Larry Ness' Daytime Dominator (won Thu by 20 pts!): Larry got out of the blocks fast Thursday with his Daytime Dominator release on Murray St, a 58-41 winner. It's "deja vu all over again" on Friday when Alabama takes on Creighton. The pointspread indicates a close contest but 28-year vet Larry Ness is calling for a B-L-O-W-O-U-T! Win EARLY with Larry!
Game: Alabama at Creighton Mar 16 2012 1:40PM
Grade: Winner (100)
Reason: My 9* Daytime Dominator is on Creighton at 1:40 ET.
Creighton enters this game 28-5, finishing 2nd in the MVC regular season to Wichita St but winning the conference tourney. The Blue Jays average 80.0 PPG, connecting on a nationís-best 50.9 percent from the floor, including 42.5% on threes (ranks 3rd). The 6-7 McDermott (23.22-8.2) is not just the coachís son, heís one of the nationís most efficient players (named Missouri Valley Conference player of the year). Heís joined up front by the 6-9 Echenique (9.8-7.4) plus a trio of solid guards. Young (12.5-4.5 APG) is easily the best of the group, joined by Gonzaga transfer Gibbs (7.1-4.3-5.1) plus sophomore Manigat (6.6). Also averaging about 16 MPG are the 6-7 Wragge (6.4-2.8) and guard Johnson (5.0). Alabama is coming off a 25-win season in Antony Grant's second year, which saw Alabama reach the NIT championship game (lost to Wichita State). Alabama is not that deep but in the 6-8 Green and the 6-6 Mitchell, the Tide have two excellent players. However, Grant has suspended Mitchell (13.1-7.0) for the rest of the year, leaving only the 6-8 Green (14.0-7.4). Releford (11.9-3.0-2,7) is a solid guard but the Tide (averaging a modest 64.9 PPG and shooting a woeful 28.5% on threes) just donít have the depth and overall offensive ability to keep up with Creighton. Alabama is a terrific defensive team, allowing 58.1 PPG on 38.8% shooting, including allowing opponents to make just 28.3% on threes (ranks 4th in the nation). However, as pointed out earlier, Creighton is among the very best offensive teams in the nation. I realize itís an SEC team vs a MVC one but remember, Wichita St took down the Tide in last yearís NIT title game. Alabama has survived the suspensions to Green, Releford, Andrew Steele and Tony Mitchell for conduct detrimental to the team. Releford and Steele missed two games, Green returned in late February from injuries and a suspension and as mentioned, Mitchell was declared out for the season. "Every program at some point during the year, whether it's injuries or illnesses or something, you go through adversity," head coach Grant said. "Every coach you talk to says your team's going to face adversity and how you handle that adversity. Sometimes that adversity can come through losing, sometimes it comes through winning. But that's just a part of the game. So our team's no different. And I think our guys have grown and matured over the course of the season individually and collectively." That sounds good but Iím NOT buying it!