Doc's Weekly Prescription
by Doc's Sports Services - 02/07/2007
There's a natural letdown that occurs from all the hair-raising, blood-boiling, shock-inducing, gleeful dancing and general mayhem that occurs through a weekend's worth of gambling action. And it's a scientific fact that Mondays are the most difficult day of the week for sports and gaming fans across the world, with Monday Sports Syndrome linked to illness and famine across the globe. OK, so I made that last part up. But it the start of a new week can be a cold splash of water to the face for Men of Action like you and I.
And this week, our Weekly Prescription is available on Wednesday because it wasn't a figurative hangover that gamblers and handicappers across the nation were suffering from the day after Super Bowl Sunday.
Fortunately, our team of handicappers at Doc's Sports Services has precisely the cure: DOC'S WEEKLY PRESCRIPTION. Each week we'll be bringing you a quick recap of the insanity that engulfed the industry over the weekend and a short preview of some key matchups in the week ahead. It's exactly what you need to keep your instincts heightened and your eyes firmly fixed on upcoming opportunities to keep your bankroll growing.
Here's the inside scoop from the guys who get it done over at Doc's Sports:
We are going with our College Game of the Year this Saturday after cashing in with our Big 10 and ACC GOY the last two weeks - both by blowout! This will be a seven-unit play and is a can't-miss selection for any big game hunter.
Here are two other games to keep an eye on this week:
Georgetown at Louisville (7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 7)
Louisville has been streaking lately (6-1-1 ATS) but needs to keep building their NCAA Tournament resume. The Hoyas have the edge on the inside with big Roy Hibbert, but the Cardinals should be able to take this one down at Freedom Hall. If we get a low number we may have a play here.
Virginia at Virginia Tech (4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 10)
The Hokies were poised for a high seed in both the ACC and NCAA Tournaments before a pair of embarrassing losses to N.C. State and Boston College. They weren't in either game and now come back to Blacksburg to take on their intrastate rivals. They should enter as a touchdown favorite and it will be interesting to see how they respond.
Best of luck this week and don't forget Doc's Sports selections throughout the week in college basketball. And don't forget about our College Basketball Game of the Year this Saturday!!!
VEGAS SPORTS INFORMER
The Indianapolis Colts are the Super Bowl champs. I actually thought the game was over when Devin Hester ran back the opening kickoff for a touchdown, but the Indianapolis offense was patient and pretty much dominated the game. To me it seemed like Chicago's defense was on the field the whole game. People say defense wins championships, but a tired defense loses Super Bowls.
Los Angeles Lakers at Detroit Pistons (8 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 8)
A key interconference clash is brewing this Thursday on TNT when Kobe and Co. head to Motown to play the Pistons. Detroit has won seven of nine and has been playing much better since they picked up Chris Webber from Philadelphia. The Lakers, on the other hand, are on an eight-game road trip and have lost six of nine. I can easily see Detroit winning this game and showing that they are the team to beat in the East.
Kansas at Missouri (3:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 10)
You are probably wondering why I like this game. Well, my twin brother lives in Missouri and his daughter is being baptized on Sunday, so I'll be in the house as the Jayhawks come to town. Kansas struggles on the road and always has a lot of trouble winning in Missouri. These two met a few weeks ago, and the Tigers were game while only losing by three. Look for a total in the 140s. And if that's the case I'll be on the 'over'.
STRIKE POINTS SPORTS
Go figure, Rex Grossman cost the Bears the Super Bowl. We said that was a strong possibility at the end of the regular season, so it's just as much our fault for believing in him on Sunday. No worries, now we have more time to focus on basketball, especially college hoops where we've won 12 consecutive weeks!
Here's several games we'll be eyeing to see what kind of spreads emerge:
North Carolina at Duke (9 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 7)
This game headlines Rivalry Week. The line will be very interesting, coming from the standpoint that UNC is coming off a shocking loss to N.C. State and Duke, too, has suffered back-to-back losses to Virginia and Florida State.
Arizona at Oregon (3:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 10)
Arizona now has its swagger back, thanks to a beat down of Washington. They owe the Ducks a home loss after Oregon knocked the Wildcats off on their court earlier this season. Oregon should be a small favorite in Eugene.
Marquette at Georgetown (12 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 10)
One of the best teams in the country no one is talking about, the Golden Eagles are hot. Several weeks ago they won in Pittsburgh and have been on a roll ever since. The Hoyas are tough in D.C. and this game will be a very good match-up of speed vs. size.
Unfortunately my Bears couldn't cash in for me in the Super Bowl, and I just hope that I'll get to see them win another championship in my lifetime. The blow was lessened a bit by the fact that we continue to own Saturdays - picking up +49.5 Units in hoops over the past four. Oh, and don't buy into the All Of A Sudden Experts in college basketball. Now that football is done, everyone thinks they know something about the hardwood because they watched a couple of Big Mondays. Don't believe the hype!!!
Here are a couple games that you might want to check out this week:
UCLA at West Virginia (1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 10)
The Mountaineers have an interesting week. First they got the backyard brawl - hoops style - with Pitt on Wednesday. If they can shoot their way through the Panthers I think they'll get bombed by UCLA. But the Bruins will be coming off their own rivalry game (USC), and if WVU loses to Pitt and the oddsmakers spot them around eight points I think they could cash in against the Bruins.
Florida at Kentucky (9 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 10)
This will be the second No. 1 team that the Wildcats will face this season. They lost a close one in Maui against then Top Dog UCLA. Don't overvalue UK's home court - the crippling pressure of expectations has led them to be a below-average play at Rupp over the past three years - but I do think the Cats can become the first team to tame the Gators since Dec. 3.