So there I was, gliding along on the season with my predictions. I tweeted smack talk, saying how I was 66% correct on the season (26-13). That’s when the full court press caught me. Like a stunned offense in front of the Cameron Crazies, I needed a timeout.
I licked my wounds, re-watched tape, and debrief on two of my worst losses. You can see my posts about what SMU and Stl John’s taught me by picking against them.
This week I will tone it down in attitude and rely on “what got me here.” My eye test still hasn’t failed me. I can live with a 27-17 record, for now.
This week I would like to take Old Dominion getting 4 1/2 points at UTEP, but I just haven’t seen enough of either team.
I”ll nickname this week “the icing on the cake.”
VCU has lost a couple times since losing Briante Weber. Conference rivals like Dayton, George Washington and Temple have been eager to seize the moment. I trust point guard Joe McDonald to handle the Havoc defense. I see the Eric Snow play-alike to capture this win. In a pick ’em, I have to take George Washington as an “icing on the cake” for their testimony towards postseason.
I like Michigan State to actually cover 2 1/2 points against Ohio State. I keep looking at that line thinking Ohio State is a gimme, but I think that coach Tom Izzo will find a answer to De’Angelo Russell. I think a Spartans win would be the “icing on the cake,” for Michigan State to be an official pain in the committee’s decision-making behind.
Can you envision Tom Izzo’s team in the NIT?
Give me St. John’s getting eight. They’re on Joe Lunardi’s latest bracket as a play-in 12 seed. A win *at Xavier would be the icing on the cake for the Storm to stay on that inside the bubble fold.
Iowa State is a 3 or 4 seed. It’s much more dangerous to be a 5 or 6 seed. Saturday will be the icing on the cake for Iowas State to separate its cream from the crop of Big 12 teams. I think they’ll throttle West Virginia.
And, finally, Villanova is in similar position as are the Iowa State Cyclones. Villanova beat a quality Providence team wire-to-wire the other night. I expect the Wildcats to hold serve and hold on to that projected 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament. A win at Butler would all but guarantee this, especially if they par-out the rest of the way. Give me Villanova minus two points.
Here is a history of my selections so far this season:
(Starting with the most recent)