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Free Pick: North Carolina Tar Heels vs. Clemson Tigers: January 13th 2010

| January 13, 2010 | 0 Comments

handicappers picks north carolina vs. clemsonAs we get closer to the NCAA Tournament, the beginning of conference play tends to show fans, coaches and players which teams are pretenders and which are contenders. Two teams that haven’t proven themselves to be one or the other yet will square off Wednesday night in ACC country.

First, lets start with the defending National Champion, North Carolina Tar Heels. While last year North Carolina was one of the most versatile teams in the game, this year they are decidedly more frontcourt heavy, as they rotate five players who are all 6’10 or bigger.

Leading the way is senior Deon Thompson, the only returning starter from last year’s team. Thompson, is a physical force down low, and is the leading scorer on one of college basketball’s highest scoring teams. Joining him is sophomore Ed Davis, who is averaging 15 points and 10 rebounds. Tyler Zeller, John Henson and Travis Wear come off the bench.

In the backcourt, the Tar Heels may have finally found the answer to their shooting struggles in the form of senior Will Graves. Graves hit three big 3-pointers late in the win against Virginia Tech Sunday night, and is coming on strong in his final season in Chapel Hill. Larry Drew runs this offense, with Dexter Strickland providing a spark off the bench.

As for Clemson, as always, they are off to a hot start, but if history has been any indication, they’ll fade in conference play. Senior Trevor Booker (doesn’t it seem like he’s been around forever) is the player to keep an eye on here, as he leads Clemson in both scoring and rebounding. Three or four guards- none with a ton of experience- rotate into the backcourt.

Coming into this game, North Carolina seems to have the advantage, just like they do every game, on the inside. Clemson’s entire frontline is undersized, including Booker, who is generously listed at 6’7. Although the Tar Heels love to run up and down the court, their best bet might actually be to slow things down, and force the ball inside. North Carolina should control the glass all evening long.

While the Tar Heels have been inconsistent all year, it seems as though they finally have hit a stride, convincingly beating Virginia Tech Sunday night. With Graves and Marcus Ginyard healthy on the perimeter, they could go from a good team, to potentially a really good one fast.

And Clemson, well, I still think they’re a pretender. They have a chance to prove otherwise Wednesday, but until then, I’m taking North Carolina in the NCAA Basketball Betting Odds.

Aaron’s Pick: North Carolina by 8

Free Pick: Detroit Pistons vs. Washington Wizards: January 12th 2010

| January 12, 2010 | 0 Comments

handicappers picks - pistons vs. wizardsDetroit Pistons vs. Washington Wizards
Side Pick: Detroit +5.5 – January 12th 2010
The Pistons were brutally embarrassed in Chicago last night and the public is siding with Washington because of it. Odds makers anticipated as much and have set themselves up for a payday by spotting the Pistons a couple extra points. Detroit has this game circled as the one where it can end its losing streak and now it has even more motivation to get it done after last night’s results. The Wizards have been a terrible home favorite to back as they are just 6-20 ATS in their last 26 games in the role. Plus, they are only 1-8 ATS in their last 9 home games vs. a team with a losing road record. Lastly, plays on road underdogs of 3.5 to 9.5 points after 8 or more consecutive losses, extremely tired team playing their 3rd game in 4 days, are 15-3 ATS the last 5 seasons. We’ll take the points. – Courtesy of Jimmy Boyd

Total Pick: Under 198.5 points – January 12th 2010
Bottom Line: We have to take a shot at the Under here as plays Under on all teams where the total is between 190 and 199.5 points (WASHINGTON)in a game involving two poor defensive teams allowing 45.5-47.5% shooting, after a game where they made 55% of their shots or better, are 24-5 since 1996. The average posted total in these games is 195.2 points and the average score has combined to total just 183.8 points. We’ll bet the Under for 1 Unit. – Courtesy of Jeff Alexander