The Advisory Board: Weekly Prescription
by Doc's Advisory Board - 12/04/2007
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Well, well, well - when it rains it pours. We nailed our College Football Game of the Year over the weekend when Central Florida demolished Tulsa and that kicked off a +20.5-Unit barrage, as we finally were able to string a solid door-to-door weekend together on the gridiron. It's been a tough year - no doubt about that - but it was nice to win a few blowouts since it seems like we have taken beat after beat in those last-minute, coin-flip wagers.
Besides that, I still love life on the hardwood. We've run off four straight winning weeks to start the year and have hit for +71 Units in our past 22 days. That, my friends, brings a lot of holiday cheer. We have some interesting matchups this week and also check back on the site for some new articles, rankings and stories about how to make a nickel on the guys who drop dimes.
Here are a few contests we're going to keep our eye on this week:
George Mason at Kent State (2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 8)
Will this get as much publicity as USC-Memphis or Washington State-Gonzaga? Certainly not. But this is a fantastic matchup of two of the top mid-Major teams in the country. Not only that, but it is games like these that help shake out overall conference strength. Results in games like this are critical now, in February when the Bracket Busters are announced, and in March when the big money is at stake. This one should come down to the last two minutes and I give Kent State the edge at home.
Marquette at Wisconsin (7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 8)
These two regional rivals matched up last year, with the Badgers taking down a four-point win at Marquette. However, I think the tide has turned in a big way. This Golden Eagles team is healthy and playing much better than they were at the same time last season while Wisconsin is still searching for a go-to guy and an overall identity. I love the pressure that Marquette puts on opponents on the perimeter and I don't see the Badgers being able to hold up. Hopefully the Eagles are dogs here and we'll ride them to the bank.
VEGAS SPORTS INFORMER
Struggling in the pigskin this week but baskets kept us cashing all weekend. Especially in the NBA as, again, we are scorching hot. So far in this young NBA season we have over +40 Units and are almost half way to our goal of +100 Units in the season. College basketball was another winning weekend and we closed it out with a big come-from-behind win with Arizona, down by double-digits in the first half, beating Texas A&M on Sunday night.
Sunday night the BCS Bowl Match-ups came out and how bad do Missouri and Georgia feel right now? Missouri is pissed because Kansas gets a BCS bowl berth and Georgia is pissed because not only does Ohio State jump over them, but also so does LSU. A quick shout out to the Hawaii Warriors who had to come from behind (14 points) to beat Washington and stay undefeated. Hawaii is now in the Sugar Bowl and will face a tough, defensive-minded team in the Georgia Bulldogs.
Here are three games that I have my eye on this week:
Pittsburgh at New England (Sunday 12/9) NFL
New England has been installed as double-digit favorites, as expected. Pittsburgh, in my mind, will have to play a perfect game to beat the Pats. But like my father always told me when I was a small kid a tee ball: any team can beat any team. But not this game! New England will win this one if they are healthy after their Monday night win against Baltimore.
USC at Memphis (Tuesday 12/4) NCAAB
Here we have a great matchup between two of the nation's top freshman Tuesday night on ESPN. USC's O.J. Mayo against Memphis' Derrick Rose will be the headliner in this game. Memphis will be the favorite in Madison Square Garden and should be able to beat this young USC team. Memphis wins this game by defense and will shut down O.J. Mayo. This Memphis Tiger team can easily win the NCAA Tournament this year.
Chicago at Detroit (Friday 12/7) NBA
If the Bulls want to keep it close in the Central Division they will need to beat teams in the Central. Detroit again has played great basketball and will show the Bulls if you want to be the man you have to beat the man.
STRIKE POINTS SPORTS
Let me get this straight, everyone keeps ripping Hawaii for playing no one as the sole reason for why they shouldn't be the in BCS title game, however why isn't anyone attacking Ohio State? Youngstown State, Akron and Kent State are not only a joke of competition for the Buckeyes, but they also didn't play any one ranked higher than No. 21 throughout the course of the season. The Sagarin Ratings ranked the WAC the 8th best conference. The Big Ten was the 6th best. Point and case.
Here are several basketball match-ups we'll be eying this weekend:
Washington State at Gonzaga (Thursday)
After a tough road trip for the Zags in which they played three games in Alaska, went into Philly to play St. Joe's and on to a pro-Husky Boston to match-up against Connecticut, the Bulldogs are back in Spokane to welcome Wazzou. Gonzaga went 4-1 in those games, but now must deal with a completely different monster in the form of Tony Bennett's defensive prowess.
BYU at Michigan State (Saturday)
Upset alert. Upset alert. No, that second one wasn't redundant, because the Spartans first better take care of business in Peoria, Illinois when they face a feisty Bradley team on Tuesday. But the bigger task will undoubtedly be the Cougars this weekend. BYU is a fierce opponent and have Sweet 16 run written all over them. They are not a mid-major; they are talented group from the West Coast who will get after you. And if Tom Izzo's bunch comes out slow they will lose. It's as simply as that.
It was another wild weekend in College Football. Maybe the wackiest so far! Oklahoma whacked top-ranked Missouri while No. 2 West Virginia self-destructed against Pitt. That opened the door for Ohio State and LSU to advance to the BCS title game. If there has been a weirder college football season than this one, please let me know.
I was absolutely tickled that Hawaii, the nations ONLY unbeaten team, got an invite to the Sugar Bowl. Yes their quality of schedule was not as difficult as those in the SEC or Big 12, but undefeated is undefeated and the country will get to see an exciting team with excellent coaching. Georgia better be ready for June Jones' "Run and Shoot" offense led by Colt Brennan. Hawaii is hoping to repeat the Boise State success story from a year ago and should give the Bulldogs all they can handle.
While it's been hard to get a handle on college football, it's been no problem for me with college basketball. I finished November on a 10-1 run and the momentum has carried over to the month of December. Here are some of the teams that I'll be looking at very closely this weekend as I look to continue my red-hot CBB run:
This has been a team we've played often over the past two years and they battle a young Detroit team on Thursday.
Duke Blue Devils
They battle Michigan on Saturday and should be able to put up some big numbers on the Wolverines.