Towson vs. William & Mary
College Basketball Pick: William & Mary -4.5 (February 25th 2017)
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“William and Mary might be the nation’s best bet at home, with a perfect 12-0 record this season. They don’t just win their home games, for the most part, they blow out their opponents. Their last five home wins have all come by a double digit margin, even against some of the top teams in the CAA. They beat the first place Seahawks by a whopping 18 points at home last month. William and Mary are averaging 91 points on an unbelievable 55.1 percent shooting at home.”
That’s what I said prior to the Tribe’s last game, a home loss to Hofstra. It was their first home loss of the season, and I like their chances of bouncing back here in their final home game against Towson. The Tigers are hardly an offensive powerhouse, averaging just 68.2 points on 43 percent shooting on the road. Their last game was an 83-78 loss at UNC Wilmington, ending a six game win streak. They might struggle to get up for this game, playing on the road and coming off a tough loss.
Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Maryland Terrapins
Basketball Prediction: Maryland -7 (February 25th 2017)
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This is a ‘stop the bleeding’ game for the Terps and I like them in this spot for a number of reasons. The Terps have lost 2 straight games and they are 21-4 SU and 13-7-1 ATS since 2007 at home and off 2 losses. The Terps are a ranked team and fall under a nice angle where we look to play on ranked home favorites off back to back losses against a team off a win, like Iowa. These ranked home favorites have covered 56% of the time since 2010. When they have beaten their opponent the previous 2 meetings, they carry a strong 24-12-1 ATS mark since 2010. Iowa is coming off an overtime win vs Indiana. They were are a favorite in that game. Today they are an underdog and are a lousy 4-8 SU and ATS as a dog this season, including 0-7 ATS as a road dog! Look for the Terrapins to embrace this spot and roll by double digits. (1* Maryland)
Chicago Blackhawks vs. Minnesota Wild
NHL Betting Pick: Wild -135 odds (February 21st 2017)
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The Minnesota Wild will host the Chicago Blackhaws in a Central Division showdown Tuesday night. The Wild are sitting top of the division, seven points ahead of the Hawks in second, and they’re 11-2 in their last 13 vs. Central Division foes. They had won six straight head-to-head meetings with the Blackhawks prior to a 4-3 OT setback here at Xcel Energy Center on Feb. 8, and I like them to reestablish their dominance in the series tonight.
The Blackhawks have played seven of their last eight games on the road, and I think they’ll come out flat here as they play their third game in four nights. The Wild meanwhile are playing on two days rest (they’re 4-0 in their last four games playing on 2 days rest) and my money is on the home team in this contest.
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Miami Florida vs. Virginia Cavaliers
College Basketball Prediction: Virginia -9.5 points (February 20th 2017)
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The set-up: The 18-8 Miami Hurricanes will be in Charlottesville Monday night for a game with the 18-8 Virginia Cavaliers. Both teams are 8-6 in ACC games, although the Cavs have arrived at that record by losing three consecutive games, while the Hurricanes have won two straight and four of their last five.
Miami: The Hurricanes lost both starting guards (McClellan and Rodriguez) from last year’s 27-win Sweet 16 team and now have to deal with second-leading scorer Ja’Quan Newton (15.0), who will miss his third straight game for violating team rules. However, it should be noted that the ‘Canes have won the last two games without Newton. Senior forward Kamari Murphy (6.8 & 7.6) scored a career-high 15 on Saturday and told reporters. “With guys out, our guys’ motto in the locker room has been to ‘find a way.’ Everybody’s stepping up.” Starting in the frontcourt along with the 6-8 Murphy are the 6-7 Lawrence (7.2 & 3.9) and 6-10 center Izundu (4.8 & 3.2). Newton’s a key cog in the backcourt but the duo of senior Reed (15.7 & 4.5) and freshman Brown (11.4-6.2-3.5) still allows Miami to compete well.
Virginia: How quickly a team’s fortunes can change in the world of sports. Virginia was up 14 points at the half against rival Virginia Tech back on Feb. 12 and a win would have left the Cavs tied for first place in the ACC. However, Va Tech rallied to win that game 80-78 (2 OTs) plus Virginia followed that collapse with losses to Duke and North Carolina. Suddenly, Tony Bennett and his team are three games out of first place and in the middle of its first three-game losing streak in six years! Virginia is a great defensive team (55.8 PPG allowed is a nation’s-best) but the lack of any productive scorers other than PG London Perrantes (12.6-3.2-3.8) has clearly caught up to them. Perrantes is the lone Cavalier to average in double digits on the season and is averaging 15.2 PPG over his last six. However, when a team scores just 55 points on 36.8% shooting (including 25.0% on threes) like it did against Duke and follows with 41 points on 27.8% shooting (including just 2 of 20 on threes) like it did against North Carolina, defense is not enough to win!
The pick: The good news for Virginia fans is that Bennett’s team should draw confidence from the fact that the Cavaliers have won four of the last five meetings between the two schools, including a 73-68 victory in the ACC semifinals last year. Virginia is currently ranked No. 14 but that won’t be the case when Monday’s new poll isrelea sed. Bennett’s team enters Monday scrambling and desperate for a win. My bet says the Cavs do just that.
Stanford vs. California
Basketball Betting Prediction: Stanford +3.5 (February 17th 2017)
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The Cardinal come into this game having lost 5 of their last 6, but note that 4 of the 5 losses came on the road. Stanford did have an impressive 81-75 win at home over Utah during this stretch as a mere 2-point dog. Much like the case with Cal here, the betting public was all over the Utes in that game. I see a similar outcome here. While Stanford is just 8-4 at home this year, Maples Pavilion is no easy place to play. Just ask the Golden Bears. Cal is 3-16 in their last 19 trips to Stanford. I also don’t love the spot for the Bears in this one, as this is their 3rd straight on the road and they are fresh off a crushing loss at Arizona. I just don’t see Cal being sharp here and I expect a big effort from Stanford on their home floor. Give me the Cardinal +3.5!
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Valparaiso vs. Oakland
College Basketball Pick: Valparaiso +2 (February 17th 2017)
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Free Pick – Rickenbach CBB Game #851 Friday Free Pick on Valparaiso Crusaders (+) @ Oakland Golden Grizzlies @ 7:00 ET – Big battle in the Horizon League taking place Friday night. With Valparaiso sitting at 11-2 in conference action and Oakland sitting at 9-4, there is no doubt the Golden Grizzlies need this game. However, needing a game and being able to execute on the floor are certainly two different things and Oakland is going to have their hands full with the revenge-minded Crusaders in this one. The Golden Grizzlies won at Valparaiso early last month and the Crusaders are a perfect 5-0 SU the L3 seasons combined when playing with home loss revenge. Also, Valparaiso is a perfect 6-0 SU the L3 seasons combined when they are on the road and their line ranges anywhere from +3 to -3. The Crusaders also are well rested coming into this one and they have gone 10-1 SU the L3 seasons combined when they enter a game playing with 5 or 6 days of rest between games. As for Oakland, they are 1-5 ATS this season in games with a posted total in the 140s. Also, the Golden Grizzlies are 0-3 ATS this season when off of game where they allowed 80 points or more. The road team is also a perfect 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings between these teams. Oakland already has home losses to Green Bay, Cleveland State and Detroit in Horizon League action this season. Those teams have a combined record of 29-49 on the season. By comparison, Valpo is 21-5 this season! The Crusaders can (and absolutely should) win this one! Free Pick on Valparaiso plus the points early Friday evening. Best of luck, Scott “The Bulldog” Rickenbach