Kenseth finally wins rain-soaked fiery Daytona 500
All three ranked teams rolled in Big Monday action. Kansas put a dagger in Oklahoma State’s post season hopes with a 70-58 win in Stillwater. The #3 Jayhawks were led by 27 points from Tyshawn Taylor. Also in the Big 12, #9 Baylor smoked Texas Tecj 77-48. The Bears rolled to a 40-15 halftime lead and never looked back. The #11 Georgetown Hoyas crushed #20 Notre Dame 59-41 as the Irish shot just 33% from the field.
The NBA returns from it’s All-Star Break with nine games tonight. The NHL trade deadline came and went with no major deals. Rick Nash was not dealt and will remain a Blue Jacket. In news out of spring training, Jason Varitek will announce his retirement on Thursday and move into the Boston front office. The Cardinals and Yadier Molina are reportedly close to a five-year $70 million dollar extension.
(CBB) Kansas State -4 over Texas A&M
The Wildcats need to win this game to avoid getting back on the bubble. KSU is just 4-4 on the conference road and off B2B monster wins at Baylor and Missouri. These two played Feb 4th in Little Manhattan with the Wildcats winning 64-53 despits the Aggies shooting a lights out 9-16 from beyond the arc. A&M is 1-7 in their L8 and ready to call it a year. Kansas State is a money 7-1 as a road favorite of 3-6 points and should have little trouble continuing thta run here.
(CBB) UConn -3 over Providence
In boxing they say to never leave it in the hands of the judges. That’s exactly what the Huskies will be doing with a loss here and anything less than a couple of wins in the Big East tournament. UConn is 3-8 SU in their L11, 3-7-1 ATS and still are without HC Jom Calhound who will undergo back surgery this week. Whether that will prove to be a motivation or a distraction to the freefalling Huskies remains to be seen but the defending champs really have no excuse to not beat the 2-9 L11 Friars and Pittsburg at home on the weekend to seal the deal on the Big Dance. Lay it.
(CBB) UCF at Memphis Under 132
Memphis has been a major disappointment this year although they are 9-2 since losing to UCF 68-67 back on January 18th. In that game, both teams combined to go 17-31 from beyond the arc but the 55 points in the second half was the more telling stat. The under is 6-2 in the Knights L8 and UCF also rocks the vaunted 9-2 low L11 on Tuesdays. The Tigers are 9-5 under in CUSA and tonight will be about defense as 20-8 UCF and 21-8 Memphis are locked in a battle with Southern Miss for all important tourney seeding.
(NBA) Boston -3.5 over Cleveland
The Celtics have had a lot to deal with in the first half, injuries, suspensions, scheduling but the NBA’s oldest team really has no excuses here, even on the road. Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen have had almost week to rest up and heal and Rondo and Pierce were not real hard used during the All-Star weekend. Boston is 15-17 and sitting in eighth place in the East with several teams breathing down their necks including the Cavs who are just a 1.5 back. Veteran urgency wins the night here.