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On 01/29/2012 11:16 AM in NCAA Basketball

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Miami Heat Host Chicago Bulls Headlining NBA Weekend

Looking ahead to this upcoming week’s action, no game is bigger than Sunday afternoon’s matchup between the Chicago Bulls and the Miami Heat in Miami.

Currently the Eastern Conference’s top two seeds, the Chicago Bulls (17-4) and the Miami Heat (14-5) could be on a collision course to a return to the Eastern Conference Finals, where they met last season. After losing Game 1 in Chicago, Miami went on to win the next four straight to clinch the series; the Bulls would love to exact some revenge this Sunday.

The game pits the NBA’s second best offensive team in Miami (averaging 104.4 points per game) against the league’s best defensive team in Chicago (averaging 87.0 points per game against). Sunday’s game starts at 3:30 p.m. (ET) and will be televised nationally on ABC.

The Los Angeles Clippers (10-6) face a tough back-to-back test to start off the NBA betting week with a road game against the Denver Nuggets Sunday night at 8:00 p.m. (ET) and then a home game against the Oklahoma City Thunder Monday night at 10:30 p.m. (ET). Monday’s game against Oklahoma City will be broadcast nationally on NBA TV.

The Denver Nuggets have been one of the biggest surprise teams of the 2011-12 NBA season. Boasting a 14-5 SU and ATS record, the Nuggets are currently the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference and have been the league’s most offensively productive team with 105.8 points per game. Considering that the Clippers also have a strong offense (ninth in the NBA with 97.1 points per game) and neither team is particularly strong on defense (Denver ranks 26th with 98.6 points per game against, Los Angeles ranks 20th with 95.8), we could see plenty of fireworks in this one.

Oklahoma City (16-3) came into the year as a Championship favorite, and haven’t disappointed with the best record in basketball to this point in the season. The Thunder are another high-powered offense, ranking third in the NBA with 100.4 points per game. Oklahoma City will put its strong road record (8-2 SU) up against the Clippers’ strong home record (9-2).

The Orlando Magic (12-7) have an opportunity to gain some ground this week facing two teams directly ahead of them in the standings with a home game against the Indiana Pacers at 6:00 p.m. (ET) Sunday and a road game against the Philadelphia 76ers Monday at 7:00 p.m. (ET). Since starting the year off strong at 10-3 SU (8-5 ATS), Orlando has hit a bit of a slump going 2-4 SU and ATS over its last six games. Indiana (12-6) was one of those two wins for Orlando as the Pacers fell at home 102-83 as a 3 ½-point favorite to the Magic last Tuesday. Philadelphia (13-6) is off to a great start this season, playing well on both sides of the court ranking fourth in the NBA in points per game (98.8) and second best in points against per game (87.6).

Out West, another game to look out for Sunday night is the San Antonio Spurs visiting the Dallas Mavericks at 6:30 p.m. (ET) in a game that will be televised nationally on ESPN. Each at 12-8 SU, both teams are trying to shake off slow starts to the season. San Antonio is just 2-7 SU and ATS on the road this season.

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01/29/2012 11:19 AM

Hoop Trends - Sunday

January 29, 2012


The Bulls are 10-0 ATS (13.6 ppg) since December 26, 2009 with at least one day of rest after a game in which less than 45% of their baskets were assisted.


The Lakers are 0-18-1 OU (-14.1 ppg) since May 27, 2008 after a road loss in which they allowed at least 50% from the field.


The Spurs are 11-0 OU (9.4 ppg) since January 29, 2003 on the road after a loss on the road in which Tim Duncan shot worse than 33% from the field.


The Raptors are 0-13 ATS (-8.8 ppg) since January 10, 2010 as a dog after losing the previous matchup in which Demar Derozan scored fewer than 10 points.


The Hawks are 11-0 OU (14.2 ppg) since January 13, 2008 with at most one day of rest off an overtime game as a favorite.

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01/29/2012 11:21 AM

Inside the Paint - Sunday

January 29, 2012

Matchup of the Day - Chicago at Miami

The Bulls (17-4 straight up, 12-9 against the spread) had the best record in the NBA last season and they’re on pace to repeat that feat. Three of Chicago’s four losses (8-3 SU, 7-4 ATS) have come on the road, but one did come without the duties of point guard Derrick Rose. The Bulls haven’t been underdogs all season, but they’ll be catching points today at Miami (14-5 SU, 8-11 ATS) and deservingly so. The Heat has outscored opponents by an average of 14 points per game at American Airlines Arena, which has produced an 8-2 SU and 5-5 ATS ledger. Dwyane Wade (ankle) returned to action on Friday in the team’s 99-89 home win over New York. Wade looked sharp in his return, scoring 28 points in 32 minutes. Miami is 6-1 SU in its last seven, but just 3-4 ATS and that includes four straight losses versus the number. Make a note that this will be the first of nine straight games on the road for Chicago.

In last year’s Eastern Conference Finals, Chicago captured Game 1 at home before the Heat ripped off four straight wins and covers en route to their trip to the NBA Finals. The Bulls put up 103 in their victory, but were held to 75, 85, 93 and 80 in the setbacks as the Heat took Rose out of the offensive equation.

The Heat are expected to have all players ready today, while the Bulls will be without Luol Deng (wrist) and possibly Richard Hamilton (groin). Despite being short-handed, Chicago is only a 4 1/2-point underdog.

Close Second - L.A. Clippers at Denver

The last game on Sunday’s NBA slate could have gamblers scratching their heads when the Clippers (10-6 SU, 9-7 ATS) and Nuggets (14-5 SU, 14-5 ATS). However, it looks like an easy winner when you look at the opening line (Denver -6), the tendencies and the matchup. Los Angeles has been awful on the road (1-4 SU, 1-4 ATS), with the lone win coming on opening night at Golden State (105-86). Denver has a lot of solid players and its style frustrates everybody it’s faced so far. At home, George Karl’s team is 7-2 SU and 6-3 ATS. Can you believe this team lost to the Hornets and Jazz at Pepsi Center as double-digit favorites? Letdowns certainly happen, but most would assume Denver should get up for this game. The two teams will square off again on Thursday from Staples Center. Total players are looking at a 204 opener and Denver is 8-2 to the ‘over’ with totals listed at 200-plus.

We meet again

Orlando (12-7 SU, 10-9 ATS) and Indiana (12-6 SU, 10-8 ATS) are decent teams yet they’re impossible to figure out, especially from a handicapping standpoint. For example, the Magic were embarrassed by the Celtics (56-87) last Monday before rebounding at Indiana (102-83) on Tuesday. Sure enough, Stan Van Gundy’s team follows up the road win by blowing a 27-point lead at home to Boston (83-91) on Thursday. To make matters worse, the Magic get blasted at New Orleans by 26 points (67-93) on Friday. Indiana isn’t as confusing as the Magic but losses to the Pistons and Kings certainly make you think, especially when this team owns road wins over the Celtics, Lakers and Bulls. The one thing that’s impressive about Indiana so far is it hasn’t lost two games in a row. Since it loss on Friday to Boston (87-94), is a win in order tonight?

Road Kill

San Antonio has played nine games on the road this season and its gone 2-7 both SU and ATS, and both of the wins came by exactly two points. On Sunday the Spurs visit Dallas, who’s been a tough out at home (8-3 SU, 8-3 ATS) this season. Despite those tendencies, the Spurs have won and covered four in a row against the Mavs, including a 93-71 decision at home this season on Jan. 5.

While the Spurs have been bad away from home, the Los Angeles Lakers have been worse (1-7 SU, 1-7 ATS). The oddsmakers have taken notice, listing the Lakers as short underdogs to Minnesota (9-10 SU, 12-7 ATS) on Sunday. The Timberwolves have been very competitive this season, evidenced by a pair of wins against both the Mavericks and Spurs. Before you play Minnesota, be aware that the Lakers have won 15 (8-6-1 ATS) in a row over the Wolves, which includes seven straight on the road.

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01/29/2012 11:24 AM

Sunday Tips

January 29, 2012

The Sunday college basketball card gives bettors several opportunities to win if they don't want to wager on the NHL All-Star game or the Pro Bowl. We'll take a look at four night contests, including a pair of rivalry contests in the Pac-12 involving the battle of Oregon and Cal hosting Stanford. Things begin on Tobacco Road with the Tar Heels attempting to keep its winning ways going against a struggling Rambling Wreck squad.

Georgia Tech at North Carolina - 6:00 PM EST

The ACC is turning into a three-horse race at the top with Duke, UNC, and Florida State jockeying for the top spot in the conference. The Tar Heels own a perfect 13-0 record in Chapel Hill this season, including wins over Boston College, Miami, and N.C. State in conference play. Roy Williams' team looks to avoid a letdown when the cellar-dwelling Yellow Jackets invade the Dean Smith Center.

Georgia Tech has dropped four straight games since upsetting North Carolina State in Raleigh as 10-point underdogs, 82-71. The Jackets have busted the 50-point mark only once in the last four losses, while getting spanked by Miami on Tuesday, 64-49 as 1 ½-point home underdogs. The lone piece of good news for Brian Gregory's club is the 3-0 ATS record in ACC play as 'dogs of nine points or more, including covers in losses to Duke and Clemson.

The Heels own a 6-2 ATS record as a favorite of between 10 and 26 points this season, while scoring 80 points or more in eight of the past 10 home contests. In North Carolina's only meeting with Georgia Tech last season, the Jackets ran out the Heels as six-point home underdogs in a 78-58 rout at Alexander Memorial Coliseum.

Iowa at Indiana - 6:30 PM EST

The Hoosiers began the season on fire by running off 12 consecutive victories, but Indiana has hit a speed bump with losses in four of its past five. Tom Crean's club hosts surprising Iowa at Assembly Hall, as the Hawkeyes have upset Wisconsin and Michigan in Big 10 play. Iowa looks to improve its road record to 4-1 ATS within conference action, including two covers as double-digit underdogs.

Indiana cashed in its first seven lined games of the season, including an upset of top-ranked Kentucky, 73-72 as 5 ½-point home 'dogs in mid-December. Following a stunning victory as home 'dogs against Ohio State, the Hoosiers have stumbled to a 1-6 ATS record the last seven games. Included in this skid are straight-up losses to Minnesota and Nebraska in the favorite role, but IU owns a 6-2-1 mark to the 'over' in conference play.

Iowa is slowly become a noticeable team to bet on by posting a 7-3 ATS record the previous 10 contests, despite Thursday's home loss to Nebraska. The Hawkeyes have lost two conference games by 29 points or more to Michigan State and Ohio State, but Fran McCaffery's team pulled off the biggest win inside the Big 10 at Wisconsin as 17-point underdogs. Iowa swept the season series from Indiana last season, including a 64-63 triumph in Bloomington as 5 ½-point 'dogs last February.

Oregon State at Oregon - 6:30 PM EST

The battle of the Beaver State takes place in Eugene as the Ducks go for a 7-2 start in Pac-12 play. Oregon State swept the Los Angeles duo last weekend with a pair of victories over UCLA (87-84) and USC (78-59) to improve to 3-5 inside the conference. The Beavers are searching for their first Pac-12 road win after losing the opening four contests away from Corvallis, while failing to cover each time as an underdog.

The Ducks have owned three separate winning streaks of four games this season, as Dana Altman's team lost by double-figures in losses to BYU and Washington when trying for a fifth straight victory. Oregon pulled off consecutive road underdogs wins at Arizona and Arizona State, followed by home wins over USC and UCLA. The Ducks attempt to improve on a 2-5 ATS record as a favorite this season, while going for their third straight win in the series over the Beavers.

Craig Robinson's club has turned into the hottest 'over' team in the country by cashing in 10 straight lined games, including all eight in Pac-12 play. Oregon State has won only two road games all season, beating winless Towson and knocking off 2-18 Chicago State each by over 20 points. The Beavers are 2-8-1 ATS the previous 11 conference road contests dating back to last season, with both covers coming as 12-point 'dogs or more.

Stanford at California - 8:30 PM EST

These two Bay Area rivals sit in the upper-half of the conference race, while the Golden Bears look to take sole possession of first with a victory to go along with an Oregon loss. Stanford has struggled from an ATS standpoint since early December by putting together a 3-8 ATS mark the last 11 lined games. The Cardinal attempts to snap a two-game skid after losing a pair of games by double-digits at Washington and Washington State last weekend.

Cal had its four-game winning streak come to a screeching halt in Pullman last Saturday with a 77-75 setback at Washington State as 4 ½-point road 'chalk.' Mike Montgomery's club owns a 4-0 record in Berkeley inside conference play, but has been listed as a single-digit home favorite only once, coming in a 16-point rout of UCLA as 6 ½-point 'chalk.' The Golden Bears are 5-1 ATS off a non-cover, with the lone ATS loss appearing in a 53-49 victory over USC, as Cal was listed as 10 ½-point favorites.

Stanford has been less than impressive away from Palo Alto by posting a 3-3 record on the highway, but two of those victories came at UC-Davis and Seattle. The only road win in Pac-12 play came at Oregon State in four overtimes, 103-101, just the fourth away victory against a conference foe since last season. The Cardinal split the two meetings with the Bears in 2011, but Stanford has dropped each of the last three matchups at Haas Pavillion.

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01/29/2012 11:29 AM

B]This has nothing to do with the NHL game today but i'd thought i'd throw it in for those of you who haven't heard about this........[/B]

Gov suggests goalie's DC snub was rude

January 26, 2012

BOSTON (AP) - A Boston Bruins goalie's decision to skip a White House ceremony with President Barack Obama because he believes the federal government is ``out of control'' points to a growing lack of courtesy in the country, Gov. Deval Patrick said Thursday.

Patrick, a Democrat, was asked about the controversy Thursday during his monthly ``Ask the Governor'' program on WTKK-FM. He didn't directly criticize goalie Tim Thomas, but suggested that the snub showed disrespect toward the presidency.

``He's a phenomenal hockey player and he's entitled to his views,'' Patrick said. ``It just feels like we are losing in this country basic courtesy and grace.''

The governor said while he strongly disagreed with many of the policies of former President George W. Bush, a Republican, he was always respectful when they met.

``I always referred to him as Mr. President, I stood when he came into the room. There are rules to live by,'' Patrick said.

The ceremony on Monday was to honor the Bruins for winning the Stanley Cup last season, their first championship in 39 years. Thomas was named the Most Valuable Player of the Stanley Cup finals against the Vancouver Canucks.

Thomas explained his choice in a statement posted on his Facebook page.

``I believe the federal government has grown out of control, threatening the rights, liberties, and property of the people,'' he wrote.

Thomas blamed all three branches of government and both political parties.

``This was not about politics or party, as in my opinion both parties are responsible for the situation we are in as a country,'' he said in the statement, adding that he did not plan to speak further about his decision.

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01/29/2012 11:31 AM

Sunday’s betting tips: Heels hot without Strickland

Who’s hot

NBA: The Hornets are 5-0 ATS in their last five overall.

NBA: The Celtics are 4-0 ATS in their last four overall.

NCAAB: Ohio State is 5-1 ATS in its last six overall and 5-0 ATS in its last five home games.

NCAAB: The under is 14-3 in Notre Dame's last 17 overall and 4-1 Connecticut's last five overall.

Who’s not

NBA: The Spurs are 3-14 ATS in their last 17 road games.

NBA: The Heat are 0-4 ATS in their last four overall and 0-4 ATS in their last four against the Eastern Conference.

NCAAB: Indiana is 3-12 ATS in its last 15 against the Big Ten.

NCAAB: Oregon State is 0-4 ATS in its last four road games.

Key stat

38 – Points by which North Carolina is outscoring opponents in its last three halves of basketball. Interestingly, that dates back to almost the exact moment when slick-shooting guard Dexter Strickland went down at Virginia Tech with a torn ACL last weekend. The Tar Heels promptly hammered the Hokies 48-29 in the second half of that game to erase an eight-point deficit. Carolina, which hosts Georgia Tech on Sunday, then destroyed N.C. State 74-55 at home on Sunday. Other stats that matter for the Heels are their perfect 13-0 home record this season and their ACC-leading +12.1 average rebounding margin.

Injuries that shouldn’t be overlooked

The Mavericks are dealing with all kinds of injury problems heading into Sunday's home against San Antonio. Dirk Nowitzki (knee) and Delonte West (hamstring) are listed as questionable and Jason Kidd (calf) is doubtful. Nowitzki has not played since January 19, instead choosing to work exclusively on conditioning. West missed his first game of the season when he sat out against the Jazz on Friday. Kidd strained his right calf in the Mavs' 116-101 home win over Utah.

Biggest games on the slate

Chicago Bulls at Miami Heat (-4.5, 191.5)

Indiana Pacers at Orlando Magic

Los Angeles Clippers at Denver Nuggets (-6, 204.5)

Notable quotable

Some of the Green Bay Packers' Hawaii-bound players weighed in this week on playing in Sunday's Pro Bowl rather than next weekend's Super Bowl.

"It's great. It's a fun experience. A lot of us would like to be in our home cities getting ready for the Super Bowl, but this is a great opportunity. A great vacation, good guys, good times." -- Quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

"It's no secret we're disappointed in the way our season ended, but at the same time I'm excited to be here and looking forward to taking everything in." -- Center Scott Wells.

"Obviously, it's not where you want to be, but if there's a crystal ball and you knew you weren't going to be in the big dance, this will be the consolation prize." -- Wide receiver Greg Jennings.

Tips and notes

California is undefeated at home this season going into Sunday night's game against rival Stanford. The Golden Bears are 13-0 on their home floor and 8-3 ATS. They are 3-0 and 3-0 ATS in their last three at home against the Cardinal. Stanford will look to buck the trends without forward Richard Solomon (6.0 ppg, 6.2 rpg). Solomon was declared academically ineligible for the remainder of the season last week.

Overall the Lakers are still struggling, as they have lost four of their last six and they are 1-6 ATS in their last seven. However, they overcame their fellow L.A. squad 96-91 on Wednesday and they are going up against a depleted Minnesota team on Sunday. The Timberwolves are already without guard J.J. Barea, who will be sidelined until next week with a hamstring injury. Now big men Brad Miller (knee) and Darko Milicic (illness) are questionable to face the Lakers.

Kyle Stanley (-18) has a five-shot lead at the Farmers Insurance Open heading into the final day at Torrey Pines. However, the 24-year-old has never won on the PGA Tour. Should Stanley falter, a whole host of golfers would be in contention. Proven winners Bill Haas and Brandt Snedeker are lurking; Haas is six shots behind but just one shot out of second and Snedeker is seven shots behind but only two shots behind second place. Haas is +1200 to win the tournament while Snedeker is going off at +2500.

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01/29/2012 11:32 AM

Armadillo: Sunday's six-pack

-- Former Steeler OC Bruce Arians is likely to end his "retirement" by signing with the Colts in the same capacity. Some retirement.

-- Arizona F Kevin Parrom broke his foot Saturday, is out for the year.

-- Lakers lost at Milwaukee; they're 1-6 outside the Staples Center.

-- Knicks lost at Houston, their ninth loss in last ten games.

-- USC got its first Pac-12 win of the season, beating up on poor Utah.

-- Zdeno Chara hit a slapshot 108.8 mph to set a new record at the NHL's skills competition; imagine trying to block that?


Armadillo: Sunday's List of 13: wrapping up a sports Saturday........

13) Worst call of the season so far, and there better not be a worse one, was non-call on a goaltending play that cost West Virginia a tying basket in the last 0:10 of their 63-61 loss in the Carrier Dome. Inexcusable for an official, actually three of them, to miss an easy call in such a big spot.

12) Game of the night was in Des Moines, where Drake upset Wichita State 93-86 in triple OT, despite Rayvonte Rice going 5-23 from floor (he was 9-12 from the line). First loss of the month for the Wheatshockers.

11) Illinois-Minnesota need to play in Big Dozen tourney, because both of their games in regular season went OT. Gophers held Illinois to 3-21 on the arc in getting their fourth win in their last five games. 77-72 in OT.

10) Tough travel week for UNLV and San Diego State, with two trips to the Rocky Mountains; Aztecs got zapped in Fort Collins by Colorado State, while the Rebels survived OT at the Air Force Academy, second OT win of the week for UNLV. They were very tired at the end.

9) Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg has rebuilt his alma mater's basketball team quickly, using a lot of transfers, best of which is Royce White, who came to Ames from Minnesota after suffering from anxiety disorders and other off-the-court problems. White has turned things around and Iowa State is vastly improved, especially in Hilton Coliseum.

8) Congrats to Towson State, which ended its 41-game losing streak with a home win Saturday; losing sucks, hard to imagine going 14 months since your last win. Towson is in Baltimore; they should have better players.

7) Washington ended a 5-year skid in Tucson by beating Arizona 69-67, its fifth win in its last six games overall. Pac-12 doesn't have any superior teams, but Washington's athleticism probably makes them #2 behind Cal.

6) Murray State is still unbeaten; looking forward to Monday night, when they announce the Bracket Buster matchups. Murray State will likely be an underdog in its game against St Mary's or Wichita State or VCU.

5) Keystone Giants, coached by a buddy, are now 16-2 after pounding a team from Philadelphia Bible School 100-57; Giants have won 12 games in a row. A revenge game with rival Cabrini College awaits February 15. Not sure how Christian it is to beat a bible college by 43,

4) Underdogs are 24-9-2 against the spread in ACC games this season.

3) Biggest upset of the day was 14-point underdog Rhode Island's 86-81 win at Dayton; 12-point home dog Samford upset Davidson, and in the Big X, 11-point underdog Oklahoma won at Kansas State.

2) Watched the Akron-Central Michigan game on my laptop; ESPN has to get more MAC games on TV. These teams played glorified pickup; it is obvious they just recruit the best athletes possible, fill in with a shooter here and there and try to teach as they go along. Akron's shooting at the foul line kept the Chippewas in the game, but Central Michigan is awful, other than the coach's son, the Zeigler kid.

But if you don't care who wins, its fun to watch.

1) Kudos to my cousin KL Wheat, whose 2-mile relay team won its race in Madison Square Garden Saturday, big doings for high school kids. It needs to be pointed out that KL Wheat is in the Hall of Fame as a track coach!!!! Tremendous History teacher and coach for many, many years.

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01/29/2012 11:34 AM

NFL Pro Bowl: What bettors need to know

NFC vs. AFC (+4, 74)

THE STORY: The NFL does have a bowl game scheduled on Sunday. No, not the one pitting the New England Patriots against the New York Giants – that one will take place next week with decidedly far more pomp and circumstance.

This Sunday, the other 30 NFL teams will showcase their stars in the Pro Bowl. Yes, this is the game that often resembles a flag football competition with countless cameos of the stars on rival teams joking with one another along the sideline. Then again, this is also the contest that often draws larger-than-expected ratings as the scoreboard operator gets a spirited workout.

Welcome to Hawaii for the Pro Bowl, which for the third straight year comes one week before that “other” Bowl.

TV: NBC, 7 p.m. ET.

LINE: The NFC opened as a 3.5-point favorite and was bet up to -4. The total was posted at 72.5 points and immediately took action on the over, moving the number to 74.

ABOUT THE NFC: Perhaps not surprisingly, the holders of the conference's top two seeds in the playoffs will be well-represented in Hawaii. San Francisco boasts nine players selected to the Pro Bowl while Green Bay is sending six of its finest to Aloha Stadium, headlined by 49ers stud running back Frank Gore and Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and veteran cornerback Charles Woodson. (Gore pulled out due to injury – a common theme for this game.) Green Bay will also send head coach Mike McCarthy, marking the second time that he has guided the NFC in a Pro Bowl (2008). New Orleans’ record-setting QB Drew Brees will see a familiar face in tight end Jimmy Graham, who will be making his first Pro Bowl appearance. With perhaps a future contract in mind, Chicago running back Matt Forte is expected to play despite missing the last four weeks of the regular season with a sprained knee.

ABOUT THE AFC: Four of the eight Baltimore players selected for the contest ultimately pulled out after the Ravens fell to the Patriots in the AFC Championship. As a result, Denver's six Pro Bowlers lead the conference's contingent – although the highly popular Tim Tebow is not among them. Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has opted to play despite being hampered by an ailing ankle, thus keeping Tebow on his couch and preventing myriad non-football media outlets from descending on the nation's 50th state. Baltimore LB Ray Lewis will be making his 13th Pro Bowl appearance while Houston coach Gary Kubiak will be enjoying his first.

SUPER SUBSTITUTES: With New England brandishing eight Pro Bowlers who will no longer play in the exhibition, the AFC needed to significantly shuffle its deck. Cincinnati rookie quarterback Andy Dalton and tight end Jermaine Greshman (replacing Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski) and San Diego wideout Vincent Jackson (Wes Welker) were among the notable additions. On the NFC side, New York quarterback Eli Manning and defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul were replaced by Carolina rookie Cam Newton and Chicago veteran Julius Peppers.

ALL ATWITTER: The NFL has relaxed its rules in regard to social media for this one game. Pro Bowl players will be allowed to tweet during the contest – well, sort of. The league designated specific kiosks on the sidelines for players to detail everything that is on their minds without fear of being flagged by Commissioner Roger Goodell.

LAST YEAR/SERIES HISTORY: The NFC posted a wild 55-41 victory over the AFC last year to claim a 21-20 edge in the all-time series. The NFC has won three of the last four Pro Bowls but the AFC holds a 14-12 all-time series lead. Over the past five seasons, the NFC is 4-1 ATS while the over/under is 3-2.

PREDICTION: NFC 49, AFC 35. No field goals here as the teams take turns racing up and down the field. After being named the Super Bowl MVP last season, Rodgers will need to make room in his trophy case (ahem) after being named the Pro Bowl MVP Sunday.

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01/29/2012 11:35 AM

NHL All-Star Game: What bettors need to know

Team Chara (-110) vs. Team Alfredsson (-110, 18.5)

THE STORY: Daniel Alfredsson has long been embraced in Ottawa. The longest current serving captain in the NHL, the veteran Swede has made Canada's capital city his adopted second home. Without question, Alfredsson will continue to hear the cheers on Sunday as he captains his squad of All-Stars against those of led by Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara, a former Senators star.

To add to his good standing, Alfredsson selected teammates Erik Karlsson and Jason Spezza with his first two picks of the draft and Milan Michalek in the 13th round to boot. The opposing captain will also receive a familiar response by the good people in Ottawa - and this one won't be favorable.

Flanked by assistant Joffrey Lupul of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Chara raised a few eyebrows by eschewing allegiances of either team or country by selecting three-time Selke Trophy winner Pavel Datsyuk of the Detroit Red Wings with the first overall pick of the draft on Thursday night. With last year's Stanley Cup perhaps still fresh in his mind, Chara did not select either Henrik or Daniel Sedin or even Alex Edler from the Vancouver Canucks.

TV: 4 p.m. ET, NBCS, CBC

ABOUT TEAM CHARA: After picking Datsyuk, the towering blueliner didn't wait long to keep peace in his own locker room. With the second overall pick, Chara promptly selected fellow Bruin and reigning Vezina Trophy winner Tim Thomas, who addressed his White House snub by saying that he "followed his conscience."

After selecting NHL leading scorer Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Chara picked countryman Marian Hossa of the Chicago Blackhawks in the fourth round and fellow Slovak Marian Gaborik in the 16th round. Lupul continued to ride the anti-Toronto crowd by selecting Maple Leafs teammate Phil Kessel in the eighth round and defenseman Dion Phaneuf in the 13th round. After making his teammate sweat, Chara selected Tyler Seguin in the 18th round and shared an awkward hug to bury any resentment.

OFFICIAL ROSTER: Goalies: Tim Thomas (Bruins), Carey Price (Canadiens), Jimmy Howard (Red Wings); Defensemen: Zdeno Chara (Bruins), Kimmo Timonen (Flyers), Ryan Suter (Predators), Brian Campbell (Panthers), Dion Phaneuf (Maple Leafs), Dennis Wideman (Capitals); Forwards: Joffrey Lupul (Maple Leafs), Pavel Datsyuk (Red Wings), Evgeni Malkin (Penguins), Marian Hossa (Blackhawks), Phil Kessel (Maple Leafs), Corey Perry (Ducks), Patrick Kane (Blackhawks), Jarome Iginla (Flames), Marian Gaborik (Rangers), Jordan Eberle (Oilers), Tyler Seguin (Bruins), Jamie Benn (Stars)

ABOUT TEAM ALFREDSSON: Ever the fan favorite, Alfredsson didn't just pick his fellow Senators. He also selected a former one in Brian Elliott. The current St. Louis Blues netminder leads the NHL in GAA (1.69) and save percentage (.937). Assistant captain Henrik Lundqvist also got in on the action by selecting New York Rangers teammate Dan Girardi, who has clearly grown tired of being reminded that he was undrafted into the NHL. Alfredsson also took care of his fellow Swedes by taking both Sedins, who were separated during last season's All-Star Game. For bragging rights, Daniel went in the ninth round and brother Henrik was picked in the 13th. Although Team Chara has three of the top four point producers, Alfredsson did secure some scoring punch when he picked Steven Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lightning in the sixth round. Stamkos leads the NHL with 32 goals.

OFFICIAL ROSTER: Goalies: Henrik Lundqvist (Rangers), Jonathan Quick (Kings), Brian Elliott (Blues); Defensemen: Erik Karlsson (Senators), Kris Letang (Penguins), Shea Weber (Predators), Dan Girardi (Rangers), Keith Yandle (Coyotes), Alex Edler (Canucks); Forwards: Captain Daniel Alfredsson (Senators), Jason Spezza (Senators), Claude Giroux (Flyers), Steven Stamkos (Lightning), Daniel Sedin (Canucks), Milan Michalek (Senators), Henrik Sedin (Canucks), James Neal (Penguins), John Tavares (Islanders), Scott Hartnell (Flyers), Jason Pominville (Sabres), Logan Couture (Sharks)


1. Seven-time Norris Trophy winner Nicklas Lidstrom finished with a plus-7 as he captained his squad to an 11-10 victory over Team Staal in the 2011 All-Star Game. By his own admission, Lidstrom is resting his tired 41-year-old body this time around and will watch the game at home.

2. After Dallas' Jamie Benn was selected in the 19th round, that meant that Logan Couture was the last man standing in the draft. For his trouble, the San Jose Sharks star was presented with a Honda Crosstour. In addition, he will have a $10,000 donation made in his name to the grassroots hockey program of his choice by the NHL Foundation and NHLPA Goals & Dreams.

3. The one Senator who did not head to Team Alfredsson was Colin Greening, who will lead his group of rookies under Team Chara. Colorado Avalanche star Gabriel Landeskog, who was the second overall pick of the NHL draft, will lead his contingent under Team Alfredsson.

4. Ever since the NHL went back to the East vs. West format in 2003, and switched to the draft format last season, the NHL All-Star Game has averaged a total of 16.8 goals over the past six showcases. The All-Star teams have topped the 20-goal mark three times in that span, including the last two years.

PREDICTION: Team Chara 12, Team Alfredsson 10

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01/29/2012 11:36 AM

Armadillo's Write-Up

Sunday, January 29

Notre Dame won three of last four games with UConn, but lost 67-53 at home to Huskies 15 days ago, shooting 32% from floor, 6-26 from arc; Irish win here LY was first in last seven visits to Nutmeg State- they've lost at UConn by 11-14-1-6-7-12 points. Huskies get Boatright back in this game; he was suspended last few games. Big East single digit home favorites are 14-13 against the spread. Huskies lost four of last six, with Big East home wins by 14-7 points.

Miami won five of last seven games with Boston College, sweeping BC by 1-9 points LY; Hurricanes won two of last three visits here, are 2-3 in ACC this year, with three of five games decided by 5 or less points. Eagles lost last three games by 14-15-17 points; they're 1-7 vs top 100 teams, with all seven losses by 11+ points- both their ACC wins were at home by a basket. Miami is 6-0 vs teams ranked lower than #150. ACC home underdogs are 8-6 against the spread.

Michigan lost its last five games with Ohio State by average of 6 points; they've lost their last seven visits to Columbus by 26-10-13-10-18-11-9 points. Ohio State has two conference losses, but its last eight wins are all by 17+ points; they've won Big Dozen home games by 33-31-17-24 points. Wolverines are 16-5 but haven't won a road game yet, losing all four, by 12-2-16-2 points. Big Dozen home games by Big Dozen double digit home favorites are 9-4 against the spread.

Providence lost three of last four games with South Florida, losing last two visits here, by 6-7 points; Friars are 1-7 in Big East, losing all four road games by 24-9-23-12 points- their only conference win was 90-59 thrashing of Louisville. Big East home favorites are 21-23-1, 14-13 if the spread is single digits. Much-improved USF won five of its last seven games, winning last three home games by 2-1-15 points. Last four games in series were all decided by seven or less points.

Indiana started season 15-1 but has lost four of last five games, with lone win at home vs Penn State; three of Hoosiers' four conference wins are by 6 or less points. Iowa won its last four games against Indiana, with three of four wins by 14+ points. Hawkeyes lost four of their last five games, losing last two by 7-6 points, with home loss to Nebraska a red flag, but they are 3-1 as conference road dog. Big Dozen home favorites of 12 or less points are 12-15 against the spread.

Georgia Tech beat North Carolina by 20 LY then went 5-10 rest of the season; Yellow Jackets have won last four games against UNC, but with 13-22 record in last 35 games, and eight losses in last nine games overall, including five straight losses in their temporary home, you get idea this could be long day vs Tar Heel club that is 11-1 in its last 12 games, with last nine wins all by 14+ points. ACC double digit home faves are 1-8-2 against the spread.

Oregon-Oregon State split last six meetings, with Ducks winning both LY, by 4-19 points; State lost seven of last eight visits to Eugene, with last four losses here all by 10+ points. Oregon won four in row and nine of last 11 games, winning last game after being down 13 at half. Pac-12 home teams are 14-8 when the spread is less than 5 points. Beavers are 0-3 in conference when they score less than 78 points; they've lost all four Pac-12 road games, by 15-5-8-10 points.

Indiana State-Evansville split last four meetings, with all four decided by 5 or less points; State beat the Purple Aces 80-78 at home 19 days ago in first meeting, shooting 55% from floor, but they've lost four of five games since and are 0-5 on Valley road, with four losses by 11+ points. Aces are 5-5 in Valley, 0-4 when they score less than 76 points; three of their five conference losses are by 1 or 2 points. MVC home favorites of 6 or less points are 8-6 against the spread.

Stanford lost four of last five games with rival California, losing three in a row in Berkeley by 7-26-19 points; favorites covered last six in series. Cardinal is 1-3 on Pac-12 road, with all three losses by 11+ points; only win was 4-OT marathon in Corvallis. Pac-12 single digit home favorites are 15-11 against the spread. Cal Bears allowed just 53.3 ppg in winning all four conference home games, by 4-16-7-36 points; they've allowed 77+ points in four of their five losses this season.

Siena won eight of last ten games with Rider, winning three of last four in Broncs' Zoo, winning by 3-26-13 points; Saints beat Rider 83-79 (-4) in first meeting 17 days ago, outscoring Broncs 22-13 at line in a game they led by 14 at half, forcing 17 turnovers (+7). Rider won its last three home games, scoring 92.7 ppg; they're 4-0 in MAAC when they score 80+ points, 1-5 when they don't. MAAC home favorites of 7 or less points are 9-5-1 against the spread.

Canisius lost 77-62 at Loyola in first meeting 22 days ago; Greyhounds made 9-17 from arc, were +15 on boards. Griffins are 1-9 in conference, losing last four games, all by 12+ points- they haven't beaten anyone all season ranked higher than #281. Home side won four of last five series games, with Loyola losing last two visits here by 5-17 points. MAAC home underdogs are 5-9 against the spread. Greyhounds won last four home games, with three of four wins by 11+ points.

Manhattan won its last six games, allowing average of 59.3 ppg in its last four; Jaspers just beat Niagara 71-64 at home last Sunday, outscoring the Eagles 25-8 at foul line. MAAC home underdogs of 5 or less points are 1-4 against the spread. Manhattan is 4-1 on MAAC road, with only loss by point at Loyola, but they do turn ball over 24% of time, which is lot. Niagara scored 60.5 ppg in losing last two games; they're four of its six MAAC losses are by 12+ points.

Montana won its last six games with Portland State, winning its last two visits here, by total of six points; they won first meeting 75-64 at home last month, making 9-13 from arc, shooting 53% for game. Big Sky home underdogs are 2-6-1 against the spread. Montana is 3-1 on Big Sky road, losing to Weber State, winning other three games by 14+ points. PSU is 2-2 at home in conference, losing by 7-5 points. Montana is 8-1 against teams ranked lower than #200, with all eight wins by 13+ points.

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