GREG GAMBLE’S 2008-09 HARDWOOD Picks: 96-77 ats…56%
NBA 63-57 - NCAA 26-16 - Teasers 7-4 - Church League 69-0
MARQUETTE GOLDEN EAGLES vs MISSOURI TIGERS (-3)
With the Tigers up-tempo flair, long athletic wings, and deep bench, Marquette desperately needs to keep this a half-court game today. And unfortunately for bald Buzz & the Golden Eagles, Mizzu is playing as efficient as anybody in the country as the veteran squad has learned how to impose their style of play more and more as the season has progressed. Especially against the undersized frontcourt and short bench for Marquette, look for the Tigers to spread the floor and rotate in their half-dozen snipers as their bigs attack the basket on the fly!
While the Warriors have couple nice wing scorers, I just don't see how they stop the most underrated senior frountcourt in the dance, 6-8 DeMarre Carroll (17 ppg, 7 rpg, 56-fg%, 40-pt%) & 6-9 Leo Lyons (15 ppg, 6 rpg, 51-fg%). As for Dominic James's amazing return, I've always thought he was a lil overrated...and that was before a foot injury and some rust. Throw-in the foul trouble I'm expecting for the Golden Eagles tiny frontcourt, and just like my Nova call yesterday, I'm guessing the Tigers control this contest from start to finish...MIZZ BY DOUBLE DIGETS!