College Basketball Plus a Look at the Giants and Pats




By Jim Hurley:

Okay, so the countdown is officially on now for Super Bowl XLVI this Sunday – but it's also on for the NCAA Tournament Selection Show on the early evening of Sunday, March 11th and everyone knows that'll get here faster than you can say Mike Krzyzewski!

The fact of the matter is we've already seen the first signs of "potential seedings" in print and it didn't take much imagination to notice Kentucky, Syracuse and Ohio State were popular picks as #1 tourney seeds but – just food for thought here – do you think right here/right now the likes of Kansas, Missouri, North Carolina and Michigan State also have designs on being a #1 or are they sitting there on the "#2 seed line" at this moment in time?

Hey, it's never too early to ask, right?

Meanwhile, we filled in the blanks with some of the past weekend's action regarding the top teams in the country as per the Associated Press Top 25 poll and so let's shed some light on a couple of other highly-ranked teams here in today's jam-packed edition of Jim Sez:

#6 BAYLOR (19-2, 6-2 Big 12) – The Bears have become the kings of winning the close games as Scott Drew's club improved to 5-1 SU (straight-up) in games decided by 5 points or less with last weekend's touch-and-go 76-71 non-cover triumph over 7½-point pup Texas and now the next test comes Wednesday night at Texas A&M and Drew's crew better not sleep on the Aggies. No doubt that Baylor could be in this position of chasing down Kansas at the top of the Big 12 standings all year long – that's okay – but the Waco gang has gotten sloppy with the ball lately and could make this stickier than it should be here.

One thing to watch for with the Bears: They must continue to own the boards and Baylor out-glassed Texas 38-to-24 last Saturday afternoon and hope you noticed that a pair of players collected double-digit boards including Perry Jones III (14 rebounds) and the underrated Quincy Acy (10 rebs against the 'Horns).

#10 MURRAY STATE (21-0, 9-0 Ohio Valley) – Hey, the nation's only unbeaten even made news last night when not in action on the hardwood as the Bracket Busters Show announced that the Racers would host Saint Mary's on Saturday, February 18th and that figures to be the best B-Buster of them all even if M-State's not undefeated then. Still, the odds are Steve Prohm's club will be picture perfect 19 days from now and maybe it's high time some of the TV royalty (we mean you, Dick Vitale and Jay Bilas!) start to sing the praises of Murray State G Isaiah Canaan who will enter Wednesday night's home game against SE Missouri State averaging a haughty 18.7 points per game while shooting it at nearly 48 percent from the floor.

Our question right now is this: Should Murray State run the table right through next month's Ohio Valley Conference mini-tournament, than where do the NCAA Tournament folks put 'em?

Are they gonna be as high as a #4 seed? Stay tuned.

And now hear this

Jim Hurley and his Network of Handicappers and Bloggers will get you the Super Bowl XLVI Sides & Totals Winners on game-day plus there's loads of College Basketball and NBA Winners each and every day when you check in with us either right here online or else at our toll-free telephone # of 1-800-323-4453. Check-in times are after 1 p.m. ET for the weeknight action and after 10 a.m. ET on Saturdays/Sundays/Holidays ... get 'em while they're red-hot!

Here's some other College Basketball items …

Is there any chance Pittsburgh head coach Jamie Dixon can win a "Comeback Coach of the Year" within the same season? The Panthers' gutty 72-66 win at 5½-point fav West Virginia on Monday night was the latest masterpiece by Dixon even though he burned through second-half timeouts like a rich widow. Okay, so when the dust settled on that physical and whistle-filled game there was Dixon still with a timeout left (same could not be said for WVU's Bob Huggins) …

If you wish to sneak a peek way ahead to some other conference mini-tourneys, than consider that Miami first-year head coach Jim Larranaga, Providence's Ed Cooley and Tennessee Cuonzo Martin all could throw a monkey wrench or two in the ACC, Big East and SEC Tournaments, respectively – just sayin'! …

Finally, with all the talk about Harvard this year, let's not forget that the Ivy League is still very much up for grabs as Monday night's 82-67 win/cover by 1½-point home fav Penn pushed the Quakers to 3-0 in Ivy League play – Harvard's 4-and-oh right now – and the teams will collide in Philly on February 10th and again in Cambridge on February 25th. Good stuff for a couple of brainy teams that also know how to play some round-ball.


Let's toss some facts/figures your way here and report the following:

Since the New York Giants and the New England Patriots last met in a Super Bowl game (see SB 42 back on Feb. 3, 2009), the Giants are a collective 42-26 SU (that's a 617 winning percentage) and they are 36-32 ATS (against the spread) for a .529 winning rate spreadwise. In all post-season games during this time, the G-men are 3-1 SU and 3-1 ATS with all three wins/covers happening in this year's dynamic playoff run with triumphs over Atlanta, Green Bay and San Francisco.

Conversely, since that fateful February day four years ago, the NE Patriots are 50-18 SU for a resounding .735 winning rate while the Pats are 38-29-1 against the odds (a .567 winning percentage). The Patriots are a collective 2-2 SU and 1-3 ATS in all post-season games since that SB loss in Glendale.

NOTE: More Super Bowl Notes in tomorrow's edition of Jim Sez and remember that we'll have the Super Bowl XLVI Preview in Friday's edition of Jim Sez.


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