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On 03/09/2012 10:18 AM in NCAA Basketball

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Tourneys Begin In ACC, Big Ten And SEC

College basketball betting heats up on Thursday with three major conferences starting their tourneys, plus plenty of other action.

The Big East Tournament began Tuesday with its massive 16-team field. Defending tourney and national champ UConn has wins and covers the last two days over DePaul (81-67) and West Virginia (71-67 OT). The tourney No. 9 seed can wrap up a March Madness berth when it meets top-seed Syracuse as 7-point ‘dogs at noon (ET).

Sixth-seed South Florida is also a bubble team and meets No. 3 Notre Dame at 9:00 p.m. (ET). That spread will be available shortly.

The Big 12 is also down to its quarterfinals. Tourney No. 9 Texas A&M got a nice 62-53 win over No. 8 Oklahoma on Wednesday as 1½-point dogs. The reward is an encounter with top seed Kansas at 3:00 p.m. (ET). That spread is pending at press time. The best conference tilt is No. 6 Texas (+1) against No. 3 Iowa State at 9:30 p.m. (ET). Iowa State should make the NCAA tourney either way, but bubble Texas needs a victory.

ACC aching to get going in Atlanta

NCAA tournament locks are North Carolina, Duke, Florida State and Virginia and all have first round byes until Friday. North Carolina State and Miami are bubble teams with 9-7 records in conference play.

The Thursday slate starts at noon (ET) with tourney No. 8 Maryland (-4½) taking on No. 9 Wake Forest. After that is No. 5 NC State (-13) vs. No. 12 Boston College. The night games start at 7:00 p.m. (ET) and it’s No. 7 Clemson (-2½) against No. 10 Virginia Tech, followed by No. 6 Miami (-6½) vs. No. 11 Georgia Tech. Maryland in 2004 is the last team besides Duke or North Carolina to win this tourney and it was Wake Forest (1996) before that.

Note that NC State is just 1-5-1 ATS in its last seven games as a favorite. Two of those ATS losses came against Boston College despite wins of 76-62 and 56-51. Virginia Tech was just 4-12 SU and 4-11-1 ATS in the conference, although a better 2-1-1 ATS in the final four.

Miami and Florida State is the most intriguing of the potential Friday games. It’s a great in-state rivalry that extends from the gridiron to the hardwood. Florida State is also looking for revenge after a 78-62 beating in South Beach on February 26. Miami also covered the road meeting despite losing 64-59.

Big Ten battle begins in Indianapolis

NCAA tournament locks are Michigan State, Ohio State, Michigan, Wisconsin and Indiana. The first four have first round byes and will begin play on Friday. Purdue is very likely in and Northwestern is firmly on the bubble.

The Thursday schedule begins at 11:30 a.m. (ET) with tourney No. 8 Iowa (+1½) against No. 9 Illinois. Coming 25 minutes after its completion is No. 5 Indiana (-13) vs. No. 12 Penn State. The two night games beginning at 5:30 p.m. (ET) are No. 7 Northwestern (-2) against No. 10 Minnesota, followed by No. 6 Purdue (-9½) vs. No. 11 Nebraska. The Cornhuskers are playing their first-ever Big Ten conference tournament.

Indiana finished its conference schedule strong at 6-1 SU and 5-2 ATS, while Penn State was just 1-6 ATS as a double-digit ‘dog this season. Northwestern could catch a break with Minnesota center Ralph Sampson III questionable with a knee injury.

Glancing ahead to Friday, conference No. 4 Wisconsin should get Indiana in a couple of national top-15 schools. Wisconsin won the only meeting between the teams, 57-50 as 8-point favorites in Madison on January 26.

SEC starts things off in Big Easy

NCAA tournament locks are Kentucky, Florida and Vanderbilt. They all get a first round bye in addition to bubble team Tennessee. Mississippi State is another bubble team, while Alabama is very likely in.

Thursday action from New Orleans starts at 1:00 p.m. (ET) with tourney No. 8 LSU (-2½) facing No. 9 Arkansas. That is followed by No. 5 Alabama (-9) vs. No. 12 South Carolina. The night tilts commence at 7:30 p.m. (ET) and it’s No. 7 Mississippi (-4) versus No. 10 Auburn, with No. 6 Mississippi State (-5) vs. No. 11 Georgia in the nightcap.

Alabama played well down the stretch at 4-1 SU (3-2 ATS) despite second-leading scorer Tony Mitchell (13.1 PPG) getting suspended for the season. Mississippi State could be getting its second wind after surviving at South Carolina (69-67 OT) and then beating Arkansas (79-59) in its final two games. The Gamecocks had lost their previous five.

A potential Florida and Alabama matchup on Friday is very intriguing. Billy Donovan’s guys rolled over the Tide 61-52 as 3-point road favorites on February 14. However, the Gators are reeling a bit heading in, losers of three in a row and 4-straight ATS.

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
cnotes Posts:27389 Followers:33
03/09/2012 10:20 AM

Bubble Update

March 9, 2012

Although conference tournament results often do not sway the opinions of the members of the Selection Committee as some would believe, teams at the edge of the bubble can definitely play themselves into the field if 68, or play themselves out of the field of 68, in tourney action.
And having said that, Thursday definitely had more meaningful developments on the bubble than any day in recent weeks.

After the smoke cleared, here's what has transpired in our brackets:

1) Pac-12 a two-bid league? Or a 1-bid league? We've reconsidered the Pac's plight and believe it will probably be limited to two bids at most, especially after regular-season champ Washington bowed in its first outing in the conference tourney vs. Oregon State. Since the league had no marquee wins of consequence in non-conference play, it goes to reason that the Committee is not going to fish too deep in the Pac. Oregon's loss in the Thursday nightcap vs. Colorado likely bumped the Ducks off of the bubble as well, and Cal is not safe by any means if it loses to the Buffs in one of Friday's semifinals. As for Washington, it cannot simply back on its regular-season crown, because that's not what gets awarded with an automatic bid. And this year in the Pac-12, nothing is automatic.

2) Northwestern? Right now we're saying "out" for the Wildcats after their Friday overtime loss vs. Minnesota in the first round of Big Ten Tourney action. An 18-13 overall mark and an 8-11 Big conference record probably aren't going to cut it.

3) South Florida? This will be a test case for the influence of the Big East. The Bulls could have likely sealed their bid with a win over Notre Dame on Thursday but instead bowed in overtime and are going to be riding the bubble all of the way to Selection Sunday.

4) Mississippi State? A bad loss vs. Georgia on Thursday in the SEC puts the Bulldogs in more bubble trouble. We're just not sure enough teams leaped ahead of the Maroon on Sunday to knock MSU out of the field.

5) NC State? The Thursday win over Boston College at the ACC Tourney in Atlanta shouldn't have moved the needle too much for the Wolfpack, but given the losses elsewhere (Northwestern and Oregon in particular), we have put the Pack back into our field of 68. For the moment.

After Thursday's games, here's how our projected seeds (1 thru 16) for the Big Dance set up as of AM, Friday, March 9..

No. 1 seeds...Kentucky, Syracuse, Kansas, North Carolina.
No. 2 seeds...Duke, Missouri, Ohio State, Michigan State.
No. 3 seeds...Marquette, Michigan, Indiana, Baylor.
No. 4 seeds...Wisconsin, Florida State, Georgetown, Louisville.
No. 5 seeds...Wichita State, Temple, UNLV, Florida.
No. 6 seeds...Gonzaga, Notre Dame, Creighton, Memphis.
No. 7 seeds...Virginia, Saint Mary's, Saint Louis, Murray State.
No. 8 seeds...New Mexico, Vanderbilt, Purdue, San Diego State.
No. 9 seeds...Iowa State, Kansas State, Cincinnati, UConn.
No. 10 seeds...Alabama, BYU, Long Beach State, Colorado State.
No. 11 seeds...California, Washington, Long Beach State, Virginia Commonwealth.
No. 12 seeds...Miami-Fla., West Virginia, Texas, NC State, Southern Miss.
No. 13 seeds...Akron, Belmont, Harvard, Mississippi State, Drexel.
No. 14 seeds...Loyola-Md., Davidson, Detroit, Nevada.
No. 15 seeds...Lehigh, UT-Arlington, South Dakota State, Montana.
No. 16 seeds...Long Island, UNC-Asheville, Norfolk State, Stony Brook, Mississippi Valley State, Western Kentucky.

Last four in...NC State, Southern Miss, Mississippi State, Drexel.
First four out...South Florida, Tennessee, Seton Hall, Arizona.
Next four out...Northwestern, Oregon, Iona, Oral Roberts.


Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
cnotes Posts:27389 Followers:33
03/09/2012 10:25 AM

SEC Tourney quarterfinals

March 8, 2012


The afternoon session for Friday’s SEC Tournament quarterfinals will start at 1:00 p.m. Eastern when top-ranked Kentucky takes on LSU. Florida and Alabama will square off in the second game. Let’s take a look at both of these contests and more…

**Kentucky vs. LSU**

--Most betting shops opened Kentucky (30-1 straight up, 12-17-1 against the spread) as a 16 ½-point favorite. As of early Thursday night, no total had been posted.

--Since going through a brutal 0-13-1 ATS slide that last nearly two months, John Calipari’s team has covered the number at a lucrative 9-4 ATS clip. UK wrapped up the regular season this past Sunday by going into Gainesville and knocking off Florida, 74-59, as a five-point road ‘chalk.’ Anthony Davis led the way with 22 points, 12 rebounds and six blocked shots. He made 9-of-13 shots from the field, as did Terrence Jones, who tallied 19 points, four boards, three blocks and a pair of steals.

--LSU (18-13 SU, 17-11 ATS) advanced to play another day (and probably locked up a bid to the NIT) by beating Arkansas by a 70-54 count in the tournament’s lid-lifter Thursday afternoon. The Tigers took the cash as 2 ½-point favorites. The 124 combined points fell ‘under’ the 136 ½-point total. Johnny O’Bryant III was the catalyst with 18 points and 11 rebounds in just 22 minutes of playing time off the bench.

--When these teams met in Baton Rouge on Jan. 28, Kentucky cruised to a 74-50 win as a 10-point road favorite. Jones enjoyed one of his best games of the season, finished with 27 points, nine rebounds, three blocked shots and two steals. Davis had 16 points, 10 boards and three rejections. In the losing effort, O’Bryant had 12 points and nine rebounds.

--Kentucky has been a double-digit favorite 22 times, compiling an 8-13-1 ATS ledger.

--LSU has a 1-3 spread record in four games as a double-digit underdog.

--The ‘under’ is 16-12 overall for LSU, 4-1 in its last five games.

--The ‘under’ is 17-11 overall for Kentucky.

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**Alabama vs. Florida**

--Florida (22-9 SU, 11-14-1 ATS) brings a three-game losing streak to The Big Easy, but it says here that that’s a misleading factoid. The Gators did indeed have a bad loss at Georgia (76-62 two Saturdays ago), but there’s no shame in losing at Vanderbilt or vs. Kentucky.

--Alabama (21-10 SU, 12-15 ATS) had to struggle and failed to cover in Thursday’s 63-57 win over South Carolina as a 9 ½-point favorite. Trevor Lacey came off the bench to score a game-high 15 points in just 17 minutes of action. JaMychal Green added 12 points and seven rebounds for the Tide.

--Anthony Grant’s team has won five of its last six games to almost certainly clinch an at-large invite to the NCAA Tournament regardless of the result in this game vs. UF.

--When these teams met at Coleman Coliseum in Tuscaloosa, Alabama was without its two leading scorers Tony Mitchell and JaMychal Green. Mitchell’s suspension remains in effect, but Green has now returned. The game was tied at intermission but UF went on a 16-0 run to start the second half and went on to capture a 61-52 win as a three-point road favorite. Patric Young scored 19 points for the Gators, while Bradley Beal and Erik Murphy finished with 14 points apiece. Andrew Steele had a team-high 11 points for ‘Bama.

--Billy Donovan’s team has compiled a 6-4 spread record in 10 single-digit ‘chalk’ situations. Meanwhile, Alabama is 2-2 ATS in four games as an underdog.

--The ‘over’ is 16-10 overall for UF.

--The ‘over’ is 14-13 overall for ‘Bama, but the ‘under’ is 5-2 in its last seven games.

**B.E.’s Bonus Nuggets**

--I might end up being incorrect on my all-year-long assertion that South Carolina’s Darrin Horn is on his way out after a brutal campaign. The fourth-year head coach has yet to take the Gamecocks to the NCAA Tournament. However, a VegasInsider.com source that is close to the program has indicated that the chances are good that he’ll be retained because of the school’s desire to not pay the $2.4 million buyout. The logical replacement would be Wichita State’s Gregg Marshall, who spent time in the state when he was at Winthrop. But the same source told VI that Marshall, who undoubtedly wants the job, has rubbed a few important people (USC higher-ups) the wrong way. We shall see what happens with this situation…

--Northwestern: I feel your pain.

--Northwestern’s loss is Tennessee’s gain and could also benefit Mississippi St.

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
cnotes Posts:27389 Followers:33
03/09/2012 10:36 AM

NCAAB
Long Sheet

Friday, March 9

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MARYLAND (17 - 14) vs. N CAROLINA (27 - 4) - 3/9/2012, 12:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
MARYLAND is 12-22 ATS (-12.2 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record over the last 2 seasons.
MARYLAND is 7-17 ATS (-11.7 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record after 15 or more games over the last 2 seasons.
N CAROLINA is 12-5 ATS (+6.5 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record this season.
N CAROLINA is 19-10 ATS (+8.0 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record after 15 or more games over the last 2 seasons.


Head-to-Head Series History
N CAROLINA is 2-2 against the spread versus MARYLAND over the last 3 seasons
N CAROLINA is 3-1 straight up against MARYLAND over the last 3 seasons
3 of 4 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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NC STATE (21 - 11) vs. VIRGINIA (22 - 8) - 3/9/2012, 2:25 PM
Top Trends for this game.
NC STATE is 9-19 ATS (-11.9 Units) as an underdog over the last 2 seasons.
NC STATE is 10-19 ATS (-10.9 Units) after a conference game over the last 2 seasons.
NC STATE is 6-15 ATS (-10.5 Units) versus good defensive teams - allowing <=64 points/game over the last 2 seasons.
VIRGINIA is 31-19 ATS (+10.1 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
VIRGINIA is 31-19 ATS (+10.1 Units) in all lined games over the last 2 seasons.
NC STATE is 16-4 ATS (+11.6 Units) in road games on Friday nights since 1997.
NC STATE is 21-8 ATS (+12.2 Units) in conference tournament games since 1997.
VIRGINIA is 49-73 ATS (-31.3 Units) in road games after a conference game since 1997.


Head-to-Head Series History
VIRGINIA is 4-0 against the spread versus NC STATE over the last 3 seasons
VIRGINIA is 4-0 straight up against NC STATE over the last 3 seasons
2 of 4 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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VIRGINIA TECH (16 - 16) vs. DUKE (26 - 5) - 3/9/2012, 7:00 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.


Head-to-Head Series History
VIRGINIA TECH is 3-2 against the spread versus DUKE over the last 3 seasons
DUKE is 4-1 straight up against VIRGINIA TECH over the last 3 seasons
4 of 5 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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MIAMI (19 - 11) vs. FLORIDA ST (21 - 9) - 3/9/2012, 9:25 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.


Head-to-Head Series History
MIAMI is 4-1 against the spread versus FLORIDA ST over the last 3 seasons
FLORIDA ST is 5-1 straight up against MIAMI over the last 3 seasons
4 of 6 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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MASSACHUSETTS (21 - 10) vs. TEMPLE (24 - 6) - 3/9/2012, 12:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
MASSACHUSETTS is 1-8 ATS (-7.8 Units) in road games off a win against a conference rival over the last 2 seasons.
TEMPLE is 156-115 ATS (+29.5 Units) against conference opponents since 1997.
MASSACHUSETTS is 9-2 ATS (+6.8 Units) after allowing 80 points or more over the last 2 seasons.


Head-to-Head Series History
MASSACHUSETTS is 3-0 against the spread versus TEMPLE over the last 3 seasons
TEMPLE is 3-0 straight up against MASSACHUSETTS over the last 3 seasons
3 of 3 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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ST JOSEPHS (20 - 12) vs. ST BONAVENTURE (17 - 11) - 3/9/2012, 2:25 PM
Top Trends for this game.
ST BONAVENTURE is 11-3 ATS (+7.7 Units) off a loss against a conference rival over the last 2 seasons.
ST JOSEPHS is 19-9 ATS (+9.1 Units) in all games this season.
ST JOSEPHS is 19-9 ATS (+9.1 Units) in all lined games this season.
ST JOSEPHS is 11-3 ATS (+7.7 Units) as a favorite this season.
ST JOSEPHS is 8-1 ATS (+6.9 Units) in March games over the last 3 seasons.


Head-to-Head Series History
ST JOSEPHS is 3-1 against the spread versus ST BONAVENTURE over the last 3 seasons
ST BONAVENTURE is 2-2 straight up against ST JOSEPHS over the last 3 seasons
3 of 4 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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LASALLE (21 - 11) vs. SAINT LOUIS (24 - 6) - 3/9/2012, 6:30 PM
Top Trends for this game.
SAINT LOUIS is 7-1 ATS (+5.9 Units) in road games after allowing 60 points or less this season.
LASALLE is 17-8 ATS (+8.2 Units) in all games this season.
LASALLE is 17-8 ATS (+8.2 Units) in all lined games this season.
LASALLE is 8-1 ATS (+6.9 Units) off a win against a conference rival this season.
LASALLE is 11-4 ATS (+6.6 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record this season.


Head-to-Head Series History
SAINT LOUIS is 2-1 against the spread versus LASALLE over the last 3 seasons
SAINT LOUIS is 2-1 straight up against LASALLE over the last 3 seasons
2 of 3 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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DAYTON (20 - 11) vs. XAVIER (19 - 11) - 3/9/2012, 8:55 PM
Top Trends for this game.
XAVIER is 89-60 ATS (+23.0 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record after 15 or more games since 1997.
XAVIER is 0-6 ATS (-6.6 Units) in road games against conference opponents this season.


Head-to-Head Series History
DAYTON is 6-2 against the spread versus XAVIER over the last 3 seasons
XAVIER is 5-3 straight up against DAYTON over the last 3 seasons
7 of 8 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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IOWA (17 - 15) vs. MICHIGAN ST (24 - 7) - 3/9/2012, 12:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
MICHIGAN ST is 18-10 ATS (+7.0 Units) in all games this season.
MICHIGAN ST is 18-10 ATS (+7.0 Units) in all lined games this season.
MICHIGAN ST is 15-8 ATS (+6.2 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record this season.


Head-to-Head Series History
MICHIGAN ST is 3-3 against the spread versus IOWA over the last 3 seasons
MICHIGAN ST is 5-1 straight up against IOWA over the last 3 seasons
3 of 6 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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INDIANA (25 - 7) vs. WISCONSIN (23 - 8) - 3/9/2012, 2:25 PM
Top Trends for this game.
INDIANA is 12-26 ATS (-16.6 Units) in road games when playing with one or less days rest since 1997.
WISCONSIN is 26-11 ATS (+13.9 Units) after allowing 60 points or less over the last 2 seasons.
INDIANA is 17-8 ATS (+8.2 Units) in all games this season.
INDIANA is 17-8 ATS (+8.2 Units) in all lined games this season.
INDIANA is 10-1 ATS (+8.9 Units) after allowing 60 points or less this season.


Head-to-Head Series History
WISCONSIN is 3-2 against the spread versus INDIANA over the last 3 seasons
WISCONSIN is 5-0 straight up against INDIANA over the last 3 seasons
4 of 5 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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MINNESOTA (19 - 13) vs. MICHIGAN (23 - 8) - 3/9/2012, 6:30 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.


Head-to-Head Series History
MICHIGAN is 3-2 against the spread versus MINNESOTA over the last 3 seasons
MICHIGAN is 4-1 straight up against MINNESOTA over the last 3 seasons
4 of 5 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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PURDUE (21 - 11) vs. OHIO ST (25 - 6) - 3/9/2012, 8:55 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.


Head-to-Head Series History
PURDUE is 3-2 against the spread versus OHIO ST over the last 3 seasons
OHIO ST is 3-2 straight up against PURDUE over the last 3 seasons
3 of 4 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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LSU (18 - 13) vs. KENTUCKY (30 - 1) - 3/9/2012, 1:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
LSU is 0-6 ATS (-6.6 Units) in road games versus good defensive teams - allowing <=64 points/game after 15+ games over the last 3 seasons.
KENTUCKY is 9-2 ATS (+6.8 Units) in March games over the last 2 seasons.
KENTUCKY is 96-68 ATS (+21.2 Units) in road games after a conference game since 1997.
LSU is 6-0 ATS (+6.0 Units) in all neutral court games over the last 2 seasons.
LSU is 6-0 ATS (+6.0 Units) when playing on a neutral court over the last 2 seasons.
LSU is 79-54 ATS (+19.6 Units) after allowing 60 points or less since 1997.


Head-to-Head Series History
KENTUCKY is 3-0 against the spread versus LSU over the last 3 seasons
KENTUCKY is 3-0 straight up against LSU over the last 3 seasons
2 of 3 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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ALABAMA (21 - 10) vs. FLORIDA (22 - 9) - 3/9/2012, 3:30 PM
Top Trends for this game.
FLORIDA is 55-31 ATS (+20.9 Units) in all tournament games since 1997.
FLORIDA is 17-8 ATS (+8.2 Units) in road games when playing against a team with a winning record over the last 2 seasons.
ALABAMA is 28-13 ATS (+13.7 Units) revenging a home loss vs opponent since 1997.


Head-to-Head Series History
FLORIDA is 3-0 against the spread versus ALABAMA over the last 3 seasons
FLORIDA is 3-0 straight up against ALABAMA over the last 3 seasons
1 of 2 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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OLE MISS (19 - 12) vs. TENNESSEE (18 - 13) - 3/9/2012, 7:30 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.


Head-to-Head Series History
TENNESSEE is 3-1 against the spread versus OLE MISS over the last 3 seasons
TENNESSEE is 4-0 straight up against OLE MISS over the last 3 seasons
3 of 4 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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GEORGIA (15 - 16) vs. VANDERBILT (21 - 10) - 3/9/2012, 10:00 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.


Head-to-Head Series History
GEORGIA is 4-3 against the spread versus VANDERBILT over the last 3 seasons
VANDERBILT is 6-1 straight up against GEORGIA over the last 3 seasons
4 of 7 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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MARSHALL (20 - 12) vs. SOUTHERN MISS (25 - 7) - 3/9/2012, 4:00 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.


Head-to-Head Series History
MARSHALL is 4-0 against the spread versus SOUTHERN MISS over the last 3 seasons
MARSHALL is 3-2 straight up against SOUTHERN MISS over the last 3 seasons
3 of 5 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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UCF (22 - 9) at MEMPHIS (24 - 8) - 3/9/2012, 6:30 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.


Head-to-Head Series History
MEMPHIS is 3-2 against the spread versus UCF over the last 3 seasons
MEMPHIS is 4-1 straight up against UCF over the last 3 seasons
3 of 5 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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CINCINNATI (23 - 9) vs. SYRACUSE (31 - 1) - 3/9/2012, 7:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
CINCINNATI is 30-52 ATS (-27.2 Units) versus good defensive teams - allowing <=64 points/game after 15+ games since 1997.
SYRACUSE is 42-24 ATS (+15.6 Units) in road games after allowing 60 points or less since 1997.
CINCINNATI is 8-2 ATS (+5.8 Units) in road games against conference opponents this season.
CINCINNATI is 14-5 ATS (+8.5 Units) in road games off a win against a conference rival over the last 3 seasons.


Head-to-Head Series History
SYRACUSE is 3-0 against the spread versus CINCINNATI over the last 3 seasons
SYRACUSE is 3-0 straight up against CINCINNATI over the last 3 seasons
3 of 3 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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LOUISVILLE (24 - 9) vs. NOTRE DAME (22 - 10) - 3/9/2012, 9:25 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.


Head-to-Head Series History
NOTRE DAME is 3-1 against the spread versus LOUISVILLE over the last 3 seasons
NOTRE DAME is 2-2 straight up against LOUISVILLE over the last 3 seasons
4 of 4 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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KENT ST (21 - 10) vs. AKRON (21 - 10) - 3/9/2012, 7:00 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.


Head-to-Head Series History
KENT ST is 4-3 against the spread versus AKRON over the last 3 seasons
AKRON is 4-3 straight up against KENT ST over the last 3 seasons
4 of 7 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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OHIO U (25 - 7) vs. BUFFALO (18 - 9) - 3/9/2012, 9:30 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.


Head-to-Head Series History
OHIO U is 5-1 against the spread versus BUFFALO over the last 3 seasons
OHIO U is 4-2 straight up against BUFFALO over the last 3 seasons
3 of 6 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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BAYLOR (26 - 6) vs. KANSAS (27 - 5) - 3/9/2012, 7:30 PM
Top Trends for this game.
BAYLOR is 18-29 ATS (-13.9 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
BAYLOR is 18-29 ATS (-13.9 Units) in all lined games over the last 2 seasons.
BAYLOR is 12-23 ATS (-13.3 Units) against conference opponents over the last 2 seasons.
BAYLOR is 11-21 ATS (-12.1 Units) after a conference game over the last 2 seasons.
BAYLOR is 4-14 ATS (-11.4 Units) off a win against a conference rival over the last 2 seasons.


Head-to-Head Series History
KANSAS is 3-1 against the spread versus BAYLOR over the last 3 seasons
KANSAS is 4-0 straight up against BAYLOR over the last 3 seasons
3 of 4 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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TEXAS (20 - 12) vs. MISSOURI (28 - 4) - 3/9/2012, 10:00 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.


Head-to-Head Series History
MISSOURI is 3-1 against the spread versus TEXAS over the last 3 seasons
MISSOURI is 3-1 straight up against TEXAS over the last 3 seasons
2 of 4 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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OREGON ST (19 - 13) vs. ARIZONA (22 - 10) - 3/9/2012, 9:00 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.


Head-to-Head Series History
OREGON ST is 5-1 against the spread versus ARIZONA over the last 3 seasons
ARIZONA is 3-3 straight up against OREGON ST over the last 3 seasons
4 of 6 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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COLORADO (21 - 11) vs. CALIFORNIA (24 - 8) - 3/9/2012, 11:30 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.


Head-to-Head Series History
COLORADO is 3-0 against the spread versus CALIFORNIA over the last 3 seasons
COLORADO is 2-1 straight up against CALIFORNIA over the last 3 seasons
2 of 3 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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COLORADO ST (20 - 10) vs. SAN DIEGO ST (25 - 6) - 3/9/2012, 9:00 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.


Head-to-Head Series History
COLORADO ST is 4-2 against the spread versus SAN DIEGO ST over the last 3 seasons
SAN DIEGO ST is 6-1 straight up against COLORADO ST over the last 3 seasons
5 of 7 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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NEW MEXICO (25 - 6) at UNLV (26 - 7) - 3/9/2012, 11:30 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.


Head-to-Head Series History
UNLV is 3-3 against the spread versus NEW MEXICO over the last 3 seasons
UNLV is 4-2 straight up against NEW MEXICO over the last 3 seasons
5 of 6 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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HAWAII (16 - 15) vs. NEW MEXICO ST (24 - 9) - 3/9/2012, 9:00 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.


Head-to-Head Series History
NEW MEXICO ST is 4-2 against the spread versus HAWAII over the last 3 seasons
NEW MEXICO ST is 4-2 straight up against HAWAII over the last 3 seasons
5 of 6 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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LOUISIANA TECH (17 - 15) vs. NEVADA (26 - 5) - 3/9/2012, 11:30 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.


Head-to-Head Series History
LOUISIANA TECH is 3-2 against the spread versus NEVADA over the last 3 seasons
NEVADA is 5-1 straight up against LOUISIANA TECH over the last 3 seasons
4 of 6 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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UC-IRVINE (12 - 19) vs. LONG BEACH ST (23 - 8) - 3/9/2012, 9:30 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.


Head-to-Head Series History
UC-IRVINE is 5-2 against the spread versus LONG BEACH ST over the last 3 seasons
LONG BEACH ST is 5-2 straight up against UC-IRVINE over the last 3 seasons
4 of 7 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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CAL POLY-SLO (18 - 14) vs. UC-SANTA BARBARA (19 - 9) - 3/9/2012, 11:59 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.


Head-to-Head Series History
UC-SANTA BARBARA is 4-2 against the spread versus CAL POLY-SLO over the last 3 seasons
UC-SANTA BARBARA is 5-1 straight up against CAL POLY-SLO over the last 3 seasons
4 of 5 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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ALCORN ST (10 - 21) vs. TEXAS SOUTHERN (13 - 17) - 3/9/2012, 3:30 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.


Head-to-Head Series History
TEXAS SOUTHERN is 6-0 straight up against ALCORN ST over the last 3 seasons

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ARK-PINE BLUFF (11 - 21) vs. MISS VALLEY ST (18 - 13) - 3/9/2012, 9:00 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.


Head-to-Head Series History
MISS VALLEY ST is 1-0 against the spread versus ARK-PINE BLUFF over the last 3 seasons
ARK-PINE BLUFF is 4-3 straight up against MISS VALLEY ST over the last 3 seasons
1 of 1 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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HAMPTON (12 - 20) vs. BETHUNE-COOKMAN (17 - 16) - 3/9/2012, 6:00 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.


Head-to-Head Series History
BETHUNE-COOKMAN is 3-2 straight up against HAMPTON over the last 3 seasons

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FLORIDA A&M (10 - 22) vs. NORFOLK ST (23 - 9) - 3/9/2012, 8:25 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.


Head-to-Head Series History
NORFOLK ST is 3-0 straight up against FLORIDA A&M over the last 3 seasons

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
cnotes Posts:27389 Followers:33
03/09/2012 10:38 AM

NCAAB

Friday, March 9

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Trend Report
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12:00 PM
MASSACHUSETTS vs. TEMPLE
No trends available
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Temple's last 8 games when playing Massachusetts
Temple is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Massachusetts

12:00 PM
IOWA vs. MICHIGAN STATE
No trends available
Michigan State is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games when playing Iowa
Michigan State is 20-5 SU in its last 25 games

12:00 PM
MARYLAND vs. NORTH CAROLINA
No trends available
North Carolina is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games when playing Maryland
North Carolina is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games

1:00 PM
LSU vs. KENTUCKY
No trends available
Kentucky is 15-4 SU in its last 19 games when playing LSU
Kentucky is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games

2:25 PM
NORTH CAROLINA STATE vs. VIRGINIA
No trends available
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Virginia's last 10 games when playing North Carolina State
Virginia is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing North Carolina State

2:25 PM
INDIANA vs. WISCONSIN
No trends available
Wisconsin is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games
Wisconsin is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games

2:30 PM
SAINT JOSEPH'S vs. ST. BONAVENTURE
No trends available
St. Bonaventure is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
St. Bonaventure is 2-17 SU in its last 19 games when playing Saint Joseph's

3:30 PM
ALABAMA vs. FLORIDA
No trends available
Florida is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing Alabama
Florida is 17-7 SU in its last 24 games

6:30 PM
LA SALLE vs. SAINT LOUIS
No trends available
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Saint Louis's last 6 games when playing La Salle
Saint Louis is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games

7:00 PM
CINCINNATI vs. SYRACUSE
No trends available
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Syracuse's last 5 games when playing Cincinnati
Syracuse is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing Cincinnati

7:30 PM
BAYLOR vs. KANSAS
No trends available
Kansas is 12-1 SU in its last 13 games when playing Baylor
Kansas is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games

9:00 PM
DAYTON vs. XAVIER
No trends available
Xavier is 0-4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Xavier's last 8 games

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
cnotes Posts:27389 Followers:33
03/09/2012 10:39 AM

NCAAB

Friday, March 9

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Big 12 Tournament: Day 3 preview and picks
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Baylor Bears vs. Kansas Jayhawks (-5.5, N/A)

THE STORY: Baylor is the only team to knock off league power Kansas in the Big 12 tournament since 2005. The top-seeded Jayhawks will have to avoid the same fate to keep alive their hopes of a sixth tournament title in seven years at Kansas City. Kansas dominated two meetings during the regular season, winning by an average of 16 points. The Jayhawks have won 16 of their last 17 Big 12 tournament games, while Baylor has made the final only once, losing to Missouri in the 2009 championship.

TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, Big 12 Network, ESPNU, ESPN3.com

TRENDS:

- Baylor is 11-24 against the spread in its last 35 Big 12 games.
- The under is 8-1 in Kansas' last nine neutral-site games.
- Kansas is 1-5-1 against the spread in its last seven following an ATS win.

TIP-INS:

1. Kansas forward Thomas Robinson, the Big 12 Player of the Year, had 19 points and 10 rebounds against the Aggies for his 23rd double-double of the season.

2. Baylor is 22-1 when leading at the half.

3. Jones' 31 points against Kansas State matched Baylor's school record for a Big 12 tournament game, tying Curtis Jerrells' performance against Missouri in 2007.

PICK: Jayhawks


Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
cnotes Posts:27389 Followers:33
03/09/2012 10:41 AM

NCAAB

Friday, March 9

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ACC tournament: Day 2 preview and picks
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Maryland Terrapins vs. North Carolina Tar Heels (-15.5, N/A)

THE STORY: Conference Player of the Year Tyler Zeller (16.3 ppg, 9.3 rpg) leads the top-seeded Tar Heels into a quarterfinal matchup with No. 8 seed Maryland in the ACC tournament. If UNC can win its third ACC tournament in the Roy Williams era, the Tar Heels should secure a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament. UNC will have a huge edge inside with Zeller, John Henson (14.2 ppg, 10.3 rpg) and Harrison Barnes (17.4 ppg, 5.1 rpg). The Tar Heels, ranked fourth in the national polls, won both meetings this season, 83-74 in College Park, Md., and 88-64 in Chapel Hill, N.C.

TV: 12 p.m. ET, ESPN2, ACC Network

TRENDS:

- Maryland has covered in six of the last eight meetings between the two teams.
- North Carolina is 6-1 against the spread in its last seven.
- The over is 4-1 in Maryland's last five.

TIP-INS:

1. Stoglin’s 25 points vs. Wake Forest were the most by a Terp in an ACC tourney game since John Gilchrist scored 30 in Maryland’s 95-87 win over Duke in the 2004 title game.

2. Terps coach Mark Turgeon is 9-11 in conference tourney games, including his days at Texas A&M and Wichita State.

3. UNC sophomore PG Kendall Marshall, who had 10 assists in the regular-season finale against Duke, has reached double figures in assists a school-record 13 times this season.

PICK: Tar Heels



NC State Wolfpack vs. Virginia Cavaliers (-2.5, N/A)

THE STORY: Short-handed Virginia tries to reach the ACC semifinals for the first time since 1995 when the fourth-seeded Cavs clash with the fifth-seeded Wolfpack. Virginia learned this week that freshman guard Malcolm Brogdon has a broken bone in his foot and is done for the season, leaving the team with seven scholarship players. Sophomore forward Akil Mitchell is the only Virginia starter who hasn’t played at least 35 minutes in each of the past two games. NC State advanced with a 78-57 win over Wake Forest on Thursday as Scott Wood buried five 3-pointers en route to 22 points. Virginia won the only meeting with NC State this season, 61-60 in Raleigh, N.C.

TV: 2:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2, ACC Network.

TRENDS:

- The over is 19-7 in Virginia's last 26 overall.
- The over is 6-1 in NC State's last seven.
- Virginia has covered in six straight versus NC State.

TIP-INS:

1. The Cavaliers’ No. 4 seed is their highest since 2007 (No. 2).

2. Virginia owns nine road or neutral-site wins, most since the team posted 10 in 1990-91.

3. Leslie has scored in double figures in 25 of the 28 games he’s played. He had 11 points and 11 rebounds in Thursday’s win over Boston College.

PICK: Wolfpack

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
cnotes Posts:27389 Followers:33
03/09/2012 10:42 AM

NCAAB

Friday, March 9

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SEC tournament: Day 2 preview and picks
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LSU Tigers at Kentucky Wildcats (-16.5, N/A)

THE STORY: LSU tries its luck at derailing a No. 1-ranked Kentucky team that’s won 22 straight games. The Tigers barely put up a fight against the Wildcats the first time, as Kentucky rolled to a 74-50 win in Baton Rouge on Jan. 28. Kentucky has dominated the SEC tournament, winning the event 27 times – 21 times more than second-place Alabama.

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

TRENDS:

- Four of LSU's last five have played over the total.
- LSU has covered in seven straight neutral-site games.
- Kentucky has covered in eight of its last 11 overall.

TIP-INS:

1. Kentucky is 14-2 against LSU in the conference tournament, including three wins in the title game.
2. LSU’s Malcolm White was ejected from the first game between the teams because of a flagrant foul.
3. Kentucky is 74-1 under coach John Calipari when holding an opponent to 67 or fewer points.

PICK: Wildcats



Mississippi Rebels vs. Tennessee Volunteers (N/A)

THE STORY: The last time the Rebels and Volunteers met, Tennessee won. Neither team has lost since that Feb. 22 matchup in Knoxville, and both teams need to keep winning to bolster their NCAA tournament hopes. The Volunteers hope to continue their amazing turnaround from a 0-4 start in conference play to the second seed and a first-round bye in the SEC tournament. Mississippi pulled away from Auburn in the tournament’s opening round Thursday, extending its winning streak to four games behind Nick Williams’ career-high 22 points.

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

TRENDS:

- Mississippi is 11-5 against the spread in its last 16 games following an ATS win.
- Tennessee has covered the number in four straight.
- Under is 15-7-1 in Tennessee's last 23 overall.

TIP-INS:

1. The Rebels lost an early 13-point lead in a 73-60 loss at Tennessee last month. Tennessee’s Jeronne Maymon scored 18 points with 13 rebounds for the Volunteers, while Henry led the Rebels with 15 points.
2. A victory would give Mississippi 20 victories for the fifth time in the past six seasons.
3. Tennessee freshman Jarnell Stokes, who joined the Volunteers at midseason, won SEC Player of the Week honors last week after averaging 14.5 points and 10.5 rebounds.

PICK: N/A

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
cnotes Posts:27389 Followers:33
03/09/2012 11:01 AM

Friday’s betting tips: Josh Smith wants out of ATL

Who’s hot

NBA: The over is 8-0-1 in Boston’s last nine home games.

NBA: San Antonio is 13-4-1 against the spread in its last 18.

NCAAB: Arkansas is 9-3-1 against the number in its last 13 meetings with LSU.

NCAAB: The over is 17-4 in the last 21 meetings between Maryland and North Carolina.

NHL: Pittsburgh has won seven straight.

Who’s not

NBA: New York is 1-11 against the spread in its last 12 meetings with Milwaukee.

NBA: Denver has covered just two of its last 11 home games.

NCAAB: Temple has covered just once over the last four.

NCAAB: Xavier is 0-5-1 against the spread in its last six.

NHL: The Winnipeg Jets are 0-5 in their last five games in Calgary.

Key stat

14 – The Oklahoma City Thunder head into Friday’s home date against Cleveland having won 14 consecutive games on their home floor. The Thunder are 9-5 against the spread during the streak while shooting 49. 1 percent and averaging 105.4 points per game at home this year.

Injury that shouldn’t be overlooked

Jimmy Howard, Detroit Red Wings - Howard suffered a lower body injury Sunday and didn't play in Tuesday's loss to Chicago and isn't expected to play Friday against the Kings either. Look for Joey MacDonald, who has lost his last two starts, to get the call.

Game of the day

Baylor Bears at Kansas Wildcats (-5.5, N/A)

Notable quotable

"(There is) lack of concentration, overconfidence and a certain level of selfishness, in general. I'm not a person or a selfish player, but we have to move the ball more, and we have to look further the team game, because we have enough talent to use different players.” – Los Angeles Lakers big man Pau Gasol on a Spanish radio station about the Lakers’ selfish play after they blew a 21-points lead against the Washington Wizards on Wednesday. Interesting note: Kobe Bryant hit just nine of his 31 attempts in the loss. The Lakers opened as 1-point underdogs at Minnesota.

Notes and tips

Los Angeles Clippers star forward Blake Griffin suffered a mild sprained left ankle and a sore left knee during the fourth quarter of Wednesday's game against the New Jersey Nets. Griffin and Nets forward Kris Humphries were chasing a loose ball as the former went down hard on the court. "I had a rebound and I guess he wanted to dive after it and took my legs out, rolled my ankle and rolled my knee. The knee is good, but the ankle might be a little bit swollen." Griffin is averaging 21.4 points and 11.2 rebounds this season for the Clippers, and said he does expect to suit up Friday against San Antonio. The Clips are pegged as 5.5-point underdogs.

Atlanta Hawks All-Star Josh Smith has asked the team to trade him prior to the March 15 trade deadline, according to sources cited in an Atlanta Journal-Constitution report. Smith is said to be upset that the Hawks didn’t support him more to be selected to the All-Star game and doesn’t feel the Hawks are committed to winning a championship. Smoove is averaging 16.9 points, 9.9 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game. Atlanta visits Detroit Friday.

Peyton Manning doesn't intend to stay unemployed for long. The four-time NFL MVP plans to make a decision on where he'll play next season within the next week, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported on Thursday, citing sources. Schefter noted that while the former Indianapolis Colts quarterback would prefer to remain in the AFC, he is not excluding NFC clubs. After the 35-year-old Manning was released on Wednesday, 12 NFL teams have reportedly contacted his representatives. ESPN confirmed that AFC East clubs Miami and New York, AFC West teams Denver and Kansas City, NFC West clubs Arizona and Seattle have joined Washington are in the mix.

While golf's biggest names struggled in the windy conditions, Adam Scott shot a 6-under-par 66 Thursday to grab a share of the first-round lead in the Cadillac Championship at Doral, Fla. Scott had an eagle and six birdies in his round at the Blue Monster to join Jason Dufner atop the leaderboard on a day when only a dozen players managed to break 70. Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson were not among them, each shooting even-par 72, putting them one shot ahead of new world No. 1 Rory McIlroy. Woods, who closed with a blistering final-round 62 at last week's Honda Classic, opened his round with an eagle but gave the shots back with bogeys at Nos. 4 and 5.

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
cnotes Posts:27389 Followers:33
03/09/2012 11:02 AM

Armadillo: Friday's six-pack

-- You can bet the NFL would like Peyton Manning to choose his next stop before the 2012 schedule is released. Am guessing his first game in his new city is on Sunday Night Football.

-- Matt Lauer makes $25M a year to host the Today Show? Really? And we thought Vernon Wells is overpaid........

-- SEC football games averaged 75,832 fans LY, and that includes the games at Vanderbilt, where capacity is 39,773.

-- The Joe Pesci Snickers commercial is very good; if it makes me laugh when I'm having my worst day handicapping in ten years, its funny.

-- Wally Szczerbiak is way better doing analysis on games than he is in the CBS Sports Network studio. He's not afraid to offer opinions.

-- Orlando ended the Bulls' eight-game win streak; Dwight Howard had 29 points, 18 rebounds. Would be a shame the Magic traded him.


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Armadillo: Friday's List of 13: Wrapping up a basketball Thursday........

13) Louisville scored 84 points despite shooting 37.7% from the floor in a 84-71 win over Marquette, which turned ball over 26 times. Cardinals had 23 offensive rebounds and nine blocked shots.

12) Its tiring listening to ESPN announcers shilling for the Big East every game; when Central Florida/SMU/Houston are in the league next season, are they still going to tell us how great every team is? South Florida has a winning conference record, but they're a horrible offensive team. Letting Pitt/Syracuse get away will eventually be regarded as a huge mistake.

11) Pac-12 tournament doesn't draw well in LA, so looks like its going to be at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas next season, which would make them the fourth league to play a conference tournament in Vegas.

10) Referee Karl Hess is working the Big East tournament; refs at ACC tournament in Atlanta were wearing "KH" on their shoes Thursday, so it looks like Hess was banished to NYC as punishment for the kerfuffle at NC State a few weeks ago, when Hess tossed a couple Wolfpack alumni out of the arena for heckling him. Alumni who played in the NBA.

9) Illinois didn't take any foul shots Thursday in a game they lost 64-61, game Illini led by 4 at the half. ESPN researchers said they're first team from a BCS league in at least fifteen years to play conference tournament game and not shoot a foul shot.

8) Erratic Washington lost 86-84 to Oregon State, making 12-26 on foul line. Beavers were just 17-32. You wonder why our Olympic team can't win the gold medal much anymore? Our kids don't shoot the ball or pass the ball as well as kids from other countries. Simple as that. Its getting to be all dribble penetration, ball screens and pick 'n roll.

7) Game of the Day was definitely in Memphis, where Marshall beat Tulsa 105-100 in triple OT, in a game where nine players fouled out and 101 free throws were taken. Tulsa took 58 foul shots and lost. Of course they missed 18 of them. Marshall plays Southern Miss Friday; the Eagles won in OT too, 81-78 over East Carolina.

6) Cal-State Fullerton handed Long Beach State its first conference loss on Saturday, then went out and laid an egg on Thursday, losing to Cal-Irvine in the first round of the Big West tournament. That not good.

5) Then there is Texas-Arlington, which went 17-1 in the Southland, but lost by 20 to McNeese State in the conference semifinals. McNeese now plays Pat Knight's Lamar Cardinals for the league championship, after Knight ripped his team publicly for being screw-ups off the court. .

4) Arizona outscored UCLA 31-10 from the foul line in its 66-58 win at the Pac-12 tournament. Very few teams looked like they were having less fun than this year's Bruins. Have a nice summer.

3) The noise you heard during the last few minutes of South Florida's win over Notre Dame was James Naismith turning over in his grave, after a series of dumb fouls, careless turnovers and hoisted-up bricks created a very chaotic ending. .

2) Was totally surprised at how easily Colorado State trounced TCU; had thought that was going to be one of the better games of the day, but Rams hung an 81-60 beating on the Horned Frogs.

1) Level of play was way better Thursday than Wednesday, unless you root for Northwestern, then level of play was same underachieving junk they've been giving for the last five decades. Duke wins, Vanderbilt wins, Stanford wins; they're all good schools, just like Northwestern- can't use the crutch that being a good academic school hurts the ballclub.

All Northwestern had to do was beat a Minnesota team that had lost six of last seven games, and didn't appear terribly interested in playing any more this season, but the Wildcats went and gagged away another game, another season. Time for a new coach, a different system; you're close to Chicago. Recruit an athletic point guard. I dare you.

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs: