Cokin’s Corner, Sunday 2/19/17

  • February 18, 2017

Our Monday editions of “The Las Vegas Sportsline” (weekdays 2-3 PM, ESPN Las Vegas) have a segment called the “Clown of the Weekend.” It would appear as though we have a runaway leader in the clubhouse for the next award.

LaVar Ball has every right to be a very proud father. Lonzo, LaVar’s son, is one of the most talented and exciting players in college basketball this season. There appears to be little question Lonzo will be plying his trade in the NBA as a future lottery pick.

But, even while allowing for some bias on the part of Dad, LaVar went beyond ridiculous when he declared that his son is better than Steph Curry. That’s not down the road. He said today. Right now.

“Put Steph Curry on UCLA’s team right now, and put my boy on Golden State and watch what happens,” LaVar said.

Okay, I’ll offer my opinion as to what would happen. UCLA would have a great chance to win the national championship. The Warriors would not have a great chance to win the NBA championship.

I admire the pride Mr. Ball has regarding his son, and there’s no doubt about it, Lonzo could well be a future All-Star at basketball’s highest level.

But Lonzo is simply not better than Stephen Curry now, and I’ll go ahead and suggest he’s got miles to go before he’s even in that conversation. Making matters worse, and perhaps he doesn’t get what he’s doing, but the father is absolutely not doing his kid any favors with this nonsensical talk.

Lonzo Ball now has an added burden to perform at a level he’s probably not ready for just now. He’s now also going to be the guy with the target on his back for fans in arenas not named Pauley Pavilion. Nice work, pops. And congrats in advance for likely making our next “Clown of the Weekend” call a very easy one.

I sent out a batch of leans that didn’t make my personal play card for Saturday’s college basketball. Those plays did very well. The ones I out on my card went 2-5, so suffice to say Saturday’s basketball results did not please me. The good news is I had another very strong day on the ice, so that pretty much made up for the lousy hoops.

Saturday pros vs. joes isolated just one major sharp/square duel and that was a winner as Nebraska won for the first time ever at Ohio State. This info has been really good, and I’m looking forward to watching how it performs come March Madness. The Pros/Joes is available as part of my personal service package, or can also be purchased on its own. For info on everything I have available, shoot me an email at

Towson managed to hang on for the cover in its win over James Madison as the Saturday free play. I’ll bounce over to the MAAC for the Sunday comp.


Take: 881 QUINNIPIAC +2

Quinnipiac was the last place pre-season consensus pick in the MAAC, so you can make an argument that at 7-10 in league play, they’ve been perhaps a small surprise. One thing positive about the Bobcats is that in spite of their limitations, they’ve competed their heads off. They just can’t shoot the basketball, but this team hits the offensive glass with reckless abandon and they hustle like crazy. Aside from a disastrous home game against St. Peter’s a couple weeks ago, they’ve hung tough in most MAAC games and have managed to win some games.

Manhattan is a train wreck. I don’t know that Steve Masiello is on the hot seat, as he signed a lengthy extension last March. But this team has not performed at all well, and there have been too many games where the effort has been mailed in. The Jaspers are 2-8 in their last 10 games, and each of the wins was by one point. This is the home finale for Manhattan, but I don’t know why that would represent a positive at this juncture.

I’ve got the visitors as the higher rated team, and I trust them more to show up with effort, so Quinnipiac plus a basket is the play.