Lenny D's FAMOUS CBB Trifecta (EARLY SWEEP!): Former linesmaker Lenny Del Genio has had some INCREDIBLE success w/ his FAMOUS NBA Trifectas of late he headed into the All-Star Break having cashed FIVE in a row w/ a trio of 3-0 SWEEPS! Now it's time to do the same in College! After going 7-3 overall last wknd, Lenny is now 16-8 the L7 days overall! Get the oddsmakers edge.
Game: Northeastern at Delaware Feb 25 2012 12:00PM
Grade: Loser (-110)
Reason: Play on Northeastern at 12:00 ET. Delaware comes into this CAA regular season finale having won seven in a row, but save for an upset of George Mason at the beginning of the run, they have largely avoided the top teams in the league. In fact four of those wins have come against the group of Colonial teams w/ five league wins or less. Another was last weekend against a poor Hampton team out of the MEAC. Furthermore, it looks like the oddsmakers are beginning to catch up w/ this team as the Blue Hens have failed to cover back to back games, including a nine-point spread against a terrible Towson team this past Wednesday. Northeastern just upset George Mason in its previous game, an 85-82 win, and already holds a win over Delaware this season, winning at home 62-61 back on January 25th. The revenge angle doesn't really matter much when you're just 4-10 ATS w/ the "same season variety" like the Fighting Blue Hens are + this win streak is not really indicative of the level this team is really at. Look for the Northeastern zone to not allow Delaware PG Saddler to penetrate and force third-option Kyle Anderson to beat them from three. In the first meeting, Delaware was just 2 of 10 from three-point range. The Senior Day factor really isn't present here with only one Blue Hen senior playing at least nine minutes per game. Furthermore, Northeastern has cashed in their previous six visits here. Too many points to pass up here. Take Northeastern.
Game: UCLA at Arizona Feb 25 2012 2:00PM
Grade: Winner (100)
Reason: Play on UCLA at 2:00 ET. The Bruins already beat Arizona once this season 65-58 as a two-point favorite. Physical opponents are not what the Wildcats want to see and perhaps that's why it's been three wins in the last four meetings for UCLA. The Bruins have the edge on the inside in this particular matchup w/ the Wear twins going for a combined 34-point effort in the first meeting (on 13 of 16 shooting). Despite neither program being in legitimate contention for the Pac 12 regular season crown (and what a bad league this has become!), this game carries importance w/ the winner moving a step closer to clinching one of the four first round byes in the upcoming conference tournament. Cal and Washington are both pretty much locks to take two of those spots w/ these two teams battling Oregon, Colorado and Stanford for the remaining pair. Earning one of those spots is crucial when you consider no team has ever been able to win four games in four days in this conference's tourney history. A loss here and UCLA can probably kiss the NCAA Tournament good-bye. My power rankings have these teams pretty even, which makes taking the points the way to go. Take UCLA.
Game: Drake at Wichita State Feb 25 2012 1:30PM
Prediction: Wichita State
Grade: Winner (100)
Reason: Play on Wichita State at 1:30 ET. Please note that there has been a time change for this matchup w/ the game being moved up from 8 PM ET to 1:30 ET. This is a big-time revenge game for the host Shockers, who just might be the best mid-major in the country right now. Wichita State has blasted through the Missouri Valley schedule, currently 15-4 and already having clinched the regular season crown. Why then expect a big effort here in the regular season finale? Well, it's Senior Day for starters + the revenge angle we mentioned at the outset. WSU, the 19th ranked team in the country right now, has just one loss on its resume since the New Year and that came to this opponent, Drake, on the road in triple overtime back on 1.28. Note that the Shockers have only had to revenge one other league loss all season. That came at Creighton on Feb 11th when they smashed the Blue Jays 89-68 (game was listed as a Pick 'em) and took control of the conference race. In that earlier season loss, Drake F Ben Simons scored 29 points. He had been M.I.A. prior to Wednesday's home win over lousy Southern Illinois, so he isn't likely to be as big a factor here. And you can probably expect Wichita State to shoot better than 40%, which they did in the 1st matchup. The Shockers are top 10 for the season in field goal percentage at 49.1 percent and have shot better than 55% in four of their previous five games, including last Saturday's impressive Bracket Buster showing at Davidson. Drake barely averages 60 PPG on the road Take Wichita State.