We are back and better than ever. After a 2-4 performance last Tuesday, I led y’all to a 5-1 record on Saturday and a 6-1 record on the weekend if you took my All Star Over 311. We have two great days of basketball ahead of us in today and tomorrow, so we’ll do two games each day. My overall record is 18-11-1, so let’s go.
We shall start in Iowa City, Iowa where we have another top matchup in the Big Ten. Maryland is coming off a huge loss against Michigan this past weekend, while Iowa is coming off a big, last minute win against Rutgers. Both of these teams can score, but both play amazing defense too. Maryland averages 72.8 points per game while allowing 64.6 and Iowa is averaging 81.2 points per game and allows 73 per game. As in the Michigan game, Maryland needs Cowan Jr. to go tf off. They need their leading scorer and leading ball handler to take control from the beginning and they will have a chance. They will also need Fernando to cause some discomfort for the Iowa bigs. Iowa just needs to contain those two. Most of Maryland’s offense runs through them, so hold them tight and you’ll win. I think Iowa wins 78-69, so take Iowa -2 and if you’re feeling risky take the under 151.
Wow, what a game from Kentucky on Saturday. After a loss to LSU last week, Kentucky came out strong and demolished the #1 ranked Tennessee. If Kentucky can play like that every single game, no team in the nation can beat them, not even the team that beat them by 34. They played so strong and aggressive and LOOK AT KELDON. I told y’all that Kentucky needed PJ and Keldon to go off and then Keldon goes on a 4 out of 5 run on three pointers and PJ added another 20. Reid bullied Grant Williams and almost got himself a triple double and Tyler Herro got his first double double. For Missouri, I think they need to play the game of their lives. Let’s be honest, they are not a good team. They score 68 points a game while allowing 68.9 and Kentucky is averaging 78.6 while allowing 65.6. Kentucky is just going to dominate this game, but I would be cautious of the spread. In their last ten games, Kentucky is 8-2 against the spread, but coming off a huge win and going into enemy territory is always difficult. I expect Kentucky to win, to win big actually, but keep an eye on the spread. I’d take Kentucky -11 and the over 133 because I think Missouri scores more than expected. Kentucky 75-61.
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