After a rough Day Uno here at Rumors and Rants, I’m summoning the ghost of Jimmy The Greek to help a fellow degenerate like myself get into the win column. It’s going to take a few weeks of course to either trust or hysterically laugh at my college basketball capping abilities; anything less than a few weeks is simply too small a sample size. Having said that (Larry David voice), there’s a ton of good value on the board for Thursday…
As usual, all plays on sides, totals, and favorites are to win the stated number of units. All plays on dogs are risking the stated number of units.
1 unit – It’s called a lean damn it, not a hunch.
2 units – Go on, I’m listening.
3 units – Text your homies and pretend it’s your play.
4 units – Mommy, please make the bad man stop.
YTD Record: 1-2, -2.30 units
Thursday, February 4, 2010
Miami (OH) at Western Michigan
Under 129 (-110, 2 units)
Detroit at Butler
Detroit +14.5 (-110, 2 units)
In their first game of the season, Detroit came out unprepared and got blown out by 34 points against then 10th-ranked Cal. Since the Cal debacle, this Detroit team has lost 7 other games by a combined 24 points. If you ignore their opening game, the Titans have compiled a 14-7 record and their average margin of defeat is 3.4 points. They suffered an 11 point loss at Michigan, but besides that no other team has beaten them by more than 4 points. Butler and Detroit have bumped heads once already this season, resulting in a close 2 point Bulldog victory at Detroit. Now the Titans take to the road seeking vengeance in the unruly confines of Hinkle Fieldhouse. Butler generally plays very well at home, but I’ve also seen them struggle mightily at times (see the first 15 minutes of the Valparaiso game) for no apparent reason. This Detroit squad has already shown it can play with Butler, and I think the odds makers are factoring in too many points for home court advantage in this game. All the value here is on the Titans, who are a very tough team to beat by double digits.
Chattanooga at College of Charleston
College of Charleston -10 (-110, 2 units)
UNC at Virginia Tech
UNC +3 (-110, 2 units)
Cincinnati at Notre Dame
Notre Dame -3.5 (-110, 2 units)