The Bulls beat the Spurs, the US beats Italy in soccer for the first time ever
The Bulls beat San Antonio 96-89 behind Derrick Rose’s 29 points to highlight a 12-game Wednesday NBA card. It was the Spurs first home game in 25 days. The Bulls are 29-8. Dallas was spanked at Memphis with Dirk leaving in the second quarter with a bad back and not returning. The Lakers rolled Minnesota as the Wolves went without Kevin Love who was suffering from “flu-like symptoms”. Oklahoma City, Orlando, Golden State, Boston, Detroit, Knicks, Toronto, Denver, and Utah were the other winners on a busy night in The Association.
Marquette, Louisville, and UNLV were ranked teams that went down to defeat in an upset filled Wednesday. The Eagles and Cards were never really in their games, the Rebels blew a 17-point lead and were outscored by Colorado State 44-17 to finish the game. North Carolina, Missouri, Ohio State, San Diego State and Temple were ranked winners. Northwestern and Miami Fla lost key games to damage their at large bid hopes.
The US got a goal from Clint Dempsey in the 55th minute to beat Italy in soccer for the first time ever. Among the seven nations considered the world powers … Argentina, Brazil, England, France, Germany, Italy and Spain … it was just the ninth win for the United States to go along with 48 losses and six ties. The Americans had been 0-7-3 against Italy and had been outscored 32-4.
Free plays went a disappointing 1-3 on Wednesday in what has been an up and down last ten day. SP3 looks to get bacl on track with two games out of the Pac Ten, an extra-board under-the-radar play, and Miami at Portland on the NBA late show. This is the final weekend of the college basketball regular season. Selection Sunday is just ten days away. Make sure that you are ready. Check SP3s sponsors for sweet March Mania bonus deals to go along with the best customer service and fastest payouts in the industry.
(CBB) Maryland Baltimore County -2 over Binghamton
Binghamton is 1-28 and UMBC 4-25 with two wins over Binghamton so this is not exactly the creme de la creme of college basketball. Since their unlikely win over Vermont two back, the Bearcats have lost twice by 9 and 11 points and might just be ready to put this nightmare season to rest. This is one of the worst shooting teams in college hoops, particularly behind the line where they connect on just 29% of their shots beyond the arc. The Retrievers won both season meetings by 14 up there and by six here. The number reflects the lack of buy signs for County but home cooking and confidence from two relatively easy wins should get UMBC through by more than a bucket.
(CBB) Oregon -6 over Colorado
The Ducks could be the wildcard in the wide open Pac Ten. Oregon is playing their best ball of the season winning four of five and covering their last seven. The Ducks (+6.5) lost 72-71 at Boulder Feb 1st getting outscored 23-10 from the foul line by the homestanding Buffs. Colorado is a very deceptive 3-4 on the conference road with the wins coming vs doormats USC, Utah, and Arizona State. The four losses vs teams with a pulse were all by seven plus with three by double-digits. Oregon 71-59.
(CBB) Washington -7.5 over USC
The Huskies, when healthy and hitting on all cylinders, are arguably the best team in the Pac Ten. UWub has won nine of their L10 (6-4 ATS) and waxed the Trojans by 28 in the first meeting despite shooting just 2-14 from downtown. Washington isn’t much covering the number but they are at ATM when compared to USC who is 9-19 overall 5-12 as a dog, 2-12 at home, and 6-14 after scoring less than 60 points …. all ATS. The Trojans acn’t score avgg 53.3 ppg for the year and just don’t have the fire power to hang with the Huskies. Washington by 15.
(NBA) Miami -5 over Portland
At just past the half way mark of this abbreviated season it looks like the championship is Miami’s to lose. The Heat have won eight straight, 7-1 ATS, all eight by double-digits. The Blazers have come back to the field after a fast start going 4-7 in their L11 overall and just 2-4 in their L6 at the Rose Center. This is one of the tougher places to win in the NBA, just ask the Lakers, but injuries have taken their toll. Miami has always had a lot of success in Portland (10-4 SU and ATS L14 visits), even before they became the Big Three. Lay it.