ATS – Friday: 3-1…I’m Hotter than a Tea-Kettle
Overall – CBB: 12-10 NBA: 52-50 NFL: 22-20
G-TOWN HOYAS (-2) @ PITTSBURGH PANTHERS
Nobody in the country combines offensive discipline with ridiculous athletes like John Thompson III. While shooting 52% from the floor and 42% from behind the arc, the Hoyas spread the floor like Gene Hackman’s Hoosiers squad and force teams to play at their tempo. Throw-in the dominate play of late for 7-2 Roy Hibbert (last two games: 19 ppg, 10 rpg, 56 fg%), possibly the most underrated do-everything swingman DaJuan Summers, and a backcourt loaded with upperclassman that rarely take a contested shot and the Hoyas are a legit Final Four candidate. As for Pitt, an already short-bench was throw into the mix with the loss of SR. G-F Mike Cook and team leader G Jr. Levance Fields. While the homecourt may keep it close for a half, look for the disciplined offense of the Hoyas to find some easy buckets and wear-out the undermanned Panthers…Hoyas by 7-13 points
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DENVER NUGGETS (-4.5) @ CHARLOTTE BOBCATS
Anybody else have the feeling that A.I. & Carmelo want to prove their more than just an entertaining ticket or barbershop poster. Iverson has never shot a higher % from the floor than he has this season (46%), while still averaging 27 ppg, 7 apg, and turning the ball over at much lower clip. As for Carmelo, he’s done a wonderful job of picking his spots and finally has put-forth some effort at the defensive end and on the glass. Throw-in the improving knee of K-Mart, the consistent play of Camby in the middle, and the unexpected efficiency of Anthony Carter at the point (11 ppg, 9 apg, 50 fg% over his last 5) and these guys could slip into the top-4 in theWest. As for the Cats O’ Bob, they had a crazy week that saw them beat NJ Tuesday, surprise Boston at their place Wednesday, and drop two tough contests on Friday & Saturday to the Cavs and Pistons. In addition, they were without their starting backcourt Saturday (Felton-ankle & McInnis-quad), and while both are scheduled to play, I’m guessing the running of the Nuggets is not ideal for their leg/ankle injuries. Not to mention, nobody in the league has a worse/non-existent bench than His Airness’s crew…that will be forced into duty with the tempo of George Karl’s run-n-gun style…Nuggets by 7-13 points
GONZAGA ZAGS (-13) @ PEPPERDINE WAVES
With the return of the magic-mushroom man 6-11 Jr. Josh Heytvelt, the Zags now sport a lethal frontcourt that should dominate the WCC. Some may have forgotten, but Heytvelt was one of the most dominate big-men in the country last year before being suspended (16 ppg, 8 rpg, 2 bpg, 54 fg%) and now pairs with freshman phenom 6-10 Austin Daye (11 ppg 4 rpg) and blue-collar workhorses 6-9 Sr. Abdullahi Kuso & 6-6 Sr. David Pendergraft to dominate the paint. Throw-in the bevy of shooters on the perimeter and I can’t see how the Zags lose in conference this season. As for Pepperdine, they’ve lost 5 of 6, with their only victory against the juggernaut Hope International, and are coming off a home lose to previously 5-win Portland Saturday. More importantly, their top three players are freshmen, so expect the veteran-laden Zags to orchestrate a clinic on backdoor layups and trips to the FT line…Zags by 18-23 points
"The Daily Rant"
By Michael Andrews
Contrary to popular belief, the Patriots won the super bowl on Sunday. The Chargers, Packers or Giants don't have a chance in stopping the Pats. Just pretend this photo is a preview of super bowl Sunday a few weeks from now.
The Lakers season may have officially ended yesterday with the knee injury to Andrew Bynum. Stay tuned for the MRI results.
I have so much more to talk about so stop back by this afternoon to get the rest of the rant!
Peace for now!