Memphis @ Oklahoma St. Preview

Great games are great bets, if the line is above a possession, which it is here.  Oklahoma State is giving Memphis four points.  I am looking forward to a great game featuring two of the best point guards in the country.  Joe Jackson is on my preseason top 5, because Marcus Smart was already taken on the AP’s preseason picks (and my list doubles as a “best of the rest”).  Enjoy those two speedsters battle it out.  This is one of the best match-ups nationwide between two ranked teams before conference play.

Tonight’s Memphis pick will also break the tiebreaker of how I’ve done against the spread: Matts ATS

Fine Matchups Follow First Four

I was wrong about KU, right about Michigan State. If you didn’t see VCU’s triumphant comeback at UVA, they play November 21st on TV.

College Basketball Eye Test

NBA Jam Jayhawks

Do you start your Tuesday by watching Quinnipiac vs. LaSalle?  Are you planning your daily workout around LSU vs. UMass?  Today’s tip off marathon features a grand finale.  Kentucky plays Michigan St. followed by Kansas and Duke.  What’s even better is that these schools have committed a few years to rotate facing one another.  The new tradition is called the “First Four.”  Here are my picks for tonight’s featured games.  I am taking Duke giving 3 1/2, Michigan State  giving 2 1/2, and Florida getting 11 points from Wisconsin (I thought that was a misprint on http://www.vegasinsider.com).

You know how the Tournament Selection Committee picks bubble teams based on how they play against one another?  Well, a lot of those matchup actually happen in November.  Tis the season for out-of-conference tournaments.  Teams that excel can really boost their resume before the punishment of conference play come January and February.  Here…

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Fine Matchups Follow First Four

NBA Jam Jayhawks

Do you start your Tuesday by watching Quinnipiac vs. LaSalle?  Are you planning your daily workout around LSU vs. UMass?  Today’s tip off marathon features a grand finale.  Kentucky plays Michigan St. followed by Kansas and Duke.  What’s even better is that these schools have committed a few years to rotate facing one another.  The new tradition is called the “First Four.”  Here are my picks for tonight’s featured games.  I am taking Duke giving 3 1/2, Michigan State  giving 2 1/2, and Florida getting 11 points from Wisconsin (I thought that was a misprint on http://www.vegasinsider.com).

You know how the Tournament Selection Committee picks bubble teams based on how they play against one another?  Well, a lot of those matchup actually happen in November.  Tis the season for out-of-conference tournaments.  Teams that excel can really boost their resume before the punishment of conference play come January and February.  Here are some great games on TV in November to keep an eye on.  They could double as bubble-busters before you fill out your bracket this March.

Tuesday, November 12th

*Florida at Wisconsin

Kansas @ DUKE
Kentucky @ Michigan St.

 

 

Thursday, November 21st – Florida St. @ VCU on ESPN U

 

 

 

*Don’t sleep on this Wisconsin Florida matchup.  Wisconsin debuted a convincing win against an athletic St. John’s team.  Florida welcomes one of the best high school recruits at a much-needed position.  Check out new point guard Kasey Hill.

 

 

This game features two of the most intimidating defenses in recent years.   Florida State’s fearsome defense led by coach Leonard Hamilton has taken a hiatus from the NCAA tourney.  I am looking for a bounce-back year after Hamilton has reshuffled the deck with some younger players.  I’m looking forward to seeing how VCU’s full court havoc defense stacks up to Florida State’s more traditional half-court ball pressure.  I predict VCU is too tough and covers the spread.

 

Monday, November 25th – Marquette at Arizona State

 

 

 

Monday, November 25th – Minnesota vs. Syracuse on ESPN2

Marquette loses Vander Blue while Arizona State gets a year of maturity with speedster point guard Jahii Carson.  I think Marquette will cover this spread, but this would be a huge resume boost for the Sun Devils if they can beat an Elite 8 team from last year.

 

I’m curious to see what Syracuse’s backcourt will look like this year after losing both Carter Williams and Triche.  Enter Andre Hollins.  The Minnesota Gophers shed a lot of baggage from last year’s team.  It will be interesting to see if both Hollins players declare this as their team with a statement win against the Orange.  My prediction is that they won’t, not this early at least.  Take Cuse against the spread.

 

 

 

Matt’s A.T.S. Forecast – First Friday

It’s the first Friday of college hoops.  This blog will show a log of how I do against the spread (A.T.S.).  Hence, Matt’s ATS is born.

Georgetown is giving three points, even though Oregon just suspended starting point guard Dominic Artis for selling apparel.  That would be my first Matty D Guarantee of the season, but I spend those very frugally.  Take Georgetown to the bank.

Wisconsin can go an entire half not scoring 15 points, so laying 5 1/2 is a difficult concept. However, I see their defense giving St. John’s difficulty.  Steve Lavin normally has a raw athletic bunch, so I’ll predict it takes them some weeks before figuring out how to play offense together.  The Wisconsin Badgers understanding defense will outweigh that athleticism.  Give that 5 1/2 and enjoy Jimmy Jackson’s kid play ball.

If you’ve read my blog, the next prediction is not a shocker.  I’m taking Colorado with the six points.  However, I think Baylor will be very good this season with the big man in his sophomore campaign.

Matts ATS – I will update this document throughout the season with my progress.

Teams My pick Final Score 1 if I won 1 if I lost
Colorado                           6
Baylor
Oregon
Georgetown -3
St. John’s
Wisconsin -5.5

Respecttheline.com Preseason All-American Teams

Did your DVR look like this Friday?

Did your DVR look like this Friday?

Preaseson Top 5

Respect the Line First Annual All-American Preseason Teams

1ST TEAM 2ND TEAM
PG – Semaj Christon – Xavier PG – Joe Jackson – Memphis
SG- Gary Harris – Michigan St. SF- Spencer Dinwiddie – Colorado
SF – T.J. Warren – North Carolina St. SF – Cleanthony Early – Wichita St.
PF – Patrick Young – Florida PF – Dwayne Evans – St. Louis
C – Isiah Austin – Baylor C- Jarnell Stokes – Tennessee

Honorable mention: Kyle Anderson, Sean Kilpatrick, Glen Robinson III

The Associated Press Preseason Top 5

PG – Marcus Smart – Oklahoma St.

SG – Russ Smith – Louisville

SF – Andrew Wiggins – Kansas

PF – Doug McDermott – Creighton

C – Mitch McGary – Michigan

*Editor’s Note:  I’m not sure how Mitch McGary gets more love than fellow-Wolverine Glen Robinson III.  I also don’t understand how Andrew Wiggins makes the list before ever playing a collegiate game.  Smart, Smith and McDermott have earned their spots on the AP list.  I found guys who earned their spot on the first annual respecttheline.com Preseason Top 5.