Cokin’s Corner, Saturday 2/18/17

  • February 18, 2017

My usual cut right to the chase wee hours of the Saturday morning blog. The variables I put the most trust in as far as college basketball is concerned show up in great volume late in the regular season. So the task for me on days like this is not to find good spots, but actually to find reasons to throw out a good number of the opinions. As of now, I’ve played six college games, plus one in the NHL. I’m sure to add some hockey in the morning and will likely end up grabbing a couple more colleges at some point once I assess the market.

Friday was fun as I win another huge NHL underdog with Colorado upsetting Carolina. The hoops went 2-1 with only a needless late game foul by UALR costing me the sweep. No complaints, though. For info on my personal service plays or the daily Pros vs. Joes rundowns, contact me via email at cokin@cox.net.


Here’s one of the games on my Saturday college slate. I play more dogs than chalk, especially late in the season, but this is a favorite that holds some appeal for me.

621 JAMES MADISON at 622 TOWSON

Take: 622 TOWSON -7

I don”t know what JMU can have left in the tank here. The Dukes are off a wild OT win against W&M a couple days ago, and they’re basically a seven-man roster right now thanks to numerous injuries.

Towson lost a key guy when John Davis went down, but they haven’t missed a beat. Davis will be honored prior to the game along with Moto as it’s Senior Day for the Tigers. I don’t normally put much into that but the fact one of their two senior leaders will be in street clothes could be motivating. I expect the Tigers and their fans to be pretty revved up tonight.

I’m more convinced the Tigers have not forgotten the ugly 64-44 loss at JMU back in early January. That was the worst Towson game all season and I make the revenge a major factor here. James Madison has plenty of reason to want a win here, as they still have a chance to avoid the 7-10 seed play in round of the CAA Tournament. But I see the situation clearly favoring Towson and I’m giving the points.