Odds to Win 2019 Big Dance
College Basketball is now the front and center gaming focus with Super Bowl LIII in the rear-view mirror. February finds teams fighting for conference titles and for signature wins that will bolster their March Madness resumes.
The “Good” of college basketball resides in the east. After an early November college basketball season opening blowout of the Kentucky Wildcats the ACC was being called a one horse-team race with the Duke Blue Devils being that team of horses. Three months later and deep into conference play the ACC is the good of college hoops. North Carolina has won its past five games by an average of nearly 14 points per game and tied with Duke a half-game behind the conference leading Virginia Cavaliers.
It would be irresponsible to neglect to mention how well the Louisville Cardinals, Syracuse Orange and Virginia Tech Hokies are performing, as well. The top of the league standings half way through league play have fix teams within 1.5 games of the top spot of the good-est conference in college hoops.
The “Bad” of campus hoops would be for the Kansas Jayhawks to be basketballs New England Patriots. No one team should win 15 straight conference titles especially in one of the Power 6 leagues. That written if there is a year in which the “Rock Chalk” could well fail to win or earn a share of the league title it is this season. The Big 12 title streak fate does, however, still rest in the Kansas player personnel
Bill Self’s squad is missing the likes of All American big Udoka Azubuike to injury and now Silvio De Sousa to an NCAA ruling that has him ineligible for the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons. The announcement was made on Saturday and is a byproduct of the FBI’s bribery investigation. The ‘Hawks also lost their best defender, Marcus Garrett, to an ankle injury before their weekend game at “The Phog” to an ankle injury.
Kansas has lost three of their past five games and are competing with Baylor, Iowa State, Kansas State and Texas Tech for the league title. Furthermore it isn’t a reach to state that the Jayhawks Big 12 championship fate rests in their next three road games, at Kansas State on Tuesday night, TCU a week from tonight followed by a February 23rd event versus the Red Raiders of Texas Tech in Lubbock.
The aforementioned five teams in the previous paragraph are fighting for first place in the Big 12 and the handful of schools are all one-and-a-half games within each other in the standings.
The “Ugly” in college basketball is plentiful. In one single sentence and two phrases “The Pac-12” and Bill Walton’s “Conference of Champions” sport an undefeated conference club in the Washington Huskies who opened at 200-1 odds to win the college basketball national championship and are the Pac-12 favorites checking in at 80-1 [nuff writen].
In addition and already outlined is the ridiculous NCAA decision on the basketball future, or lack thereof, for a young man, De Sousa of Kansas.
Followed by the college head coach newbie Penny Hardaway of the Memphis Tigers. Hardaway was trash talking other coaches in the American Athletic Conference and in typical fashion the talk backfired. Hardaway told the press just a week ago that the other coaches in his league, college basketball as a whole, are “jealousy” of him and his staff because they are former NBA players. Memphis went into Tulsa this past weekend as road favorites and lost to the Golden Hurricanes by 16 points. In addition they entered halftime of a road loss at South Florida on Saturday trailing by an embarrassing 38-13 margin.
Coach Hardaway is tutoring a top-10 recruiting class that includes the likes of James Wiseman, the No. 1 recruit in the country. Hardaway should lead by example by using his vast wealth of experience and less of his mouth. The latter he has had a problem filtering when he was a player… and now as a coach.
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