Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Four Corners

Every Monday-Thursday (and occasional weekend games) renowned college basketball expert, Money will be handicapping the games for you. Picks and thoughts will be posted prior to tip-off, typically by 3:30 pm pst.

Congratulations. Today is February. We are inching our way closer to March Madness. I am beginning to salivate thinking about watching Kentucky (yes, they will get in) tip off Thursday morning March 16 vs. some Mid Major team. Incidentally, that Mid Major team will beat Kentucky. In fact, if there was ever a reason to watch those dreadful early week games of “Championship Week” on ESPN, this is the year to do it. This tournament is going to be wild, and by wild, I mean upsets.

Uconn is the best team in the country. They have the fewest holes. I see them as the favorite. Duke has two of the best players in the country and the best coach to boot. The supporting cast is not as good as recent years. Memphis has the best players, but that does not translate to a national title. Villanova does not have a big man. Texas has that 30 point loss (no team has ever won the national title when suffering a 30 point loss). As good as these teams are, the notch below them is not very far off. And this notch runs very deep.

It is tough to predict final four teams without knowing the brackets and where they play, but these are four teams that I think have the intangibles to make it there.

Money’s Dark horse Final Four:

Northern Iowa

Money’s trip to the Bank: (Money’s Cash cow to date – 12 wins, 6 losses)

TEXAS -11.5 at Missouri (winner)
Bounce back game for the Longhorns. They have owned Missouri recently and I look for this trend to continue

VIRGINIA +10.5 at nc state (winner)
Too many points. Virginia is not this bad.


Anonymous Dollar Bill said...

Dear Mr. Money--
Please spare me your wisdom on life : "good teams and good players overcome mistakes like that. These referees are human beings and they will make mistakes." When I want to learn about life, I will read Ecclesiates or listen to Green Day. What I need from The Truth is sharp gambling advice. So how did the worst refs in the histgory of the world affect the game? I say they affected it for 11 points. More to the point, when should we see this coming and how should we quantify the impact of bandwagon-jumping refs on the point spread?

4:17 PM  

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