ATS – Yesterday: 2-3…I told you the Bulls were great!
Overall – CBB: 14-11 NBA: 54-55 NFL: 22-20
MARQUETTE WARRIORS @ LOUISVILLE CARDS (-2.5)
The Cardinals finally have a healthy roster as 6-11 Sr. David Padgett & 6-8 Sr. Juan Palacios have returned and given an already strong frontcourt the depth it needs to make a run at a Big East title. In their absence, the glass-cleaning aficionados Jr. Terrance Williams (12 ppg, 8 rpg, 4 apg), So. Earl Clark (11 ppg, 10 rpg, 2 bpg), & So. Derrick Caracter (11 ppg, 7 rpg, 2 bpg) were able to further develop their game. Following a surprising loss to Cincinnati as Coach Pitino toyed with his new rotation on New Year’s Day, Louisville bounced back with impressive road victories at Rutgers & Kentucky, and soundly beat a better than advertised West Virginia squad at home. As for the Warriors...
As for the Warriors, while their undefeated at home, their only 2-1 on the road and looked like a completely different team on their last trip with a 15-point loss to West Virginia. In that contest, the Mountaineers dominated the glass and forced Marquette to beat them from the outside (8-25 behind the arc). While the Warriors have a great backcourt, led by 5-11 Jr. Dominic James (15 ppg, 5 apg, & 42 fg%), their frontcourt presence is nothing special and should struggle mightily against the athleticism and reckless aggression the Cards put-forth on the boards tonight….Louisville by 8-12 points
UTAH JAZZ (+3.5) @ DENVER NUGGETS
The injury depleted Nugg Show (Nene-out, K-Mart-out, Atkins-out, & Najera-quest.) has looked tired in losing to the Bobcats & Hawks this week. As expected, Nene’s cancer-scare has weighed heavily on the mind of his teammates, while the constant FA/trade talk has further burdened the already out-of-gas squad. While Carmelo & A.I. will continue to perform at the highest level offensively, I expect their already shaky defense to take an even bigger hit over the next few weeks. Especially against the screen-happy and meticulous Jazz tonight, I expect plenty of back-door cuts and pick-n-pops to frustrate George Karl’s squad tonight. In addition, AK-47 has the length and quickness to keep Carmelo from blowing-up tonight, while Carlos Boozer should have a field-day with both Nugget PFs on the mend (K-Mart & Nene). BTW, did I mention Deron Williams will be matched-up with Anthony Carter tonight…Jazz by 4-8 points
RHODE ISLAND RAMS (-5) @ ST. LOUIS BILLIKENS
Did you know…The Billikens lost at (4-6) George Washington by 29 and only scored 20 frickin’ points last Thursday?! While they followed it up with a better performance at home in an 11-point loss to Dayton on Saturday, I believe Rick Majerus’s motivational prowess may have lost a little luster (or it simply could have been eaten by Rick) after being away from the game so long. Tonight, they face #21 Rhode Island who is loaded with veteran talent and has twice the athleticism as St. Louis. While some my think the Rams will be overlooking tonight’s contest, they just lost on the road to then (14-1) Dayton and squeaked by an (11-3) Duquesne team by 2 at home Sunday. I think that was their letdown, and tonight 6-8 Sr. Will Daniels (19 ppg, 7 rpg, 52 fg%) & Jr. G Jimmy Baron (16 ppg, 44 3pt%) lead this team to a double-digit victory…Rams by 10-14 points