Duke and Wisconsin roll, Michigan State and Florida fall … conference tournament action has begun
Duke won it’s seventh straight game beating Wake Forest 79-71. Unheraleded Ryan Kelly had a career night for the #4 ranked Blue Devils. #14 Wisconsin ralled to smother Minnesota 52-45 behind Jordan Taylor’s 22 points. Vandy clincged a first-round bye in the SEC tournament whacking Florida 77-67. Draymond Green had 29 points but Indiana shut down the rest of the Spartans as the #18 Hoosiers spanked #5 Michigan State 70-55.
Conference tournament action started last night and home court held up in all four Horizon Conference openers. Butler crushed Wright State 70-52 to get the first of four straight wins they’ll need to get back into the Big Dance. Montana waxed Weber State 66-51 to clinch the regular season title and the top seed in the Big Sky tournament. WCC (Gonzaga and St Marys) and Ohio Valley tournament action starts tonight.
The NBA came out out of its All-Star break with nine games highlighted by Minnesota’s win over the Clippers. The T-Wolves dominated in a 36-21 fourth quarter of a 109-97 win. Michael Beasely led minnesota with 27 points, Blake Griffin had 30 for the Clips. Sacramento celebrated the news of a new arena with a 103-96 win over the Jazz. Philadelphia and Indiana scored easy wins over Detroit and Golden State. Boston, Chicago, Houston, Milwaukee and New Jersey also posted wins.
(CBB) Toledo -5.5 over Northern Illinois
At 15-14, the Toledo Rockets are the only team in the MAC West with a winning record. Wouldn’t necessarily put the Rockets on “upset alert” but it would do UT well to come up with solid effort here. A win plus a home win Saturday vs Eastern Michigan would guarantee the Rockets some sort of post-season regardless of their MAC tourney results. The Huskies have lost five straight and 11 of 12 but that’s not unusual with 3-24 teams. Toledo won the first go around 71-41 on their home floor and have absolutely no excuse for not taking care of business here.
(CBB) South Florida +8.5 over Louisville
The Bulls have quietly won 11 of the their last 14 Big East games with all three losses coming to Top 20 teams Syracuse. Georgetown, and Marquette. South Florida is 18-11 on the year and definitely merit bubble consideration. A road win here might just seal the deal. The Cards have three home losses this year and can be beat. Louisville has had problems putting the ball in the hoop scoring 57 or less in three of their last four which were all decided by four or less or went to OT. USF has covered five of six including three straight as a road dog. USF plays low scoring defensive games, take the points.
(NBA) Orlando -8.5 over the Washington Wizards
The Magic have won six of eight and have the third best record in the East. It will be interesting to see how the team reacts with Dwight Howard watch in full effect until the March 15th trade deadline. Orlando is 11-6 ATS on the road and beat the Wiz by 17 on this floor in January. The Wiz getting points hasn’t been a recipe to success. All against the spread, Wash is 11-23 overall, 8-19 as a dog, 5-12 at home, 4-11 vs winning records, and 3-9 after allowing 105+ which they did last night. The Wiz have lost five straight (1-4 ATS) and there is nothing to recommend. Lay the points.
(NHL) Anaheim -150 over the Buffalo Sabres
Anaheim has won nine of their last 11 home games while the Sabres have lost 14 of their L17 road games so the Ducks at a very reasonable 50 cents makes a lot of sense. The Ducks are 6-2-2 in their L10 and also 9-2 in their L11 vs losing records. The Sabres have played well in their recent run of home games but their problems with suitcase are well documented and undeniable. Both teams have already played themselves out of the playoffs with horrific first halfs but tonight we’ll take the surging Ducks at The Pond.