Bosh-less Heat roll to 9th straight DD win, Kentucky spanks the Dawgs, Varitek calls it quits
Lebron James scored 38 points, DWade 33, as the Heat pounded Portland 107-93 for their conseecutive win. The Heat were without Chris Bosh who had a death in the family. On the front end of the TNT double-header, Oklahoma City came from 11-down in the fourth quater to beat the Magic. The Durantula had 38 for OKC, Russell Westbrok chipped in with 29 and 10 assists. Phoenix and the Clippers also posted wins on an abbreviated Thursday NBA schedule.
The NBA trade deadline is March 15th and the rumor mill has players other than Dwight Howard on the move. The Celtics are reportedly shopping Rejean Rondo. Point guards are always in demand and Rondo has a very cap friendly contract with three years left with around $33 million. The Jazz are 2-8 in their L10 and looking to shake things up. PG Devin Harris and big man CJ Miles could be on the block. The Lakers could be in the mix for Harris. The Magic are making overtures for Monta Ellis but have little for Golden State in return. Several teams including the Mavs are looking at Steve Nash but Phoenix is reportedly not interested in any deals.
Today is the 50th anniversary of Wilt Chamberlain’s 100 point game.
The top-ranked Kentucky Wildcats took Georgia behind the woodshed 79-49 on senior night in Lexington. UK is clearly the best team in college basketball and the team to beat in this year’s NCAA tournament. The #13 Michigan Wolverines on at Illinois for the first time in 17 years and #22 Florida State beat #24 Virginia coming from 11 down with four minutes to play in other ranked team action.
Baseball is just 26 days away. In spring training news, Jason Varitek announced his retirement after 15 years with the Red Sox Varitek was the captain and backbone of the Red Sox teams of the last decade. The Pirates newly acquired AJ Burnett will undergo surgery today for a fractured orbital bone. Burnett caught a foul ball in the face during bunting practice. Oft-injured OF Grady Sizemore will be out 8-12 weeks after back surgery. Card’s catcher Yadier Molina signed a five-year $75 million deal extension.
Around the horn. Davis Love III shot a course record 64 that included a hole-in-one to take the early lead at the Honda Classic. Rory NcIlroy was two shot back. Tiger Woods needed 34 puts to record a 71. The Vancouver Canucks blanked the St Louis Blues 2-0 to grab the overall points lead in the NHL. Jaromir Jagr moved into eighth place on the all-time scoring list in the Flyers 6-3 win over the Islanders. Jagr moved ahead of Joe Sakic with 1642 points.
It was a solid 3-1 night with free plays with the lone loser coming in OT laying a point and a half. SP3 keeps the ball rolling with sweet four-pack of winners tonight.
(CBB) Delaware -12 over Towson State (please note that this is a 2:30 PM EST matinee tip)
The Towson State Tigers are 1-30 this year and 1-36 in the Colonial over the past two years. It’s pretty much a given that Delaware here but will they win the way keep score ??? Well … the Hens have won eight straight games going 6-2 vs the number. One of those wins was a 76-69 (-9) win at Towson. Delaware pummeled the Tigers 62-43 (-13) on their home floor back on Jan 23rd. The Hens are 4-2 as a CAA favorite and 18-8 ATS over the last three years against sub .500s. There’s no reason for Delaware to take the foot off the pedal here. Lay the points.
(CBB) Detroit -5 over Youngstown State (please not that this is a 6:00 PM EST tip)
It has been a Tale of Two Seasons for the Detroit Titans who decimated with injuries the first two months of the season. Motown is about as healthy as they’ve been all year and it’s showed as the Titans have gone 12-3 down the stretch vs the Horizon. Youngstown is 5-5 SU and ATS in their L10 and one of those games was a 76-74 home court loss to Detroit las week. YSU won the first go around 64-61 in the Motor City but again, Detroit was short-handed and nothing like the team they will send out tonight. Throw the techs out the window and go with the hot handed playing their best basketball at the right time.
(CBB) Akron +3.5 over Kent State
Both teams have lost three of their last four so both teams need a win to get healthy here. Akron is arguably the best team in a VERY weak MAC and suffered several of their ten losses in a very tough non-conf schedule that featured Mississippi State, West Virginia, VCU, and should have the Zips tournament toughened for this type of the year. The first matchup cound be telling as Akron came back from eight down at the half to beat the Flashes 84-75 hitting 56% from the field. in SP3s opinion, Kent State is somewhat counterfeit. Akron straight up.
(NBA) Clippers -2 over Phoenix
This is the Clippers third game in four nights, the Suns played last night so no real advantage as far as legs go. Both teams have been treading water in their L10 games and this is the first meeting between the Suns and the “New” Clippers. What could be telling here is the Suns 8-10 SU and 7-9-1 ATS in the Valley of the Sun and nowhere near as deep or athletic as the team they face tonight. The Clippers are 6-3 SU and ATS in their L9 roadies and are the better team here. Clippers 101-92.