Too much work to do on Saturday’s massive card to figure out a topic to focus on this time. But I can tell you that the 2014 MLB team capsules will be starting in the next few days. I’ve been watching a load of exhibition games, mostly on DVR, which is great because I can just concentrate on what I’m interested in. I’m now starting to form some definite opinions on what’s in store for at least a handful of teams. So look for that rundown to begin within the next few days.
Very solid Friday night, and right now it’s looking like a strong week. 3-1 on the personal plays last night, with Hofstra, Central Florida and VMI paying off. The loser was Akron, and the Zips might’ve gotten there if not for a really dismal showing at the stripe. The comp on Columbia didn’t end up on my personal ticket, but that won as well.
It’s a great time to be along for the cruise, and my weekly and monthly packages can be purchased using the “buy now” feature on this page. Each includes all the plays I’m on, and there are no requests for additional funds to get “special” games or supposedly stronger levels. One size fits all. I’ll also provide info on my March Madness hoops package as well as MLB 2014 if you send me an email at email@example.com.
No sweat with Columbia as the Friday free play. Quick update on the comp play bottom line shows an acceptable 36-29 for 2014, and the complete record since starting these is now 424-319. That’s roughly 57% on more than 700 plays. Let’s keep it rolling.
03/08 02:30 PM CB (649) LOYOLA MARYMOUNT (650) BYU
Take: (650) BYU -11.5
Last year’s WCC tournament here in Las Vegas played out like it was scripted by Rod Serling, at least as far as Loyola Marymount was concerned. The Lions limped into town on a 14-game losing streak and figured to be going home very early.
Three stunning wins later, Max Good’s guys were in the tourney final and giving Gonzaga a major run for their money. Fatigue and the talent differential finally showed up in the second half of that game, but it was an amazing run for the lowly Lions.
So it gonna happen again? Loyola came into this year’s event on a 2-14 skid, and were down 48-35 midway through the second half against Portland. But the Lions came roaring back with a huge stretch run, and here they are still playing, with BYU today’s opponent.
Deja vu? Not this time. BYU came into last year’s WCC event with a shot at playing its way into the Big Dance and blew it with a quarterfinal loss to a San Diego team they should not have had a problem with. That loss sent the Cougars to the NIT, and I have to think they don’t want to make that journey again.
BYU is in the NCAA Tourney field right now. They probably lock up a bid with a win here, but a loss would be a disaster. So I see little chance of, considering what took place at The Orleans last season, any complacency today.
From a matchup standpoint, BYU should dominate. The one thing Loyola does well is force turnovers, but the Cougars are very strong when it comes to protecting the ball. Without extra possessions, I don’t see how Loyola can compete for 40 minutes.
Anything can happen in these conference tournaments, but I don’t think it does here. Look for the clock to strike midnight for the Cinderella Lions between 2:30-4:30 PM Pacific time. I’ll spot the number here with BYU.