Ohio State @ Maryland on 2/11

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Hello, Sports Fans! With the very busy football seasons behind us, it is time to jump back in here by looking at some match ups down the College Basketball homestretch. First up, we head to the Big 10 Conference for Ohio State @ Maryland, tipping off 4:00 EST Saturday on ESPN…

OHIO STATE (15-10, 5-7 Big 10): The Buckeyes held off Rutgers Wednesday night with a 4-point play by Kam Williams with a minute to play, taking a 70-64 win in Columbus. 7’0″ junior C Trevor Thompson added 15 points, 13 boards, and 3 blocks to earn the crew their 2nd straight victory and just barely keeping their Big Dance hopes alive.

Thad Matta’s group is pretty well-balanced with 4 players averaging double-digit scoring, led by forwards Jae’Sean Tate (14.1p, 6.1r) and Marc Loving (11.7p, 5.0r) plus a solid big man with Thompson adding 9.4 rebounds per game to his 10.8 points.

On the injury front, Ohio State may be getting their starting point guard back in position. 6’5″ sophomore PG JaQuan Jyle (11.4p, 5.0a) has been taking a secondary role while he works through an ankle injury and represents a big step up over 6’1″ CJ Jackson (5 turnovers last game), his temporary replacement.

The Buckeyes are capable of surprising a good team in the Big 10 Tourney – and they are going to have to earn the invite they missed last season.

MARYLAND (20-4, 8-3 Big 10): The Terrapin dropped their 2nd straight Tuesday night with a lackluster 64-70 loss at middling Penn State to follow a tough 72-73 home drop to Purdue. Flat all night, Maryland managed just 20 of 59 from the field and 7 of 26 behind the arc against the Lions.

Dynamic 6’3″ junior G Melo Trimble leads the way with 16.9 points per game and is deadly from the line at .831, paired with 6’0″ Anthony Cowan (10.2p, 4.0r, 3.6a) in the back court. 6’7″ forwards Jackson (11.4p and 6.3r) and Heuerter (8.9p, 5.0r) are versatile and add some 3-point firepower (81-196 combined).

Coach Mark Turgeon’s offense starts with strong defense, allowing just 66.5 points per game on .402 shooting from the field and .320 behind the arc. Truly a team-rebounding crew with 7 players averaging at least 3 boards a game while big men Dodd, Cekovsky, and Bender are all capable of delivering a pass over the top on the break.

Wins by Wisconsin and Purdue Thursday night, paired with recent Terp losses, have ended hopes for a regular season championship but this a team that could still take the Big 10 Tourney.

FREE SELECTION: College Park will be raising a banner at the XFinity Center for former Coach Lefty Driesell. Driesell was the originator of “Midnight Basketball” back in 1971, the only coach to record 100+ wins with 4 teams, and piled up 786 wins over 41 seasons (17 at Maryland).

The Terrapins topped the Buckeyes 77-71 on January 31st in Columbus and we expect them to right the ship with a home game against a team they so recently beat. Better shooting, better on the break, a better star, and know how to grind with 17 made free-throws per contest. No line on the game yet but our prediction is 76-67 Maryland.

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Who’s Going to Win?

Hello, Sports Fans! Some 4 1/2 months of college basketball in the books and we’ve reached the doorstep of the 2nd week of your 2016 NCAA Tournament. Plenty has been learned about the skill and character of the remaining squads with one question still remaining: who’s going to win at all?

With all four 1-seeds plus a pair each of 2-, 3-, and 4-seeds left standing as we head into the Sweet-16, a clear favorite seems yet elusive. Since mathematics play a significant role in our work on the Over/Unders, we have undertaken an analysis combining our system of power ratings, developed over the last 2 decades, with a algorithmic approach to determine each team’s chances to hoist the Wooden Trophy.

We’ll save you the mathematical detail but to give you an idea of what’s going on here, our power ranking data is used to determine the chance of each squad winning their Round of 16 game, then forward to their next hypothetical opponent – a composite based on the relative power rankings of possible opponents, adjusted for the chance of each of those teams winning their Round of 16 game. And down the line to Houston on April 4th.

Turn the crank and here we go…

Virginia 20%
North Carolina 20%
Kansas 18%
Villanova 10%
Oklahoma 8%
Oregon 7%

Maybe not the Eureka! moment we were looking for but the numbers are the numbers and it does confirm a few things we’ve all suspected. This season we have no clear cut favorite, the oft-cursed Selection Committee did a superb job in balancing the brackets, and one side of a thrown die still holds out a slipper for the 3-seeds and down. It’s going to be one heck of a nail-biting ride!

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Kansas @ Oklahoma, Sat 2/13

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We return with a look at another match up of contenders to College Basketball’s National Championship, this week with a couple of top-10 squads tied atop the Big 12. #6 Kansas at #3 Oklahoma, tipoff 2:30 EST on Saturday from the Lloyd Nobel Center in Norman, Oklahoma. ESPN will provide the coverage.

KANSAS (20-4, 8-3 Big 12): Bill Self’s crew is off revenging an earlier loss to West Virginia, never trailing Wednesday night on the way to a 75-65 home victory, beating the Mountaineers’ relentless press by pushing the ball quickly, leading to 56.1% shooting from the field. Six Jayhawks scored 9 points or better, led by 21 from 6’8″ senior F Perry Ellis while 6’10” F Landen Lucas grabbed 16 boards and added 4 blocks.

Lucas and Wooden Award Finalist Ellis (16.9p, 6.5r) are joined in the starting lineup by a trio of guards, 5’11” Frank Mason III (13.1p, 4.8r, 4.6a) running the point, while 6’5″ Wayne Seldon Jr (14.4p) and 6’2″ Devonte Graham (10.7p) are able gunners behind the arc, nailing 95 of 220 this season. From the bench, 3-time National Coach of the Year Self, has a slew of depth at shooting guard and forward, with 6’7 junior Brannen Greene the best marksman.

The Jayhawks have the horses to push the pace all 40 minutes, scoring 83 points a trip, setting up a strong mix of easy points, shooting .490 from the field and .422 from deep while holding opponents to .406 and .330. Extremely athletic, natural play-makers (16.3 assists per game), and coached to play both ends.

OKLAHOMA (20-3, 8-3 Big 12): Lon Krugar’s group had a tougher time last trip, overcoming a 22-31 halftime deficit to Texas, rallied to the 63-60 home win by a tremendous closing performance by Wooden Award Finalist 6’4″ senior G Buddy Hiedl with 12 points in the last 3:11 including a 3-pointer to seal the deal with 1.3 seconds on the clock. 6’4″ Isaiah Cousins added 17 points and 6 boards while 6’8″ F Ryan Spangler posted 8 and 10.

Wooden Award Finalist Hiedl is positive scoring machine, averaging the major conferences’ best 25.7 per game, the only player in the country to shoot better than 50% from the field, better than 50% from three, and better than 90% from the stripe. Hows this for a stat: the Bahamanian native has equaled all the other players in the Big 12 with eight games of 30+ points!

Unlike Kansas, none of the Sooners came in a Blue Chip recruits, but Coach Kruger has started the same five every game, building chemistry that has racked 84.1 points per contest on .473 shooting including a blistering .451 mark behind the arc. Rounding out the starters are 6’0″ G Jordan Woodard (13.3p, 41 steals) and 6’9″ Khadeem Lattin (6.0p, 5.9r, 55 blocks).

FREE SELECTION: What a game! Kansas has a streak of 11 straight Conference Championships on the line, currently in a 3-way tie with the Mountaineers and Sooners, while another 3 teams remain just one game back. Oklahoma is 12-0 at home this season while Kansas took the first meeting 109-105 in triple overtime. These crews are very similar…the Jayhawks just a little more so. There’s no line yet posted and our bag is the Over/Unders but we’ll take our shot with Kansas by 3.

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Purdue @ Maryland on Saturday 2/6

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We have entered the regular season homestretch from college basketball and we will be taking a look at some match ups featuring the contenders over the next few weeks starting with a superb Big 10 Conference showdown this weekend. #18 Purdue Boilermakers at #4 Maryland Terrapins this Saturday afternoon starts us off…

Purdue (19-4, 7-3 Big 10): Coach Matt Painters’s group will have a week-long rest heading into this contest, last topping Nebraska 89-74 at home with 27 assists and 7’0″ 250# C AJ Hammonds earning his 3rd Big 10 Player of the Week Award with 32 points, 11 boards, 5 assists, and 5 blocks…all in just 29 minutes. 7’2″ 282# backup C Isaac Haas added 13 points in 12 minutes, earning the Boilermakers their 22nd bench points advantage in 23 tries.

A ton of size in West Lafayette when you add in 6’8″ F Edwards (10.5p, 5.4r) and 6’9″ 250# Swanigan (9.9p, 9.0r), earning a dominating 42.8/30.5 rebounding edge per game. 18.0 assists per game, feed the paint for a team .466 mark from the field versus .381 for opponents. Against the Huskers, this crew posted exactly zero fast-break points! Out of 89!

Purdue has outscored opponents 79.0-62.6 this season and, unlike some other big teams, can punish from the line at 75%. Another gem hidden among the trees is dynamite depth at guard. Behind Thompson and Davis, Painter can call on the trio of Hill, Mathias, and Cline that combines for 14.5 points and 6.2 rebounds per game and has dished 136 assists.

Maryland (20-3, 9-2 Big 10): Coach Mark Turgeon’s team is also off a win over Nebraska, overcoming 18 turnovers on Wednesday with a 70-65 roadie. 6’3″ G Melo Trimble scored 20 but emerging freshman star 6’11” 255# C Diamond Stone stole the show with 16 points, 10 boards, and 8 blocked shots.

The Terrapins’ starting five is stuffed with star power, each averaging double-digit points. Trimble is a Bob Cousy (top point guard) Award Finalist, G Rasheed Suliamon brings senior experience and 42-88 shooting from three. Stone plus 6’9″ F Carter (12.8p, 6.8r) and 6’9″ F Layman (10.7p, 5.7r) have combined for 94 blocks.

Exceptional size and athleticism places Maryland 6th-best in the nation from the field at .497 versus .399 for opponents plus they hold a fine mark of 75.7% from the free throw line to pile up a 76.5-64.2 scoring edge per contest.

Free Selection: The boys from ESPN better pack their steady-cams for this Saturday afternoon trip College Park because there is going to be some serious beef pounding the XFINITY Center paint! The Terrapins own an incredible mark 19-2 mark the last 2 seasons in games decided by 6 points or less, are 12-0 at home this season, and may have the best starting-five in the nation but there are two important points to consider. First, Maryland’s ball security has been suspect. Secondly, Maryland’s lack of depth could be critical if inside banging piles up the fouls, also displaying a rare Boilermakers crew that can offer a match from the charity stripe. No line on this game yet but, goodness help us, we’re calling for Purdue to pull off the upset.

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Texas A&M @ Auburn on 1/27

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Hey, Sports Fans!

We are right in the heart of conference basketball season and we have been – completely immodestly – killing the books (another win last night with Cuse/Heels over by 37 1/2) from the campuses! True, many players overlook the NCAA basketball Totals in favor of the sides but, the pros will tell you, the larger edges are found on the Over/Under side. Tonight, let’s look at Texas A&M @ Auburn…

Texas A&M (13-5, 4-2 SEC, RPI 32): The Aggies are riding a 4 game win streak in SEC play with Coach Bill Kennedy masterfully rotating a lineup as deep as they come. 4 starters averaging 8 points and 4 boards or better per game plus another 6 players racking between 3-6 points per contest and ripping nearly 14 boards per trip from the bench.

No less than 10 Aggies have a double-digit game under their belt this season with much thanks to the SEC’s returning and current assist leader, 6’5″ G Alex Caruso (9.2p, 4.5r, 5.3a), while 6’7″ Danuel House provides the explosiveness and 3-balls and 6’9″ Kourtney Roberson (7.9p, 5.3r) is automatic, recording 11 games this season with 1 missed field goal or less!

Auburn (10-9, 2-4 SEC, RPI 147): The Tigers couldn’t provide a better contrast as Coach Bruce Pearl has been in the process of completely re-working this squad according to his extremely successful (472-154 in 20 seasons) game plan.

Last season’s 30-game starting point guard, Tahj-Shamsid-Deen now guards the bench while Pearly builds around the trio of the SEC’s top returning scorer, 6’4″ G KT Harrell (17.4p), the SEC’s top board man, 6’7″ 278 F Cinmeon Bowers (13.5p, 11.4r), and college basketball’s top returning scorer in 6’1″ G Antoine Mason who averaged 25.6 points per game last year with the Purple of Niagara.

A team on it’s way to competing in a major conference but the highway numbers are still simply appalling. 9-2 at home with 76.8 points per game while allowing 68.6. 0-6 on the road scoring 54.4 per game while allowing 67.3. READ THOSE NUMBERS AGAIN! Plenty of home-cooking at this level but shooting .446 at Auburn Arena versus .340 away is…is…well, make up your own adjective.

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