THE COLLEGE HOOP MID-WEEK UPDATE
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THE COLLEGE HOOP MID-WEEK UPDATE - WE CHECK OUT TONIGHT’S TOP TILTS AS #18 MINNESOTA BATTLES #12 MICHIGAN STATE AND STANFORD’S AT #7 ARIZONA …
PLUS WE SAY GOODBYE TO NFL 2012 WITH FINAL POINTSPREAD STANDINGS AND GEAR UP FOR THE ‘13 SEASON WITH ODDS TO WIN IT ALL
No, you’re not seeing things:
The good folks at ESPN - a/k/a “Bracketologist” Joe Lunardi - already is busy listing his #1 seeds in next month’s NCAA Tournament along with his famed “Last Four In” and “First Four Out” and while it may still be a wee early to get hot-and-bothered with his forecasts the fact of the matter is there is significant jockeying going on right now in terms of tourney seeding.
In today’s edition of Jim Sez we offer up a pair of high-profile Wednesday night tilts with a word of caution that the likes of Arizona, Michigan State and/or Minnesota each could be Final Four-bound when all the dust finally settles next month - what, you’re only thinking the likes of Indiana, Florida, Michigan and Duke are gonna get there?
#18 MINNESOTA (17-5, 5-4 Big 10) at #12 MICHIGAN STATE (18-4, 7-2 Big 10) - 7 p.m. ET, Big 10 Network
It’s Round II between these not-so-friendly Big 10 neighbors as Michigan State’s in the revenge mode following that 76-63 loss at “The Barn” back on New Year’s Eve and what stands out from that tilt is that the Minny Golden Gophers scored 18 of the game’s final 20 points and had Williams Arena rockin’ as G Andre Hollins finished with 22 points and 6 assists and F Rodney Williams kicked in 15 points and 6 boards as Tubby Smith’s guys “held serve” there as 6½-point betting favorites.
Now, Michigan State - which inexplicably shot 2-of-10 from the free-throw line in that earlier game - heads into tonight’s clash having won seven of its last eight games since that December 31st road setback and expect Sparty to sink-or-swim here based on the overall play of veteran point guard Keith Appling (15 points in that first game against Minnesota) who is fresh one of the very best stat-sheet stuffing games in the college hoops world this year: That’s 24 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists in last Thursday’s 80-75 non-cover win against 8½-point pup Illinois.
If Appling gets “turned loose” here by Michigan State boss-man Tom Izzo, than the Spartans will get even in this season series but look for Minnesota to send the more-than-occasional double-teams Appling’s way here … just sayin’!
STANFORD (14-8, 5-4 Pac-12) at #7 ARIZONA (19-2, 7-2 Pac-12) - 11 p.m. ET, espn2
Here’s the one-and-only regular-season game between these teams on the 2012-13 docket and here’s a little refresher:
Host Arizona has lost only one home game this season - the 84-73 setback against athletic UCLA back on January 24th - and since than Sean Miller’s crew has won three in a row by a per-game margin of 14 points a game while the visiting Stanford Cardinal heads into the desert on its own three-game winning streak that includes triumphs over Utah, Oregon and Oregon State.
In fact, Stanford’s 81-73 non-cover win against 10-point dog Oregon State on “Super Sunday” featured a key last-minute block by Josh Huestis and not coincidentally it’ll be defense that either wins it or loses it here for Johnny Dawkins’ squad.
Stanford allowed the O-State Beavers to connect on 49.2 percent of their field-goal tries the other day (see 29-of-59 FG makes) and that simply won’t cut it here against a ‘Zona Wildcats club that ranks second in the Pac-12 in scoring offense (74.8 ppg) while ably sparked by the trio of Mark Lyons (14.9 ppg), Solomon Hill (13.6 ppg) and Nick Johnson (13.0 ppg).
And now hear this:
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THE NFL REPORT
Let’s look back first at the final NFL Pointspread Standings and note that these ATS (against the spread) records include the regular season, the NFL Playoffs and Super Bowl XLVII:
NFL FINAL POINTSPREAD STANDINGS
|New York Giants||7||8||1||.467|
|New York Jets||6||9||1||.400|
NFL ODDS TO WIN IT ALL FOR SUPER BOWL XLVIII
Now, without further ado here are the up-to-date Odds to Win it All for Super Bowl XLVIII in New York/New Jersey next February (note that we are listing only the 30-to-1 and shorter-priced teams in our chart here and note all odds here are based on $100 per-play wagers):
|TEAM||ODDS TO WIN IT ALL||EARLY-BIRD COMMENT|
|New England||+ 700||The Pats are the favs to win it all every year but how about the fact NE is a dreary 3-5 overall in its last 8 post-season games?|
|Denver||+ 800||If there’s more Manning magic, then Peyton and the Broncos could be playing in Eli’s backyard for all the marbles next year|
|San Francisco||+ 800||A Super Bowl loser has not made it back to the “big game” since the Buffalo Bills (see 1992-93 seasons) -- and the Niners know it!|
|Green Bay||+ 1000||The Packers have major renovations to make on “D” but there’s plenty of offensive ammo to think they’re a play at 10-to-1 price|
|BALTIMORE||+ 1400||Not often that defending champs are true long-shots to repeat but what’s stopping QB Joe Flacco from another monster year in 2013?|
|Houston||+ 1400||In-the-know NFL folks believe this Texans team has as much talent as anyone in the NFL but can QB Matt Schaub make it happen?|
|Seattle||+ 1600||Now that the Seahawks have become the “vogue pick” already to win it all next season you may wish to look elsewhere for your SB winner!|
|Atlanta||+ 1800||Even the home field advantage wasn’t enough for this year’s Falcons but if they can add a couple of physical defenders, watch out|
|New Orleans||+ 1800||Thanks goodness for everyone involved that BountyGate is in the rear view mirror but the Saints must re-make this defense immediately|
|Pittsburgh||+ 1800||Can’t be blamed for thinking the Steelers may have seen “window” close as talent level’s dipped and QB Ben Roethlisberger never stays in one piece|
|NY Giants||+ 2000||Everyone knows - or should - that no NFL team has ever “hosted” a Super Bowl but G-men simply need pass rush back and they could be back too|
|Chicago||+ 3000||The Lovie Smith Era ended with non-playoff spot last year but will NFC North team be fractured now without ‘em?|
|Dallas||+ 3000||The ‘Boys have won just a single playoff game in the past two decades and all QB Tony Romo “haters” know he follows a death wish script|
|Washington||+ 3000||Here’s hoping the RG3 Era is as long as the Redskins fans wish but just getting a playoff spot in rough-and-tumble NFC next year will be tough|
Note: More College Basketball News & Notes all week long right here in Jim Sez.
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