SJ is locked and loaded for Saturday NCAA and NBA hoops. See who he is picking.

           

 Season Record:

2011 NFL: 48-33-7 (+34.75 units)

NCAA: 2-4  (-12.4 units)

NBA:  0-0 

Last Week:

My transition from a stellar NFL season to the wonderful world of college basketball betting was not exactly seamless. We had 6 plays on the board last week and went a dismal 2-4. Notice the use of the pronoun we whenever the selections lose which, by the way, will be effortlessly substituted with I when a winning week occurs.

Don’t forget, I’m a filthy, lousy tout who keeps a legitimate record but will go to no ends to distance myself from the losers while trumpeting my winners. While this is not entirely true, it fits the tout stereotype and I’m just givin’ back what the people want.

I am not going to take you through the maelstrom that was my NCAA basketball picks nightmare of last Saturday. I won’t even begin to expound upon the fact that virtually all my games were headed for the win column until late in their respective games. Nor would I dream of pestering you with silly details like my two winners were my lowest rated plays while the other four selections flamed like JJ Gold on Fire Island. But as I have always said, the only person who wants to hear a gambling story is the one who is telling it. The final tally last week, where I cast my fortunes with all underdogs, was 2-4 and a bankroll busting -12.4 units. I am now going to attempt to fill the hole that we dug last week.

12:00 ET  Louisville at DePaul

Last week I backed DePaul getting 13 points against Notre Dame and though they lost the game, they covered the all important number. But this week the Blue Demons will host the top twenty Louisville Cardinals. The Cardinals defense is simply too much for DePaul as evidenced by their mid January showdown when Louisville smothered DePaul with a 76-59 victory and covered as 15 ½ point chalk. So now they tip off in DePaul’s gymnasium. So what…the disparity in talent between these clubs makes the venue irrelevant. DePaul is actually 6-7 straight up and 3-6 against the spread at home this season while Louisville is 6-2 ATS on the road and has covered their last 5 consecutive games. 

Don’t over think this one. Rick Pitino’s boys will dominate from box to wire. Play Louisville -10 for 3 units.

1:00 ET  UNLV at New Mexico

Remember when Jerry Tarkanian coached the Runnin’ Rebels during their glory years? Yeah me too….but those days are over dammit! Look, New Mexico got hammered a month ago by the Rebels but this time will be different. UNLV blew an eighteen point lead to TCU on Tuesday and Los Lobos will be loaded for revenge. New Mex has lost only twice in their last 21 games and they will get another notch in their holster this afternoon. Play New Mexico -5 for 2 units.

1:00 ET  Maryland at Virginia

The Cavaliers are all about defense and the Terps have won three of the last four between these two clubs. So why is a defensive team who consistently has trouble even beating their opponent this afternoon favored by 10 ½? Maybe the public is expecting Virginia to break the spell. Not me, I’m grabbing the points and liking it! Play Maryland +10 ½ for 2 units.

2:00    Missouri at Texas A&M

Mizoo is the 3rd ranked team in the country for a reason. They are on a 6 game win streak and punished the Oklahoma State Cowboys with an 18 point win on Wednesday. The Aggies on the other hand snapped a 4 game drought with a 47-38 victory over Texas Tech. But they scored…47 freakin’ points people! Despite’s Missouri’s struggles at A&M, they romp in this one. Play Missouri -7 for 4 units.

 

4:00 ET  Fordham at St. Louis

The squares play strictly the TV games while the sharps search for soft lines on the lesser known teams. Am I a sharp or what with this game?! Look, the spread is huge but St. Louis had few problems with Fordham when they played them on the road last month and came away with a win and a cover, 68-55 as 6 ½ point favorites. 

St. Louis is going to win this game by so much they will have to call the authorities to make them stop scoring because Fordham’s players will be weeping like school girls as they watch the men play basketball…by themselves. This will be an annihilation. Play St. Louis -21 for 5 units.

9:00   Ohio State at Michigan

I realize the Buckeyes have dominated this series over the past couple years but they have not always been successful in getting the cover. Here’s a game that they could lose outright. Michigan could very well do what the Spartans did last week when they handed Ohio State a ten point loss as 8 point favorites. I would like to play Michigan on the money line but this line has crept up, indicating there is money leaning on the Buckeyes. But is that public money or sharp money? I’m not sure that’s why I will grab the 5 ½ points and buy a hook to make it six just in case. Play Michigan +6 (buying a ½ -120) for 2 units.

NBA

3:30   San Antonio at LA Clippers

Lets add a NBA pick to the mix as well. Steven Suarez has already given us his pick for this matchup, and seeing that we have opposing views, I thought that I would share my thoughts.

San Antonio has been on a tear winning their last 9 games but they’ve beaten up weak sisters Detroit, New Jersey and Toronto during that span. The Clippers meanwhile have won 4 of their last 5 and have meshed nicely. Sure the Spurs thrashed the Clips by 25 points back in December but things have changed and this LA club is now a legitimate contender in the NBA. Chris Paul now has a rhythm he didn’t have before and it looks like this could be a defining moment for a Clippers franchise that has come a long way in a short period of time. Play the Clips -3 for 2 units.