Thursday, January 05, 2006

And just like that, College Basketball Season begins

OK, so maybe it really started 2 months ago. But after a game as dazzling as that one last night, I know am fully able to move on to the other college sport. Yes, despite my loss of the Trojans giving the points, I was still quite satisfied with the game (not to mention the win of the over, as well as my Baz-inspired pick of Bobcats getting 7 against the Celts). Solid recap of Keith Jackson's best quotes from the game here.

Anyways, picks for tonight (from someone who knows very little about this 'college basketball' you speak of):

Michigan St at Illinois OVER 138
It seems to me that teams that are on a roll against weaker competition generally are prepared with good shooting, passing, and dribbling skills (the triple-threat, you might say). Also, early in the season, everyone knows how to play offense (since all these stars have been doing that since they first were able to dunk in the 3rd grade), but team defense generally doesn't come together until the unit has really played together. Therefore, I'm going to try out a streak of betting the overs, in this early season. Including this game.

Villanova at Louisville +2.5
This is Louisville's first ever Big East conference game, which is nice. Yay for Ricky Pitino, who is back in the conference where he started a while back. But really, this conference is good. They could conceivably get 10 teams into the tourney, which will ease the pain of the NCAA revoking their automatic BCS bid (we can dream, right?).

Anyways, while I think 'Nova is good, they have to be able to shoot from outside in order win. They have good guards, but the 'ville has some good inside play (Juan Palacios is a big boy, as 'they' say), and I give them the edge with the home-court advantage.

What do you think?

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