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.
- O (CAL at ARI)
- Power Sports
- February 12, 2016 - 9:00 PM
- Offered at:
- 5dimes @ Over 5.5 110
1* Over Flames/Coyotes (9:05 ET): Because the Flames went to a shootout last night (won!), I can only assume that the public will be "lining up" to go against them here. But that could be a mistake. The opponent, Arizona, has lost each of its last five games and given up a TON of goals in the process. Over is the best possible play here.
That three-game win streak has come with a lot of offensive production for the Flames. They tallied five goals in regulation last night in San Jose and then got credit for a sixth by winning the shootout. That came on the heels of two more wins where they scored four times each, all eight goals coming in regulation. As I said before, Arizona is giving up a TON of goals recently. It was only two to Vancouver in a loss Wednesday, but in the four games prior (again, all losses), the total was 21 (all but one in regulation)! The 'Yotes have given up a ton of shots during this time (35.6 per game) and goaltending numbers across the board are terrible.
In fact, this is a matchup of two teams that rank in the bottom three in the league in overall save percentage. Calgary is dead last in that department and will not have Kari Ramo to lean on tonight. Instead, it will be Jonas Hiller, who came in for the shootout last night due to Ramo getting hurt. The back to back situation thus does the Flames no favors here. Over the last five games, they've been fortunate to allow just 2.4 goals per game on an average of 32.0 shots. Their offensive production may decrease a little from last night, but I still expect to see plenty of goals on both sides here. The Over is 12-5 for Calgary this season if they scored 4+ goals the previous game. 1* Over Flames/Coyotes (9:05 ET):