Week 8 notes...Hey guys, I unearthed some interesting situational trends/angles for this week. First off, road teams coming off of a tie are 0-7 SU and ATS the following week, losing by an avg. of 19.3 points. This makes sense considering they played an entire extra quarter, and now have to travel. This puts Seattle and Arizona in very tough spots. Seattle has to go on at 10 AM local time against Drew Bress. The Saints are averaging 36 PPG at home this season. Seattle's defense was also on the field for 47 minutes on Sunday! That's like playing a game and a half in one night. The Cardinals have to face a Panthers team coming off of a bye. Teams off a bye are 34-15 SU against teams who just played an OT game...I like how Walter lists Carolina as an underrated team. They are only giving the standard 3 points this week, and the public isn't really betting on them that much as of right now. They final appear to be a in a decent betting position....On to the New England game. Under Belichick, the Patriots are 10-2 ATS and 11-1 SU in regular season revenge games. With Brady, they are 8-0 SUATS. Brady didn't play in the first game against the Bills, but he should be completely focused considering this is his first game vs. an AFC East foe since his return. And finally, the last four times New England was looking for revenge in the regular season, they won by a combined score of 166-51! Trends and angles don't mean everything, but I still wanted to pass along this info.
The Ohio Bobcats were one of the teams to put on Cinderella's slipper in last year's NCAA Tournament, advancing as a No. 13 seed to the Sweet 16 where the team nearly knocked off North Carolina before falling in overtime. Head coach John Groce left for Illinois, but Jim Christian comes from TCU to lead an an Ohio squad that returns all nine rotation players from last season.
Leading the charge for the Bobcats will be point guard D.J. Cooper, who really made a name for himself in the tournament. The All-MAC First Team Selection is a four-year starter bringing a ton of experience and leadership to the floor. He will once again be joined by starting wings Walter Offutt and Nick Kellogg. Offutt is a physical guard who made an immediate impact last season after transferring in from Ohio State, while Kellogg can really light it up from deep.
Reggie Keely and Ivo Baltic are a solid one-two punch in the frontcourt. Keely is more of a back to the basket player, while Baltic has a solid face up game since he can knock down mid-range jumpers.
With so much talent returning, the bench will once again be solid. Stevie Taylor, T.J. Hall, Jon Smith, and Ricardo Johnson were all effective in their roles last season and that should continue this year, though they will be pushed by a couple of new players.
The frontcourt depth gets a shot in the arm with Missouri transfer Kadeem Green, who will become eligible after the first semester. 6-8, 300-plus pounder Kenny Belton has battled injury after injury the past several seasons never full maximizing his potential, but, if healthy, provides Christian with a true bruiser down low. JUCO transfer Travis Wilkins could also steal minutes due to his three-point shooting.
Ohio also picked up a pair of transfer in Texas Tech point guard Javarez Willis and athletic forward Treg Setty from Southern Illinois. Both guys must sit out this season per NCAA transfer rules, but will be valuable additions for the 2013-14 campaign since the Bobcats will lose five seniors to graduation.
Due to all the returning talent on the roster, Ohio is the clear favorite to win the MAC. Don't be surprised if the Bobcats are once again a thorn in the side of major conference teams come NCAA Tournament time.
Player to Watch: D.J. Cooper, PG
The Chicago native has already made his mark as one of the best players in Ohio history. He enters his senior year as the program's all-time leader in assists and needs just one steal to take over that top spot. Barring injury, Cooper should also move into the top four on the Bobcats' all-time scoring list and could get to No. 1 in three-pointers. There's also a good chance he'll become the first Ohio player to earn MAC Player of the Year since Gary Trent earned that honor three consecutive years from 1993-95.