Dave’s Free Play, Christmas Day, 12/25/14

  • December 25, 2014

I’ve been involved in sports gambling in some form since I was roughly 12 years old, so we’re talking about nearly half a century here. Western Kentucky, all things considered, is the single worst beat I can recall. There have been countless bizarre winners and losers, but I’ve never blown a 35 point fourth quarter lead and then had a game end on a 75-yard touchdown with a bunch of laterals thrown in.

Stanford band, Music City Miracle, the infamous Cincinnati-Duke Belk Bowl, the Toledo/Syracuse extra point fiasco, and so on and so on. Crazy, insane beats to be sure if you were on the wrong side, but when combining all the elements, the Bahamas Bowl is the all-time topper. Talk about your proverbial Christmas lump of coal.

At least Rice was a snap, so 1-1 for the day.

Bowl package price is now $160 and I’ll have just one play today. Sign up using PayPal and remit to cokin@cox.net. Also, the guaranteed monthly package is still available, and that can be purchased by using the “buy now” drop down menu. Any questions, feel free to email me directly at cokin@cox.net.

Merry Christmas!

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There’s a quartet of college basketball tournament games on tap today as the Diamond Head Classic concludes. I’ll look at one those hookups for today’s free play.

12/25 3:30 PM   CBB   (515) COLORADO  at  (516) HAWAII

Hawaii is definitely one of the major early season surprises in college basketball. They lost their best player and their coach just prior to the start of the season, and the forecast for this team was strictly doom and gloom. Someone evidently forgot to inform the Hawaii players of this, as they’ve played some inspired basketball and are proving to be anything but a pushover.

I’d classify Colorado as somewhat of a disappointment to date. The Buffaloes are 7-4 so far, which isn’t horrible by any means. But this team just hasn’t put it together and I now have doubts about how well things will go for Colorado with PAC-12 play about to begin.

But I’m going to side with Colorado in this game. It’s a very tough rebound spot for Hawaii after a gut wrenching loss to Wichita State. Getting off the canvas after that inspired effort won’t be easy. I also feel as though the host team is the one more likely to struggle with focus on the holiday. Chances are the crowd will be pretty thin with this game taking place at an odd start time, and I can see a little less energy than normal from the Warriors.

Colorado needs this game. They haven’t done their at large resume a whole lot of good during the early portion of the season, and the Buffs clearly cannot afford another damaging loss to a lower level RPI team.

As impressed as I’ve been with Hawaii, they’re still the second best team on the floor here. Incentive at least ought to be an advantage for Colorado and I believe there’s a decent chance they catch the home team a bit flat. I’ll recommend laying the small enough spot with Colorado.