Cokin’s Corner, Friday 1/18/19

  • January 17, 2019

Slumps are inevitable, they happen to everyone. The idea is to negotiate through them until things straighten out. That’s why I’m probably less upset about a really bad loss late Thursday on Arizona State that I might ordinarily be. When the breaks are not going your way, that’s the type of loss one can expect to incur.

The process is still solid and I fully expect that this last week is just a blip that will turn around quickly. With that in mind, there’s one game on the Friday college docket I like and here it is.

853 ST. JOSEPH’S at 854 SAINT LOUIS

Take: ST. JOSEPH’S +8

Very rough for St. Joe’s recently with some ugly losses. But the Hawks got a huge mental boost from defeating Davidson and I believe it carries over to this game. In spite of losing a couple of key components from what was projected to be a conference contender, this is still a team with some talent and they’re well coached. The issue has been pretty simple. The Hawks just haven’t been able to put the ball in the basket. They’re #1 in the nation in offensive ball security, as they basically never turn it over. They’re one of the better defensive rebounding teams in the country, giving up very few second chance baskets. But things have just gone off the rails.

That is, until the other night. In reading the local beat writer’s piece, it’s very clear this was a massive win for this team’s confidence. If the Hawks can build on this, they could be a nice value grab for a few games as they have enough talent to play with just about anyone in the A-10. Saint Louis is very tough and they’re perfect in league play to this point, but the Billikens are not a margin team. I think this one is a battle and I’m getting enough from the oddsmakers to make St. Joe’s a play tonight.