Monday, December 22, 2014

Predictions - 22 Dec

Upset picks are in italics.

NFL

Denver at Cincinnati - Broncos by 6

College Football

Miami Beach - Memphis vs. BYU - Tigers by 2

NBA

Denver at Charlotte - Nuggets by 2
Toronto at Chicago - Raptors by 1
Portland at Houston - Trail Blazers by 4
Utah at Memphis - Grizzlies by 10
Atlanta at Dallas - Mavericks by 3
LA Clippers at San Antonio - Spurs by 1
Sacramento at Golden State - Warriors by 12

College Basketball

Stetson at Florida State - Seminoles by 20
Brown at Central Connecticut State - Blue Devils by 6
UIC at Northwestern - Wildcats by 18
Bradley vs. Arkansas-Little Rock - Braves by 7
Ohio vs. George Washington - Colonials by 15
Southern Utah vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff - Thunderbirds by 4
Elon at Kennesaw State - Phoenix by 10
Dartmouth at Penn State - Nittany Lions by 7
DePaul vs. Colorado - Buffaloes by 10
UC Irvine vs. Green Bay - Phoenix by 5
Lewis & Clark at Portland - Pilots by 33
South Carolina State vs. Abilene Christian - Bulldogs by 7
Miami (OH) at (12) Ohio State - Buckeyes by 36
The Citadel at Michigan State - Spartans by 25
Idaho at Northern Kentucky - Norse by 10
Manhattan vs. Fordham - Jaspers by 2
Gardner-Webb at Purdue - Boilermakers by 20
Truett-McConnell at Georgia Southern - Eagles by 36
(10) Kansas at Temple - Jayhawks by 10
Northern Illinois at (21) Notre Dame - Fighting Irish by 27
UT Martin at (23) Butler - Bulldogs by 12
Fairfield at Albany - Great Danes by 13
IPFW at Illinois State - Redbirds by 13
Florida A&M at East Carolina - Pirates by 23
SE Louisiana at UCF - Lions by 2
Bucknell at Wake Forest - Demon Deacons by 16
Colgate at Syracuse - Orange by 13
Towson at Navy - Tigers by 4
Oakland at Clemson - Tigers by 10
VMI at Virginia Tech - Keydets by 1
East Tennessee State at VCU - Rams by 16
Mercer at Tennessee - Volunteers by 13
Liberty at Princeton - Tigers by 12
Maryland-Eastern Shore at St. Bonaventure - Bonnies by 16
Eastern Kentucky at FAU - Colonels by 13
William & Mary at Old Dominion - Monarchs by 10
LIU Brooklyn at New Hampshire - Wildcats by 14
Binghamton at Mount St. Mary's - Mountaineers by 17
Delaware at Robert Morris - Colonials by 15
New Orleans at Indiana - Hoosiers by 25
Norfolk State at James Madison - Dukes by 5
Alabama A&M at Western Michigan - Broncos by 23
North Dakota State vs. Alcorn State - Bison by 12
Long Beach State at (20) St. John's - Red Storm by 10
Wofford at (22) West Virginia - Mountaineers by 16
Columbia vs. Connecticut - Huskies by 2
Weber State at (15) Oklahoma - Sooners by 27
Loyola (IL) vs. Texas Tech - Red Raiders by 9
Incarnate Word at Tulsa - Golden Hurricane by 1
Central Michigan at McNeese State - Chippewas by 13
North Florida at Iowa - Hawkeyes by 15
UAB at Chattanooga - Mocs by 14
Furman at Minnesota - Golden Gophers by 27
Charleston Southern at Colorado State - Rams by 12
Chicago State at SIU Edwardsville - SIUE Cougars by 12
Southern at Baylor - Bears by 30
NC Central at Jackson State - Eagles by 13
Pennsylvania at Vanderbilt - Commodores by 17
Rice at Lamar - Cardinals by 16
Coppin State at Michigan - Wolverines by 24
SE Missouri State at Ole Miss - Rebels by 14
Grambling State at TCU - Horned Frogs by 42
Oral Roberts at Missouri State - Bears by 6
Murray State at Southern Illinois - Salukis by 1
Simpson at Drake - Bulldogs by 23
Tennessee Tech at UMKC - Golden Eagles by 1
(5) Wisconsin at California - Badgers by 12
(18) Miami (FL) vs. Providence - Hurricanes by 3
North Dakota at Marquette - Golden Eagles by 16
UC Davis at Northern Colorado - Bears by 3
Jacksonville State at Air Force - Falcons by 15
UC Santa Barbara at Oregon - Ducks by 4
Milwaukee at Arkansas - Razorbacks by 27
Charleston at LSU - Tigers by 14
Northeastern at Saint Mary's - Gaels by 5
Northern New Mexico at New Mexico State - Aggies by 35
Kent State at UTEP - Miners by 15
Walla Walla at Portland State - Vikings by 24
Lewis Clark State at Eastern Washington - Eagles by 43
Marshall at Nevada - Wolf Pack by 3
Texas A&M-CC at CS Fullerton - Titans by 9
Boise State vs. Houston - Broncos by 16
Loyola Marymount vs. (11) Wichita State - Shockers by 20
Tulane at (16) Washington - Huskies by 17
UC Riverside at (19) San Diego State - Aztecs by 19
Nebraska at Hawaii - Cornhuskers by 4

Prediction Results

NFL: 8-4 (.667) 154-84 overall (.647)
Upsets: 1-1 (.500) 14-24 overall (.369)
NBA: 5-4 (.556) 288-120 overall (.706)
Upsets: 0-2 (.000) 25-37 overall (.403)
College Basketball: 29-8 (.784) 1604-431 overall (.788)
Upsets: 1-2 (.333) 110-142 overall (.437)
Pick of the Day: 38-0

Pick of the Day

Oklahoma

The Sooners are hosting Weber State today, and this is a team that doesn't lose to inferior teams, so I see an easy one over the Wildcats.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Predictions - 21 Dec

Upset picks are in italics.

NFL

Minnesota at Miami - Dolphins by 5
Baltimore at Houston - Texans by 1
Detroit at Chicago - Lions by 7
Cleveland at Carolina - Panthers by 6
Atlanta at New Orleans - Saints by 3
Green Bay at Tampa Bay - Packers by 13
Kansas City at Pittsburgh - Steelers by 1
New England at NY Jets - Patriots by 19
NY Giants at St. Louis - Rams by 9
Buffalo at Oakland - Bills by 12
Indianapolis at Dallas - Colts by 1
Seattle at Arizona - Seahawks by 2

NBA

New York at Toronto - Raptors by 15
Memphis at Cleveland - Cavaliers by 1
LA Lakers at Sacramento - Kings by 7
Phoenix at Washington - Wizards by 5
Detroit at Brooklyn - Nets by 6
Boston at Miami - Celtics by 2
Philadelphia at Orlando - Magic by 10
Indiana at Minnesota - Pacers by 6
New Orleans at Oklahoma City - Thunder by 4

College Basketball

Harvard at (6) Virginia - Cavaliers by 22
Oregon State at Quinnipiac - Bobcats by 3
Maine at Army - Black Knights by 21
San Francisco at Cleveland State - Vikings by 4
Ferris State at Bowling Green - Falcons by 38
Coastal Carolina at Central Arkansas - Chanticleers by 17
(17) Maryland at Oklahoma State - Cowboys by 3
Holy Cross at Canisius - Golden Griffins by 9
UT Pan American at Omaha - Mavericks by 16
Loyola (MD) at Stony Brook - Seawolves by 17
Creighton at North Texas - Bluejays by 8
Western Carolina at UNC Asheville - Bulldogs by 8
Cornell at Radford - Highlanders by 5
Reinhardt at Winthrop - Eagles by 30
Vermont at Saint Louis - Catamounts by 5
Southern Miss at Georgia State - Panthers by 29
Arkansas-Little Rock vs. Green Bay - Phoenix by 18
Alabama State at Evansville - Purple Aces by 17
FIU at Hartford - Hawks by 5
Goshen at Valparaiso - Crusaders by 39
South Dakota at Montana - Grizzlies by 7
Bryant at Denver - Pioneers by 5
Austin Peay at Lipscomb - Bisons by 8
UL Monroe at Samford - Bulldogs by 7
Tennessee State at Middle Tennessee - Blue Raiders by 15
Coker at South Carolina - Gamecocks by 47
Northern Arizona at Hampton - Pirates by 3
San Diego Christian at San Diego - Toreros by 40
USC at Boston College - Eagles by 10
UC Irvine vs. Bradley - Anteaters by 5
Troy at Nicholls State - Trojans by 1
Seton Hall at Georgia - Bulldogs by 5
Appalachian State at Alabama - Crimson Tide by 17
North Dakota State vs. Kent State - Golden Flashes by 3
San Jose State at Washington State - Cougars by 15
Alcorn State at UTEP - Miners by 30
Sacramento State at Seattle - Redhawks by 5

Prediction Results

College Bowls: 2-3 (.400)
NFL: 0-2 (.000) 146-80 overall (.646)
NBA: 6-1 (.857) 283-116 overall (.709)
Upsets: 1-1 (.500) 25-35 overall (.417)
College Basketball: 70-27 (.722) 1575-423 overall (.788)
Upsets: 8-9 (.471) 109-140 overall (.438)
Pick of the Day: 37-0

Pick of the Day

UTEP

The Miners are hosting the Sun Belt Invitational Tournament right now, and they open up with Alcorn State, a bottom-5 team from the SWAC, the conference of non-champions.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

NBA Rankings - 20 Dec

Golden State's winning streak came to an end this week in Memphis, just as I predicted in last week's post. Although the streak is over, the Warriors' reign at #1 is not, because they bounced back by beating the Thunder, and still have two fewer losses than any other team in the league. Here are my full current rankings:





Rec
Proj

TW
LW
Team
Rating
W
L
W
L
PO Seed
1
1
Golden State
-9.52716
22
3
66
16
W1
2
3
Toronto
-6.91212
21
6
61
21
E1
3
8
Portland
-6.0296
21
6
58
24
W2
4
2
LA Clippers
-5.98832
18
8
55
27
W4
5
7
Dallas
-5.57971
19
8
55
27
W5
6
4
Memphis
-5.33032
21
5
57
25
W3
7
9
Atlanta
-5.00501
18
7
56
26
E2
8
5
San Antonio
-4.52026
17
10
52
30
W6
9
10
Chicago
-3.96306
18
8
55
27
E3
10
6
Cleveland
-3.44123
15
10
51
31
E5
11
11
Washington
-2.79485
19
6
53
29
E4
12
16
Oklahoma City
-2.66602
13
14
44
38

13
13
New Orleans
-2.24612
13
12
46
36
W8
14
12
Houston
-2.06022
19
6
49
33
W7
15
18
Boston
0.356982
9
15
38
44
E7
16
17
Denver
0.444901
11
15
38
44

17
14
Sacramento
0.462314
11
15
38
44

18
15
Phoenix
0.56548
13
14
37
45

19
19
Milwaukee
1.637558
14
13
40
42
E6
20
20
Indiana
2.180553
7
19
34
48
E8
21
23
Utah
2.673716
8
19
30
52

22
25
Brooklyn
3.809674
11
14
32
50

23
21
Orlando
4.174228
10
19
31
51

24
24
LA Lakers
4.90336
9
17
27
55

25
22
Miami
5.166492
12
15
31
51

26
27
New York
6.014224
5
23
23
59

27
26
Charlotte
6.194587
7
19
25
57

28
28
Detroit
7.011015
5
22
21
61

29
29
Minnesota
10.46792
4
21
14
68

30
30
Philadelphia
12.18847
2
23
11
71


Portland moved up to #3 this week after going 4-0, highlighted by 2 wins over the San Antonio Spurs. They won easily in Portland on Monday, but had to fight the Spurs through three extra periods last night before taking down the defending champs. The week could not have gone better for the Blazers.

Dallas was not perfect this week, losing at home to the Warriors last Saturday, but they went on the road and beat up on two Eastern Conference cellar dwellers afterward, then stole Rajon Rondo from Boston for spare parts. The Mavs gave San Antonio a run in last year's playoffs, and look poised to do more this year.

Playoff Picks

First Round

(1) Raptors over (8) Pacers
(2) Hawks over (7) Celtics
(3) Bulls over (6) Bucks
(5) Cavaliers over (4) Wizards
(1) Warriors over (8) Pelicans
(2) Trail Blazers over (7) Rockets
(6) Spurs over (3) Grizzlies
(5) Mavericks over (4) Clippers

Second Round

(1) Raptors over (5) Cavaliers
(3) Bulls over (2) Hawks
(1) Warriors over (5) Mavericks
(6) Spurs over (2) Trail Blazers

Conference Finals

(1) Raptors over (3) Bulls
(1) Warriors over (6) Spurs

NBA Finals

(1) Raptors over (1) Warriors

Predictions

Upset picks are in italics.

College Football

New Orleans - Nevada vs. Louisiana-Lafayette - Ragin Cajuns by 2
New Mexico - Utah State vs. UTEP - Aggies by 9
Las Vegas - (22) Utah vs. Colorado State - Rams by 9
Potato - Western Michigan vs. Air Force - Broncos by 5
Camellia - South Alabama vs. Bowling Green - Jaguars by 2

NFL

Philadelphia at Washington - Eagles by 9
San Diego at San Francisco - 49ers by 2

NBA

Phoenix at New York - Suns by 3
Portland at New Orleans - Trail Blazers by 2
Utah at Charlotte - Jazz by 1
Atlanta at Houston - Hawks by 1
San Antonio at Dallas - Mavericks by 3
Indiana at Denver - Nuggets by 4
Milwaukee at LA Clippers - Clippers by 10

College Basketball

(4) Louisville at Western Kentucky - Cardinals by 19
VCU at Cincinnati - Bearcats by 1
SMU at Michigan - Mustangs by 3
Charlotte at Georgetown - Hoyas by 14
Syracuse at (7) Villanova - Wildcats by 14
(12) Ohio State vs. (24) North Carolina - Buckeyes by 3
South Alabama at IUPUI - IUPUI Jaguars by 3
Mount St. Mary's at American - Eagles by 17
The Citadel at Virginia Tech - Hokies by 10
Massachusetts at Providence - Friars by 9
UMass Lowell at Duquesne - Dukes by 3
Abilene Christian at Boise State - Broncos by 26
Belmont at Fairfield - Bruins by 1
South Carolina State at Houston - Cougars by 11
South Florida vs. Florida State - Seminoles by 2
Toledo at McNeese State - Rockets by 10
Vanderbilt at Georgia Tech - Yellowjackets by 5
Truett-McConnell at Jacksonville - Dolphins by 17
Elon at UNC Greensboro - Phoenix by 7
Monteat at Campbell - Camels by 30
Penn State-Beaver at Longwood - Lancers by 21
St. Bonaventure at Binghamton - Bonnies by 16
Albany at Yale - Bulldogs by 13
Delaware at Fairleigh Dickinson - Knights by 17
Missouri vs. Illinois - Illini by 16
Drexel vs. Penn State - Nittany Lions by 10
St. Francis (PA) at Rutgers - Scarlet Knights by 1
Eastern Illinois at Indiana State - Sycamores by 3
Indiana vs. (23) Butler - Bulldogs by 8
Lafayette at (10) Kansas - Jayhawks by 19
Oral Roberts at Memphis - Tigers by 16
UMBC at Kennesaw State - Owls by 7
St. Joseph's (IN) at Chicago State - Cougars by 20
FAU at St. Francis (NY) - Terriers by 5
Marshall at Arkansas State - Red Wolves by 10
Delaware State at Oregon - Ducks by 19
Howard Payne at UT Arlington - Mavericks by 33
Western Michigan at Northwestern - Wildcats by 4
Arkansas Tech at SF Austin - Lumberjacks by 37
Eastern Michigan at Missouri State - Bears by 1
UCLA vs. (1) Kentucky - Wildcats by 21
Monmouth at Wagner - Hawks by 3
Illinois State at Murray State - Redbirds by 1
Oakland at Pittsburgh - Panthers by 15
USC Upstate vs. Mississippi State - Spartans by 10
Presbyterian at UT Martin - Skyhawks by 32
Southern at Wyoming - Cowboys by 17
Davidson at Charleston - Wildcats by 5
Detroit at Rhode Island - Rams by 14
UC Davis at Air Force - Falcons by 10
UL Lafayette at Northwestern State - Ragin Cajuns by 7
Houston Baptist at UC Riverside - Highlanders by 8
NC Central at Mississippi Valley State - Eagles by 28
(13) Iowa State vs. Drake - Cyclones by 23
Texas Southern at (25) Michigan State - Spartans by 27
Wake Forest vs. Florida - Gators by 11
High Point at James Madison - Dukes by 9
Huston-Tillotson at Texas State - Bobcats by 32
New Hampshire at Sacred Heart - Pioneers by 1
Northeastern at Santa Clara - Broncos by 1
Purdue vs. (21) Notre Dame - Fighting Irish by 1
Prairie View at Sam Houston - Bearkats by 27
Xavier at Auburn - Musketeers by 10
Texas A&M at Kansas State - Wildcats by 1
Saint Joseph's at Marist - Hawks by 1
Iona at George Mason - Gaels by 8
Morgan State at Manhattan - Jaspers by 9
East Carolina at UNC Wilmington - Seahawks by 17
Valparaiso at IPFW - Crusaders by 3
Boston U at Dayton - Flyers by 15
Richmond vs. Pepperdine - Spiders by 5
Bluffton at Akron - Zips by 34
Incarnate Word at UMKC - Kangaroos by 1
La Salle at Towson - Tigers by 3
Hofstra at Columbia - Pride by 1
NJIT at Central Connecticut State - Blue Devils by 1
CS Bakersfield vs. Idaho State - Roadrunners by 3
Iowa vs. Northern Iowa - Hawkeyes by 2
Milwaukee at SIU Edwardsville - Cougars by 8
Long Beach State at (9) Texas - Longhorns by 24
UTSA at TCU - Horned Frogs by 23
SE Missouri State at Arkansas - Razorbacks by 22
(15) Oklahoma vs. (16) Washington - Sooners by 6
Utah Valley at Weber State - Wildcats by 5
Jacksonville State at Northern Colorado - Bears by 12
Lehigh at Arizona State - Sun Devils by 15
New Mexico at New Mexico State - Aggies by 8
St. Edwards at Grand Canyon - Antelopes by 25
NC State vs. (22) West Virginia - Mountaineers by 5
Cal Poly vs. (8) Gonzaga - Bulldogs by 27
Ball State at (19) San Diego State - Aztecs by 17
Fresno State at Pacific - Tigers by 6
Texas A&M-CC at CS Northridge - Matadors by 9
Montana State at Portland - Pilots by 14
South Dakota State at Utah State - Aggies by 3
Stanford at BYU - Cougars by 11
(14) Utah at UNLV - Utes by 12

Prediction Results

NBA: 6-4 (.600) 277-115 overall (.707)
College Basketball: 38-4 (.905) 1505-396 overall (.792)
Upsets: 2-2 (.500) 101-131 overall (.435)
Pick of the Day: 36-0

Pick of the Day

Tennessee-Martin

The Skyhawks are one of the most underrated teams in the country, and today they play Presbyterian, which is sitting down around the bottom 10 again this year, so this should be a blowout.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Predictions - 19 Dec

Upset picks are in italics.

NBA

Utah at Orlando - Magic by 2
Charlotte at Philadelphia - Hornets by 2
Minnesota at Boston - Celtics by 12
Brooklyn at Cleveland - Cavaliers by 10
Toronto at Detroit - Raptors by 11
Washington at Miami - Wizards by 6
Chicago at Memphis - Grizzlies by 5
Portland at San Antonio - Spurs by 2
LA Clippers at Denver - Clippers by 5
Oklahoma City at LA Lakers - Thunder by 5

College Basketball

Wilberforce at Youngstown State - Penguins by 28
Jackson State at Tulane - Green Wave by 14
Siena at Radford - Highlanders by 5
Eastern Kentucky at (18) Miami (FL) - Hurricanes by 9
Saint Mary's at (20) St. John's - Red Storm by 13
Northern Arizona at Norfolk State - Spartans by 8
Niagara at Buffalo - Bulls by 23
Case Western Reserve at Bucknell - Bison by 26
North Carolina A&T at Kent State - Golden Flashes by 15
Northern Illinois at Dartmouth - Big Green by 14
Concordia (MI) at Central Michigan - Chippewas by 41
Clemson at South Carolina - Gamecocks by 17
North Florida at Florida A&M - Ospreys by 17
Northern Kentucky at Morehead State - Eagles by 7
Bethune-Cookman at Mercer - Bears by 12
Hiwassee at Gardner-Webb - Runnin Bulldogs by 29
Central Penn at Liberty - Flames by 23
Maryland-Eastern Shore at Old Dominion - Monarchs by 22
San Diego Christian at UC Santa Barbara - Gauchos by 42
Tennessee State at Hampton - Pirates by 12
Stillman at Alabama - Crimson Tide by 41
Tennessee Tech at Tennessee - Volunteers by 9
Washington College at William & Mary - Tribe by 37
South Dakota State vs. CS Bakersfield - Jackrabbits by 9
Furman at Florida Gulf Coast - Eagles by 16
Dickinson State at North Dakota - No Nicknames by 29
Southern Utah at Loyola (IL) - Ramblers by 10
Lipscomb at Princeton - Tigers by 10
Chattanooga at Middle Tennessee - Mocs by 3
Winthrop at SE Louisiana - Lions by 4
Seattle at Minnesota - Golden Gophers by 24
LSU-Alexandria at UL Monroe - Warhawks by 34
Milligan at Lamar - Cardinals by 28
New Orleans at Southern Illinois - Salukis by 14
Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Texas Tech - Red Raiders by 24
Colorado State at Denver - Rams by 5
Alabama A&M at Marquette - Golden Eagles by 27
UT Pan American at Creighton - Bluejays by 23
Eastern Washington at California - Golden Bears by 2
Idaho State at Utah State - Aggies by 14
(3) Arizona at UTEP - Wildcats by 3
Chaminade at Hawaii - Warriors by 29

Prediction Results

NFL: 1-0 (1.000) 146-78 overall (.652)
NBA: 2-2 (.500) 271-111 overall (.710)
College Basketball: 27-2 (.931) 1467-392 overall (.789)
Upsets: 3-2 (.600) 99-129 overall (.434)
Pick of the Day: 35-0

Pick of the Day


Texas Tech

The Red Raiders are hosting Arkansas-Pine Bluff from the SWAC, so tonight is another easy choice.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Predictions - 18 Dec

Upset picks are in italics.

NFL

Tennessee at Jacksonville - Jaguars by 7

NBA

New York at Chicago - Bulls by 12
New Orleans at Houston - Rockets by 3
Milwaukee at Sacramento - Kings by 4
Oklahoma City at Golden State - Warriors by 9

College Basketball

St. Thomas (TX) at Rice - Owls by 18
Cleveland State at (6) Virginia - Cavaliers by 24
Lehigh at Quinnipiac - Bobcats by 3
Stony Brook at Canisius - Golden Griffins by 7
Seton Hall at South Florida - Pirates by 6
Temple at Delaware - Owls by 13
Georgia Southern at Stetson - Eagles by 15
Wright State at Western Carolina - Catamounts by 4
South Alabama at Richmond - Spiders by 21
Yale at Vermont - Catamounts by 1
FIU at LIU Brooklyn - Blackbirds by 1
Idaho State vs. South Dakota State - Jackrabbits by 13
Morgan State at Rider - Broncs by 12
Nicholls State at Louisiana Tech - Bulldogs by 28
Connecticut vs. (2) Duke - Blue Devils by 21
Eureka at Bradley - Braves by 27
Coastal Carolina at Ole Miss - Rebels by 4
Southern Miss at Jackson State - Tigers by 8
Appalachian State at Charlotte - 49ers by 21
Oakland City at Austin Peay - Governors by 22
Montana State at South Dakota - Coyotes by 10
LSU at UAB - Tigers by 6
Ohio at Evansville - Purple Aces by 21
Walla Walla at Idaho - Vandals by 28
Portland State at San Francisco - Dons by 16
Nevada at Pacific - Tigers by 11
DePaul at Oregon State - Beavers by 4
CS Dom Hills at CS Fullerton - Titans by 26
CS Bakersfield at Utah State - Aggies by 14

Prediction Results

NBA: 7-3 (.700) 269-109 overall (.712)
College Basketball: 40-10 (.800) 1440-390 overall (.787)
Upsets: 4-1 (.800) 96-127 overall (.431)
Pick of the Day: 34-0

Pick of the Day

Louisiana Tech

The Mailman may have left LaTech decades ago, but the Bulldogs are having one of their better seasons, so tonight's game against Nicholls State should be nothing to worry about.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Predictions - 17 Dec

Upset picks are in italics.

NBA

Phoenix at Charlotte - Suns by 4
Atlanta at Cleveland - Cavaliers by 4
Orlando at Boston - Celtics by 4
Dallas at Detroit - Mavericks by 10
Utah at Miami - Heat by 2
Brooklyn at Toronto - Raptors by 13
Memphis at San Antonio - Spurs by 2
Milwaukee at Portland - Trail Blazers by 10
Indiana at LA Clippers - Clippers by 12
Houston at Denver - Rockets by 1

College Basketball

Langston at North Texas - Mean Green by 25
Delaware State at St. Francis (NY) - Terriers by 11
North Carolina A&T at (12) Ohio State - Buckeyes by 41
Manhattan at Pittsburgh - Panthers by 17
Robert Morris at Toledo - Rockets by 14
James Madison at Ball State - Cardinals by 8
Longwood at Miami (OH) - Redhawks by 10
Tennessee at NC State - Wolfpack by 13
North Florida at Florida State - Seminoles by 1
Kennesaw State at Youngstown State - Penguins by 14
Charleston Southern at Wofford - Terriers by 15
Gardner-Webb at Jacksonville - Runnin Bulldogs by 9
SIU Edwardsville at Campbell - Fighting Camels by 9
Ferrum at High Point - Panthers by 27
St. Francis (PA) at Duquesne - Dukes by 5
Arkansas State at Mississippi State - Bulldogs by 9
Barber-Scotia at NC Central - Eagles by 41
Hampton at Illinois - Fighting Illini by 27
Catawba at George Mason - Patriots by 28
Detroit at UCF - Titans by 9
Liberty at UNC Wilmington - Seahawks by 27
South Carolina State at Texas Tech - Red Raiders by 12
Northern Colorado at Omaha - Mavericks by 5
UT Martin at Illinois State - Redbirds by 1
Abilene Christian at Loyola (IL) - Ramblers by 9
Missouri State at Tulsa - Golden Hurricane by 7
Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Houston - Cougars by 19
USC Upstate at Memphis - Tigers by 4
UIC at SMU - Mustangs by 28
Texas A&M-CC at Denver - Pioneers by 16
Central Michigan at Northwestern - Wildcats by 2
UT Pan American at Saint Louis - Billikens by 10
Chicago State at Western Kentucky - Hilltoppers by 17
Alcorn State at Murray State - Racers by 21
Georgia State at Old Dominion - Monarchs by 6
Texas State at SF Austin - Lumberjacks by 12
Milligan at UL Lafayette - Ragin Cajuns by 32
Morehead State at Green Bay - Phoenix by 10
(19) San Diego State at Cincinnati - Bearcats by 1
Eastern Michigan at (25) Michigan State - Spartans by 22
New Mexico State at Baylor - Bears by 17
Loyola Marymount at Stanford - Cardinal by 23
Winthrop at Auburn - Tigers by 3
Incarnate Word at Grand Canyon - Cardinals by 3
Howard at Pepperdine - Waves by 12
Central Arkansas at New Mexico - Lobos by 27
Cal Poly vs. Northeastern - Huskies by 9
Portland at UNLV - Rebels by 12
Grambling State at (16) Washington - Huskies by 41
CS Northridge at Oregon - Ducks by 20

Prediction Results

NBA: 3-3 (.500) 262-106 overall (.712)
Upsets: 0-3 (.000) 24-34 overall (.414)
College Basketball: 28-7 (.800) 1400-380 overall (.787)
Upsets: 1-0 (1.000) 92-126 overall (.422)
Pick of the Day: 33-0

Pick of the Day

Ohio State

The Buckeyes are hosting North Carolina A&T, a 1-win team, in just a few minutes, and the Aggies' first Division I win of the season against a top 10 team.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

NFL Rankings - 16 Dec

Four playoff berths were clinched on Sunday, with 3 AFC teams clinching divisions and Arizona guaranteeing a game in January from the NFC. New England extended their lead over #2 in the overall rankings with Green Bay's loss, and they will also get a home playoff game after winning the AFC East for the 11th time in the last 12 seasons. Here are this week's full rankings:





Rec
ProjRec
SOS

TW
LW
Team
Rating
W
L
W
L
Curr
Over
Seed
1
1
New England
-15.6869
11
3
13
3
9
11
A1
2
4
Denver
-10.8466
11
3
13
3
3
5
A2
3
3
Seattle
-9.59376
10
4
11
5
12
12
N5
4
2
Green Bay
-9.16625
10
4
12
4
15
15
N2
5
10
Kansas City
-6.67998
8
6
9
7
8
10

6
8
Indianapolis
-6.37172
10
4
11
5
25
28
A3
7
6
Buffalo
-6.21787
8
6
9
7
10
6

8
9
Baltimore
-5.68991
9
5
10
6
30
31
A6
9
5
Saint Louis
-5.06351
6
8
7
9
13
13

10
12
Arizona
-4.0689
11
3
12
4
11
7
N1
11
15
Pittsburgh
-3.58421
9
5
10
6
32
30
A5
12
7
Miami
-3.16424
7
7
8
8
2
4

13
11
Philadelphia
-2.79586
9
5
10
6
21
23

14
14
Houston
-2.5482
7
7
8
8
31
32

15
13
Detroit
-2.44057
10
4
11
5
19
14
N6
16
18
Dallas
-1.98823
10
4
11
5
29
29
N3
17
24
Cincinnati
-1.52987
9.5
4.5
10.5
5.5
24
18
A4
18
17
Minnesota
-0.85032
6
8
7
9
14
16

19
16
San Diego
-0.037
8
6
9
7
4
3

20
20
NY Giants
0.26693
5
9
6
10
27
21

21
21
San Francisco
1.24082
7
7
8
8
5
8

22
19
Atlanta
1.55463
5
9
6
10
22
26

23
25
New Orleans
1.79806
6
8
7
9
23
27
N4
24
23
Carolina
2.95185
5.5
8.5
6.5
9.5
16
19

25
22
Cleveland
6.0736
7
7
8
8
28
24

26
27
NY Jets
6.48369
3
11
3
13
6
2

27
28
Tampa Bay
6.88243
2
12
3
13
26
25

28
26
Chicago
7.96118
5
9
6
10
7
9

29
29
Oakland
8.74395
2
12
2
14
1
1

30
31
Jacksonville
9.44572
2
12
3
13
18
22

31
30
Washington
9.56999
3
11
4
12
17
17

32
32
Tennessee
12.9725
2
12
2
14
20
20


Kansas City ended their 3-game losing streak on Sunday against the team that started it, the Oakland Raiders. That slide has made it very difficult for the Chiefs to make a playoff push, but they are still not out of the running, though they should definitely aim to win both games, since they face Pittsburgh and San Diego, who are also in the race for those final playoff spots.

Earlier in the season, Arizona had 8 straight games with at least 20 points, but now they have gone 5 games without reaching that level. That makes their 3-2 mark in those games pretty impressive, because their defense had to clamp down to keep them alive, and two of those wins came over playoff contenders, while the third came against the Rams, who hadn't allowed a point in the previous 2 games. The best news for the Cards is that beating Seattle would guarantee them home field throughout the playoffs, including the Super Bowl, so the next game is super important.

Playoff Picks

Wild Card

(6) Ravens over (3) Colts
(5) Steelers over (4) Bengals
(6) Lions over (3) Cowboys
(5) Seahawks over (4) Saints

Divisional Round

(1) Patriots over (6) Ravens
(2) Broncos over (5) Steelers
(6) Lions over (1) Cardinals
(5) Seahawks over (2) Packers

Conference Championships

(1) Patriots over (2) Broncos
(5) Seahawks over (6) Lions

Super Bowl

(1) Patriots over (5) Seahawks