GREG GAMBLE’S 2008-09 HARDWOOD Picks: 72-62 ats…54%
NBA 50-45 - NCAA 16-14 - Teasers 6-3 - Church League 69-0
As a diehard Bear fan & a drama-queen loving scribe, I wanted Plax the day a loaded gun went-off in his Zubaz & still pray Anquan will be yelling at one of our coaches on the sideline next year. But news the aging, drop-happy, cry-baby was released, even the cynical bones in my rapidly expanding body didn't want to see TO in Chi-Town. I know the few Owens backers will say he's still a threat, but honestly, I believe he's the most overrated WR in the game at this point in his career.
Another step slower & still dealing with some hand injuries, the prima donna needs a star-QB, additional receiving weapons to keep him single-covered, and an entrenched head coach with total control of the organization...I know, it sounds too obvious, but it just seems to be the only logical option. Moss, Welker, & Owens...Mr. Bunchden's knee suddenly feels even better! Especially considering Terrell can probably be had for cheap, not to mention the money the Pats saved on their last trade (as I discussed with sexy vigor earlier this week), for once, the NFL experts might have something right!
CLEVELAND CAVALIERS (+2) @ BOSTON CELTICS
Even though both Championship contenders will be missing a defensive enforcer underneath, let's just say KG is more Megan Fox while Big Ben is more Megan Cougar...and that's "Cougar" as in sexy cause ur in a dive bar & she's confidently wearing a thong, chuggin' a Bud Select, & refusing to show you her Driver's License. And that's not even counting how much they miss Garnett's offensive production, or how the Brazilian Side-Show Bob is twice the replacement of Big Fat Baby!
While Boston looked solid early as they played their "We can win without our superstar"-card, they've look extremely tired of late and have struggled against some pretty lousy competition (Clippers, Pacers, & Nets), not to mention they were easily handled by the Pistons in Beantown last weekend. On the Cavs side, they have taken control of home-court in the East and will definitely be looking to keep the momentum rolling like Kirsty Alley down a hill!
Throw-in the King James unguardable-factor against the oddly-shaped Paulie...and the "We have a true playoff-helper (Joe Smith) and you have Mikki Moore & the Artist Formerly known as Starbury"-thing, and I expect the Cavs to dominate tonight. I could go on, but considering I probably would have taken Bron-Bron to win straight-up if KG was playing, trust me Homeboys...CLEVELAND ROLLS WITH EASE
HORIZON, MISSOURI VALLEY, & IVY LEAGUE SPECIAL
Just like these two at the pool, the collegiate roundball action gets even more passionate when March rolls around!
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UIC FLAMES (+5) vs CLEVELAND ST. VIKINGS
The Flames have some bruising-size, while State's best option is a post player standing 6-5. In addition, while UIC struggled at mid-season with injuries and a lack of confidence, they've gotten healthy, won five straight, and have arguable the best player in the conference in Sr. G Josh Mayo (17 ppg, 39-3pt%)...FLAMES WIN A BUZZER BEATER!
EVANSVILLE ACES @ ILLINOIS ST. REDBIRDS (-4)
After dominating the majority of the season (22-5), the wheels have fallen off this talented Redbirds squad as they've lost three straight. But honestly, this team is too solid to let a mediocre Aces squad keep things close now that it really matters...The veteran Redbirds will come out aggressive, and once they grab a lead, take out their frustrations now that tourney time is here...ISU BY 8-14 POINTS
PENN SMART KIDS @ CORNELL SMART KIDS (-14)
Unlike every other conference, the Ivy League doesn't have a season ending tournament and the regular season conference champ gets the automatic Big Dance bid. And this season, just like last year, Cornell is absolutely loaded with talent & size...and seemed all set to clinch last weekend. But playing their fourth straight on the road, they took things a little light and lost at the last second to Harvard...which means they had all week to ready themselves for a Tourney Bid clincher at home against the lowly ballers from Penn (9-16)...CORNELL by 20-25 PTS