GAME: (543) WESTERN KENTUCKY vs (544) ST. JOSEPHS
PICKS: (543) WESTERN KENTUCKY
REASON FOR PICK: Phil Martelli is having a bit of a problem replacing three key multi-year starters from last year's big Dance qualifier at St. Joe's. The offense has been choppy in the early going, scoring only 58 ppg. Prefer WKU, which returns four starters for HC Ray Harper, including high-scoring Gs T.J. Price and Chris Harrison-Docks. Play WKU
GAME: (723) MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES vs (724) LOS ANGELES LAKERS
REASON FOR PICK: Your free pick for Friday, November 28, 2014, comes in the NBA as Minnesota heads to the Staples Center to play the Lakers in Los Angeles. Since giving up 140 at Dallas the Lakers are playing some defense allowing 101 and 99 the last two games (both under the total). In fact, they are on a 3-1 run under the total and the under is 4-1 in Lakers last 5 home games. LA is 7-3 under against a team with a winning percentage below .400 and a banged up Minnesota team is in town struggling to score, 16th in the NBA in points scored. They just scored 86 points in a loss to Milwaukee at home. Ricky Rubio (ankle) and Mo Williams (illness) were sidelined again in a 103-86 home loss to Milwaukee. The injury-plagued Wolves are also without Kevin Martin (fractured right wrist) and former Laker Ronny Turiaf (sore hip). LA star Kobe Bryant finished with 22 points on 5-of-15 shooting the last game, dropping his field-goal percentage to 37.9%. Nick Young hasn't been able to find his touch either, totaling 25 points while missing 25 of 33 shots over his past three. The Lakers are shooting 38.7 percent from the field, including 16 of 71 (22.5 percent) from 3-point range, during their home losing streak. The under is 9-3 in the last 12 meetings in Los Angeles between these teams, too. Play the Timberwolves/LA Lakers Under the total.
GAME: (403) FLORIDA vs (404) FLORIDA STATE
PICKS: (403) FLORIDA
REASON FOR PICK: As of print, I am on a 65-33 football run. Saturday, I SWEEP THE BOARD with my BIG 10 GAME OF THE MONTH, GEORGIA TECH @ GEORGIA rivalry winner, and my 6 and 1 TOUCHDOWN plays. make this Holiday Season a winning one, by following me.
Florida, despite statistically having nothing to play for, emotionally has a lot to prove here. For starters, their Head Coach, will not be returning next year. The team would love to give him a proper sendoff. Next, bragging rights for the state of Florida. Lastly, revenge from last year's, 37 to 7 loss. Florida State QB, Winston is believed not to be 100%. The Seminoles squad have played to five games resulting in a six or less point victories against some less than stellar teams. The ground game is poor and with Winston's health an issue, the Florida defense will get to the QB. The Gators stop unit allows a mere 20.9 points per game and does face a higher quality of opponents. Their punishing rushing attack (196.1 yards per game) will eat up the clock and wear down the Florida State defense. The Gators are 4 and 1 ATS their L5 games played on the road while the Seminoles are 3 and 9 ATS their L12 games played overall. Take Florida. Thank you.
GAME: (311) TCU vs (312) TEXAS
REASON FOR PICK: Your free pick for Thursday, November 27, 2014, comes in college football as Texas rivals TCU and the Longhorns meet. Both teams are outstanding defensively. TCU is 35th in the nation allowing 23.1 ppg. They moved the ball plenty on a bad Kansas defense last week, and the under is 15-6 after the Horned Frogs accumulate more than 280 yards passing in their previous game. They face a talented Texas defense for first-year Coach Charlie Strong, 24th in the nation allowing 21 ppg. Texas has a young QB and a ball control offense and they don't want to get into a shootout with TCU. The under is 35-17-1 in the Longhorns last 53 home games. Texas has allowed 7, 16 and 13 points the last three games to good offensive teams (West Virginia, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State). Texas is on a 16-5 run under the total and the under is 17-5 in the Longhorns last 22 conference games. Play TCU/Texas Under the total.