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.
- Kansas City
- Power Sports
- October 23, 2016 - 1:00 PM
- Offered at:
- pinnacle @ -6.5 -107 Kansas City
1* Kansas City (1:00 ET): Fresh off upsetting the Panthers at home, 41-38 as 3-point underdogs, the Saints now take their act on the road where I feel it is very likely they'll experience far less success. The Chiefs, now 4-2 after an impressive win at Oakland (my *10* Game of the Week), appear to be hitting their stride w/ key players returning.
New Orleans' defense remains very, very bad. They are one of only four teams currently allowing 400 YPG. Kansas City just got done beating one of the other three (Oakland) and did so handily by a score of 26-10. Key was the running game, which rang up 183 yards thanks to a career day from Spencer Ware and the return of Jamaal Charles. Alex Smith should have one of his better outings of the season here considering the Saints' D has already given up four 300+ yard passing days. Save for a shockingly low-scoring loss to the Giants (16-13), the Saints have allowed at least 34 points in all other game.
While the Saints defense should continue its ineptitude, Drew Brees and the offense are likely to experience massive regression from last week. This will be their third venture outdoors this season. The first, as referenced above, saw them only score 13 pts in a loss to the Giants. Then, they were VERY fortunate to beat San Diego 35-34 thanks to the usual late game ineptitude from Mike McCoy's bunch. Back to back upsets (by a total of four points!) haven't changed my thinking that New Orleans is not going to be a very good team this season. 1* Kansas City