Submitted by Jim Hurley on Friday, February 22, 2019 at 12:00 AM
THE JIM SEZ WEEKEND REPORT - WE CHECK OUT ALLIANCE FOOTBALL WEEK 3 ACTION PLUS, THERE'S COLLEGE HOOPS TOO!
It has not taken very long to establish the Orlando Apollos as the class of the brand-new Alliance of American Football: Head ball coach Steve Spurrier's squad is 2-0 SU (straightup) and 2-0 ATS (against the spread) - the only team in the AAF with a perfect spread mark so far - and now here's Week 3 on the immediate horizon this winter weekend and Orlando is a whopping 14.5-point betting favorite for the Saturday night home game against 0-and-2 Memphis.
Last weekend's come-from-behind 37-29 win/cover at San Antonio - an "over" winner for Jim Hurley Network clients - showed there is plenty of punch on this Apollos' attack even if the rushing game is basically non-existent (yes, we've noticed!).
The full schedule on the AAF Week 3 menu includes ...
Arizona (-4) at Salt Lake City ... Saturday at 3 p.m. ET
Memphis (+14.5) at Orlando ... Saturday at 8 p.m. ET
Birmingham (-6) at Atlanta ... Sunday at 4 p.m. ET
San Antonio (+2) at San Diego ... Sunday at 8 p.m. ET
AAF Note: It didn't take the 8-team league very long before it brings us its first "revenge game" as this San Antonio vs. San Diego clash is a rematch of Week 1 when then-host San Ant snagged a 15-6 win/cover against the San Diego Fleet.
Jim Hurley's Network of Handicappers and Bloggers will keep beating the Las Vegas and offshore books with more College Basketball and NBA winners plus don't forget this weekend it's Week 3 of the AAF (Alliance of American Football). So, let's cash in big all this week right here online or 1-800-323-4453. Just keep rollin' in the profits with Jim Hurley's Network!
THE COLLEGE HOOPS REPORT
Let's check in on three of Saturday's head-to-head Top 25 matchups ...
#3 VIRGINIA (23-2, 11-2) at #18 LOUISVILLE (18-9, 9-5) - 12 p.m. ET
Can't argue with the numbers, folks - even if the Virginia Cavaliers have a tendency to put their viewers to sleep with their slow-slow-slow play: Head coach Tony Bennett's team is an ACC-best 18-7 ATS this year (that's a sizzling .720 winning rate) and now heads into L'ville here looking to make the Cardinals the eighth team in the last nine games to shoot sub-.400 from the floor. If there's an X-factor here, then consider Virginia G Ty Jerome who's nailed 11 of his last 21 triple tries dating back the past half-dozen games and we just wished the kid would look for his shot more often! The Cavaliers head into the latter stages of February virtually guaranteed no worse than a #2 seed in the upcoming NCAA Tournament but they still could get a #1 seed even without winning the ACC Tournament - a big road win here helps.
#5 TENNESSEE (24-2, 12-1) at #13 LSU (21-5, 11-2) - 12 p.m. ET, ESPN
There's a major logjam at the very top of the SEC standings these days: Right now Tennessee owns a one-game lead over both Kentucky and LSU and we'll stick to our guns and say whoever wins next month's mini-tourney combined with the regular-season crown will land a #1 NCAA Tournament seed ... so don't count the Bayou Bengals out of that hunt even though they enter this noon-time ET clash ranked outside the top 10. No question the visiting Volunteers wish to atone for last weekend's lopsided 86-69 loss at Rupp Arena - Rick Barnes' squad didn't show any real zip in that game but expect differently here against an LSU team that's gone 4-3 vig-wise as hosts in SEC affairs. On the flip side, Tennessee is 13-11-1 ATS overall - not as good as you might have thought, right? - but note the Vols are 5-2 ATS away including four-of-six road covers within the conference. Forward Grant Williams (19.1 ppg) is averaging slightly more than seven free-throw attempts per game and he might need to get to the charity stripe at least a dozen times here if Tennessee's gonna win a close call.
#16 FLORIDA STATE (21-5, 9-4) at #8 NORTH CAROLINA (21-5, 11-2) - 3:45 p.m. ET, CBS
Plenty of juice for this ACC clash at the "Dean Dome" as the host UNC Tar Heels are fresh off that 88-72 walk-in-the-park win at 9.5-point fav Duke the other night while Florida State heads into this clash riding an 8-game SU winning streak and note the Seminoles have covered seven of the last eight games ... yowie. If Florida State's long-and-lean defenders are gonna push F Luke Maye (see 30 points and 15 boards at Duke the other night) and friends away from the basket here, then the 'Noles have a shot to secure the road upset and may we remind you that Leonard Hamilton's squad has held its last three opponents to 38 percent-or-less shooting. Even before we get to the merry month of March, we're letting you know FSU is gonna be a real tough "out" in the big tourney.
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