Just 26 days before selection Sunday
In Big Monday college basketball feature action, #2 Syracuse rallied late to down #16 Louisville 52-51. In the second game of the ESPN double-header, #4 Kansas downed interstate rival Kansas State 59-53. The #9 Baylor Bears rebounded from their beat down at Missouri by spanking Iowa State 79-64.
In a light NBA card, the Heat avenged back-to-back losses to the Bucks with a 114-96 Lebron had 35 points and eight rebounds for Miami. Philly jumped out to a 28-17 first quarter lead and never looked back in turning back Charlotte. The Magic had six players in double-digits in their 102-89 win over the T-Wolves. Kevin Love had a 19/15 night for Minnesota. New Orleans, Dallas, and Golden State also won.
In football news, former 49er wideout Freddie Solomon is dead at 59. Solomon was battling cancer of the colon and liver. Randy Moss has twittered that he would like to return to the NFL. Former Miami Fla/Cleveland Brown/North Carolina HC Butch Davis has joined Greg Shiano as an assistant HC in Tampa Bay. Conference USA and the Mountain West are in the process of dissolving in hopes of forming an 18-24 team super-conference starting in 2013-2014.
(CBB) Texas A&M -4 over Texas Tech
The Aggies won by 13 in the first meeting as the Red Raiders shot just 33% from the field. The Red Raiders are off their first conference win in their last, an 18-point blowout win over Oklahoma on this floor. Tech is still 6-10 ATS overall, 1-7 at home, 1-4-1 as a Big 12 home dog. This is as close to do or die as it gets for the 12-12 Aggies if they have any plans of playing anywhere after the Big 12 tournament. A&M has lost four straight and done nothing on the road but they are 5-0 SU and 4-1 ATS in the series and the better team here. Take A&M.
(CBB) Mississippi State +1 over LSU
The Bulldogs won the first round 76-71 winning 23-8 at the foul line but getting torched for 11 treys. Mississippi State last last straight up as a ten point home favorite and can’t afford slips like this if they hope to Dance in March. The Tigers are 4-1 at home with the loss to Kentucky. Miss State is 1-3 on the SEC road with an OT win at a very tough Vandy. The Bulldogs always seem to be in close games and tonight we only ask them to win straight up. They do, let’s call it 68-63.
(NBA) Miami -3 over Indiana
The Heat play for the third night in a row and for the sixth time in eight nights, the Pacers have had two days off. Miami has won and covered four of their last five road games and seem to play up or down to their competition. In fact, the Heat waxed the Pacers 118-83 (-7.5) in their only prior meeting this year in South Beach and are 3-0 SU and ATS in their L3 visits here. Indy is 1-4 SU and 0-5 ATS in their L5 and they don’t figure to flip the switch even with the extra time. Miami continues hot play with a ten point road win.
(NHL) Tampa Bay -125 over Ottawa
The Senators have lost eight of nine, the Bolts have lost three of four so something has to give here. The Bolts have struggled all year after coming up one goal short in last year’s Eastern Conference finals. At this point, every point counts as the Bolts have buried themselves so deep that they must leapfrog 4-5 teams just to get into the 7-8 hole. The Lightning are 3-1 SU and ATS in the series on this ice and will be playing every game from here on out like it’s their proverbial playoff life. It is !!! Take Tampa Bay.