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Submitted by Jim Hurley on Monday, February 25, 2019 at 12:00 AM



Go right ahead. Take a long walk on our Jim Sez "red carpet" and find out who our weekend winners were ... the envelopes, please!

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A TOP 10 TEAM UNDER THE GUN - Let's hand the statuette to the #3 Virginia Cavaliers who roared back from a 12-point first-half deficit to bop the 5-point home underdog Louisville Cardinals 64-52 and a heaping round of applause goes to G De'Andre Hunter who poured in 26 points including 19 second-half points. Folks, we keep hearing how the Cavs don't have the necessary weapons to make a really deep run into this year's NCAA Tournament but the fact of the matter is Hunter is a stud - note that he finished last Saturday's game 9-of-11 from the field while hitting six key free throws to boot. Right now, we'd place this Virginia team as one of seven or eight teams that can win it all next month - and do note the Wahoos are an electric 19-7 ATS (against the spread) for a .731 winning rate.

BEST COACHING PERFORMANCE FOR A BUBBLE TEAM - Oregon State's Wayne Tinkle (say who!) has done a rock-solid job for the Pac-12 Beavers who exited last Saturday's 67-62 win 2.5-point favorite USC with a 17-9 record overall and a tidy 9-5 mark in conference play. Folks, from what we've been hearing from in-the-know folks - yes, even the gentleman who is responsible for all the Fox / Fox Sports 1 projections - the Pac-12 really has some issues as to whether it will get more than two teams into this NCAA Tourney field and we know Washington's going, so that might just leave one more vacancy. Give Oregon State a shout out 'cause the Corvallis kids were coming off an emotional 68-67 loss-but-cover at UCLA last Thursday and then went into SC and won, thanks to 15 points apiece from Stephen Thompson Jr. and Kylor Kelley ... and some great moves by Tinkle who steered the ship to shore in those final three hectic minutes. P.S., Oregon State's 15-10-1 spreadwise in 2018-19.

BEST WIN IN A HOSTILE TERRITORY - Take a bow, #10 Michigan State! The Spartans - a 4.5-point underdog at archrival Michigan late Sunday afternoon (great pre-Oscar viewing, we might add!) - shrugged off the fact they were playing without two of their key players in Joshua Langford and Nick Ward and revved up the second-half engines to win 77-70, thus snapping a 22-game home winning streak by Michigan at Crisler Arena. Tom Izzo's club outscored the maize-and-blue 21-7 in one decisive second-half stretch while Michigan missed 12-of-14 triple tries after intermission. Hats off to Michigan State G Cassius Winston (27 points and 8 assists) but note Sparty won the rebounding battle 31-to-28, the turnover battle 8-to-6 and even attempted 10 more free throws than the home team (30-to-20). On a weekend in which the likes of aforementioned Virginia, Duke, Purdue and Wisconsin snared important road victories, it was Michigan State that grabs the "Oscar" here. Folks, the Spartans are now 20-8 versus the vig this year.

Jim Hurley's Network of Handicappers and Bloggers keep ripping it up on the hardwood - get all the daily winners right here online or 1-800-323-4453 and don't forget the Alliance of American Football has two games each/every Saturday and two more games every Sunday between now and late April ... cash in with more gridiron winners this weekend.


Let's get you up to speed here with the Alliance of American Football: The Week 3 game produced a spread split between the Betting Favorites and the Underdogs at two games apiece and so, we'll head into this weekend's Week 4 action with Favorites at 8-4 against the odds ... here's the Week 3 game-by-game results:

Salt Lake (+4.5) def. Arizona, 23-15
Orlando (-15) def. Memphis, 21-17
Birmingham (-6.5) def. Atlanta, 28-12
San Diego (-2.5) def. San Antonio, 31-11

Now that Orlando failed to cover this past Saturday's game against two-TD plus pup Memphis, there is not a single AAF team with a perfect spread record. Meanwhile, note that the AAF Week 3 action produced three "Under" winners and just one "Over" winner and so the up-to-date figures are "Overs" are 4-8 against the odds after three weeks of play and maybe that's not a big surprise considering the lack of practice time / familiarity these offenses had leading into the start of this debut campaign.



The new week begins with Milwaukee (45-14) and Denver (41-18) sporting the longest SU (straight-up) winning streak in the land at four in a row. Keep in mind the Bucks - who currently own a two-game lead over pesky Toronto in the chase for the conference's numero uno seed - sport a league-best 9.7 points per game winning margin over their opponents and the next-best margin in the league belongs to Golden State at 6.8 points a game. The worst margin team in the NBA? Try the woe-be-gone Phoenix Suns who are minus 10.2 points per game.

Finally, if the NBA season ended today, the West's first-round playoff matchups would include / feature a showdown between a #3 vs. #6 matchup pitting Oklahoma City versus Utah - there's no love lost between these squads and you could see an uber-physical matchup where the Jazz's defense would do everything in its power to sidetrack the dynamic duo of Russell Westbrook and Paul George ... delicious stuff!

NOTE: More College B-Ball News/Notes in the next edition of Jim Sez.

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