Houston should get a bump into the rankings, where we believe they belong, after their midweek victory over Cincinnati. The Cougars are on a roll, having won 6 of their last 7 and sit in a tie for 2nd place with Wichita St in the AAC. Temple is a more middle of the road team at 7-7 in conference play but they have come on strong of late, winning 5 of their las 6. Nevertheless, the Owls couldn't finish the job at Wichita St on Thursday as they jumped out to a double digit lead early but couldn't withstand the Shockers in the 2nd half and lost by a score of 93-86. We believe there isn't much here for Temple after that and a glaring fact is they allowed the Shockers to shoot 56.4% from the field. In any case, the Owls are outclassed here and this spread is much too small!
The Pioneers have been on a tear, winning 5 out of their last 7 games, including twice as 8.5 pt underdogs and have covered in 6 of 7. Oral Roberts, on the other hand has lost 4 of their last 5 and if not for 2 games against non-Division I schools, have won just once in their last 9, a 1 pt win over North Dakota St at home. This is traditionally a tough environment to play in due to the elevation and the Eagles have been creamed in most of their road conference games this year, losing by 10 pts or more in 4 of 5. Denver has really shot the 3 ball well this year and have been lights out in their last 5. Pioneers by double digits seems the likeliest outcome!
It's been a forgettable year for both teams as they enter this matchup as the 8th and 9th place teams in the MAAC. Neither are likely to avoid the first round matchup in the MAAC Tournament so motivation can be questionable though we'd believe the Hawks are more susceptible as this is unfamiliar territory for the perennial MAAC frontrunners. Micah Seaborn has missed the last 6 games for the visitors and he has been upgraded to probable but we wonder if rust and fitness will be a factor for him. The Saints are coming off a 97-71 shellacking at the hands of Rider so we believe they will be motivated to bounce back at home where they play significantly better, having won 4 out of their last 5. On the other hand, Monmouth might even be looking ahead to their midweek matchup against Rider. Hosts to keep it within a single possession!
Just 3 games remain in the MAAC regular season and both Rider and Canisius sit atop the conference with identical 13-2 records. It was Canisius that edged out the Broncs back in late December so a win for the Golden Griffins would virtually clinch the #1 seed for them. Rider predictably has the edge due to home court advantage, but in a playoff type of atmosphere, we believe this actually lessens the edge. In any case, we rate Canisius' performances better of last as they've won their last 5 and 4 of them by 15 points or more. Rider has won their last 9 but had a close call against Manhattan recently and had to come from 20 down against Marist. Worst case, we believe Canisius loses by a possession.
Clemson has coped well without Donte Grantham as the Tigers have won 4 of their last 5 but they will likely also be without Shelton Mitchell who left Clemson's overtime loss to Florida St with a neck injury. Duke will be without Marvin Bagley but as we've said, the Blue Devils are much more equipped to handle absences as they are loaded with talent at every position. Clemson's defense has been their strength but we have doubts they can stop all of Duke's scoring options with 2 starters out.
YOU CAN TEST ALL PREMIUM BETS FOR THIS WEEKEND FOR JUST €20 (Paypal only) - GET OUR BIG ONES AND START BETTING LIKE A PRO! - firstname.lastname@example.org - We prefer to avoid making FA cup tips into Premium Bets, because at the end of the day clubs often go for squad rotation. West Brom put up a really good effort against Chelsea, and being beaten 3-0 was very harsh. Since then they have been to Spain for a group get together, and that backfired when the coach got his wallet stolen by ‘’probably’’ one of the players. Whether that makes the Baggies susceptible remains to be seen, albeit that knock back could also get players even more on his side. Whatever the situation, we expect the hosts to put on a bold show and get a win here. Odds have drifted nicely because of that ordeal, and their is a good chance the bookies have got it wrong - Take DNB
LAKE VIEW LAD is an excellent jumper and that’s what you need at Haydock. Neil Alexander’s 8 year old is proven on this type of ground and he clearly stays further than this. That in itself will allow his 3 pound claiming jockey to take the bull by the horns and hopefully force his opponents into submission. A VOS GARDES will need to jump better, while MARKOV is up in the weights and might struggle on this ground. CRIEVEHILL was a beaten fav last time out, and betting Nigel Twiston Davies horses at short odds isn’t a good idea!
THIS IS A FREE PREMIUM BET - YOU CAN TEST ALL PREMIUM BETS FOR THIS WEEKEND FOR JUST €20 (Paypal only) - GET OUR BIG ONES AND START BETTING LIKE A PRO! ( - email@example.com )- Den Haag should have beaten Groningen last week, but the best they could do was draw (0-0). All the same, taking a point on the road is satisfying has ultimately The Storks are much better when playing at the Cars Jeans stadion. On that note, Alfons Groenendijk’s team have taken 10 points from their last four home matches, and amongst them was a 4-0 against Zwolle and 1-0 Vitesse. Willem II are just three points and two places above the relegation zone. Even more worrying for coach Erwin Van de Looi is losing three from their last 4 games, and that’s especially the case since two of the teams are in the bottom half and struggling. It augers well for the hosts that they won the reverse match, and they managed to achieve that without two of their best players. Back at home this should be a formality.
Their would appear to be two Freiburg’s, or so it would appear. Afterall, the one that plays at home has only lost one of it’s eleven matches all season, while away they won just one . Prior to last weeks defeat in Hannover the hosts were unbeaten in four, and that included draws against better graded teams Bayer Leverkuesen, Dortmund and in Frankfurt. We should also mention Freiburg are a solid 4-5-1 over the last ten games overall. Werder Bremen won their last two fixtures, and that helped them escape the relegation zone. One of those was a surprising win in Schalke (1-2), although that team can’t be relied upon. In our opinion Freiburg are being underestimated in the betting market, so we believe the hosts are a must bet here.
Neither school has a legitimate chance to win the Big 12 regular season title but Kansas St has done much better at 7-6 to Iowa State's 4-9. We were surprised the Cyclones put up as much resistance against Kansas on Tuesday but truthfully, the Jayhawks just got lazy down the stretch. The Cyclones have been poor travelers all season and with not much to play for, they will play in an extremely tough environment against a Wildcats team that already thrashed them earlier this season. Hosts should get whatever they want here!
It's been a forgettable year for Iowa as they enter this game at 3-12 in the Big 10, only 2-12 Illinois with a worse record. Indiana sits at a more respectable 8-7 though nowhere near the top of the standings where their usually lofty standards require. The Hawkeyes have lost their last 4 while the Hoosiers come into this game having won 3 in a row. However, the Hoosiers have benefited from playing the dregs of the conference in Rutgers, Minnesota and Illinois and 2 of the 3 at home where they thrive. The Hawkeyes are playing for pride at this point but with few meaningful games left, this is probably the one where they give the most effort against a poor traveling team.
After finding some midseason form, Coastal Carolina continued to regress much as we expected and the Chanticleers have lost their last 3 to drop to 10th in the Sun Belt at 5-9. South Alabama has surprised many and sit in a 3 way tie for 3rd place at 7-6 with Troy and Georgia Southern. The Jaguars enter this game having won their last 3 games and bring a top 100 defense. We don't have much faith in the Chanticleers, at least certainly not enough to cover 5 pts.