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1 Unit on Portland -1.5

Portland will crush a lowly Pepperdine team in the opening round of the WCC Tournament.  Portland has won 5 of their last 6 meetings with Pepperdine over the last 3 seasons.  Pepperdine is giving up a ridiculous 82 points per game on the road this season.  This kind of defensive effort won’t get it done tonight as Portland continues their dominance in this series.  Pepperdine is 5-16 ATS in road games versus poor pressure defensive teams - forcing less than 14 turnovers/game.  Pepperdine is 20-35 ATS after 2 straight games with 12 or less assists since 1997.  Pepperdine is not sharing the ball and Portland’s team basketball philosophy will prevail tonight.  Cash in with Portland as the favorite.

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1* on Toronto Raptors -5

We have to favor the Raptors tonight at home despite playing without Chris Bosh.  The Washington Wizards are hurting even more in the injury department with Caron Butler and Gilbert Arenas still out with nagging injuries.  The Raptors can play small ball and light it up from outside to come away with another blowout home victory.  Toronto is 4-1 SU and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings with the Wizards.  Their last home meeting back on January 30th resulted in a 39-point blowout by the Raptors over the Wizards with a final of 122-83.  Toronto is 48-25 ATS after playing a road game over the last 2 seasons.  The Raptors always seem to play their best when returning home from a road trip.  Take Toronto and lay the points.

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3* on Northeastern -3.5

James Madison is just 4-11 in road games giving up 77 points per game.  James Madison and Northeastern split their earlier meetings this season, paving the way for the grudge match tonight.  We have to give the edge to Northeastern with them playing in revenge mode tonight following a 3-point loss at James Madison the last time these teams met up.  James Madison is 2-12 ATS after 2 consecutive conference games this season.  Northeastern is 17-4 ATS when playing against a team with a losing record after 15 or more games over the last 3 seasons.  They have saved their best ball for the end of the season in the last couple years.   Bet Northeastern in the Colonial Tournament tonight.

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San Antonio Spurs vs. Denver Nuggets
Play: Under   

PLAY THE UNDER Here is why Over the past few seasons, every game between these two teams has played under the total. San Antonio knows that they cannot let Denver play their style of fast paced basketball and win the game. They are one of the top three defensive teams in the league, and they will prove it tonight. The last game between these two teams featured a very low scoring game, with the total finishing in the 160’s. In addition, San Antonio offense does not play well on the road. Kenyon Martin and Marcus Camby have enough size to limit Tim Duncan’s scoring as well. The Spurs have a tendency to slow games down against high scoring teams like Phoenix, Denver, and Golden State. They are very good about imposing their style of play on other opponents. In addition, Denver’s offense is high scoring against teams with weaker defenses, but they really struggle against good defensive squads, such as Boston and Detroit. This game will slower paced and become a defensive battle with every basket counting. 

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Atlanta vs. Charlotte
Pick: ATLANTA

Just like I said yesterday and it worked to perfection this line looks very fishy as Charlotte is a small favorite at home after winning 3 in a row with the last win being a Blowout over Golden St who just crushed Atlanta 2 Games ago. So if Atlanta couldn't beat Golden St and Charlotte beat the snot out of Golden St should they do the same to Atlanta. Well that's what Vegas wants you to think but we ain't buying it. Atlanta getting just 1' Vegas wants us to take Charlotte so that's why we are not. Atlanta wins in an Upset. TAKE ATLANTA 

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REASON FOR PICK: 4* PORTLAND over PEPPERDINE

Getting these two in a pick’em range right now tells us a couple of things – those misleading scores in recent Portland games has kept the betting markets from realizing how much the young Pilots have improved this season, and that there is also not a full appreciation as to just what Rico Tucker means to the limited Waves. That opens the door for us to play, and we will.

With only one senior in the playing rotation, Eric Reveno knew that this was going to be a building season at Portland, and we credit him for the way that they developed. By the end of the season significant strides had been made, but the scoreboards could not show it. In a three-game home stand to close out the campaign there was a solid win over Santa Clara, and then what appeared to be blowout losses to NCAA-bound Gonzaga and St. Mary’s. But note that they led Mark Few’s squad in the second half, and also played the Gaels much closer than that final score can indicate. It all works in our favor here.

Meanwhile what has been a tumultuous season for the Waves can come to a close tonight, with only seven scholarship players on the roster. Tucker was second on the team in scoring and first in assists in conference games, and the first time that they took the floor without him they were crushed 88-63 vs. a punchless San Francisco team. There just are not enough pieces left to build any kind of chemistry without him, and given the roller coaster the players and coaches have been through, we are not sure how hard they will be trying anyway.

Now consider the price range. How often will we find a pick’em category when there is such a major gap in defense (Pepperdine allowed 50.0 shooting in WCC play; Portland 46.4) and rebounding (Pepperdine was -7.4 in league games; Portland +.3)? And the Pilots can bring a special focus to this one – after winning at Pepperdine the first time around they suffered a stunning collapse at home in the rematch, leading by 18 points in the second half, and still 66-61 with 2:15 left before a 10-0 closeout by the Waves. That leaves a bitter memory that they can erase tonight, and having dominated the boards to an 82-56 tune in those earlier meetings their inside play controls this one.

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Valparaiso vs. Wright State Premium Play
Pick on VALPO.

Utah Jazz vs. Phoenix Suns Premium Play
Pick on the Phoenix Suns

San Antonio Spurs vs. Denver Nuggets Free Play
PLAY THE UNDER

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5* Toronto (GOY)
4* Boston
3* Denver

4* S. Ill
3* Ill Chic
3* Murray St


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4* IllChic
4* S.Ill
3* Delaware
3* Murray St

4* Seattle
3* Phoenix

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WILL SYKES

GS WARRIORS vs MIAMI HEAT
SYKE-O-ANALYSIS: First I'd like to say what beauty trends I have for this play. A good friend of mine got me into a habit at looking for referee trends, and I came across this UNDEFEATED REF TREND. This ref (Phil Robinson) has gone over 12-0 times this year when refereeing a game when the O/U line is set at 205+. Along with that beautiful trend, when Golden State plays home/away, versus a southeast team, they're a wonderful 20-5 OVER (that's 80%) I even broke it down a little further to a 100% trend; when Golden State plays on the road as a favorite against a southeast division team, they're an astonishing 5-0 OVER. Don't get psyched out here by the oddsmakers in making this total look unreachable, remember the Heat just picked up Marion on a trade, and have been picking up the pace. Take this UNRATED play and stick with Sykes so you won't be psyched.

WARRIORS vs HEAT OVER 221.5

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Golden State Warriors @ Miami Heat 
PICK: Golden State Warriors

REASON FOR PICK: Talk about teams heading in opposite directions? The Warriors have battled back from an 0-6 start to the year (remember Stephen Jackson was suspended for the season's first seven games) to get themselves back into playoff position again. Golden State had missed the playoffs every year since the 1993-94 season but ended that drought last year in a big way, by beating the 67-15 Mavericks, in the first round. Meanwhile, the Heat have lost 29 of their last 32 games, going a sad 7-24-1 ATS, proving they haven't exactly been very competitive in those losses, either. The Warriors are one of the league's deepest teams, as well as being the highest scoring team (108.0 PPG). In fact, Golden Sate has reached triple digits in 24 consecutive games, going 17-7 during that stretch. The Warriors are hoping that their 6-11 center, Andris Biedrins (10.3-9.7), whio averages nearly a double-double, will soon return to the court and late word has him upgraded to questionable for tonight's game. Either way, it shouldn't much matter as the Warriors are coming off a loss to the Bobcats on Wednesday night and don't figure to make the same mistake here with the Heat. It should also be noted that Miami's last victory over a winning team came back on December 22, when the Heat beat the Jazz. Lay the points (actually very reasonable) with the Warriors.

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San Antonio Spurs @ Denver Nuggets
PICK: under

REASON FOR PICK: Denver is capable of scoring 125 points on many teams - but not San Antonio. The Spurs are the one team that knows how to defend the Nuggets.

San Antonio has held Denver to less than 100 points during nine of the past 10 meetings. When the teams last met in Denver on Jan. 3, the Nuggets won 80-77. The average combined score between these two clubs in the last 10 matchups has been 179 points. The 'under' is 23-5-1 in the last 29 games between the Spurs and Nuggets.

San Antonio is playing outstanding defense, holding foes to 87.1 points during its past 11 games. The 'under' has cashed 71 percent of the time during the Spurs' past 21 road contests.

The Nuggets just played the Suns on Wednesday and racked up 126 points. Now they draw the Spurs, a complete contrast. 

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Portland Trail Blazers @ Milwaukee Bucks
PICK: Milwaukee Bucks

REASON FOR PICK: Homecourt means a great deal to both these teams. The Blazers are an excellent 22-9 at home. However, they're just 9-21 on the road, including losses in eight of their last nine. The Bucks can relate. They've lost four straight and 11 of 12 on the road. Conversely, they've won four of their last five games here, going a perfect 6-0 ATS their last six. That includes outright victories over the likes of Cleveland, Denver and Detroit. For the season, the Bucks are now a respectable 17-12 at home. Most recently, they scored a season-high 118 points en route to a double-digit win over the Sonics. Charlie Villanueva, who went off for a season-high 32 points, expressed the confidence the Bucks are currently playing with, stating: "We definitely got it done. We're a tough team to beat when we're passing the ball like that. Guys did a tremendous job of finding the open man and guys made big shots. It was a good feeling." Not surprisingly, the Blazers "held serve" when they hosted the Bucks back in December, protecting their homecourt with a four point (overtime) victory. Look for the Bucks to return the favor this evening, building off Wednesday's victory and improving to 12-4 ATS after having scored 105 or more points in their previous game. 

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Tampa Bay -5.5

Georgia declined markedly in the offseason, losing Chris Jackson and Derrick Lee (238 catches, 67 touchdowns) from their previously stellar receiving corps. Their offensive coordinator moved on. They lost their leading defensive back, Reggie Doster, the team’s interception leader. Hamin Milligan, the team’s leading tackler (by a wide margin) and #2 interception guy went on IR.

Things got even worse for the Force in Week 1. Doug Plank’s team managed only six touchdowns on their eleven possessions, a very poor ratio in AFL terms, losing by double digits at home. Kicker Carl Martinez missed a crucial late field goal that could have given them a shot at sending the game into overtime. Defensive back David Crocker, who had twice as many tackles as anyone else on the team in the game was carried off the field on a stretcher, placed on IR. In practice this week, their second leading receiver from Game 1, Brent Holmes (eight catches, 156 yards, three touchdowns) earned the ire of the coaching staff and was unceremoniously cut from the team due to his antics. This team is a long, long way from the squad that went 14-2 last year, and finished one victory shy of the Arena Bowl.

The Storm got off to an awful start last season, losing five straight to open the campaign, but they came on like a hurricane down the stretch after finally settling on an emerging quarterback. QB Brett Dietz guided Tampa Bay to eight wins in the last nine games of the regular season before a heartbreaking one point playoff loss to Columbus. They didn’t play particularly well in Week 1, stuffed on a pair of goal line opportunities that cost them two potential touchdowns, yet still came away with the road victory at KC.

We can expect a much better offensive showing from the Storm tonight. They added playmaking WR and return man Sedrick Robinson in the offseason, joining Terrell Shaw and Lawrence Samuels to form a formidable receiving corps, bad news for the banged up Force secondary. The Storm can be expected to put up points in bunches in 2008, the same way they did down the stretch last year when they scored 61, 69, 69, 55 and 55 points in their final five games. Expect a comfortable victory this evening.

Take Tampa Bay (Line as I post TB -5.5)

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Chairman - Milw Bucks
Millionaire - Iona


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Upset shocker: PENN


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Chairmans 10 units Milw Bucks -2.5

Best Bet 5 units Cornell -6

March madness
10 units Ill St -2.5
5 units Ill-Chic -4.5
3 units Austin Peay -7.5

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Loyola Chicago +4.5

The Loyola-Chicago Ramblers lost both regular season meetings to the Illinois-Chicago Flames, but the Ramblers are currently on a 10-3-1 run against the spread, and we give them a chance to pull the outright upset here.

The Ramblers already sprang one upset just to make it to Indianapolis, knocking of Wisconsin-Milwaukee on the Panthers’ home floor 57-51 on Tuesday. Most encouraging is the fact that Loyola-Chicago is 6-2 ATS on the road during this current streak, and in addition to that win at Milwaukee they also posted outright upsets at Valparaiso in conference and at William & Mary out of conference on Bracket Buster day.

Illinois-Chicago had a much easier first round match-up as they played at how vs. conference doormats Youngstown State, yet they failed to cover the spread in a 70-59 victory. The Flames had a rather uneven end to the regular season, as they are now just 3-4 both straight up and against the spread over their last seven games. Also, both encounters between these teams this season could have gone either way, as the 78-68 score in the game at UIC is very misleading as that game went into overtime.

We look for the Ramblers to stick around again in this game tonight at the very least, with a late basket deciding the outright outcome either way.

Pick: Loyola-Chicago +4.5


San Antonio Spurs @ Denver Nuggets u200.5

Although the Denver Nuggets like to play at a fast pace, this is an awfully high total for any game involving the San Antonio Spurs and we look for the Spurs to control the tempo here.

After all, the Spurs have always been able to slow down Carmello Anthony & Co., as the Under now an amazing 13-2 in the last 15 head-to-head meetings between these clubs including a perfect 10-0 in the last 10 encounters! Furthermore, none of those 15 meetings reached the 200-point plateau. San Antonio has now won 11 consecutive games, and as usual the Spurs are winning with defense, allowing just 87.1 points per game during this streak with the games averaging a combined 182.7 points, about 18 points less than this posted total.

Yes, the Nuggets are averaging 107.6 points per game overall this season including a whopping 109.7 points at home, and they are coming off of a 126-113 shootout win vs. the Phoenix Suns. Still, the last two times that the Nuggets have played teams that play any defense, they scored just 89 points at Houston and 93 points here at home vs. Detroit, and we have already mentioned their past difficulties scoring against the Spurs, including both games this season where they scored just 80 points here and 91 points at San Antonio.

We actually feel that these clubs will have a tough time reaching 190 points here, let alone going over 200.

Pick: Spurs, Nuggets Under 200.5

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Dallas Desperados -9.0

This is a game Dallas has had circled on its ’08 schedule ever since last year’s shocking Divisional Round post-season loss to the division rival Destroyers. In case you forgot, Dallas held a 14-point lead at the half and looked all but sure of cruising to the home win and cover in the second half. It didn’t exactly happen that way as Columbus recovered back-to-back kick-offs that rattled off the uprights, and had the game tied up with less than a minute expired in the 3rd quarter. The enormous swing of momentum deflated Dallas’ balloon in a blink of an eye, and they were never able to recover from it the rest of the way. Columbus’ win was one of the biggest upsets in AFL history.

Even though the Destroyers captured the National Conference crown last season, the front office decided to make wholesale changes up and down the roster. The defense has been completely revamped, and none of QB Matt Nagy’s receivers remain on the roster. Instead, they brought in WR Derek Lee from Georgia who once played with Nagy when he was a member of the Force. They picked up right where they left off last week at Colorado as Nagy found him 11 times for 95 yards, and threw 3 of his 4 TD passes his way. They held a 40-37 lead against the Crush heading into the 4th quarter, but couldn’t hold on and eventually lost by a 50-47 final count. They did however cover the 5-point spread and the combined score fell a half point Under the closing ‘total’ of 97.5.

Dallas picked up a big road win and cover at Georgia to avenge their only regular season loss from last year, but in the process, lost stud QB Clint Dolezel to a separated shoulder that will keep him on the shelf for 4-6 weeks. This is a big blow to the Despo’s plans of going undefeated this season, but QB Chris Sanders is a proven commodity in this league that will be working with one of the best offensive units the league has to offer.

These clubs played in some very memorable games last season. The Playoff battle has already been mentioned up above, but Dallas also stormed back from a 23 point deficit at home to upend the Destroyers by a 53-51 final count in their first meeting last season. Columbus covered as 15-point road dawgs then, and the combined 104 points fell Under the closing ‘total’ of 114. The rematch in Columbus saw Dallas win again, but this time, they pulled off a wire-to-wire job and managed to cover the 6-point spread in the 56-47 road victory.

Bottom line here is that Dallas will dominate this game defensively, and not allow the Destroyers new look offense much breathing room. Look for now OC Dolezel to call a fantastic game and for the Despo's to turn the page on that excruciating loss they suffered in the playoffs once and for all....

Sunday

Utah Blaze @ Cleveland Gladiators u109.0

The AFL kicked off in fine fashion last week in Cleveland when the franchise won its first game of the season over the NY Dragons in a game that saw 17,000+ pack the Quicken Loans Center to get a glimpse of Cleveland icon Bernie Kosar’s new team. The Gladiators franchise came over from Las Vegas where they turned into one of the worst franchises in the league the last couple seasons. Kosar wanted experienced vets to lead his team in its first year of existence in Cleveland, and that’s exactly what he got. He couldn’t have made a better choice at the QB position when he decided to bring in Raymond Philyaw who had a monster season in KC last year to help lead the Brigade to the post-season in just the franchises second year of existence. He also stacked the D-Line with AFL vets Silas Demary and Joe Minucci who made names for themselves while playing for Los Angeles and Nashville.

The Gladiators proved to be more of a smashmouth team last week when they gained 308 yards overall, but gained 68 of them on the ground. FB/LB Marlion Jackson set the pace on the ground, while QB Philyaw kept the Dragons defense honest by completing 18-of-23 passes for 248 yards and 5 TDs with 1 INT. They won the turnover battle 3:2 and outscored NY 21-14 to pull away for the 61-49 home win and cover.

Head coach Danny White’s Utah Blaze were one of the more entertaining teams to watch in the league last season. Their offense was simply sensational led by QB Joe Germaine who passed for a league record 5,005 yards last season. He picked right back where he left off last week against Arizona when he completed 19-of-31 passes for 236 yards and 5 TDs with 1 INT. The Blaze lost however by a 63-62 final count when K Steve Videtich’s last second FG attempt sailed wide left.

Oddsmakers installed the Gladiators as short 1-point home favorites, but the betting public has bought into Kosar’s team and the line now sits at (-3.5) with the ‘total’ set at 109. Utah failed to cover the spread in both of their meetings with the Gladiators last season. They won by a 57-47 final tally in “Sin City” as 10.5-point road chalks, and shockingly lost SU to the Glads at home in the rematch as 17-point favorites. The Under has cashed in 4 of Utah’s L/5 road games, and it’s also cashed in 6 of the Gladiators L/9 home games. Look for Cleveland to look to the control the clock with its ground attack while keeping the potent Blaze offense on the sideline in the process. The ‘Under’ looks to be an awfully tasty proposition.

Monday

San Jose SaberCats -10.5

The defending ArenaBowl Champions got off to a rough start last week in Chicago in a game that was a tail of two halves. Chicago busted out of the gates to grab a quick 14-0 lead, but the Sabercats stayed calm, cool, and collected and got themselves right back into the game. After Rodney Wright hauled in a 6-yard TD pass from QB Mark Grieb at the 10:50 mark of the second quarter, the Sabercats astonishingly found themselves up 21-14. The All State Arena seemed to be a more tranquil place after that, but the Rush weren’t going to go down quietly. The 2nd quarter expired when K AJ Haglund nailed a 45-yard FG, and the Sabercats went into the break down a point at 28-27. They were right in it, and Head Coach Darren Arbet demanded his men got more physical in the second half to allow them to steal a win.

It didn’t happen however as they were outscored 14-7 in the third quarter and 28-13 in the final quarter. There was a very questionable call made that went against the Sabercats on what was a perceived fumble by WR James Roe, but replay made it clearly apparent that his knee was down before he lost control of the pigskin. Thankfully for the Rush, there is no instant replay in this league. Mark Grieb completed 35-of-46 passes for 353 yards and 5 TDs, but Chicago’s relentless stop unit coaxed him into throwing some errant passes that were picked off three times. They lost the turnover battle 5:2 and only converted 2 of their 6 3rd down tries. All in all, the defending champs got beat up pretty bad and will no doubt take the field against Grand Rapids in search of atonement.

Tonight’s game will be the first of the season for Grand Rapids as they were the lone team off last week. The new look Rampage have a new leader at the helm that goes by the name of Steve Thonn. He was the offensive coordinator for the Georgia Force, who averaged a whopping 62.9 PPG in 2007. They rebuilt their roster through Nashville and Austin folding. The secondary looks rather impressive, headed up by Ahmad Hawkins, who broke the AFL record with 13 INTs in 2007. The offense seems patchwork, but if anyone can build an offense from the ground up, it’s Steve Thonn.

San Jose is an 11-point road chalk with the ‘total’ set at 106 for this match-up. In the eight games played between these two clubs, San Jose has won 7 of them SU and gone 6-2-1 ATS. The Sabercats have won 4 of its L/5 road games SU, and they’re a solid 9-3-1 ATS its L/13 road contests.

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Golden State-4.5


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Drexel +1, 2* @ +2


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Drew Gordon Writeups:

1. 200,000* 76ers
2. 50,000* Wright State
3. 50,000* Suns

1. 76ers- How can you possibly not like the 76ers at home in this one, being they've gone 8-1 SU and 9-0 ATS over their last 9 at the Wachovia Center?! Underestimate them at your own risk, as they've found the right chemistry nd it shows, going 13-3-1 ATS over their last 17 games overall! Guys, the 76ers are more than capable of blowing the doors off this road-weary Sonics team tonight, and I'll prove to you.

First, let's talk match ups, as the two Andre's, Miller and Igoudala, are playing their best basketball of the season right now. But its not just them, as their unselfishness has become contagious, with players like Willie Green, Louis Williams, and Thaddeus Young all playing well above their averages. Besides Durant, the 76ers have edges at almost every position, and even Durant can be maddeningly inconsistent with his shot.

Seattle is absolutely atrocious on the defensive end, allowing 113 ppg on 49% shooting (43% from 3-point) over their last 5 games, and you better believe this resurgent 76ers offense will take advantage. Over their last 5 games, Philly is averaging 104 ppg on a scorching 49% shooting! When you add in the fact the 76ers have been off since Monday, all the extra rest and preparation time only makes it that much worse for Seattle tonight, playing their 4th road game in 6 nights.

Bottom line, the 76ers have been money at home over the last month or so, and there's little reason to believe a tired, road-weary Sonics team will do anything to reverse that trend tonight. Philly not only has a tremendous edge defensively, but with their offense firing on all cylinders, plus the extra prep time, look for the 76ers to get the lopsided home win and cover in this one. 76ers roll!

Take the 76ers BIG over the Sonics as your top-rated play of the day.

2. Wright State- Based on their last meeting (75-73 Valparaiso OT win, but Wright State cover) I can understand why oddsmakers would make this game a near pick'em situation. However, for those of us who follow the Horizon, tonight's match up clearly favors the Raiders and here's why:

First and foremost, there's double revenge, as the Crusaders won both meetings this season. Revenge is one of the best motivators in college sports, and I just don't see Valpo sticking it to Wright State 3 straight times.

In their last meeting, both Duggins (2 for 9 shooting) and Brown (4 for 13 shooting) shot poorly, but Wright State still managed to cover. Why? Two reasons: A. Their defense, which allowed Valpo to shoot only 40% on their home floor. And B. They take care of the basketball, committing only 6 turnovers all game (incl. OT)! Now on a neutral court, these differences become even more apparent, as the Raiders were excellent against Detroit in their last one (allowed a total 37 points on 33% shooting) and will be excellent once again here tonight!

Finally, one match up the Raiders are sure to key on is F Michael Rogers, who dropped 21 points and 12 rebounds in his best game of the season in their last meeting. This is a kid who usually averages 3 ppg and 3 boards/game, so there's no excuse for Wilson and Pleiman to allow him to go off again. Note, he scored only 2 points and grabbed 2 rebounds in the game following their win over Wright State... So don't tell me he can't be stopped!

Bottom line, Wright State gets their redemption, advances in the Horizon tourney, and grabs the cash all in one fell swoop tonight. They've got edge on defense, the edge in the backcourt, and this time around they won't allow a monster game from Rogers. Raiders take care of business in this one!

Take Wright State over Valparaiso in this Horizon League Quarterfinal match up.

3. Suns- I know there's been a lot of talk about the Shaq trade, and the Suns subsequent slide since he joined their team, but let's not get carried away. The Suns are still 21-9 SU at home, and for one of the few times this season, they're getting favorable odds at home. I can understand them being slight favorites over teams like Boston or Detroit, but the Jazz are not on their level, at least not on the road.

The Jazz are a team with a split personality, great at home, absolute garbage on the road. The line on this game is all about perception - People perceieve the Suns as struggling, but in reality, the Jazz's struggles on the road are well-documented and far more severe, having gone 13-19 SUATS away this season! Sure, the Suns are having issues incorporating Shaq in their run-and-gun system, but this just might be the game it start to pay off.

The Jazz usually have a signifcant size edge with their big frontcourt, that features Boozer, Kirilenko, and Okur. But Kirilenko is injured, and neither Boozer or Okur can cover O'Neal with any consistency. Not only that, but Shaq's presence has opened the door for Stoudemire, who's much more efficient in the power forward spot. Note that Shaq's 18 rebounds at Denver was one of his best efforts of the season (a good sign for Suns fans).

The biggest difference between the Jazz's home play and road play is defense, allowing 104 ppg on 46% shooting away this season. That's simply not good enough against a team like the Suns, that averages upwards of 110 ppg at home this season! Let's not forget Utah crushed the Suns in their last meeting, and Phoenix will be looking for redemption on their home court tonight.

Bottom line, Utah's road woes remerge tonight, as the Suns need to start winning, and a road-weary Jazz team is just what the doctor ordered. Match ups are solid across the board for Phoenix, including O'Neal. In the end, the Suns protect their house and grab the cash in the process!

Take the Suns comfortably over the Jazz in this NBA match up.

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Ohio Valley Conference Tourney
7 PM 1000* OHIO VALLEY TOURNAMENT GAME OF THE YEAR
Austin Peay

Horizon Conference Tourney
820 PM 500* HORIZON LEAGUE CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT WINNER
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