GREG GAMBLE’S 2008-09 PIGSKIN Picks: 65-44 ats...60%
NFL 25-19 - NCAA 20-15 - Teasers 20-10 - Lovely Ladies 69-0
GREG GAMBLE’S 2008-09 HARDWOOD Picks: 46-35 ats…57%
NBA 29-24 - NCAA 11-9 - Teasers 6-2 - Church League 69-0
Nothing like having more success than T.T. Boy at a Van Nuys pool party…4 and frickin’ 0 on Hump Day Homeboys! Especially with my Super Bowl Special coming out tomorrow, I’m almost afraid to see how many degenerates will be visiting Insideplays the next couple days. But enough about how I’m hotter than Mila Kunis in “Forgetting Sarah Marshall”, time to break the bank and ensure my Super Sunday Party has Caviar dipping sauce for the Funyuns and top-shelf Tequila in the Sangria (FYI, putting Tequila in Sangria makes panties drop!).
CALIFORNIA BEARS (+9.5) @ UCLA BRUINS
Mark my words…Mike Montgomery is gonna lead the Bears into National Title Contention the next few years. Before the debacle of coaching cocky millionaires for one of the worst run organizations in the Association, Monty led Stanford to ten straight Big Dance trips & a Final Four appearance. Now, with a rejuvenated love for the college game and a talented roster that just needed a lil tweaking, I actually believe the Bears have an opportunity to make some tourney noise this year.
Nobody in the country has a more talented and efficient backcourt than Cal. Jr. PG Jerome Randle is lightning quick, but unlike most ballers of his ilk, rarely takes a bad-shot or attempts to make the highlight reel pass (19 ppg, 5 apg, 53 fg%, 87 ft%, 48-3pt). As for his counterpart, 6-5 Jr. Patrick Christopher combines solid athleticism with a deadly mid-range game and 3-point ability to open things-up even more for Randle (16 ppg, 4 rpg, 85 ft%, 42-3pt%). Throw-in the return of the versatile 6-6 Jr. Theo Robertson after missing last season to hip surgery (12 ppg, 4 rpg, 55 3pt%), and the Golden Bears have some of the best long-range bombers in the country!
Speaking of the bigs from Berkeley, the enthusiastic lunch-pale mentality of 6-8 Jr. Jamal Boykin (10 ppg, 7 rpg, 57 fg%) gives Montgomery a defensive bruiser that can also knock down a J (last two years: 10-20 from downtown), while 7-foot Jr. Jordan Wilkes and 6-8 260 lb. So. Harper Kemp are fundamental sound and enable the Bears to compete with any frontcourt in the country. While the rest of their bench is young, they’re extremely athletic, understand their role, and rarely take shots away from Cal’s stars.
After rolling thru December & January with a nine-game win streak, the Bears finally appeared human with back-to-back losses a couple weeks ago before getting back on track last weekend against Oregon. And if you no anything about my handicapping style, I luv veteran ball-clubs after they weather a mid-season slump. While they did lose to the Bruins three times last year, this team is much more disciplined under Coach Monty and should be psyched to turn the tables tonight.
Speaking of the Bruins, the Vegas line is so high because not many causal betters realize how over-hyped UCLA this season. Freshman phenom G Jrue Holiday (9 ppg, 4 rpg, 3 apg, 32-3pt%) has struggled to play alongside Sr. Drew Collison, but considering he’s probably one-n-done, Coach Ben Howland seems reluctant to do much tweaking of his game. On the wing, while 6-5 Sr. Josh Shipp (12 ppg, 3 rpg, 39-3pt%) has had his moments over a twelve-year career, he’s extremely streaky, and combined with the undersized backcourt, doesn’t do enough on the boards.
Upfront, like Shipp, 6-9 Sr. Alfred Aboya (9 ppg, 5 rpg) has driven Howland crazy with his inconsistency and doesn’t offer more than a few put-backs. Alongside the crazy-kid from Cameroon, the Bruins sport another rebound-challenged big, 6-9 Jr. Nikola Dragovic (8 ppg, 3 rpg), who supposed to be on the court because he’s shooter….and unfortunately (or fortunately if you take my advice tonight) the youngster from Belgrade hasn’t delivered (42 fg%, 34 3pt%). As for the rest of the bunch, like Tara Reid, not much more to offer than a few flashes.
Overall, I think California is a much better team, has a better coach, and should dominate on the boards tonight. Throw-in the added incentive of the Bear kids after losing to these guys three times last year, and I’m probably taking this thing straight-up as well.
CAL BEARS IN AN UPSET HOMEBOYS & GIRLS!
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