Monday, April 6, 2015

Wisconsin vs. Duke

Good evening everyone.  This is so last minute, even for me.  I've had a hard time trying to decide who I'm going to pick tonight, and I was actually glad when Joey told me that the spread was (-1) earlier today, because I think it's that tough to pick the winner.  Of course if either team was getting five points tonight, I'd probably just take the points...  Okay, I don't have time to stall.  My claim to fame this weekend was picking Wisconsin 68-62 over Kentucky when the final was actually 71-64 - not too shabby.  Gonna stick with the high school graduation photo...


Coach's NCAA '15 Picks (Overall Record 14-14)


Wisconsin 69  Duke 64 - Wisconsin (-1)/Under 140.5

I like that the Badgers have two superstars (Kaminsky & Dekker), while Duke has one (Okafor).  I like that the game is in the Midwest (maybe those Badger fans scored the extra tickets for tonight's game).  It's an extremely tough game to pick, like I said.  If Duke wins, I won't be surprised either...



Now live from Las Vegas and the Palace Station Sportsbook & Casino, here's Joey...


Joey's NCAA '15 Picks (Overall Record 10-18)


Duke 79  Wisconsin 71 - Duke (+1)/Over 140.5

It's not the matchup that I or CBS wanted, but this should be one of the best Finals games.  Wisconsin has the defense to help their offense, and right now Dekker is on fire.  The question is, "is this enough?"  My answer is NO.  These two teams played earlier in the year and Duke won by 10.  Both teams have improved since then and it's a neutral site, so I'm going against the general public and picking the Duke Blue Devils as the next national champion.  Thank you and may all your tickets cash.  See you in the fall...


And thanks again to Joey for joining me in this nonsense of picking football games and the Sweet 16.  I'll pick nonsense here on a more regular basis also, once work slows down (or I speed up).  I posted the question as to who my facebook friends had in this game earlier today, and since they answered, here's the final tally...


DUKE has the support of Melanie, Abby (who is moving to Salt Lake City, WHAT?!), Kristi, Kari, Keith, Xondra's husband, Chris, and Wendy (Wendy came strong, posting logos and everything)...  :)

WISCONSIN has the backing of Mike, Taylor, Carl, Jason, Aaron, Xondra, and Nick...


Pretty even matchup, pretty even support...  Have a great night and enjoy the game everyone!






Saturday, April 4, 2015

Final Four Picks (2015)

Good afternoon everyone.  You'd be seeing this sooner if I hadn't taken a FIFTEEN HOUR snooze last night.  Better later, but still before the games actually tip off, right??  Duke/Michigan State is actually slated to begin exactly three hours from now.  I'm not going to delay any further since that's the case.  However, I am going to change my photo up this week, in the hopes that this is the picture that brings Kentucky down...  :P  Still sticking with my belief that their weak schedule is going to catch up with them.  This tbt ("Throwback Thursday") picture received over 60 'likes' on facebook (don't ask me why)...  High school graduation, a long, long time ago...


Coach's NCAA '15 Picks (Overall 12-12)


Duke 70  Michigan State 64 - Duke (-5.5)/Under 138
I believe that Duke is going to win this game, but it was hard for me to pinpoint a score.  That's why I'm pretty much right on the edge of the spread and the total.  Looking back at the original bracket, I told several people that I thought the winner of the Virginia/Michigan State game could very likely win the East Region.  Having believed all along the Gonzaga was overrated with a weak schedule, I liked Duke a lot in the South.  Two great coaches, two great programs, should be one great game.  I actually hope that I'm wrong about my Duke pick, because I have the Spartans at 40 to 1 to win the title...  ;)

Wisconsin 68  Kentucky 62 - Wisconsin (+5.5)/Under 131.5
Still gonna hear the same song from me.  Kentucky played Arkansas in the SEC Tourney title game, a team that was ranked 21st in the nation.  That means the next best representative from the SEC was only 21st in the nation - what does that say for the rest of their conference?  You saw what happened last weekend when they FINALLY had to play a team that was Top 10-ish.  Now the Wildcats get a legitimate Top 5 team, then either Duike or the team that would beat Duke (the Spartans) - I don't think that Kentucky is going to win it all, and I'm sticking to it...


And now for the guy who wants Kentucky to win, live from the Palace Station Sportsbook & Casino in Las Vegas, here's Joey...


Scores for the Final Four.  It's been busy at Palace Station, so here's my scores for today...


Joey's NCAA '15 Picks (Overall 9-15)


Duke 67  Michigan State 65 - Michigan State (+5.5)/Under 138

Kentucky 78  Wisconsin 62 - Kentucky (-5)/Over 131.5


So I have Kentucky and Duke on Monday night.  Good luck and may all your parlay cards cash!


And that's all folks.  Enjoy your basketball today and we'll be back with our picks for Monday night!