Posted: 12/30/2010 1:26:54 PM
12/29 Results: Big road win for Missouri State, finally. Loss of Dillard to Weber State pretty much ends their Big Sky chances I believe. Mike Brey with a week to prep and I lay off, LOL. Northern Colorado showed up, Portland State defense is pretty awful. UCLA looked pretty good for once, and St. John’s with a big win. Rough loss for Evansville, and it’s not going to get any easier. First three road games in the Valley, @Wichita State, @Northern Iowa, @Missouri State.
Sides: 34-20, +17.70
Totals: 22-10, +10.70
12/30 Non-Conference Notes: Pepperdine’s style allows opponents to get up many shots, and aside from the snail paced game against Cal Poly, their opponents have fired up 65, 61, 61, and 60 their last four games. Miami FL hasn’t really been all that impressive against their recent mid-major test, but they have gone up against different styles of team oriented basketball, which is different than the hectic style Pepperdine will bring in this afternoon. Not interested in the Temple/Villanova matchup, just one of those games I’d rather enjoy watching and learning. Toledo and UNC Wilmington gets my nod for snooze-fest of the night. BYU at Buffalo just doesn’t make sense at this point in the season. Buffalo is 5-0 at home, but they haven’t played anybody worth mentioning. Just a really dumb scheduling spot for BYU when you go to UNLV in less than a week. Travel across country, then come back home for a Saturday game against a nobody before going to Vegas two days later. Doesn’t make sense, but opens up a nice spot on Wednesday for UNLV. I lean to the under in TCU and Tulsa. Just seems like a good spot for some flatness with Tulsa having a conference game in UTEP on deck. TCU is coming off two games in a row where they played two top 5 pace teams in the country in Chicago State and Northwestern State, so facing a tougher defense here should make for lower scoring. Both of these defenses are decent enough to make a difference here. Tough spot with both teams scoring so much, but I don’t expect it to continue. It’s pretty tough for TCU to come out and put up a similar performance than what they have been doing. It’s tough to play up and down and get any shot you want, then come in and face a disciplined team in Tulsa, and for that I point to the under. Scary though. I’ve commented on Iowa State and Virginia both being defensive ballclubs, and both come into this game at the peak of their season on the defensive end, and both should be fresh, so we should see a decent defensive ballgame...