Doc's Weekly Prescription
by Doc's Sports Services - 03/12/2007
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 Monday's 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.
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.
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Here's the inside scoop from the guys who get it done over at Doc's Sports:
Doc's Sports cashed another Game of the Year last Saturday when Oregon dismantled USC by a score of 81-57. The Ducks had lost to the Trojans twice during conference season and entered the game as a slight underdog, but Doc's was confident that they would come out firing and they certainly did while building a 39-point second half lead!
It was a fitting end to the season as we've hit all seven of our GOTY selections. This week we're going with our NCAA Opening Round Game of the Year, tipping on Friday. We finished out the season +155 units and dime bettors earned a profit of $113,110. Here is a great first round match-up we'll have our eye on this week:
Nevada (-1) over Creighton (3 p.m., Friday, March 16)
The Wolf Pack went down in the WAC semifinals but they have been a Top 15 team for the last few months and must be upset at getting a No. 7 seed. They're playing a red hot Creighton team that won the MVC Conference Tournament, beating Southern Illinois. It is puzzling to me how SIU can earn a No. 4 seed and that Nevada earned a No. 7 seed. Will they take out their frustration on the Blue Jays? Only time will tell but we can enjoy a match-up of star players with unique names that both start with the letter 'F'. Nate Funk leads Creighton and Nick Fazekas does his work inside for Nevada.
Daddy's got the hot hand boys and girls. I've cashed in on eight of the past nine days and now have my 7-Unit Game of the Month going this week. The play is posted so feel free to get on it early. March is the time for primetime players and, c'mon, you know I'm money!!
Other than that nonsense, I have to once again say how pissed I am that my alma mater, Syracuse, got left out of the tournament in favor of terrible teams like Purdue, Illinois, Old Dominion and Arkansas. Ugh. About 10 of my friends are coming to Atlanta for the Final Four and our new goal is to cause as much trouble and ruckus on ESPN and for the selection committee as humanly possible. It's going to be anarchy.
But until then, here are a couple games that I can't wait for this week:
Florida A&M (+8.5) vs. Niagara (8 p.m., Tuesday, March 13)
The Purple Eagles got the shaft. For a variety of political reasons the committee put a very talented Niagara team in the play-in game. Big mistake. The Purple Eagles have won 11 straight and are 21-5 since their slow start without Charron Fisher. FAMU has had a brutal travel schedule over the past three days and should be a bit worn out. I'm calling it right now - the Eagles beat Florida A&M and then put a serious scare into Kansas.
Kentucky (+1) vs. Villanova (9:40 p.m., Friday, March 16)
I've got the Wildcats winning this one. Tubby Smith could be coaching for his job and Curtis Sumpter is playing for redemption. Sumpter blew out his knee two years ago, preventing an upset of eventual champ North Carolina. The knee injury also forced him to miss last year's tourney run. I think he'll make the most of his last chance to dance.
Arkansas (+1.5) vs. USC (10 p.m., Friday, March 16)
The Hogs definitely shouldn't be in the tournament. They did absolutely nothing to earn their seed. But every year there's one team that doesn't deserve to get in but then goes on to win a game or two. USC is vulnerable underneath where Arkansas's strength is. But the Hogs are just 2-8 on the road this season and may be without starting forward Charles Thomas.
VEGAS SPORTS INFORMER
My favorite time of the year is here! No, not Spring Training and not even WrestleMania 23. It's March Madness time in college basketball, where 65 teams compete for glory and fame. We picked a great time to be hot in handicapping basketball also, my last 13 plays in handicapping hoops I'm 12-1. Just in college basketball alone my last 22 plays I'm 17-5 +38 Units.
Thursday is the first big day in the first round of the NCAA tournament and, of course, there will be upsets. Here are some teams that I feel can be the next Cinderella team or last year's George Mason: VCU, George Washington, Nevada and Winthrop.
Here are some games that I have my eye on this week:
Virginia Commonwealth (+6.5) vs. Duke (7 p.m., Thursday, March 15)
When I first saw this match-up Sunday evening I thought UPSET in the making. This isn't a Duke team that can win a first round game by 25pts or more. This Duke has struggled on the road and in my eyes has no team leader. VCU can score and play tough defense so this game will be close and wouldn't be surprise if VCU wins this game. VCU is 4-2 ATS when playing on a neutral site. This game could also be a total play for me.
Georgia Tech (-1.5) vs. UNLV (12:30 p.m., Friday, March 16)
After charging the court on Saturday after UNLV came from behind to beat BYU I thought the Rebels would be a 5 or 6 seed in this tournament. I guess the selection committee still has it out for UNLV. They'll need to play pressure defense and control the boards if they want to play in the next round. Georgia Tech needs to stop the 3-ball if they want to advance.
New Orleans VooDoo at Las Vegas Gladiators (6 p.m., Sunday, March 18)
How ironic is this game! Las Vegas is playing its first home game at the Orleans Casino and its first game is against the New Orleans VooDoo. If Shaun King (QB for the Gladiators) can repeat his effort from last week (10 touchdowns) this game could get ugly quick.
STRIKE POINTS SPORTS
The NCAA Tournament is here, but prior to that we took care of business. We went 17-for-17 in winning weeks, pulling in +141 units so far this college basketball season. This past weekend we finished 5-1, including cashing our Game of the Week on Long Beach State. Plays of 6-8 units are now 12-2 on the year, and expect numerous strong plays for the Big Dance.
Here's several first round games we'll be eyeing to see what kind of spreads emerge:
Virginia Commonwealth (+6.5) vs. Duke (7 p.m., Thursday, March 15)
Surely the Rams' speed and athleticism could prove difficult for a Duke team that is weak in depth and guard play. This is the Blue Devils' lowest seed since 1995, and it could hurt them. Could VCU be this year's George Mason?
Butler (-1) vs. Old Dominion (2:50 p.m., Thursday, March 15)
One of the best first round match-ups, however I don't think there is much value on either team based on the fact that both are good enough to advance and go to the Sweet Sixteen. Old Dominion would be our lean, but it will be interesting how the lines plays out over the next couple of days.
Stanford (+5.5) vs. Louisville (12:40 p.m., Thursday, March 15)
The rise of the Cardinals has talk of them doing damage this year, but it's the Cardinal that will be an awfully tough out. Stanford has the guard play, as well as an amazing freshman center in Brook Lopez. I could see this one being a PK, but Louisville will likely be favored. If the spread were inflated to the higher seed, the Pac-10 team would have some excellent value.