Back to the blog today. 1-1 yesterday on Twitter. I have no idea why I ever allow myself to believe in Pitt.
In case you were looking for the picks over the weekend, I’m sorry, but I hit a bit of a technological snag. That snag would be the dog I was taking care of for the weekend broke out of her cage while I was out to dinner, spilled a glass of water on my laptop, and fried the damn thing. So hopefully you can understand.
But we’re back and in good spirits. A month and a day from now (basically a regular month because February is a fake month) we’ll be picking NCAA Tournament games.
PROVIDENCE (-3) over Xavier
Sumner was already out and now it looks like Trevon Bluiett probably isn’t going to give it a go for the Muskies. That’s their two best offensive players. There’s only so many threes JP Macura can hit. Goodin has done an okay job replacing Sumner. He’s distributed the ball well and done a good job limiting turnovers, but he’s also 5-34 from TWO-point range since he took over the gig.
Oklahoma State (+2) over TCU
The Pokes only loss in the past seven games was to Baylor by three points. They’ve also already handled this TCU team, leading from start to finish in Stillwater. The Horned Frogs are one of the most turnover-prone teams in the Big 12, which is music to the Cowboys ears. At the end of the day, OSU has the two best players on the floor and that’s always the preferable side to be on.
Tulane (+14) over SMU – 1H
I really like the Mustangs and have picked them several times, specifically when they’re in Moody, but this one is situational. SMU is coming off their biggest win of the season on Sunday. I’d expect motivation and focus to be at a low with 4-20 Tulane coming in to town. The Green Wave had a full week off and should be well rested. I don’t know how much the practice time matters because Mike Dunleavy is their coach, but the rest helps.
Nevada (-5.5) over AIR FORCE
The Wolfpack have responded well after every loss this season, winning the next game by an average of 15 points. The Mountain West race is so tight that they can’t afford to take anyone lightly. And from an X-and-O standpoint, I’m not sure how the Falcons have any shot at guarding Nevada out on the perimeter. They didn’t in the first matchup. Fenner and Marshall combined for 55 points.
Season: 119-105-1 (53.1%)