It was a busy Wednesday in college and pro sports with fill cards in college hoops and the NBA. Here’s a brief recap of the highlights.
Joe Paterno was laid to rest as thousands lined the funeral procession route. Paterno, who won 409 in 46 years as the head coach of Penn State died Sunday of complications of lung cancer. The hearse took a last tour including a final pass by Beaver Stadium. As the entourage passed “Paternoville”, a campground used by students before games, someone in the crowd yelled, “We are!”. “Penn State!” came the crowd’s reply.
NFL comissioner Roger Goodell had has his contract extended for an additional five year meaning he’ll lead the league through 2018. Goodell took over for Paul Tagliabue in 2006 and his original five-year contract was extended in 2009 through 2014. The Colts hired Raven DC Chuck Pagano to be their next head coach. The Vikings are confiden that thye’ll get a new stadium, possibly on the current site of the Metrodome. The Dolphins are the lastest team reportedly interested in Peyton Manning if his services were to become available.
The Lakers rallied from down in the fourth to beat the cross-town Clippers 96-91 as Kobe Bryant scored 12 of his 24 in the final stanza. The Pacers handed the Bulls their first home loss 95-90. Cleveland, New Jersey, Milwaukee, Toronto, and Minnesota were all straight up underdog winners. Kevin Love got his max extention getting $63 million over four years with a player opt-out in the final year.
Oklahoma State took down #2 Missouri as highly ranked teams continue to fall like flies. Ohio State, Duke, Michigan State, UNLV, Creighton, Mississippi State and Florida State all won, the Rebels were extended to OT at Boise State.
Real Madrid and Barcelona drew 2-2 in the return leg of the Spanish Copa Del Rey quarters with Barca moving on by virtue of a 4-3 aggregate. It was a tale of two halves as Barcelona led 2-0 after 45 minutes, Real leveling late. Rafael Nadal beat Roger Federer in the Australian Open semis and meets the winner of Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic.
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(CBB) Austin Peay -1.5 over SE Missouri State
The Guvs are streaky to say the least starting with nine straight losses, three straight wins, four straight losses, and currently on five straight wins. Peay has been thumping people including their last two roadies by double-digits. The Redhawks are a hit and miss bunch and have won and covered all four of their home OVC games. SE Mo is just 3-7 as a home dog of less than three and have lost five straight in the series, nine of 14 in the series on this floor. As they say in Clarksville, “Lets Go Peay”.
(CBB) Boston College +18 over Virginia
Sure the Eagles are no good and the Cavaliers are much improved at 15-3 but … how can you lay 18 points to anyone when you are scoring just 45-70-58-52-57-57 in your last six games ??? The Eagles are 7-4 as a dog and 3-0 ATS in true road games, 17-7 in that role the last three years. Virginia has some solid techs for the year but the Cavs average just 64.3 ppg and have seldom been in this role. In fact, UVa is just 2-6 as a fave of 15-18 since 1997. Take the points.
(CBB) Indiana +7 over Wisconsin
The Hoosiers have come back to the field after a fast start and like many teams that depend on outside shooting, Indiana lives and dies by the three. The visitors bounced back from three straight losses with a win over Penn State finally shooting the rock. The Badgers are your typical Wisconsin team, a bruising defensive team that shoots from the perimeter on occasion. Wisky has won four straight, three by four points or less. That’s what they do. Indy gets series monkey off their back with straight up win here.
(CBB) Cal State Santa Barbara -13 over UC Davis
No brain surgery here. UC Davis is 1-20 on the year and just 4-12 in their 16 lined games. The only positive thing you can find for the Aggies is a 3-0 mark coming home after 3+ road games. The Gauchos have been somewhat disappointing this year. UCSB is 9-7 but have been very ordinary on the road and in a conference they should be in a position to win. The Gauchos have won five straight in the series and generally don’t win by this type of margin (haven’t been a road fave of 12+ in 14 years) but a crush shot win here might just be what the doctor ordered to start one last run in a ho hum season.