I had an okay day yesterday even though I ended up going 1-2 on the day because I put 3 units on the Wisconsin game and only 1 unit on the UNC and Florida games. So while I ended up with a losing record on the day, I ended up 1 unit as well. I actually came pretty close to getting the UNC/UMD score correct, but I got cocky and bet UMD when I predicted them to lose by 13 and it was only a 15.5 pt spread. One of these days Florida is actually going to come through for me and it will be a splendid day at that. Anyways, here are my picks for today:
I had a tough night a few nights ago on the sports handicapping circuit and still haven’t fully recovered mentally. But with the big game tonight, I had to give the people what they wanted: Eddie’s pick for the Night. For anybody who doesn’t know what game I am talking about I am speaking of the UNC at Duke game tonight that will decide the ACC regular season championship and could go a long way in determining who gets a 1 seed in the NCAA tournament. Anyways here is my prediction for tonight’s game:
#6 UNC at #3 DUKE
Spread: UNC by 2
7:00 PM ET
Tonight’s rematch will be the third winner-take-all scenario between these two teams in the past five seasons. This is an extremely even matchup on paper. Don’t be confused into thinking “playing for revenge” will have any effect on the outcome of this game. One intangible you should take into account, however, is that Coach K is a better coach than Roy Williams by leaps and bounds. This, coupled with the fact that Duke is getting points at home makes the Blue Devils the pick here.
Pick: UNC 74 Duke 78
Our Turtles fought hard today but they still came up short at Cameron Indoor 73-55. Duke came out ice-cold to begin the game going 1 for their first 10. Unfortunately, Maryland was unable to capitalize, only leading by 6. Eventually Duke started making shots, but Maryland still hung around for a while as they were only down by 4 with about 8 minutes left. From there though the Devils went on a 20-6 run to end the game and put away the Terrapins. The Plumlee brothers dominated us as expected combining for 29 pts and 33 rebounds as Padgett, Len, and Pankey once again couldn’t hang with those guys. However I think there was a silver lining in this game as Pankey and Faust both had solid games going for double digits. I think this game will definitely help UMD in the future as it gets these young freshman time in the most hostile environment with the coaches putting the ball in their hands asking them to make plays. With Howard out, Stoglin and Faust were asked to take the point guard duties and while they did well for them, Howards’ absence was definitely obvious as we relegated to 1 on 1′s with Faust, Stoglin, and Parker way too much. Right now it’s just really tough to win against this team when we have no presence in the post. Someday we will with Len, but not today. While we did get the loss today, I still think it was a good learning experience for our young freshman. Untill next time, Go Terps!
Who: Maryland Terrapins at #15 Duke Blue Devils
When: 4 P.M. ET
Where: Cameron Indoor Stadium. Durham, NC.
Spread: Duke -15.5
Well it’s been an up and down day for terps fans. Starting with the bad, Mark Turgeon has announced that Pe’shon Howard has torn his ACL and will be out for the remainder of the season. This is a big blow for Howard who had to miss much of the non conference schedule due to injury. He seems like a good kid and I hope he will be able to bounce back and have a solid and injury free Junior year. This also puts the Terps into a bit of a rough spot as Pe’shon is their only true point guard out of their scholarship players. Look for Terrell Stoglin and Nick Faust to be the de facto ball handlers with the possibilty of walk on Jonathon Thomas getting some minutes. Stoglin in particular is going to have trouble being the primary ball handler and scorer in a tough ACC schedule that could wear him down. I will be making a post on the long term situations of the Maryland Basketball and Football teams in which I will go into more detail on what we can expect from the point guard position in the future.