As the country continues to spin out of control and the uncertainties of the future mount daily there’s one constant at this time of year…college hoops action on Saturdays in February are always SCORCHING HOT!!
The Big East wasn’t all that kind to Grill & I during the week, but I’m willing to dip my toes back in those waters with some Over/Under action in the Ocean State. Xavier heads to Providence to take on the Friars in a match-up between two teams who have had very disappointing seasons. Xavier just snapped a six game losing streak with an overtime win against Creighton 64-61. Only 125 points in a game that went to OT. That speaks to both the struggles the Musketeers have had and how hard it is to play in the Big East. The Friars haven’t been fairing much better of late as they’ve lost 4 out of their last 5 and haven’t scored over 70 points since Pro Bowl Sunday. In that same stretch they weren’t able to crack 60 points twice. Yikes. Providence severely disappointed us Wednesday night against Villanova as they couldn’t cover the +11 points. Although by far a marquee game on the schedule its a game screaming the UNDER 134.
In what should be a bit more quality level of play, #16 Louisville looks to rebound from a devastatingly horrible loss to Duke Tuesday night where they blew a double digit lead late in that game and ruining the week for both the home crowd and those who rode the Cardinals MONEYLINE, but surely delighted bettors who took the +7.5. Clemson’s won 4 out of their last 5 including a big win against Virginia Tech last weekend, but those good vibes didn’t last long as the Tigers lost in Miami Wednesday night. A few days before the crushing loss to Duke, Louisville lost to Florida State in OT so they are desperate for a W and Grill’s confident they’ll get it done by 6 in ACC action.
In a huge Big 12 match-up #23 Iowa State and #18 Kansas State face off in Manhattan in a game where Grill & I also face off. Grill like’s the home team Wildcats -2.5 while I’m looking for the Cyclones to hang tight and COVER as the ROAD DAWG +2.5. I’ve got my work cut out for me on this one. Even though over all both teams are about 50/50 against the spread ISU hasn’t covered in 3 games, but on the bright side those were all as favorites. K-State has covered 4 games in a row including 3 as low number FAVES. Normally Grill & I are TEAMMATES but every now & then even teammates have to FACE OFF!
I’ll have some more picks in another piece for tonight’s action but here’s a review along with a few other picks for the day’s action…
The UNDER 134 in Xavier/Providence
Louisville -6 vs Clemson
Grill likes K-State -2.5, I’m rolling with Iowa State +2.5
Also get in on these…
Maryland +7 @ Michigan
The OVER 147 in Texas A&M/South Carolina
The Avalanche ends St Louis’ 8 game win streak +110
Good Luck and enjoy all the SCORCHING HOT ACTION!!!