Doc's Weekly Prescription
by Doc's Sports Services - 03/20/2007
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 match-ups 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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It was truly a forgettable weekend for Doc's Sports, as for the first time in two months we struggled with our NCAA Tournament selections. This tournament appeared to go in an opposite direction then in previous years with favorites covering during the first round and underdogs biting during round two. Nonetheless, we have regrouped and are ready to attack this week with a clean slate starting with early NIT action and concluding with NCAA tournament plays over the weekend. The feature play will be our NCAA Tournament Game of the Year, which tips off on Thursday. We have hit seven of our eight Game of the Year plays (88%) and this is a game we are extremely confident will deliver.
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UNLV vs. Oregon (9:40 p.m., Friday, March 23)
The Gators appear to be the team to beat in this regional and I do not see them having a competitive game in St. Louis. But both the Ducks and Runnin' Rebels lucked out by not having to face Florida for one more game. Vegas has the edge inside and the Ducks certainly have the edge on the perimeter. Oregon is a team that can beat anyone in the country if they play like they did in the Pac-10 finals against USC. The Rebels can defend and it will be interesting to see how it plays out and who will take their shot against the defending champions.
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We picked a damn fine time to have one of our best weekends of the year, rocking out for a 10-3-1 weekend while banking +30.5 Units. Oh, and I told you that Texas wasn't going to make it out of the first weekend!!! I said it on Doc's Sports Podcast back in January and I proved myself a soothsayer. Anyway, we're coming back with our 8-Unit College Basketball Game of the Year this week and I'm very confident that we'll come through. I've hit 83 percent of my Game Of situations this year and 64 percent of my plays of over 4.0 Units so I like where we're at this time and in this place.
But in the meantime, here's some games to keep your eyes upon this week as we continue to weave our way through the Madness:
Pittsburgh vs. UCLA (9:40 p.m., Thursday, March 22)
Two Top 10 stalwarts from this season will go toe-to-toe in this one on anything but a neutral court. The Bruins will have the home turf advantage playing in the Golden State but won't have an edge when it comes to locking down on defense. The Panthers' paws are all over their opponents, holding them to just 30.8 percent behind the 3-point arc. This is also a perfect example of a game where the public expects a low-scoring defensive battle - which is reflected by a total of just 123 - but instead both clubs knock down a lot of shots and play this one in the high 60s. I think the total is enticing in this spot.
Syracuse at Clemson (7 p.m., Wednesday, March 21)
Yeah, I'm going to be watching the NIT. Besides the fact that I'm a proud SU grad I may have a sporting interest in this one as well. The Orange are on a mission to prove the selection committee wrong for their NCAA Tournament snub. One more win gets them back to Madison Square Garden - their home away from Dome - and one step closer to their goal. But SU will be coming off a very emotional home-court victory over San Diego State and will be walking into a hornet's nest at Littlejohn. Clemson has won eight straight at home in the NIT and has the size to overwhelm the 2-3 zone.
VEGAS SPORTS INFORMER
March Madness is here and the weekend was good. This weekend I continue to rack up the units in college basketball as we hit the century mark for another sport, +119 Units.
Even though I've bet college basketball for over 10 years, March Madness makes me think about one person and one person only: Hank Gathers (former player of Loyola Marymount). I was a former player myself and I had to retire early from the game due to a heart condition. I got to meet Hank Gathers in early January of 1990 in a hospital where he was looking at a second opinion on his condition. His death will always be on my mind when I watch college basketball in the month of March.
Here are three games that I have my eye on this week:
Texas A&M vs. Memphis (7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 19)
I thought Memphis would lose to the Wolfpack of Nevada on Sunday so this game is a bit of surprise for me. I think Texas A&M has played quality teams all year and Memphis beat up a weak Conference USA schools. I'm going with the Aggies here on Thursday to advance to the Great Eight. Texas A&M is also 26-10 ATS in their last 36 games.
UNLV vs. Oregon (9:40 p.m., Friday, March 20)
Call me a homer but since I live in Las Vegas I have to cheer for the home team. In fact, I'll be in St. Louis rooting for my Rebels. UNLV is the Cinderella team this year and since they are the highest seed left, and they should have a lot of support. Even if I wasn't a UNLV fan a Rebel always beats a Duck.
Dallas at Cleveland (8 p.m., Wednesday, March 21)
Big match-up for King James and Co. as the best team in the league comes to Cleveland. Cleveland needs to show the rest of the NBA that they can be a contender for the Championship and a victory Wednesday night could do that. This game could make or break the spirit of this team. Since I'm a Bulls fan I need Cleveland to lose because I want the Bulls to grab the second seed in the East.
STRIKE POINTS SPORTS
We're down to the Sweet Sixteen, and the second round that was awfully nice to us. In the Round of 32 we went 6-0-1, also keeping our winning week streak alive at 18 (weeks) in a row. Despite no more full weeks of college basketball, we're eyeing an even bigger finish to the season.
Here are several games we'll be eyeing this week:
Texas A&M vs. Memphis (Thursday, March 22)
All of our Final Four picks are still alive, and one of them will end Memphis's 24-game winning streak. The Tigers continue to roll, however the Aggies play at a defensive level Memphis cannot reach.
Vanderbilt vs. Georgetown (Thursday, March 22)
The Hoyas are another team we expected to get to Atlanta. But after seeing the 'Dores impressively send home Wazzou these points look awfully tempting in this match-up. Oh, and Derrick Byars has arrived as we preached all off-season.
USC vs. North Carolina (Friday, March 23)
If an overachieving Michigan State team can make things interesting against the Tar Heels, then a very talented Trojans team has a shot here. The trio of Nick Young, Lodrick Stewart and Gabe Pruitt are phenomenal, and don't overlook the job freshman Taj Gibson could do on Tyler Hansborough.