Tiger Woods finishes 3rd at Abu Dhabi
Tiger is back but not all the way back. For more than a decade when Tiger Woods had the lead going into Sunday, it was lights out. Woods was tied for the lead heading into the HSBC championship’s final round but could only manage a par 72 falling two shots back to winner Robert Rock. Rory McIlroy closed with a final round 69 to finish second. Woods tied for third with Thomas Bjorn and Graeme McDowell.
In Saturday’s college basketball, Kansas and Georgetown were the latest top ten’s to bite the dust. The Jayhawks were ambushed at Iowa State, the Hoyas fell at suddenly resurgent Pitt. Syracuse beat West Virginia in a controversial finish at the Carrier Dome as all three officials missed an obvious goaltending that would have tied the game for the Mountaineers. Murray State spanked Eastern Illinois to remain unbeaten. Towson State snapped a 41-game losing streak by beating NC Wilmington 66-61 at home.
The Lakers continued to struggle on the road losing to the Bogut-less Bucks 100-89 despite 29 points from Kobe Bryant. LA is now 1-7 on the road this year. With Orlando and Los Angeles both in collapse, can the deal for Dwight Howard be far behind ??? In other NBA action, The 76ers crushed the Pistons, the Wiz beat the Bobcats by three, Houston won their ninth game in ten with a victory over the Knicks. The Suns beat the Grizz by a bucket.
SP3’s free picks were a spot on 3-1 for Saturday. We’ll stick with the same winning formula for Sunday with four winners out of the college hoops. Please check with our sponsors Bovada, Top Bet, Bookmaker, Wager Web, Bet Online, DSI, Legends, and EZ Street for the best numbers, bonuses, and customer service in the industry.
Notre Dame +8.5 over UConn
No reason not to grab the Irish with the points here. Notre Dame not at their best on the road but they are in revenge mode after a rare home loss courtesy of the Huskies just 15 days ago. The Irish have won three of four in the series and won their last trip here last year. UConn gets Boatwright back but is just 2-4 in their L6 and Big East SDHFs just 14-13 so far this year. This figures to be a lower scoring game that could be decided in the final minute. SP3 is willing to bet the Irish will shoot better than the 32% and 6-26 from behind the arc in round one. Take the points.
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Michigan at Ohio State Over 127
The rivalry goes a lot further than football. These two schools hate each other in all sports. Michigan had had it’s way with the Buckeyes this fall snapping long Buckeye run on the gridiron and winning college hockey’s Winter Classic in December. Don’t care to give or get 13.5 but this total seems somewhat low. Eight of nine on this floor have gone under the total but … this year’s editions are higher scoring than in the past and the Buckeyes in particular seem to play up and down to their competition. The Bucks average 79.8 ppg at home and dropped 85 and 81 respectively on Duke and Florida. Anything close to that here will send this one flying over the total.
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Rider -5 over Siena
Rider is just 2-8 in the last eight games of the series but this is a perfect spot to get that monkey of their back. Siena won the first round 83-79 (-4) holding on to a game they led by 14 at the half. The hosts have been money at the Bronc’s Zoo avgg a tick under 93 points a game in their last three home wins and it basically breaks down to this. Rider is 4-0 when they score 80+ in conference, 1-5 when they don’t. They’ll get today and more winning and covering the number, lets call it 88-76.
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Manhattan -3 over Niagra
If you are a regular at SP3. you know that we cashed another ticket with Manhattan on Friday. No reason to get off the Jaspers here and we’ll try to squeeze every drop of juice out of last year’s six-win lemon. Manhattan has won six straight and are 4-1 on the conference road. The Jaspers as playing great defense and getting their normal solid balanced scoring. This is a seven-day turnaround, Manhattan winning 71-64 last Sunday beating the Purple Eagles 25-8 from the foul line. Not ready to get off the Manhattan money train yet. Lay it.
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