Friday, November 14, 2008

NCAA Hoops Kick off

B Anthony will keep it simple for this post and just welcome you to the season with winners.

I will follow money's lead with teams to watch and final 4 picks in the coming week. I will give you a small preview and tell you that Memphis, Kent State, and Villanova will again be some of my favorite teams to cover this year.

Here are some early winners for tonight: By the way, if/when these come in, somebody tell me how I knew this before anyone had played a game!

Wisconsin-Milwakee -11 vs LMU. Another new coach on the road in Wisconsin. Tough start to year.

Yale +12.5 vs Stanford. Stanford is more like an Ivy league team this year. Not likely they blow out Yale on the road!

Missouric St +8 vs Auburn This is a big game for the smaller school. + 8 at home is too many. they are likely to win outright!

Hofstra +18 vs Clemson. Too many points this early in the year. The Colonial is a better conference than people think!

Hawaii -3 vs USF. Sorry Rex, your guys are in Hawaii for the season opener, you will battle but lose by double digits!

Good Gaming,

B. Anthony

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Week 11

Here are the standings for my weekly league. I picked against my son last week and tied me. Not that I am the benchmark, but I will soon be turning over my handicapping to my capable son.

Coach 110
JB 108
CCR 106
TG 105
Dollar Bill 105
D43 104
Money 103
T Bone 102
50 cent 100
Hockey guy 100

Virginia Tech @ Miami
Cincinnati @ Louisville
Northwestern @ Michigan
North Carolina @ Maryland
Notre Dame @ Navy
Vandy @ Kentucky
Texas @ Kansas
Cal @ Oregon St.
BYU @ Air Force
Boston College @ Florida St.
Oklahoma St. @ Colorado
Arizona @ Oregon
UCLA @ Washington
USC @ Stanford
Ohio St. @ Illinois
New Mexico @ Colorado St._137___pts only

I picked a lot of home teams this week. A few thoughts on the games above and others not listed. Follow me here. I really don’t know what to make of the Cal/OSU game. I hope they win. The road team has done well recently in this rivalry. Regardless of the outcome, I think they will lose to Stanford. So if you believe that then how can Stanford be getting +23.5 points at home, when USC was favored by 21 at the Coliseum? USC is not that talented, and the Pac 10 as a unit is pretty weak, obviously. With that said, I really like Stanford to cover the spread vs. USC. They won’t win though. After the emotional loss at Iowa, I like Penn state to bounce back big at home vs. Indiana. Maryland plays well at home and will “upset UNC. I don’t care who does the play calling for ND, Charlie Weiss is a big fat bust.

College plays

ILLINOIS +10 vs. Ohio State
STANFORD +23.5 vs. Usc
BYU – 5.5 @ Air Force
PENN STATE -35.5 vs. Indiana
NAVY +4 vs. Notre Dame
MARYLAND +3 vs. Unc
WASHINGTON +7 vs. ucla

NFL plays
The Panthers is the obvious survivor play. They are two touchdown favorites over a QB that was retired last week.

BUCS -3.5 vs. Minnesota
PITT -5 vs. San Diego


Monday, November 10, 2008

Money’s college basketball preseason picks

Unless you have been living in a cave, then you know that North Carolina is the unanimous preseason number one team in the nation. They return everyone and will obviously be talented and the team to beat. However, the same case could be made for Georgetown in 1985 and UNLV in 1991. The best talent does not always win and if you know anything about Money is that he never picks the team with the most talent. So the question that needs to be asked is, if not UNC then who? My pick is LOUISVILLE again. If you remember, I picked them this time last year too and Kansas won. And who did I pick the year before that? Kansas! And we all know how that turned out. I see things clearly, but I am just a tad (1 year) too early in some cases.

Louisville has the same team that nearly knocked off UNC last year in the Great 8. Earl Clark stayed put and did not go pro and will break out this year. Terrance Williams is a pass first player and is among my favorite players in the college basketball. Freshman Samardo Samuels is a legitimate low post player who will make an immediate impact. They have good outside shooters led by Jerry Smith, a very solid backcourt with Sosa returning and the best defensive pressure in the land. LOUISVILLE wins it all this year.

Is the title game a repeat of the Great 8 game last year? Nope. UNC falls short again due to the defensive woes and a poor decision of Hansbrough to come back and play another year. He starts the year off hurt, never fully recovers and ends up not playing in March Madness due to health reasons. Pity. Fear not, ACC backers, because you will be represented. WAKE FOREST, who returns a fantastic core from last year, plus an incredible 3 man recruiting class this year will make a great run but ultimately fall to Pitino. No team added more from a recruiting perspective, as Al-Farouq Aminu, Ty Walker and Tony Woods will mesh well with Jeff Teague, Ish Smith and James Johnson.

My other two teams in the final four will be Uconn and Gonzaga. Both teams have great guards, big studs and a history of performing well in the tournament. I can’t believe I just compared Gonzaga to Uconn. Oh well, I love them both.

Money’s top 25 (preseason ranking in parenthesis)

1) Louisville (3)
2) Wake Forest (NR)
3) Uconn (2)
4) Gonzaga (10)
5) UNC (1)
6) Georgetown (22)
7) UCLA (4)
8) Notre Dame (9)
9) Pitt (5)
10) USC (18)
11) Michigan State (6)
12) Oklahoma (12)
13) Arizona State (15)
14) Saint Mary’s (NR)
15) Duke (8)
16) Purdue (11)
17) Florida (19)
18) Syracuse (NR)
19) UAB (NR)
20) UNLV (NR)
21) Miami (17)
22) Kansas (24)
23) Memphis (13)
24) Texas (7)
25) Ohio State (NR)

Some general thoughts about this list.

--Tennessee (14) is not included and Texas (7) may very well could have been left off. I think the core of these teams are gone and am not convinced they can rebuild quickly.

--I loved the Stephen Curry story last year. Not buying the book this year. They lost their PG and more teams will be prepared to shut down this one man show.

--SMC is going to be great. They return a very talented team. Among them, Patty Mills who went toe to toe with Kobe and Lebron this summer in Beijing. Mills, a sophomore, is a top five pick in the NBA draft this year if he leaves early.

--UCLA, a fixture in the final four, will just fall short this year, even with stand out frosh Jrue Holiday leading the way.

--While the Hoyas lost Hibbert, they get an even more mobile big man in Greg Monroe. Add him to DaJuan Summers and speedster Chris Wright and you have a fantastic team.

--The Big East is absolutely loaded and should get 10 teams into the dance. They have 5 teams with a legitimate shot to win it all too.

--USC loses super frosh OJ Mayo but gains another in DeMar DeRozan, who comes in with just as many credentials, but less of a circus environment.

--I would love to go to an Oregon state game to get a glimpse of Coach Robinson and his secret service agents. What a great pickup for OSU.