28 Results for month: 02/2014

Dave’s Free Play, Friday 2/28/14

I completely understand what the college hoop powers that be were trying to accomplish with what amounted to rule changes regarding fouls. Unfortunately, the first season under these new interpretations has been painful to watch. First off, the inconsistency from one crew to the next is frustrating, to put it mildly. One game, everything gets called and ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Thursday 2/27/14

It took precisely one day to produce a horror show bad beat in exhibition baseball. In case you missed it, the Tigers defeated the Braves 6-5 on Wednesday. But the way we keep score here in Nevada, the Braves were 5-4 winners. The explanation is simple enough. The result here is based on the score at the conclusion of the last completed inning. In this ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Wednesday 2/26/14

I object, I object, I object. Not so much on the argument that Wichita State doesn't deserve the overall number one NCAA Tournament seed. I can see loads of debate on that. But to those using the strength of schedule argument to support Florida as the deserving number one overall seed, stop it. I'm not knocking the Gators. They might be the best team in ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Tuesday 2/25/14

I ran through my Top 10 Coach of the Year candidates yesterday, with the emphasis being on coaches who probably have little chance to win the actual award. Today, it's nominees for an award that doesn't exist. Since that's the case, I'm also making up a word that doesn't exist to include in the title. Uncoach of the Year. Here's my bottom ten, if you will, ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Monday 2/24/14

The regular season isn't done yet, but we're definitely in the stretch drive. Therefore, it's not a bad time to come up with a list. This one is my Coach of the Year Who Has Absolutely No Shot To Win The Award list. Let's face it, Coach of the Year will be handed out to someone having a great season at one of the big name programs. But there are outstanding ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Sunday 2/23/14

Some people need to lighten up. I'm referring to those who have decided Boise State coach Leon Rice is the worst person on earth because he got excited at the sudden win his team got yesterday against UNLV. If you missed what happened leading up to the coach celebrating, search it. The bottom line is that Boise State gets credit for a 91-90 OT win and ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Saturday 2/22/14

Believe it or not, the first of the conference tournaments is now only 10 days away. That means the grind to the finish line is definitely underway. From my perspective, lots of the variables that I like to key on in late season action are working really well. I'm generally in underdog mode late in the regular season, and that has certainly been the case ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Friday 2/21/14

I've made mention several times about how much of an advantage the bettor has now in comparison to the old days when it comes to gathering information. For me, it means an ability to dissect teams to an extent previously unavailable. But for more and more bettors, I wonder if having certain added information at their fingertips might be making them lazy as ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Thursday 2/20/14

Here's the wrap on the early dark horse conference tournament shots. Again, these are not my actual choices to win their conference tourneys, simply teams that could offer value at a price once those events get rolling in a few weeks. MAAC: Manhattan will probably be the #2 seed going in, but will likely be the betting favorite. If that's not the case, ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Wednesday 2/19/14

Here's the second installment of the conference tournament dark horse rundown. Once again, it's early speculation on teams that I feel could come out of the middle of the pack in their leagues to steal their tourneys with a sneaky run. The bigger leagues were covered yesterday. I'll hit the mid-majors today and a handful of the lower level entries tomorro... More

Dave’s Free Play, Tuesday 2/18/14

I was trying to figure out what was missing from the late February college schedule, and it suddenly dawned on me that Bracketbuster weekend is no more. I actually had completely forgotten that the curtain came down on that extravaganza last season. From a purist standpoint, good riddance. There were too many totally meaningless games for the event to be ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Monday 2/17/14

We're actually not very far away from conference tournament time as this college campaign is absolutely flying by. So I thought today might be a good one to tab one dark horse to make a run in various leagues. If the price is right come the actual tournament, there might be a decent return on some of these squads. Here's the rundown, but bear in mind this ... More