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4* Maryland -3 to Belmont

4* Marquette -3 to Murray St

2* Fla St -8 to Vermont


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2* LSU -6.5

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455-366-12 ytd
0-0 this week
0-0 Conference Tourneys

Just been watching a lot of games.

1* Louavul +7.5 to UNC
1* Syracuse +12 to Duke

1* WV +13 to Texas Tech
2* Texas +3 to Kansas

1* St Johns +3.5 to Marquette
1* G'town +3.5 to Seton Hall

1* Tulsa +1.5 to SMU

2* Utah +5 to Oregon
1* UCLA +5 to Ariz St

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11-10   -0.7* 

1* Penn St -7.5 to Illinois
1* Penn St -4 1st H

2* Cincy -2 to Houston
2* Cincy -1 1st H
1* under 128.5

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1* UC Irvine -12.5 to CSUNrthrdg


1* SDSt +14 @ Nevada
1* SDSt-Nevada under 146.5

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2*  Washington -5 to Oregon

3* Memphis -8 to Tulsa

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2*  Creighton -7.5 to DePaul

1* Sparty -3.5 to Michigan 

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2* Oklahoma +7.5 @ KSt

1* Duke +5 @ UNC

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ODB

Not only did Baylor suck really bad all the way around the helk of it is I could have gotten +8.5 if I had just waited a little longer. 
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2* St Johns +2 @ Xavier
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Bandit

Those first two were easy peezy. Congrats.

Totally agree with you on the Big Least. They're no better than some mid-majors. I tried to send you my critique of Nova and Marquette last Sunday morning but I kept losing it on site reloads. Both teams have major flaws. The main one being they have no inside, down low presence. They'll get killed in the paint by the physicality of the P5 teams. Nova only has two scoring options and they can be shaky. Markus Howard is a one man band. Mc Dermott showed how to stop them. Double him every chance you get and make him give it up. He got really squeezed in their last game. Make those Hausers put it on the deck. They are spot up set shooters only. Teams have caught on to to them. Neither team has the athleticism to press full court if they happen to fall behind. That's critical in a 1 and done format. You don't always play your best offensively in every game.That's the short version.
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5.4* Temple ML -135 to UCF

3* Colorado St -2.5 to UNLV

1* Ariz St +2 @ Zona

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2* Oregon St -6 @ Wazzu

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1* Purdue -7 @ Nwstrn

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1* Florida +10.5 @ Kentucky

1* Baylor +7.5 @ Kansas

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1* Auburn +3 to Tennessee

1* Seton Hall +3.5 to Nova

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Bandit

Congrats on your engagement.

Thanks for the tips on the noon games. I'll give them a whirl. After all, it's your lucky day. Bol Bandit with the games and have a big and rich time at the party.
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Texas Tech is one the verge of winning their first ever Big 12 Title. They are tied with Kansas St and the Wildcats game against Oklahoma is no "gimme" either. The Red Raiders have not won a Conference Championship since winning the South West Title in 1996.

TT has won 10 of 11 su, and comes into this game with a program best 8 straight victories, all but one by double digits. Going 7-1 ats those last 8 games. 

During those last 8 games they have made at least one big run in the first half of EVERY ONE of those games to take a double digit lead opponents have not been able to overcome. In those games they have outscored their opponents 320-195 in the first half, an average of 38.7 to 24.3. Hence I believe a 1st Half play is in order. 
The Red Raiders are also 5-0 ats last 5 games vs teams with winning records.

ISU has lost 5 of their last 7 games su, and lost 4 of last 5 su. The Cyclones have only covered 2 of their last 9 games.

There is no denying the incident that occurred during the WV game that everyone saw. Jacobson was motioning Horton-Tucker to a huddle near the foul line that Horton-Tucker seemed reluctant to attend and came in late to the huddle. Jacobson had some heated words for him and eventually shoved him. 

guess it's possible that the practice conflicts among team members that lead to the locker room frecas could have possibly reunited Iowa St as HC Steve Prohm says, calling it a healthy incident that has cleared the air. We shall soon see.
 
I would be remiss if I didn't mention that TT has lost 7 straight games in the Hilton dating back to 2011 and I must also admit the Cyclones remain a talented team. They have proven that by winning in Lubbock back in January 68-64 which is the Red Raiders only home loss of the season.

But to me, at this point in time, these are two teams going in opposite directions. The Red Raiders get their pound of flesh in revenge and clinch at least a tie for the Big 12 Title today imo.

No guarantees. Travel at your own risk.


1* Texas Tech -1 1st H

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Thanks to all of you for your thoughts and kind words.

Texas Tech @ Iowa St

First off, let me say it has been a long time since I played against the Cyclones in The Hilton. It's just one of those rules I follow and rarely break. I just want to be clear that I certainly respect the home court advantage in Ames as well as the rabid ISU fans that provide that atmosphere.

But things aren't going well for this ISU team as they stumble to the finish line. I really thought they would be the team to beat in the Big 12 this year and the ones to finally end the Jayhawks long run of Titles. The Cyclones were playing at a high level until about 3 weeks ago.

I was talking with some of my buddies this week about their recent decline. I told them that I thought it was subtraction by addition. Cam Lard and Zoran Talley were suspended to start the season for failures to uphold the standards of the program. I will note that Lard was also suspended to start the season last year and attended a "wellness program" during the off season.
Solomon Young was injured and Lindell Wigginton got hurt in the first game thus making the Cyclones a thin team as far as depth goes. 

Due to this roles were clearly defined and the remaining players came together and became a very cohesive bunch on both ends of the floor.
Offensively they moved the ball around in their motion offense like the Warriors. Set plays mainly went thru Jacobsen who became the starter down in the low post and with Shayok on the perimeter for dribble drives and 3 ball threats to set up open players for good shots which they were knocking down at a high percentage. If it got late in the shot clock they got the ball to Shayok and got out of his way and got set for a catch and shoot if an opponent helped out on Marial.
Defensively they communicated well and played great "team" defense and everybody hit the glass for rebounding purposes. 

For whatever reasons once everyone was healthy and back playing this team began to Regress from a previous high level of team play. I told my buddies I thought there were chemistry issues with the addition of the 4 previously out players as the season wore on. They said what do you mean? I said there's not enough basketballs on the floor to go around for this team now since NCAA rules state the game must be played with only one ball on the court at any one time during play. 

Wigginton likes to have the ball a lot and he has had some big scoring games, but in other other games he takes to many deep 25 footers and likes to straight line drive to the hoop and try to finish even though he is a bit small, seldom passing in penetration. Lately Horton-Tucker has been playing a lot of 1 on 1 as well. Shayok seems to be out of sorts, caught in between in their offense and he is clearly their best offensive threat and the only real NBA prospect at this point in time. He appears to be frustrated. 

I have no contacts close to the team nor was I privy to any inside information to confirm this but you could tell something was wrong with this team by just watching their games. During their recent skid they just seemed disinterested and lackadaisical with a noticeable decline in effort, particuarly on the defensive end of the floor. 

Yesterday evening I was surfing around reading different articles concerning the Cyclones and their is indeed some internal issues affecting team chemistry which in turn is affecting their overall play. Turns out it boiled over this week in practice and carried over into the locker room.
Evidently it came to a head during a hard foul on a layup in practice. HC Steve Prohm said they hadn't been doing that in games but thought it was an application of the "no easy layups" rule. Then some hard screens followed that in practice and things got heated up. It turns out Shayok was injured in the locker room by a door. Depending on what article you believe some say his foot was injured by the door being opened and his foot was in the way. Prohm calls it a freak accident. Some say there was a scuffle resulting from player disputes. Other reports say Shayok injured his foot by kicking the door. I understand the whole "what happens in the locker room stays in the locker room" and all that. Bottom line is their has been some problems among team members. HC Prohm says he has spoken with every player individually concerning the matter and believes the problems are now resolved. One thing that can't be disputed is the teams decline in performance during their worst stretch of play this season.

At one point this team was ranked in the top 10 both offensively and defensively by KP and others. I understand some of that was the pre-Conference schedule but they played some good teams early as well. They still rank high offensively but defensively they began to drop in the rankings little by little until they are now #63 KP. Giving up 92 points to TCU on Feb 3, and 86 to Texas and 90 to WV in their last 2 games is alarming to say the least.

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3.9* Texas Tech ML -130 @ Iowa St

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