conference Tournament - Quarterfinals
Tip-off: Thursday, 9:30 p.m. EDT - Kansas City, MO
Line: Iowa State -1, Total: 139

Third-seeded Iowa State begins the Big 12 Tournament as slight favorites, facing a challenge from sixth-seeded Texas, which sits right on the bubble for this year’s NCAA Tournament.

Iowa State should make the big dance regardless of this game, while a loss here would all but ruin Texas’ chances to make the NCAAs. Although the two teams split the regular season, the Cyclones took both games ATS. Can Texas bolster its résumé for the NCAA Tournament committee? For the answer, check out the College Basketball Three at Three Pass for picks covering all the big games in college basketball each weekday.

The Longhorns (9-17 ATS) have struggled mightily against the lines, going 0-2 SU and ATS in their neutral court games this season, and sitting at a dismal 6-12 ATS (33%) against conference opponents. Texas (73.3 PPG) has a strong offense and its hopes for victory rest on one player. That man is J’Covan Brown (20.0 PPG) who finished the regular season with a monster 33-point performance in the team’s 73-63 loss at Kansas. The 6-foot-1 guard averages 2.4 threes per game and dishes 3.8 APG to supplement his scoring abilities. Freshman Sheldon McClellan (11.4 PPG) joins him in the backcourt, as does fellow freshman Myck Kabongo (9.8 PPG, 5.3 APG), the team’s leading passer. Those three need to dominate the perimeter in this game because the Longhorns do not have the offensive talent in the post to win on the inside. Six-foot-10 center Clint Chapman (7.2 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 1.5 BPG) is a solid body in the paint but nothing more. This strong FoxSheets trend expects the Longhorns to prevail on Thursday.

Play On - Neutral court teams as an underdog (TEXAS) - off a loss by 10 points or more to a conference rival against opponent off a home win. (81-41 since 1997.) (66.4%, +35.9 units. Rating = 2*).

Iowa State is 11-1-1 ATS in its past 13 games, winning five consecutive games ATS. The Cyclones (73.5 PPG) are a similarly talented offensive squad. But they have much more talent in the post, led by their top scorer, sophomore F Royce White (12.9 PPG, 9.2 RPG, 5.2 APG). In the team’s last meeting with Texas, he scored 15 points and grabbed 15 rebounds. He’s also coming off another double-double (11 points, 11 rebounds) in the team’s regular season finale, an 80-72 win over Baylor. If the Iowa State backcourt of Scott Christopherson (12.6 PPG) and Chris Allen (12.0 PPG) can prevent the Texas guards from taking over, this game should be theirs. That is especially true if Christopherson can replicate his end-of-season performance when he registered 23 points on 8-of-16 shooting. He has three 20-point games in his past five times out. This strong FoxSheets trend sides with the Cylcones on Thursday.

IOWA STATE is 10-1 ATS (90.9%, +8.9 Units) after covering 4 or 5 of their last 6 against the spread this season. The average score was IOWA STATE 70.4, OPPONENT 66.2 - (Rating = 4*).

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03/08/2012 12:43 PM

Purdue favored heavily over Nebraska Thursday

NEBRASKA CORNHUSKERS (12-17)

vs. PURDUE BOILERMAKERS (20-11)


Big Ten Conference Tournament - First Round
Tip-off: Thursday, 7:55 p.m. EDT - Indianapolis, IN
Line: Purdue -9½, Total: 128

Nebraska will look to make the best out of a rough season when it tries to upset sixth-seeded Purdue in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament.

Nebraska, the 11th seed in the 12-team conference, has been dreadful recently. The team has lost eight of its past nine (SU and ATS), with its lone win coming against Illinois. One of the losses in that span was an 18-point drubbing at the hands of the Boilermakers, who easily covered the 10½-point margin they were surrendering. In that game, Nebraska shot quite well (52% FG, 42% 3-pt FG) but still could not come close to Purdue. The Boilermakers have been playing well lately, going 5-2 (SU and ATS) in their past seven contests. Robbie Hummel has turned it on in those seven games with 22.6 PPG, including his season-high 29 points against the Cornhuskers. Expect Hummel to repeat that performance and carry PURDUE to the second round with a no-sweat victory

This rare four-star FoxSheets trend also expects the Boilermakers to win big:

NEBRASKA is 1-11 ATS (-11.1 Units) after 3 straight games committing 14 or less turnovers this season. The average score was NEBRASKA 54.1, OPPONENT 66.0 - (Rating = 4*).

Nebraska’s stagnating offense features just one player who reaches double-digit points on a nightly basis. Bo Spencer (15.1 PPG) is that man and has the ball in his hands a lot with 3.3 APG and 3.1 TO PG as well. He shot 8-of-14 against Purdue earlier in the year, a performance he must replicate to keep the Cornhuskers competitive. Where Nebraska needs to improve however, is with its forward play, defending Hummel. The team’s leading rebounder, 6-foot-10 forward Brandon Ubel (6.7 PPG, 5.4 RPG) should spend some time guarding him, while center Jorge Brian Diaz (8.6 PPG, 4.3 RPG) must be alert for help-defense opportunities in the paint. Nebraska’s only chance to win rests with stopping Hummel’s hot streak, a proposition that seems unlikely with this team that won just four games in Big Ten play.

Hummel (16.8 PPG, 7.0 RPG) is the engine of this Purdue offense, but he has a respectable supporting cast. Five-foot-9 senior Lewis Jackson (10.5 PPG, 4.2 APG) has handled the point guard duties admirably, with more than one steal and fewer than two turnovers per game. Although he is not a threat to shoot from deep, he is deft at finding Hummel and creating driving opportunities for himself. Ryne Smith (9.4 PPG) is another beneficiary of his passing as a deadly 3-point shooter (43% 3-pt FG, 2.6 threes per game) who hit four long balls against the Huskers earlier in the year. Over his past five games, he’s averaging 3.0 threes per contests. Play on Purdue here.

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