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ATS HOOPS Overall – CBB: 25-20 NBA: 71-74

You know what's better than one 7-foot Lopez?

A 2nd 7-foot Lopez!

The (20-3) Cardinals have become more dominate with each passing week as they’ve absolutely destroyed teams with the plethora of behemoths in their frontcourt. Combined with the 7-foot Twin Towers (Brook & Robin Lopez: 27 ppg, 14 rpg, & 4 bpg), the athletic 6-8 duo of Lawerence Hill & Taj Finger (16 ppg & 11 rpg) have quietly been the difference in Stanford creating unbelievable mismatches at SF, especially on the weakside offensive glass. Throw-in a veteran backcourt that passes-up open looks to find the big-men, and their 7-game win streak in the Pac-10 is not a surprise. Tonight, they face an Arizona St. squad that has lost 5 of 6, with their only win coming against the surprisingly-tiny Arizona Wildcats. The Sun Devils only start...

Who doesn't luv a Lopez!

The Sun Devils only start one player taller than 6-5 (6-9 Jeff Pendergraph 13.6 ppg & 6.5 rpg) and only have one other frontcourt player with size coming off the bench…and he barely plays more than 11 minutes/game (6-10 sophomore Eric Boateng: 3.9 ppg & 2.5 rpg). The only way Sun Devils have a chance to keep this close is if they can catch fire from the outside, which is not their specialty as they rank 8th in the conference in 3-pt% (.292). What else you need Homeboys…Cardinals by 8-12 points

While small little things can be nice, it doesn't pertain to Hoops!

The most surprising thing about the perennial powerhouse known as the Wildcats is that for some reason they have absolutely no size on their roster. Besides 6-9 sophomore Jordan Hill (12.6 ppg & 8 rpg), Arizona relies on 6-7 swingman Chase Budinger (5.3 rpg) & 6-4 guard Jawann McClellan (4.0 rpg) to control the glass as nobody else on the squad averages more 3 rpg or substantial minutes in frontcourt (The Wildcats rank 8th in the conference in rebounding). This glaring weakness was highlighted in their last contest, a home loss to Arizona St., where 6-9 Sun Devil Jeff Pendergraph doubled his season average on 12-16 shooting and totaling 29 points. Tonight, the Lute Olsen’less Wildcats face a California squad with a tandem up-front of 6-10 Ryan Anderson & 7-0 DeVon Hardin that combine to average (32 ppg, 18 rpg, & 55-fg%), along with the recent emergence of 6-8 sophomore Jamal Boykin (last 5 games: 10 ppg & 7 rpg). While Arizona did win at Cal in mid-January (79-75), even though they were out rebounded 31-18, they received great floor leadership from Nic Wise that night (15 pts, 7 reg, & 3 ass), and tonight, he’s sitting out the contest because of a knee injury. As a result, look for California to be even more deliberate in their exploitation of the Cats frontcourt and to take every opportunity to get Mr. Hill in some foul-trouble…Bears in a buzzer-beater

U know D-Wade won't shy away from contact!

D-Wade will do everything in his power to make sure the Heat have double-digit wins heading into the All-Star break...which means don’t be surprised when he attempts close to 20 FTs tonight. The already short-handed Bulls will be without Big-overpriced Ben tonight, and while he’s nuttin’ special, with only the rook Noah, the bad-kneed Joe Smith, the quickness-challenged Aaron Gray, and the absent-minded T-Time protecting the rim things could get ugly. With the Matrix running at Wade’s side and the Ricky Davis/Dorell Wright combo causing havoc on the fastbreak, I don’t think the home-crowd at the United Center can make that much of a difference with Gordon & Deng both out. Not to mention, you know what they say when Mark Bount’s your starting center (last 5 games: 16 ppg & 7 rpg)…time to put the women & children to bed and double-up on your ATS plays…Heat by 6-10 points

Posted by Greg Gamble on February 14, 2008 12:01 PM |


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