Daytona postponed, Mahan tops McIlroy in Match Play, NBA All-Star Game: West 152 East 149
The Daytona 500 was postponed for the first time in race history as thunderstorms pelted the track throughout the day. The race has been rescheduled for 12:00 noon EST on Monday but that start is dicey as there is a 70% chance of showers in the area. Eight of the previous 54 races had endured rain delays but the this is the first time that the race had been delayed until Monday.
Hunter Mahan beat Rory McIlroy 2 and 1 at the Accenture Match Play Championship. Mahan won three straight holes on the front nine and never looked back. Mahan beat Zach Johnson, Y.E. Yang, Steve Stricker, Matt Kuchar, Mark Wilson and McIlroy. Three of them have won majors. Five of them have made Ryder Cup or Presidents Cup teams. The exception was his semifinal match against Wilson, who has won three times on the PGA Tour in the last 14 months.
The NBA All-Star game was a street ball exhibition until Lebron James led the East back from a 21-point deficit. James hit a 3-pointer to cut the West lead to 144-141 with three minutes left and it was on. The West held on to win 152-149. Kevin Durant scored 36 and was named the MVP. Kobe Bryant scored 27 for the winners and passed Michael Jordan’s record of 262 All-Star game points. Lebron James had 36 points for the East, running mate Dwayne Wade has a triple-double with 24/10/10. Deron Williams had 20 and Carmelo Anthony 19/9 for the losers.
In other news, the NHL trade deadline is 3:00 PM EST on Monday. Sniper Rick Nash of the Columbus Blue Jackets is the biggest nake likely to find a new home. The Washington Nationals signed 3B Ryan Zimmermann to a six-year $100 million dollar extension. Zimmerman had two years left on his old deal and is now locked up until 2019. The #16 ranked Wisconsin Badgers beat Ohio State on the road to give Michigan State a share of the Big Ten title. Miami Florida beat #16 Florida State in ACC action.
(CBB) High Point -5.5 over Gardner Webb
This is for eighth place and the final spot in the Big South tournament. The teams split their regular season meetings, each team winning bu four points on their home court. Gardner Webb is 12-19, High Point 12-17 so not much differentiation there. Looking at their non-conference opponents, the Webb has losses to Clemson 65-44, Indiana 73-49, and Butler 68-66. High Point shows losses to Purdue 67-65, Wake Forest 87-83, and Marshall 79-59. These teams don’t even make the extra board all that often so comparing them on the various outlaw line we have Gardner 3-15 ATS and High Point 4-10 vs the points. High point has won four of the last five in the series including the last three on this floor. SP3 is officially passing on this one but on a very short Monday card, might consider a flyer on High Point who is playing somewhat better down the stretch going 5-3 L8 vs 2-6 last eight for the Bulldogs. More points than we’d like but High Point gets the nod.
(NHL) Nashville -139 over LA Kings
The Kings are playing themselves out of the playoffs with a 4-9 February, 3-5-2 in their L10. LA strated out slow, played well after a coaching change but falling like a rock over the last 30 days. The Preds are still playing for home ice in the first round of the playoffs, are 20-7-5 at home, and 16-8 in the second half of the season. The Kings have had a lot of success in Music City and are in fact 16-8 in their L24 trips in but … these are two teams headed in opposite directions. Thi Kings are showing no buy signs whatsover while the Preds continue to feast (4-1 L5) against sub .500s. Take Nashville.