Cokin’s Corner, Tuesday 2/19/19

The Rick Pitino to UNLV rumor mill is now at warp speed. But whether or not it's going to happen is still very much up in the air. Here's what I'm hearing. Bear in mind this is virtually all second hand info. My UNLV pipeline is not quite what it used to be, and I don't want to mislead anyone into thinking I've got any real insider info here. What I'm told is that there are some boosters of note who very much want Pitino. Make no mistake, that matters. There's a strong belief that Tony Sanchez is still the head football coach only because of booster input. So it stands to reason that key boosters will have a voice here. The flip side is that the AD is not pro-Pitino and that she will be tough to convince. This is where the checkered Pitino past might well be the overriding factor. My stance remains unchanged. I completely understand the anti-Pitino stance. But I'm also a realist. The Golden Knights are now the main attraction in town. The Raiders will arrive next year. ... More

Cokin’s Corner, Monday 2/18/19

I'm making this a very quick entry. No show for me on President's Day, and I've got nothing I like enough to play on the very brief Monday basketball schedule. Sunday was an easy split with a clear right side on Manhattan and a clear wrong side on Loyola. My only opinion as of now is just that at this point, an opinion but not one strong enough to qualify as a selection. But here it is for those seeking a bit of action. GOLDEN KNIGHTS at AVALANCHE Take: GOLDEN KNIGHTS -130 Good luck and happy holiday! More

Cokin’s Corner, Sunday 2/17/19

The Golden Knights and a desperately needed win on Saturday night as they defeated the Nashville Predators. It's not like the two points mean all that much. But a really well played 60 minutes was key here. The Knights did everything well in this game. The offense got untracked impressively. But the real star of the show was Malcolm Subban. The backup goalie looked fabulous in running his lifetime T-Mobile record to a gaudy 10-1. More importantly, Subban signaled to everyone involved that he's a guy ready for more action. That means a little more needed rest time for Marc-Andre Fleury. And that can only serve the Golden Knights well once the playoffs get underway. I'll end up coughing back a couple units once all the Saturday results are in (still have some hoops pending). That's not good, as the treading water continues. Bottom line is I need to nail it on the back end of February. Sunday's card will feature two basketball games that I like quite a bit, and I will ... More

Cokin’s Corner, Saturday 2/16/19

My usual brief Friday evening blog, with lots of research still to be done on the gigantic Saturday college basketball slate. I split four games on Friday, but absorbed a small loss as the strongest of the quartet was Davidson. 2-1 on the smaller moves with Dartmouth, St. Peter's and Fairfield. I'll have a deep card on Saturday with a good number of the late season system plays. Here's one of them that I'll use as the daily feee play. Quick reminder that the avenger here surely hasn't forgotten the, uh, questionable call that cost the the big upset win. 673 PENN STATE at 674 PURDUE Take: PENN STATE +13.5 Good luck! More

Cokin’s Corner, Friday 2/15/19

It had to happen sometime. The Vegas Golden Knights are experiencing some real adversity for the first time in their brief history. Seven losses in nine games, including a stunning 0-5 run at home and the Knights are now starting to look like a team that has lost a bit of its swagger. The offense just isn't producing, the defensive zone giveaways are getting troublesome and even goalie Marc-Andre Fleury has been at less than his best recently. I would not call it panic mode to suggest that the Knights are going to have to bite the bullet and make a deal as the trade deadline approaches. From where I sit, the most pressing need is getting a James Neal type sniper for the stretch run. My other take is that backup goalie Malcolm Subban is going to have to be trusted to start more than once every moon cycle. As great as Fleury has been for the Knights, he's looking a bit worn down. At this point, it's all about getting prepped for the playoffs far more than the balance of the ... More

Cokin’s Corner, Thursday 2/14/19

One of the major complaints these days is regarding biased news coverage on the part of the major cable news networks. My complaint, as I'm involved in the world of sports, is with biased sports coverage. I'm speaking directly to those networks who basically treat the NHL as an afterthought because they don't happen to broadcast any of that league's games. That's the definition of biased coverage, or in this case non-coverage and I think it stinks. I'm not suggesting that hockey get extended coverage. I get it that the networks want to feature the sports they cover the most heavily. That's logical and I certainly can't find fault with a slant of sorts. But to me there's no excuse whatsoever for flat out ignoring a sport that is tremendously exciting and fan friendly to boot. Treating the NHL like a minor sport is flat out wrong and unjustifiable. Bad job, networks. I enjoyed a nice Wednesday with a 4-2 result and the strongest play of the sextet won as Colorado ... More

Cokin’s Corner, Wednesday 2/13/19

I just finished watching an epic comeback by Duke, or epic collapse by Louisville if you prefer. I guess that all depends on individual perspective. But the bottom line is that the Blue Devils were in a really tough scheduling spot, they were absolutely dead in the water, and somehow ended up winning the basketball game. Good luck trying to beat this team. Regardless, Louisville was the right side from a situational standpoint, and they got the money. The success rate of teams in plus or minus scheduling/situational spots right now is simply amazing. Here'a hoping it continues down the regular season homestretch! 1-1-1 for me on Tuesday. Kansas State win, Northern Illinois lost and Central Michigan pushed. That wash result was a pain in the neck as the Chippewas had the game covered for 39:56. But the needless foul with four seconds remaining and the subsequent two made free throws cost me the win. The Wednesday slate will be deep. I have three fits on the late ... More

Cokin’s Corner, Tuesday 2/12/19

Quick take. Keep an eye on the Edmonton Oilers in their next game. The Oilers have a tough assignment as they're visiting Pittsburgh on Wednesday night. Edmonton head coach Ken Hitchcock verbally lambasted the team following its most recent loss. This is nit the first time Hitch has gone this route. He got a good one-game response the last time he tried it. I'm not so sure the timing was right this time. I'm not recommending a play on the Penguins in this game. I am recommending that you take a look at the focus the Oilers display. If they again show up in a lethargic state, the Oilers might be close to auto-fade material. I think this team's psyche is extremely fragile present and we could be own the verge of a towel toss for the rest of the season. Stay tuned! I passed the Monday action, but am back at it tonight with three college hoop plays. The hockey will be determined in the morning. Here's one o the trio as today's free play. 619 NORTHERN ILLINOIS at 620 ... More

Cokin’s Corner, Monday 2/11/19

I take only a small handful of days off from publishing a free play in this blog. With a very limited slate on Monday and nothing I like in particular, this will be one of those rare days off. Back at it late Monday evening with something for Tuesday! More

Cokin’s Corner, Sunday 2/10/19

Let's call it straight. The PAC-12 is a major conference in name only. The football programs are continuously getting exposed in season ending bowl games. The basketball isn't any better. Washington is the current league leader and the Huskies aren't even a borderline Top 25 team. Is this just a down cycle? Time will tell, but the view from here is that the league's horrendous TV contract is having a major impact on the performance of the league in the two main revenue sports. The PAC-12 is so sight unseen by so many college football and basketball fans they've become an afterthought. I don't see any recovery coming till that ongoing issue gets rectified. I've hit a slump in the NHL. Not very good out of the All Star break and coughing back the profits that were being earned in a big way prior to the break has not been enjoyable. As for the hoops, a middling Saturday. The only one unit play was a winner as DePaul topped a reeling Xavier squad. A slew of half unit plays ... More

Cokin’s Corner, Saturday 2/9/19

Two for the price of none today on the free plays. I'm not playing the main event on the marquee, which is the eagerly anticipated Duke-Virginia rematch. But I do gave a lean on the game. I'll also take one of the plays I'm sending to subscribers as what amounts to the official daily comp. An important note regarding what I'll be posting at the various pay sites for Saturday. I have 14 plays altogether. They're all culled from the various late season angles I utilize. But with that many plays, I'm reducing all but one to 0.5x wagers. That roughly translates to 1.5% of bankroll per bet for me, so (to be candid) no one will buy plays rated that low. I also don't have any real analysis on those plays as they're all what would be classified as system selections. The one full unit play is the one I'll be posting at all the websites. On to Duke-Virginia. The Cavaliers ere currently -2, but I believe this number could tick up a bit. I think this game is absolutely enormous for ... More

Cokin’s Corner, Friday 2/8/19

I'm trying to get a little ahead of the curve on Saturday's huge college schedule, so this is a a quick blog, with just the Friday free play. I'll have one personal play, which is on one of tonight's Ivy League games. Here's my best added opinion on the very limited slate. SAINT LOUIS -3 @ St. JOSEPH'S Take: SAINT LOUIS -3 I'll return Friday evening with a look at the big one on Saturday between Duke and Virginia. More