I’m not sure I’ve ever been more frustrated with a push in game – possibly ever. If any of you also had Ole Miss -3 yesterday I’m sure you share my frustration. If any of you had Ole Miss at -3.5, you might have had an aneurism if you were watching the game live… here’s the basic scenario. Ole Miss led by five with Penn State coming down with the ball late. There was a little scrum under the basket and the ball went out of bounds with 0.1 seconds left on the clock. Game over, right?? Of course.
However, Penn State inbounded the ball for an alley-oops dunk. A play that clearly takes more than one tenth of a second. I guess the refs were looking to get out of the gym and call it a day, because for some reason the basket was allowed and the game ended as a three point Ole Miss win. Meaningless in terms of actual result, but a big missed call for folks with a little scratch on the game.
Hopefully we can get some cleaner results today and make up for an 0-1-1 day ATS.
Memphis Tigers vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys -5.5 (Old Spice Classic Championship – Orlando, FL)
These two have already met once this year and the result wasn’t pretty for Memphis fans. Okie State hung 101 points on them in front of a raucous crowd at Gallagher-Iba Arena and Marcus Smart left the gym re-asserted as a Naismith Trophy candidate.
Oklahoma State hasn’t looked quite as dominant in the relatively quiet Orlando gym as Disney Wide World of Sports, winning easily but in uninspired fashion against an overmatched Purdue team and winning a thriller against Butler two days ago. I think the crowd will be a little more pumped up tonight, and hopefully it will bring out the best in both teams. Memphis was playing in their first real game of the year last time and has a half-dozen games under their belt now so should be better prepared for the moment.
However, I don’t think they have gotten any more gifted offensively. Yes, they scored over 80 points in a tempo-fueled game against Oklahoma State, but many of those points came after the game was well out of reach. I don’t think it’ll get that far out of hand tonight, but I do think the best backcourt in America; Marcus Smart and Markel Brown will do some serious damage yet again.
Give me the Pokes for the second time this season over Memphis.