I hear that the house made a killing on Gonzaga – BYU. It makes sense as I think about it. No one wanted to touch the Zags initially. But then it happened — Gonzaga looked great in round one. Thus, heading into their second game against BYU the Zags picked up bets from the public.
The line started at BYU -1 but ended up swinging as far as Gonzaga -3. I got Gonzaga at -1.
When a line shifts that much in one direction, and then the outcome goes in the opposite direction, it’s no secret that the casino wins big. It ended up not even being a game. The bookmakers were celebrating before the final whistle blew.
No more watching games at the sportsbook. No more getting mean mugged by every Kansas fan when you are wearing a Boston University jersey. No more morning / afternoon tip times on the west coast.
What we do still have is the potential for some tremendous games. The sweet sixteen starts tonight.
Connecticut vs. San Diego St. +1.5
As a Connecticut hater, I want to believe this line. I want to believe that SDSU can keep this close. In my heart, I’m nervous for the Aztecs. However, I did pick them to move on in my “second chance” bracket. One big reason (besides wishful thinking) is that the game is in Anaheim. Not only is that close to the newly rabid Aztec fan base, but it also happens to be 3,000 miles away from the truck stop that is Connecticut.
The story goes that Calhoun fell with about 16 miles to go in a 50 mile charity bike race. In the fall Calhoun suffered 5 broken ribs. After falling, Calhoun got back on his back and finished the race.
That’s bad ass. Forget Billy Donovan swimming with the sharks in South Africa, this is the ultimate bad ass college basketball coaching display. Not only did he finish the race but after the fact he had to be forced to seek treatment by friends. The broken ribs where not discovered until he was admitted to the hospital.
Calhoun Breaks 5 Ribs, Collapses At Charity Bike Event [Hartford Courant]
Louisville has played Connecticut twice this year. Once during the regular season to a 93-65 loss and once in the Big East Tourney to a 75-36 loss.
Still the Cardinals are faking confidence going into tonight’s championship match-up. The players were asked about being such underdogs during their media obligations, “That’s OK,” Louisville senior Angel McCoughtry said. “That’s how we win. So I hope they all wish Connecticut wins [tonight]. That’s what we’ve been thriving on, so we don’t want [the negativism] to change. . . . We just want people to keep doubting us.”
They have lost by a combined 67 points this year but you must realize that the first meeting was in Storrs and the second was in Hartford. Yeah, I’m still not buying it Louisville.
I’m thinking that unless they dress Terrance Williams up like the kid in Ladybugs, they have no shot.
Underdog Louisville believes it can beat unbeaten Connecticut [LA Times]