Notre Dame is one of the toughest venues in college basketball. It proved true again last night as the Irish defated #1 and previously unbeaten Syracuse 67-58. Center shot-blocker Fab Mello was not with the Orange and will also not play Monday vs Cincinnati. Jack Cooley had 17 points and 10 rebounds as the Irish knocked of the a #1 for the eighth time in program history.
It was not a good day for ranked teams as #4 Duke and #5 Baylor also bit the dust. The Blue Devils were upset at home by Florida State on a Mike Snear three-point buzzer beater. The Bears also lost at home to Missouri 89-88 with the Tiger’s Ricardo Ratliffe going for 27 points. Both team were on fire from the floor hitting 66 of 128 shots. Murray State went to 20-0 with an 82-65 road win at SIU-Edwardsville.
Joe Paterno is dead at 85 from complications of lung cancer. SP3 will do a complete RIP later in the day. The Knicks lost to the Nuggets in double-OT in Carmelo’s first action against his old team. Dirk Nowitzki will miss the Mavs next four games with a sore knee. Ryan Braun accepted his MVP award at the Baseball Writer’s black-tie dinner making only a passing reference to the positive drug test that has hom facing a possible 50-game suspension.
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(NBA) Clippers -9.5 over Toronto
The Raptors have lost seven straight and have gone 16-straight games without scoring 100 points. The Barney’s are avgg just 79 ppg over their L5 on just 39% shooting and their best player (Bargnani) is dinged. Piling on, this game five of an eight roadies in nine game road trip. The Clippers have has 48 hours tostew over giving one away to the T-Wolves. They are 7-2 SU and 6-3 ATS at home and a solid 5-2 favorite. Throw the techs away in this one. With or without Chris Paul, this is a perfect spot for the Clippers to put the pedal to the metal and regain some swagger.
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(CBB) Virginia -8 over Virginia Tech
This is a typical Seth Greenburg Hokie team, 11-7 SU and 6-8 ATS. They’ll likely make a late run only to be the odd man out once again in March Mania. They’re 0-4 SU and ATS with losses to Boston College and Wake which pretty much says it all. Virginia has been an ATS machine. The Cavs are 9-3 vs the points, 8-3 as a bully, 6-2 vs winning records, and 6-0 vs teams allowing 64 points or less per game. Virginia is one of the better defensive clubs in the county allowing a tick over 50 ppg on just 38% shooting. The Gobblers lack the fire power to hang here.
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(CBB) Manhattan -9.5 over Niagra
You won’t hear about Steve Masielo in the Coach of the Year discussion but you should !!! The 2000 graduate of Kentucky has taken a 6-25 team from last year to a 13-7 record half way through this year and has put the Jaspers in a position for a possible post-season bid. Manhattan is 14-4 against the points that includes a 7-1 mark in conference. The Jaspers have been an ATM in every spot. The Purple Eagles have covered five of six but historically struggle on the road (13-20 ATS) and are very suspect on the defensive end. Manhattan extends late to win by 12-16.
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(NHL) Anaheim -155 over Colorado
The Ducks aren’t done yet. They’ve dug themselves a huge hole to dig out of but they haven’t quit and have won seven of eight. The lone loss was a 1-0 loss at Calgary, they’ve won five straight games at The Pond by a 24-11 aggregate. The Avs have won three of four after three straight losses and are basically a 50/50 propostion across the board. Colo is 12-12 on the road but keep in mind they won their first six game with suitcase to start the season. Anaheim is 7-2 in the last nine in the series and actually are in revenge spot for 4-2 New Year’s Eve loss at the Pepsi Center. Take Anaheim.
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