Editor's Note--Well some not so great luck this wknd in Nevada. I couldnt catch too many horsie winners, and never threatened the top of the leaderboard. This weekend we head to DelMar's OTB, down San Diego way, called The Surfside Palace, where I try my luck in a big event again. We shall see. Speaking of big events, Big D has something to say about Championship College Basketball tonight. Shall we let him have at it? We shall. Have a happy title game!--R.B.
Yes Richie. Not so great in the horsies for you, and depending on the total everyone received on the UNC/Oregon game, maybe not so great there. We'll call it 1-2 on Saturday's choices, from where we sit, but realize some of you might've gone 1-1-1 or even 2-1. God bless. But luckily for all of us, there is tonight.....and for you Richie, San Diego this Fri-Sun.
We kept marveling at Oregon and how they were able to keep going without their best big man, and perhaps their best player, ALL tournament, Boucher. Then with 5 seconds left in the Final Four? Shazam! 2 SEPARATE, in a row, offensive rebounds for UNC on missed free throws, and Oregon goes home. Unreal. The Ducks finally missed that big rebounding body.
You know who has big bodies that WILL be playing tonight? GONZAGA, that's who pal. The big kid from Europe with the big beard. This other 7 footer, Collins, who is a freshman, plays about 1/2 the game, and NBA "people" are saying if this cat comes out for the draft later this month? He goes in the top 10! Heady stuff. Anyhooooo.....
In Advanced Handicapping Class, taken at the school of Hard Knocks, we learn NEVER to lay 2 points in a basketball game. Why is that? Well, for one, it looks REAL easy right? "Oh "so and so" just has to WIN, they only lay 2". We'd love for our techster, hipster, friends, out there to run an analysis, with those fancy computers they got, on the pointspread record for the favorite, in ALL of history, when they lay 2 points in a hoops game. We'll go out on a limb, and say it ain't so hot. Another reason? The bookmaker is a little nervous to give a worthy underdog too many. So what is it tonight? UNC -2 vs Gonzaga. Let us ask you this handsomes....if UNC were 37-1 and GONZAGA were 32-7, what would UNC be favored by? 5? 6? 8? Sure, UNC plays a tougher schedule, but have you checked out the MARGIN of victory the BULLDOGS have put up versus their "weaker" conference? Tonight, in 2017, GONZAGA IS 37-1. Unc is 32-7. Unc has had a few more "close calls" in this March Madness, too. Those big fellas for the light blue and white? Will need to EARN their buckets tonight. Believe it or not, wrong team is favored in this matchup, pals. TAKE.
Finally, we have been riding it awhile, but again we see UNDER here. The total has drifted up again (as some of you were pleasantly surprised winning or pushing on the UNC/Oregon UNDER Saturday eve). GONZAGA hasn't played in a game where the score has been 156 or higher in quite some time. They play great defense, and do NOT turn the ball over. Those are keys to winning outright, but they are also keys to an UNDER. So that's our story.
The NCAA Final Happy Recap?!? GONZAGA+2, UNDER 155.5 Gonz/Unc.
Good luck and god bless. We are knockin on perfection. Can't you hear us? Enjoy.