Betting the over in the All-star game is like watching a Funyuns Eating competition with a bunch of stoners…it’s just too much fun! As for the college hardwood, lots of nail-bitters this weekend and it looks like teams are starting to get more desperate than Brittany Spears publicist as the NCAA tournament draws near. We’re back on the NBA beat tomorrow and I’m stoked for the second half. Many of the teams that are out of it start to play the youngsters, while teams jockeying for playoff positions seem to eliminate careless mistakes…and more importantly, the road starts to become easier than Jenna Jameson at a pool party in Cali for the all the big-dogs. Until then, we’re rolling with 3 college plays tonight…and of course more than half of them are on TV.
BUTLER BULLDOGS (-5.5) @ WISCONSIN-GREEN BAY PHOENIX
The #12 Bulldogs lost a tough 4-point contest against #15 Southern Illinois on Saturday and have actually lost 2 out of their last three with a lose at 22-8 Wright State just over a week ago. While they are 24-4 overall, Butler is well aware how the selection committee values late season losses for mid majors and quickly needs to get back on track. As for Wisconsin-Green Bay, they’re .500 in conference and have beat-up the bottom dwellings teams, but have lost every game against squads with a winning record in conf. Butler bitch-slapped them by 21 at home and should be fired-up to get back on the winning track tonight…Butler by 8-14 points
KANSAS JAYHAWKS (-5) @ KANSAS STATE WILDCATS
Since losing to Texas A&M at home, the #8 Jayhawks have won 4 in-a-row by an average of 32 points per game, including Kansas St two weeks ago by 27. To tell the truth, nobody in the country is playing better than Bill Self’s youngsters and they are flying all over the court at both ends. While the Wildcats have had a solid season under first-year head coach Bob Huggins and have won their last six at home, they just don’t have the fire-power to stop a Kansas squad that is also playing some unbelievable defense. Just ask the Cornhuskers about that, they lost on Saturday 92-39…Jayhawks by 8-14 points
SAN FRANCISCO DONS (+6.5) @ ST. MARY’S CALIF GAELS
Since the Dons lost starting guard Armondo Surratt, San Francisco has won 3 in-a-row and his replacement Manny Quazada has been outstanding (16 ppg 5 ass). In addition, they’ve been one of the best teams in conference on the road (4-2) and have won 5 out 6 overall. As for St. Mary’s, they are going in the opposite direction having lost 5 of 6, including an embarrassing 8 point loss on Saturday to a 7-18 Portland squad. While I’m sure St. Mary’s will come out with some hype at home, I just think this going to be a close contest all night…San Francisco in a buzzer-beater.
G. GAMBLE’S HOOP TOTALS- NBA 78-59 ATS ; NCAA 46-42 ATS