Frisco Bowl preview, hot hoops picks and Bianca Ella Booth
Published on Wednesday, 12/19/18, at 10:15 a.m. Eastern.
–Tuesday was a nice night at the office, as my picks cashed at a 6-0-1 clip. It should’ve been 7-0, but Georgetown beat Appalachian St. 83-73 as a 10-point home favorite. I was on the Mountaineers, who never trailed by more than 10 points. The Hoyas took their biggest lead at 81-71 with 35 seconds remaining. App St. answered with a bucket but then fouled. Georgetown made both FTs and then the Mountaineers missed.
–I went 3-0-1 in college hoops last night, cashing with the Alabama-Liberty ‘over’ (139 pts.) in the Crimson Tide’s 84-75 win over the Flames, who have now seen the ‘over’ hit in all five of their road assignments. Alabama has seen the ‘over’ cash in seven straight outings to improve to 8-1 overall. The Crimson Tide hosts Penn St. at Coleman Coliseum on Friday night. My other winners were Oklahoma (-6) in its comfortable home win over Creighton and the ‘under’ in Buffalo’s not-really-an upset win at Syracuse. The Bulls remain unbeaten and have a great chance at earning an at-large bid if they don’t win the MAC Tournament in March.
–Since getting off to an atrocious start in college hoops while still dialed into the college football regular season, I’ve caught fire! I’m 10-1 in my last 11 selections (90.9%, +8.95 Units) since Dec. 8. I’ve cashed each of my last eight plays on ‘over/unders.’
–I also slipped in an NBA winner last night with the Nuggets at home vs. Dallas. My NBA record is now 30-24 (55.6%, +4.12 Units).
–Orlando star center Nikola Vucevic is ‘out’ for tonight’s home game vs. San Antonio for personal reasons. Vucevic averages 20.6 points, 11.7 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.0 blocked shots per game for the Magic.
–Other NBA injuries for tonight: Knicks’ Tim Hardaway Jr. upgraded to ‘probable,’ Toronto’s Kyle Lowry (14.2 PPG, 10.0 APG) ‘out’ and Memphis’s Mike Conley (20.4 PPG, 6.5 APG) is ‘questionable.’
–I went 2-0 in college football last night by taking UAB and the ‘over.’ Both were easy winners early and often. Those W’s improved my record to 4-1 during the bowl season. I’ve got the side and total pegged for tonight’s Frisco Bowl here, or you can just go ahead and sign up for my bowl package and cash winners galore with me from now until the finals of the CFP.
—MyBookie also has the first odds to win the 2019 Heisman Trophy. Love the respect being shown to Purdue star true freshman Rondale Moore!
–I have no idea why injury reports aren’t listing Florida WR Tyrie Cleveland for the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. Cleveland, one of the Gators’ best WRs, broke his collarbone in that pimpslap UF dealt out to F-Stick U at the Toilet Bowl in Tally on Nov. 24. He won’t play against the Wolverines, who won’t have Devin Bush or Rashan Gary. Bush announced this morning that he’s turning pro and won’t play in Atlanta. Also, Stanford RB Bryce Love joined the gang (more than a dozen now) that’s not playing in the postseason in order to stay healthy for the NFL Draft.
–South Carolina’s defense was decimated by injuries in November. However, senior LB Bryson Allen-Williams and DB Jaycee Horn returned to practice Monday and will play vs. Virginia in The Belk Bowl on Dec. 29 in Charlotte. Allen-Williams missed the Gamecocks’ last four regular-season games and Horn missed the last two. Deebo Samuel won’t play vs. UVA to stay healthy for the NFL Draft.
–We’ve known for about a week that former Clemson QB Kelly Bryant will be Drew Lock’s replacement under center for Missouri next year. And now we know who will replace Bryant in 2020: Shawn Robinson. He announced he was transferring from TCU recently and decided on Mizzou earlier today. He’ll have to sit out 2019 but will then have two years of eligibility.
–Vandy has landed Kyle Shurmur’s replacement. Ball St. grad transfer QB Riley Neal will have one year of eligibility for the Commodores and can play right away in 2019. Neal will be thrilled that star WR Kalija Lipscomb has already announced he’s returning to school for his senior season. We still aren’t sure about RB Ke’Shawn Vaughn and TE Jared Pinkney, who are expected to announce their decisions after the bowl game vs. Baylor.
—I’ve got two college hoops picks posted for tonight (with several more likely to follow in the next hour or two).
–Memphis first-year head coach Penny Hardaway is still extremely sour about Saturday’s home loss to Tennessee. Penny is obviously doing an incredible job of recruiting and putting rear ends in the seats, which is exactly why the legendary alum was hired to replace Tubby Smith. I like Penny, but it was a was piss-poor look yesterday at his presser (72 hours after taking that ‘L’ vs. UT). He may not teach his kids to flop, but his players were making Vlade Divac and dozens of former Duke players blush with those flops Saturday night. And then Penny finished his presser with a mic drop remark that wasn’t worthy of mic-drop-ness (if you will?) because the dude he referenced just beat him by double digits at his house (again, 72 hours beforehand): “Rick Barnes, get the fuck out of here.”
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Last but not least, let’s allow Bianca Ella Booth to make her BE Sports debut!