NCAA Basketball Fullcourt Report (Nov 11)
Here is a look at two college basketball games on Sunday afternoon.
Florida International at Boston College (-14) - 2:00 pm ET #520
Boston College is an experienced team that returns 74% possessions and 71% minutes played from last year's team and head coach Donahue should get this team out of the basement and possibly on the brink of a NCAA tournament bid. They should get a big and easy win over a depleted FIU team that will be replacing all 5 of their starters from last season, including their top 2 scorers. Isaiah Thomas is gone, so new coach Richard Pitino faces a major rebuilding project. Boston College is on the rise, while the Panthers have to start from scratch with minimal talent to work with.
Manhattan (+18) at Louisville - 4:00 pm ET #541
Manhattan's head coach, Steve Masiello, was Rick Pitino's former assistant and runs the same system as Louisville. The Jaspers came on late last year and with 3 returning starters they should be ready to go out of the gate this season. They have the talent to be a NCAA tournament team.
Louisville may have trouble stretching out to a big win as their offense is still a work in progress. Chane Behanan was suspended for preseason games, so he's coming into this game cold which could further disrupt the team's offensive chemistry. Pitino said, "I wish we had two more weeks of preparation." Also, Rick Pitino probably does not want to blowout or embarrass a former assistant and close friend in Steve Masiello.
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- Dave Cokin
- September 26, 2016 - 8:30 PM
- Offered at:
- pinnacle @ Over 53.5 -107
This is a 1* free play on tonight's NFL game between the Falcons and Saints.
Rivalry time tonight on the NFL gridiron as the Falcons and Saints get together at the Superdome. The early season data certainly indicates a high scoring game that could go either way.
The Falcons have not been very good at getting their defense off the field. Atlanta has forced only four three and outs in two games. The Saints weren’t able to generate many points last week against the Giants. But that was on the road and we all know it’s at home where QB Drew Brees becomes unstoppable for the Saints. Considering the difficulty the Falcons stop unit has displayed early on, I’ll be very surprised if New Orleans doesn’t have its share of productive drives this evening.
As for the Atlanta attack, we’re starting to see more no-huddle offense, and that’s apparently much to the delight of the players. QB Matt Ryan and superstar wideout Julio Jones have made it clear this is the style of play they favor. Offensive coordinator Mike Shanahan still hasn’t totally committed to the fast break on a full-time basis, but it makes a great deal of sense against a shaky defense like the Falcons will be seeing tonight, and I would be shocked if we don’t see no-huddle at least one third of the time, and hopefully even more than that.
Neither team has been able to exhibit much of a pass rush, and both Ryan and Brees are lethal when given time to go through their progressions and zero in on open targets. I don’t think there’s much debate that these two teams are at their best when the offenses are clicking, and I just can’t see wither defense being especially effective tonight.
Obviously, none of this is lost on the oddsmakers and the O/U on tonight’s clash is clearly on the high side. So I can’t really offer that there’s any particular value on this play. But I expect the shootout to take place and won’t be even remotely surprised if we get a game with both teams getting close to or even beyond 30 points. I’ll play the Falcons and Saints to go Over the Total.
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