The Advisory Board: Weekly Prescription
by Doc's Advisory Board - 02/05/2008
It's a new year but it's the same old Doc's Sports! The year 2007 was one of the most successful in the history of Doc's Sports Services but we aren't resting on our laurels. In fact, all we did was raise the bar that much higher for ourselves. Our crack team of handicappers is still hard at work to meet and exceed last year's profits and would love to have you along of the ride.
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The NFL season ended with the Giants upset of the Patriots and we can now see the 1972 Dolphins dancing in the street. New York did the unthinkable and won straight up, capping a remarkable turnaround for both Eli Manning and Coach Tom Coughlin. It also concluded a remarkable stretch for the veteran handicapper of 36 years, as we finished the season on a 17-3 run capped by a cash with the Giants in Super Bowl 42. The Patriots could not find their killer instinct from the first 10 weeks of the season and if you would have judged these teams on how they played in January this outcome should not have come as a shock to many. But with the football season now over, basketball takes center stage and we cannot wait for conference play to conclude and the tournament season to begin.
Here are a couple of games to keep an eye out for:
Connecticut at Syracuse (7 p.m., Wednesday, ESPN)
Both teams have shown signs of greatness, but both are not guaranteed a spot in the NCAA Tournament come March. The Huskies have played remarkable since a drug suspension to Dyson, having won five straight, and are in much better shape then the Orange to drop a game. Syracuse plays much better at the Dome and needs this win to keep their hopes of a tournament bid alive. They enter this game off back-to-back impressive road wins and have won three straight overall. This should feature a low number and be an outstanding contest.
USC at Washington State (3:30 p.m., Saturday, ABC)
The Cougars are reeling, having dropped two straight at Pullman to the Bay Area teams and will enter this game off a tough contest with UCLA. The Trojans are a bubble team and have won five of six games, and the young crop of stars is starting to play better under Coach Tim Floyd. Wazzou will enter this contest as a favorite and it's important that they do not let the LA teams sweep them again. That would be four straight home losses.
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Beware the All-Of-A-Sudden Experts. Every year, like clockwork, there is an absurd amount of hype and buildup for the Super Bowl - the crown jewel of the betting calendar. The Big Game is played, people win, people lose, and then there's a huge letdown when the realization hits that football is over. So why does everyone - and by everyone I mean T.V. bobbleheads, writers, handicappers, bettors, or any ass that's ever seen a basketball - become an expert on college basketball seemingly overnight? I like to refer to them as the All-Of-A-Sudden-Experts. And they don't know squat about hoops.
On the other hand, we've been banking on the baskets going on four months now. So just keep that in mind when you're thinking about channeling your bankroll onto the hardwood. Daddy's been doing it and doing it and doing it well, so steer clear of the AOASE's.
Here are a couple games to keep an eye on this week:
Georgetown at Louisville (9 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 9)
The two best teams in the Big East are going to tussle this weekend and I think the hometown Cardinals have a huge advantage. Louisville has Top 10 talent now that their roster is healthy but they haven't been getting love from the pollsters. Louisville has the size to matchup on the interior and they shoot much better from the perimeter in Freedom Hall. The Top 10 Hoyas have enough name recognition to keep the number down but I think U of L will be laying and I think they are the play.
Baylor at Kansas (8 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 9)
The Bears came up short in Texas last weekend despite a commanding 15-point first-half lead. I think that Baylor can play with the Jayhawks, especially because they matchup with them on the perimeter, and we could be getting a fat line here. Kansas has been unstoppable at home. But they've also played a bunch of second- and third-rate teams in Lawrenceville. I think the Bears will bring their "A" game and should be able to cover this game even if they can't win.
VEGAS SPORTS INFORMER
Breaking news coming out of Vegas: Gisele Bundchen split from Tom Brady and now she is dating Eli Manning. That's right, the N.Y. Giants, a 12-point underdog, beat the New England Patriots. Not only did they beat them but they delivered a butt kicking on them for four straight quarters. I think the '72 Dolphins are still drinking as I type this. Super Bowl XLII was a huge upset but not the biggest upset in my eyes. Super Bowl III is still the biggest upset in Super Bowl history.
NFL is over but their still football to be watched and gamble on. The 2008 Arena Football season is weeks away so stay tune for more details on my arena football picks and news on the 2008 AFL season.
Here are two games that I have my eye on this week:
L.A. Lakers at Orlando (Friday, Feb. 8)
Interesting game for both but I'm curious to see the Lakers play with their new teammate, Pau Gasol. Right now the trade is good for the Lakers because they are still playing without Andrew Bynum. But when he gets back that's when things can get interesting. Orlando plays well at home and will need to play tough defense if they want to win. Orlando might be a small favorite and I might just bite on the Magic.
UCLA at Washington State (Thursday, Feb. 7)
Only put this one down because I will be at this game. Excited to see the young Big Love in the middle for UCLA. This game will be a defensive one so expect a low scoring affair. UCLA could steal a road victory Thursday night!
STRIKE POINT SPORTS
We're into the final two months of the college basketball season. So far this season has been extremely enjoyable as a fan, but also a successful one from our handicapping eyes. We turned in another winning week, pushing our unmatched total to 27 out of 31 since the start of last season. As we gear up for the climax of conference play and reach closer to March, we have our sights set on improving those numbers.
Here are several this Saturday's CBB match-ups we'll be eying:
Duke at North Carolina
Most people expected the Tar Heels to be the better of these two storied programs. Both have impressed, as each have just one loss. However, I have to say the Dukies have been the better team. UNC has struggled at times, while the Blue Devils have shown more on the defensive side of the ball, and have found their niche with different players coming through in the clutch.
Drake at Illinois State
This is a huge game in the Missouri Valley Conference. No one has been able to slow Drake. However, I still hold strong with my opinion that Illinois State is the best team in the conference. Hosting the Bulldogs on Tuesday, the Redbirds have an excellent opportunity to make their case and stay on pace to win the league with a big victory here. Boo Richardson leads the way for the home team.
UCLA at Washington State
Boy, did the Cougars slip up fast. Wazzou got swept at home this past week by the Bay Area. Both California and Stanford were impressive in Pullman, each coming away with upset wins. Now Washington State must try to rebound, however it won't be easy with the Bruins in town on Thursday. UCLA held serve in Westwood last month, now can the Cougars return the favor?
I'm back to work in the NHL. This has been my strongest fall sport to date. In the first half of the season I earned +18 units on the ice and my goal is to hit +50 by the end of the regular season. I've got very positive thoughts about the weeks ahead. I invite you to jump on board with me as we finish flourish in February.
Here are some of my thoughts on how the NBA is shaping up just before the All-Star Break:
Top three surprise teams? How about New Orleans, the Lakers and Portland. Count me among those that think Pau Gasol could put the Lakers over the top in the West.
Top five moneymaking teams in the NBA? Make sure your sitting down for this: they are Utah, Detroit, Toronto, Washington and Seattle.
Rookie of the year: Kevin Durant, Seattle Sonics.
First half MVP: Kobe Bryant, LA Lakers.
Top coach: Byron Scott, New Orleans Hornets