BYU Cougars and Washington Huskies set to ground and pound?

BYU Cougars and Washington Huskies set to ground and pound?

It isn’t often the consensus favours an outsider over a Power Five conference school. That’s the case in Saturday’s scrap between Brigham Young’s Cougars and the Washington Huskies, kicking off at 8:30 Eastern.

Brigham Young remains an independent after poising itself for a Big 12 expansion that never materialised. Regardless, Kalani Sitake’s squad is playing strong football. Their lone defeat came against Cal, when they lost by a field goal. They responded by eking out a similar victory over Wisconsin. Sitaki’s the first Tongan college football head coach, an appropriately independent, open-minded decision from the Mormon school. So far, he’s paying dividends.

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Washington is also 3-1 despite not receiving the same love from the betting public. After a season-opening defeat to Auburn, victories came over Utah, Arizona State and North Dakota.

The Cougars claim three from the past four meetings, with the Huskies winning the last. That was in 2013, however.

Squally Canada should seeplenty of action against a relatively weak Washington run defence.

Squally Canada should be busy against a relatively weak Washington run defence.

So far this season, BYU’s 3-1 Against The Spread. Washington’s only been on the right side of the line once.

It’s a big line. Washington are giving away 17 points. They failed to cover in their one match in that scenario this campaign, beating North Dakota 45-3 when the line was 46. On the other hand, BYU took care of your business against McNeese State, beating their Football Championship Subdivision opponent 30-3 against a 24.5 point spread. As big underdogs [+23.5] they upset Wisconsin 24-21. That result’s driving the action heading into this tilt.

Should it? ATS action says yes. BYU’s running 5-0 ATS away from home. Meanwhile, Washington’s 0-5 ATS in their last five games outside the PAC-12.

On the other hand, you should about the under. Consistently low scoring against the total from two strong teams suggests a close game. The Cougars went under in every game this season. Likewise the Huskies, who haven’t gone over in their last six September games or the last five times after holding an opponent to less than 275 yards total offence. Chris Petersen’s squad held Arizona State to 269 in their 27-20 win last week.

Myles Gaskin's senior-year production lags behind the pace he's set throughout his Huskies tenure.

Myles Gaskin’s senior-year production lags behind the pace he’s set throughout his Huskies tenure.

Both teams list several players as questionable but no key players are missing for either.

Each side’s ranked high in total defence, Washington 17th, BYU 28th. In each case, that’s down to the secondary. BYU ranks just 61st in run defence while Washington’s 64th. Expect the two teams to pound each other into submission. Cougars senior Squally Canada has 322 yards on 61 carries for a solid 5.3yd/carry average. The Huskies main man, Myles Gaskin logged 1300-yard seasons in his first three years. He’s on a subpar 357 yards this campaign, averaging a yard less per carry than Canada.

Unless Gaskin has a breakout game, the signals favour BYU.

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Free Basketball Conference Tournament (Big East) Betting Expert Predictions, News, Notes, and Odds For Thursday, March 8, 2018: Providence Friars vs. Creighton Blue Jays.

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The (19-12) and Number Nine Seed Providence Friars of the Big East Conference are in “GOTHAM” for their quarterfinal conference tournament match.

Providence play’s the (21-10) 24th nationally ranked and 4th-Seed Creighton Blue Jays also of the Big East. Tip-off is 2:30 PM EST.

The game is on Thursday, March 8, 2018. The teams will play at Madison Square Garden the “MECCA” of basketball in New York City, New York. The FS-1 television network will broadcast the game.

The Providence Friars exceeded all expectations this season with a strong Freshman class. Fans in “LITTLE RHODY” have plenty to look forward to, but they want an invitation to the 2018 NCAA March Madness Tournament.

Creighton will probably get an at-large bid to the annual March Madness spectacle. An 89-83 home victory over Villanova in February sealed the deal for Crighton.

The opening betting line has Providence as a four-point underdog against the spread on a neutral court. The betting odds total is not available for Thursday’s game.

 

The 2018 Providence Friars lost three of five both straight up and against the spread down the stretch.

Head Coach Ed Coley is a Providence native and understands the landscape in the smallest state if the union, better than any coach in the storied history of Providence College.

Since coming to his alma mater from Fairfield University, the forty-eight-year-old Cooley has led the program to four consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances.

All of the invitations came with a twenty game win resume,’ and the Friars are one victory short of the mark this season.

Many NCAA basketball experts believe the Friars must pull the upset over Creighton go even be in the discussion of an at-large berth.

Cooley and his staff want an outright Big East Tournament Title which is within reach. Afterall the Providence team is young and fearless.

Senior Rodney Bullock leads the team in scoring, but it’s going to be one of the Freshmen who must step into the spotlight for the team to keep their hopes alive Thursday.

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The Creighton Blue Jays lost their season finale at Marquette as the Golden Eagles got the season sweep over Creighton.

Head Coach Greg McDermott is in his eighth season on the bench at the Omaha, Nebraska institute of higher education, fifth season as members of the Big East Conference.

By all indications the Blue Jays should get an invitation to the annual March Madness Tournament but to ensure they get a victory Thursday could seal the deal.

The Blue Jay is one of the most prolific scoring teams in the all of College Basketball averaging 84.8 ppg. Defensively they hold opponents at just under seventy-five points per contest.

Guards Marcus Foster and Khyri Thomas combine for over thirty-five points per game between them, as they go so do the Blue Jays offense.

Creighton wants to get out and run every chance they get, but six of the last seven games between the teams have stayed under the betting odds total.

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The Best NCAA Basketball Conference Tournament(ACC) ATS Predictions, News, Notes, and Odds: Pittsburgh Panthers vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

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The (8-23) and Fifteen Seed Pittsburgh Panthers of the Atlantic Coast Conference are in the “LARGEST BOROUGH OF THE BIG APPLE” for their opening round matchup.

Pitt takes on the (18-13) and Number Ten Notre Dame Fighting Irish also of the ACC. Tip-off is 2:00 PM EST. The game is on Tuesday, March 6, 2018.

The teams will play at the Barclays Center home of the NBA Nets in Brooklyn, New York.

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The University of Pittsburgh basketball program has fallen on hard times since the departure of Jamie Dixon. The Athletic Department must find a remedy for two season’s of mediocrity; it could be a complete overhaul of the program.

Notre Dame missed the leadership of All ACC performer Bonzie Colson for most of the regular season, but he’s back and ready to lead the team to an NCAA tournament berth.

The opening betting line has Pittsburgh as a fourteen point underdog against the spread on a neutral court. The betting odds total is not available for Tuesday’s game.

 

The 2018 Pittsburgh Panthers will probably be playing their last game of the season Tuesday in Brooklyn.

Head Coach Kevin Stallings is finding it rough going his first two years since coming to the program from Vanderbilt.

Pitt didn’t win an Atlantic Coast Conference game this season, and that’s unacceptable at any program let alone the University of Pittsburgh.

Expectations are always high in Western Pennsylvania and the athletic department could buy out the contract of Stallings.

The Pitt Panthers were also winless on the road this season. Pittsburgh is 5-5 their last ten against the Las Vegas number but covered the point spread in their previous game at Notre Dame.

However, it’s Tournament time, and the Fighting Irish will have focus the entire game Tuesday as they are seeking to make to run to improve their seeding in the “BIG DANCE.”

Guard Jared Wilson-Frame is the team’s leading scorer with a little over twelve points per game. Pittsburgh must use the entire clock and take the best shot possible on offense.

Bovada.Lv has the Pittsburgh Panthers at +25,000 to win the 2018 NCAA Basketball Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament.

 

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish lost their regular season finale on the road to number-one ranked Virginia.

Head Coach Mike Brey watched his team compete for the entire game at both ends of the floor which shows they are ready to compete in the ACC Tournament.

Notre Dame is also 5-5 their last ten to the number of betting enthusiasts, going over the betting odds total six times and staying under four.

Massachusetts native Bonzie Colson played in just sixteen games this season and is averaging a team-high twenty points per contest.

Guard Matt Farrell is second in scoring and can knock down the three-point shot.

The coaching staff doesn’t want the team to feel they are already in the March Madness field; they want to advance to at least the semifinals.

The key to a Notre Dame victory is to play with a sense of urgency at both ends of the court.

Bovada.Lv lists the 2018 Notre Dame Fighting Irish at +2,500 to win the ACC Basketball Tournament Championship.

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Free Winning NBA ATS Picks, and Odds: Golden State Warriors at Washington Wizards.

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The (47-14) Golden State Warriors of the Western Conference Pacific division will be in the “NATION’S CAPITAL” for an out of the matchup. Golden State play’s the (35-25) Washington Wizards of the Eastern Conference Southeast in 2018 NBA action.

Tip-off is 8:05 PM EST on the ESPN Television Network. The game is on Wednesday. February 28, 2018.

The teams will play at Capital One Arena in the “CHINATOWN” section of downtown Washington, D.C.

The Best Sports Handicapper believes the Golden State Warriors are still the team to beat in the West. However, the Houston Rockets own the best record in the West, and Golden State will begin to flex their muscle.

The Washington Wizards have been playing better without star point guard John Wall. Wall is set to return to the team in late March.

The Opening Betting line has the Golden State Warriors as a nine-point road favorite against the spread. The betting odds total is 229 points for Wednesday’s contest.

 

The 2018 Golden State Warriors are undefeated since the All-Star break, going 2-1 to the Las Vegas betting number.

Golden State took down the New York Knicks in a high scoring affair in their last contest. The Warriors are on the East Coast for the second time this season.

Superstar Kevin Durant will get to perform in front of his hometown crowd for the first and probably only time this season.

The former Oklahoma City forward also gets a chance to reunite with head coach Scott Brooks, who is now having issues on the bench in the “BELTWAY.”

Warriors head coach Steve Nash has his team performing at an elite level as the Rockets are showing they can go toe to toe with the reigning NBA Champions.

As usual, Golden State ranks number-one overall in the NBA scoring the basketball, but they must concentrate on defense if they want to repeat as Champions.

Bovada.Lv, list the 2017-18 Golden State Warriors 5 to 8 to repeat as National Basketball Association Champions.

 

The Washington Wizards are 2-1 both straight up and against the Vegas number since the start of the second half of the season.

Washington is also 2-0 ATS their last two vs. Golden State, but with their best player on the sidelines, it could be a tough outing for the Wizards.

As bad as the teams have been performing this season they still have a four-game lead over second place Miami in the Southeast division.

The Wizards are 18-11 when playing in front of the home crowd, they also have a winning record on the road.

Washington scores an average of 107.5 points per game while allowing opponents 105.6 ppg.

Head Coach Scott Brooks seems to face criticism wherever he goes, and Washington is no different. Brooks is underrated and has the track record to prove detractor wrong.

The key to a Wizards victory is to play man defense, and the bench player must perform at an optimum level.

Bovada.Lv lists the Washington Wizards at +10 to 12 to win the 2018 Eastern Conference Southeast Division.

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Free NCAA Basketball Point Spread PRedictions, News, Notes, and Odds For Wednesday, February 21, 2018: North Carolina Tar Heels at Syracuse Orange.

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The (21-7) and Tenth-Ranked North Carolina Tar Heels of the Atlantic Coast Conference are in the “EMPIRE STATE” for a conference matchup. North Carolina takes on the (18-9) Syracuse Orange also of the ACC.

Tip-off is 7:00 PM EST. The game is on Wednesday, February 21, 2018. The teams will play at the Carrier Dome in frigid Syracuse, New York. The ESPN Television network will broadcast the game.

The North Carolina Tar Heels could bring out the best in Syracuse as tickets are a hot selling item. UNC looks to prepare to defend their 2017 NCAA March Madness title.

Syracuse is young but as always has talent. Could head coach Jim Boeheim be coaching in his last season where he’s spent the past forty-one years on the bench.

The opening betting line has Syracuse as a five and a half point home underdog against the spread. The betting odds total is not available for Wednesday’s game.

 

The North Carolina Tar Heels have beaten the Syracuse Orange the past five times they have met. North Carolina beat Louisville for their fifth straight win both straight up and to the Las Vegas number.

The Tar Heels are third in the Atlantic Coast Conference behind Virginia and Duke with a 10-5 conference record.

UNC is also 16-10 ATS, going over the betting odds total sixteen times while staying under eleven games.

Head Coach Roy Williams is in his fourteenth season on the bench at the most prestigious programs in the nation.

The Tar Heels have been in the March Madness Tournament finals game the past two season’s, losing on a last second three-point shot in 2016 and cutting down the nets in 2017.

Point Guard Joel Berry is the sparkplug of the team and as he goes so do the Tar Heels.

North Carolina must play at their own pace; they must put on a full court press after scoring.

Bovada.Lv has the North Carolina Tar Heels at 25 to 1 to win the 2018 NCAA Basketball March Madness Men’s Basketball Tournament Title.

 

The 2018 Syracuse Orange are 7-7 in the conference and have won three of four, including a massive road victory against Miami.

Syracuse has gone over the betting odds total in three of their past four games. As usual, the Orange feed on the crowd at the Carrier Dome with a 13-4 record this season.

Syracuse scores 68.7 points per game while they rank tenth defensively allowing opponents a little over sixty-three points per contest. Edison, New Jersey native and guard Tyus Battle is the team’s leading scorer with a twenty point per game average.

Syracuse wants to play an exact type of slow down basketball game, taking high percentage shots and tight defense.

The coaching staff will have the Orange ready for action in front of a packed Carrier Dome.

Syracuse will get an invitation to the March Madness Tournament but how far will they go?

Bovada.Lv lists the 2018 Syracuse Orange at 250 to 1 to win the annual March Madness Tournament Championship.

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Winning Basketball Point Spread Predictions, News, and Odds For Wednesday, February 7, 2018: Minnesota Timberwolves at Cleveland Cavaliers.

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The (34-22) Minnesota Timberwolves of the Western Conference Northwest division is in “THE LAND” for a non conference matchup. Minnesota play’s the (30-21) Cleveland Cavaliers of the Eastern Conference Central.

Tip-off is 8:00 PM EST. The game is on Wednesday, February 7, 2018. The teams will play at Quicken Loans Arena aka “THE Q” in downtown Cleveland, Ohio.

The ESPN Television network will broadcast the game. Fans in the “TWIN CITIES” are coming off of an exciting week with the festivities of Super Bowl 52 behind them.

It’s now for the Minnesota Timberwolves to give the region something to cheer about by competing for the playoffs.

As usual, the Cleveland Cavaliers are making headlines with LeBron James unwilling to waive his no-trade clause.

Cleveland will make the 2018 postseason but how far can they go in the East.

The Opening Betting line has the Minnesota Timberwolves as a two-point road underdog against the spread. The Betting Odds Total is 221 Points for Wednesday’s contest.

 

The 2018 Minnesota Timberwolves are on a two-game winning streak, but now it’s time to hit the road.

Minnesota is also 4-1 to the Las Vegas number their last five betting predictions.

The Timberwolves are on top in the Western Conference Northwest, division three games in front of second place Oklahoma City.

Minnesota is reaping the rewards from the Jimmy Butler trade and head coach and executive Tom Thibodeau understand what it takes to execute at an elite level.

Defense is the recipe for success for the young Minnesota Timberwolves. Center Karl-Anthony Towns, swingman Andrew Wiggins, and Butler average nearly half of the team’s points on a nightly basis.

As we get into the second half of the NBA season look for the Timberwolves to tighten up even more at the defensive end of the basketball court, they currently rank fifteen overall.

Point Guard Jeff Teague is underrated and could be the key to how far the Timberwolves can go in the playoffs.

Bovada.Lv lists the 2018 Minnesota Timberwolves at +1,600 to win the Western Conference Championship.

 

The Cleveland Cavaliers are having a topsy-turvy season so what team will show up Wednesday night in front of a national audience.

Cleveland has a one and a half game lead on Milwaukee in the division, but that’s not good enough.

Fans in the “BUCKEYE STATE” want a second NBA championship and they understand it’s going to take a maximum effort from each member of the team for that to happen.

Head coach Tyronn Lue must take control; there is the illusion that James makes all of the decisions on the basketball court.

The Cleveland Cavaliers rank near the bottom of the league statistically on defense, and it must improve.

LeBron James is still the best player in the world, but the gap is closing. Cleveland must find a combination that everyone is comfortable with if they are to get to their fourth consecutive NBA Finals.

Bovada.Lv lists the 2018 Cleveland Cavaliers Over/Under win total at fifty-three and a half games.

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The Philadelphia Eagles bring home the Super Bowl title to one of the most passionate fan bases in all of the sports.

The loyalist in the “CITY OF BROTHERLY LOVE” are just as dedicated to their NBA, NHL, and MLB franchises but February, 4th, 2018 belongs to their Eagles who took down Bill Belichick, Tom Brady, and the New England Patriots.

Head Coach Doug Pederson will enjoy the victory for a short time. Afterall we are Americans where yesterday is history and tomorrow is a mystery.

The 2018 NFL combine will be underway soon, and the Philadelphia Eagles staff will try to find their next dominant football players.

The past two season’s the scouting department struck gold with quarterback Carson Wentz and defensive end Derek Barnett.

On the other hand, the New England Patriots won’t change much, and the decision not to play former Super Bowl star Malcolm Butler still looms on Patriots fans from coast to coast.

In an emotional press conference, New England tight end Rob Gronkowski said he might retire.

I’m sure it was a sensitive time for the best tight end in the NFL, and he let how he felt get the best of him at the moment.

 

Philadelphia Eagles executive Howie Roseman deserves his share of credit for the Eagles Super Bowl victory over the Patriots.

Owner Jeffrey Lurie also gives Roseman a vote of confidence for bringing back Nick Foles and hiring defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz.

What will the Eagles do with Foles next season, after all, Wentz should be healthy and ready to take over the signal-calling duties?

However, as much as Wentz is beloved in Philadelphia who knows how much his physical or mental makeup is affected by significant knee surgery.

It’s a sticky but pleasant situation for the organization to have, Foles and Wentz are competitors who believe they can have success at the highest level.

Both Nick Foles and Carson Wentz are also spiritual human beings who seem to put their emotions and feelings to the side for the greater of the team.

Lurie, Roseman, and Peterson have a decision to make as they pursue another Super Bowl Title.

Bovada.Lv has the Philadelphia Eagles at 1,200 to win the 2019 Super Bowl.

 

The 2018-19 New England Patriots will be the prohibitive favorites to win the AFC Championship again next year.

Tom Brady will be forty-one years old, and he already looks fragile in the pocket. Earlier in the 2017 season one of Belichick’s favorites, Jimmy Garoppolo got dealt with San Francisco.

We all understand Brady’s ego won’t allow him to go out on a sour note. Tight End, Rob Gronkowski who’s a critical part of the Patriots offense is not so sure.

After Back surgery, wearing an elbow brace, and a severe concussion in the AFC title game “GRONK” says he could be done.

Emotions are tough to gage after a loss, and Rob Gronkowski wore him on his sleeve in the post-game press conference.

Who knows at this point what the former University of Arizona standout will do, he has plenty of options outside of football.

We are all rooting for whatever decision he makes heading into the offseason.

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