New Orleans Bowl: WKU vs South Alabama │ Preview and BEST BET │12/21/22

12/21/22

By @OOSSports

New Orleans Bowl: WKU vs South Alabama │ Preview and BEST BET │12/21/22

The Sun Belt has won five consecutive games over Conference USA in the New Orleans Bowl, and I anticipate that streak will resume tonight. Perhaps most importantly, the line has dropped from South Alabama -9 to South Alabama -3.5.

S. Alabama Senior DB Keith Galmon Jr

Western Kentucky’s second-ranked passing offense (339 yards per game) will face South Alabama’s 12th-ranked defense unit, which has shut down damn near everyone. The Cougars went 10-2, dropping 10-6 to Troy and 32-31 to UCLA in their two losses. This season, WKU was an underdog three times and lost all three. The Hilltoppers have lost five players, notably their top receiver, second-leading tackler, two offensive linemen, and two defensive backs as well, all who have gone through the portal or declared for the draft. South Alabama has won five games in a row and is expected to be at full power. I’m taking South Alabama to cover.

Why?

South Alabama is competing for its first bowl title only in its third-ever appearance. In 2014, the Jaguars competed for the Camellia Bowl but ended up falling to Bowling Green, 33-28. The program also played in the Arizona Bowl in 2016, but lost to Air Force 45-21. This is the first winning season the program has had since joining the FBS in 2012. Capturing the program’s first bowl trophy would be the cherry on top of what has already been a phenomenal season for the Cougars.

The Pick: South Alabama -3.5

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Billionaire Mortgage Lender Mat Ishbia Finalizes Purchase of Suns

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12/21/22

Billionaire Mortgage Lender Mat Ishbia Finalizes Purchase of Suns

Detroit native and billionaire mortgage lender Mat Ishbia has completed the acquisition of the Phoenix Suns for a record-setting $4 billion, resulting in the most expensive purchase ever including an NBA franchise.

Ishbia with Tom Brady

The old record was set in 2019 when Joe Tsai acquired the Nets for a sum of $2.35 billion. The purchase of Ishbia represents an official exit from the position held by Robert Sarver.

The purchase includes not just the Suns but also the Mercury of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA). Tuesday evening, the franchise issued a statement in which it stated that the transaction also includes, “more than 50% ownership of the team including all of Robert Sarver’s interest and a portion of the interest of minority partners.”

Ishbia was referred to be the “right leader to build on the franchise legacies of winning” by Sarver, who also stated that Ishbia will “shepherd” both teams into the next phase.

“Matt [Ishbia] has exactly the right spirit, commitment and resources to pursue championships,” the statement read. “Equally important, though, is his philanthropic outlook and commitment to using sports as a way to elevate and connect people. I know he shared unwavering support for women’s basketball and I look forward to watching him become a unifying force across the Valley of the Sun.”

According to Wojnarowski’s report, Justin Ishbia, Mat Ishbia’s brother and a founding partner of Shore Capital, is also making a significant investment in the Suns. He is going to take on the role of the franchise’s alternate governor.

After being found guilty of workplace misconduct and given a one-year suspension along with a $10 million fine, Sarver made the decision in September to sell both the Phoenix Suns and the Phoenix Mercury. This decision came after a league investigation found that Sarver had engaged in inappropriate behavior in the workplace.

Disgraced ex-Suns owner Robert Sarver

According to the findings of the investigation, Sarver had used the n-word a minimum of five times “when recounting the statements of others” while serving as the active owner of the Suns and Mercury, The investigation also discovered that Sarver behaved in an unacceptable manner with employees on a consistent basis, including, “instances of inequitable conduct toward female employees,” which included “sex-related comments,” the NBA said in a statement. The disgraced owner did not just target women though, “inappropriate physical conduct toward male employees.” was found as well.

In November 2021, ESPN released accounts from over 70 current and former Suns employees that outlined a poisonous workplace climate under Sarver that was both racist and misogynistic. The environment was described as being in existence while Sarver was in charge of the Suns. These examples included descriptions of times when Sarver used the n-word, such as when he said he hired Lindsey Hunter as head coach in 2013 rather than Dan Majerle because of his “black” background.

In spite of the results of the investigation, the league came to the conclusion that Sarver’s actions were not “motivated by racial or gender-based animus.”

Mat Ishbia, the current Chief Executive Officer of United Wholesale Mortgage, is a former college basketball player who studied at Michigan State University from 1998 to 2002. He was a part of 3 consecutive squads that reached the Final Four, and in 2000, he won the national championship with Tom Izzo and the Spartans.

Wojnarowski claims that Ishbia has maintained a tight relationship with Tom Izzo, his former coach at Michigan State, and had previously made a commitment of $32 million to the men’s basketball team at Michigan State.

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Steelers @ Panthers Week 15: Key Takeaways, Points and What We Saw

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Sunday 12/18/22

Steelers @ Panthers Week 15: Key Takeaways, Points and What We Saw

The Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Carolina Panthers by setting the tone from kickoff on. With a 6-8 record and a road victory against Carolina, Pittsburgh’s AFC North title chances are dead, but a wild-card berth is still a slim possibility. Their ability to control and play the game at their own tempo was demonstrated by the Steelers’ 21-play drive to begin the second half, which occupied most of the third quarter. Pittsburgh tallied 91 yards and extended their advantage to 21-7 with a TD. The seven-pass, 14-run series was the longest in terms of plays and time of possession of any NFL team this season. Neither a block in the back nor a Diontae Johnson taunting penalty were able to derail it. It was also the Steelers’ longest possession in terms of plays and time since at least 2000. The Panthers rallied with 10 consecutive points to tie the game, and the Steelers’ several second-half penalties assisted them. But that one Steelers drive was enough to finish off the Panthers.

Carolina has seemed to drift away from their recent competitive play. The Panthers entered the game having won three of their past four games, and with legitimate aspirations of looking to win the NFC South crown, while the Buccaneers are continuing to struggle to put away their opponents. The Panthers’ recent success has been largely due to the run game and their situational defense, neither of which were visible on Sunday. They ran the ball 16 times for a season-low 21 yards. Interestingly, the Panthers abandoned their heavy-package run plays as indicated by the attempts, employing it on only a few of snaps in the first half, which was surprising given its success in previous games. The preceding three games, Carolina’s defense on third downs has been improved significantly, allowing only 35.8% of third-down conversions. Sunday? The Steelers were effective on 12 of their first 15 third-down attempts. This is how you lose a home game with significant stakes to Mitchell Trubisky.

NBA Free Value Pick 12/17/22

By: @OOSSports

12/17/22

NBA Free Value Pick 12/17/22

NBA | DALLAS @ CLEVELAND | 12/17 | 8:00 PM EST

These two teams competed against each other on Wednesday in Dallas, and the Cavaliers emerged victorious with a 15-point win.

The size of the Cavs creates significant matchup issues up top for the Mavericks, and things are really not expected to get any easier for them as Maxi Kleber (hamstring) and Dwight Powell (thigh) are both likely to miss the game due to injuries. When you combine this information with the fact that the Cavaliers have a record of 11-3-1 against the spread at home, you can see why they have a favorable chance of delivering another decisive victory.

The Pick: Cleveland -8.5 (-110)

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#4 Alabama vs #15 Gonzaga: What to watch for, where to stream, and key points going into this Top 25 matchup

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Date: 12/16/22

#4 Alabama vs #15 Gonzaga: What to watch for, where to stream, and key points going into this Top 25 matchup

The Alabama Crimson Tide will take on the Gonzaga Bulldogs at Courtney Cox Arena in Birmingham, Alabama tomorrow at 1 pm ET on CBS.

Alabama is playing their third straight opponent ranked among the top 15 teams in the country in #15 Gonzaga. Alabama is one of only two teams in the country, along with Arizona, to have three victories over teams ranked in the top 25 as well.

Brandon Miller of Alabama is currently dropping the most points per game for a freshman this year in the country, averaging 18.5 points while also pulling down 8.4 rebounds a game. A year ago, when these two squads played against each other in Seattle, the Crimson Tide emerged victorious. The Zags have a record of 6-1 versus teams ranked in the top 5 during the REGULAR season since 2018-19. Their lone defeat came at the hands of Duke on a court that was regarded as neutral Las Vegas. Even if I don’t want to acknowledge it, Bama is, at the very least in my opinion, doing all in their power to convince me that they belong among the top five teams in the country at this time. T his is an extremely important game for Gonzaga as well, because a loss would bring their overall record to a lackluster 8-4, despite their best wins coming against Michigan State, Xavier, and Kentucky. Additionally, according to the statistics, the Zags’ victory over Kent State was really a more impressive victory than their victory over the Washington Huskies. If they were to lose to Alabama tomorrow, their record would still not be disastrous, but it would not be good enough to merit a spot in the top 25. If the Zags want to have ANY hope of getting a 1-seed at this point, which is highly improbable, they are going to have to absolutely run the table from this point onward. They have played and lost to Texas, Purdue, and Baylor, all of whom are considered to be really formidable teams who I just do not see them taking down in a rematch at this current point in time. With that being said, it seems like the WCC has taken a step forward, meaning Gonzaga will play a slightly stronger conference schedule for their standards. If they are unable to win this game, I believe that even getting a two seed will be an exceedingly difficult assignment for them.

We’ve become accustomed to Gonzaga at the top for the past five years, with a 1 seed last year, a 1 seed the year before that, what would have been a 1 seed in 2020 if the tournament wasn’t called off due to Covid, 1 seed in 2019, 1 seed in 2017, and a 2 seed in 2015. Given how their season has started and how the duration of it unfolds, the Bulldogs may find themselves in some new ground when it comes to seeding. Timme will be crucial. As previously said, all three of their losses were against good teams, and all of them easily qualify as quad 1 losses. There’s nothing particularly shameful about it; it’s just that they’re held to a different standard than most programs, so when they struggle, everyone geeks out and proclaims they’re awful. They do not “suck.” Even after three losses, you can’t argue they aren’t a top 20 or better team in the country, even if they haven’t performed like it. Drew Timme is establishing career highs in almost every category: Averaging 20.5 points, 7.9 rebounds, 1.1 blocks, and 33 minutes per game- all career highs while shooting only 11 percent from deep on less than one attempt per game, which is whatever, given that small of volume. This is odd though, because at the NBA combine, he looked impressive. He had one game where he was 4-5 from three, and that was from a longer NBA 3-point line. Most expected him to return and expand his game at the college level, but he has not done so yet. Maybe it’s due to the plays they run, or perhaps they believe that because he’s so effective inside, there’s no reason to have him shooting 3s.  I expected him to be more effective from the perimeter, or at least show that he can score and make plays from there, which is almost vital for big men in today’s NBA. That just hasn’t happened, possibly because he needs to be inside the arch, where he is terrific, which will make the Zags great.

Alabama’s lone defeat came at the hands of UConn in 4 overtimes. No shame there though; the Huskies have beaten every team they’ve faced this season and have beat everyone they have played by double digits. Given the nature of college basketball, this should be an exciting, yet unpredictable game. I’m betting for Brandon Miller to have a terrific day and lead the Crimson Tide to a narrow victory. Bama tends to be the hotter team, as they are far higher in the standings, but I would say these two teams are quite closer that the average fan would believe. If you put these teams on a court with no fans or people, I would say Alabama wins 5 or 6 times out of 10, but that is not the case with this game being basically a home game for the Tide. With that being said, role with the Crimson tide to win this game.

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NBA Free Pick 12/15/22 | 8:00 PM EST

12/15/22

By: OutOfSightSports

NBA Free Pick 12/15/22 | 8:00 PM EST

Seeing Ja Morant and the Greek Freak play will be a blast. In their win against the Warriors on Tuesday, the Bucks didn’t need Jrue Holiday’s defense, but they’ll need it tonight against Morant. The Grizzlies have a 12-2 record at home. Over their last 10 games, Memphis’ defense has been the second-best in the NBA, thanks to the efforts of shot blocker Jaren Jackson. The Milwaukee Bucks’ offensive rating of 103.4 on the road this season ranks dead last in the NBA.

THE PICK: MEMPHIS ML (-135)

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NBA Free Value Pick│ 12/14/22

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NBA Free Value Pick│ 12/14/22

Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Los Angeles Clippers │Wednesday, December 14, 2022 │ 10:10pm EST

The Clippers have the fourth-worst offense rating in the NBA, but if both Kawhi Leonard and Paul George are healthy and ready to play, they will be too much for Minnesota. LA’s defense is one of the best in the league, so the Timberwolves will only be able to keep it close if they have a great shooting night and hit a lot of threes against the Clippers.

Even though a 7-point spread is tough, I have to pick the Clippers to win and cover. They just beat the league’s best Boston Celtics by 20 as well. The Clippers are 5-1 against the spread in their last six home games against the T-Wolves. The T-Wolves have gone 4-8 against the spread in their last 12 games overall and 11-4 against the spread in their last five road games.

Pick the Los Angeles Clippers -7.0 (-110)

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OSU HC Believes Buckeyes should still be in CFB Playoff Consideration

Ohio State lost to the Wolverines by a score of 45-23 on Saturday, losing “The Game” for the second consecutive season. The loss may have also ended the team’s chances of making the College Football Playoff as well.

OSU HC Ryan Day

Ohio State, which entered the week as the No. 2 team in the College Football Playoff rankings, must hope for a final stretch of chaos. The Ohio State Buckeyes will conclude the regular season with an 11-1 record, no shot at a conference title, and no chance to enhance their resume.

After the loss, coach Ryan Day was asked if he believes his team should still be considered for the College Football Playoff and he said this,

“Well, I mean, I thought we were in it. We
were fighting there at the end, and
obviously it got out of control down the
stretch. But it wasn’t like we were
outmatched in terms of just overall play, I
don’t think. So yeah, as we get to those
decisions, you have to look at the body of
work and what we’ve done. We’ve got a lot
of good pieces on this team. We came up
short today, but I think if we were able to
get a shot in the top four, we’d be a
dangerous team.”

Earlier in the season, Ohio State defeated 11th-ranked Penn State and 15th-ranked Notre Dame. They won all of their 11 games by at least two touchdowns as well.

With that being said, Georgia, Michigan, and TCU appear to be in the driver’s seat for College Football Playoff berths if they finish the season undefeated. Ohio State, LSU, USC, and Alabama are also contenders but their chances are slim.

Quite frankly, I believe that they have absolutely no case whatsoever. The Buckeyes were 9 point favorites, Michigan’s best player got hurt and they also had the “revenge factor” on their side. One of the worst OSU losses I can remember in my lifetime.

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NBA Player Suspended for Last Night’s Actions

10/26/22

By: @OOSSports

NBA Player Suspended for Last Night’s Actions

Joe Dumars, the Executive Vice President and Head of Basketball Operations for the Boston Celtics, made the decision today that Grant Williams, a forward for the Celtics, is being suspended for one game without pay for recklessly making contact with a game official. He also had some choice words for the ref as well.

The incident, which occurred with 8 minutes and 58 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter of Boston’s loss to the Chicago Bulls by a score of 120-102 on October 24 at United Center, resulted in Williams receiving a technical foul and being ejected from the game.

Williams will serve the serve his one game suspension during the Celtics’ home game against the Cleveland Cavaliers this Friday.

After dropping 31 tonight, How close is The King from passing Kareem?

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After dropping 31 tonight, How close is The King from passing Kareem?

LeBron James set his sights on Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the NBA’s current all-time leading scorer, after passing Karl Malone for second place on the career regular-season points list.

Abdul-Jabbar has held the career points record since April 5, 1984, eight months before James was born, when he broke Wilt Chamberlain’s record. Now, after opening the season with 31 points against the Golden State Warriors, James only needs 1,295 points to break Abdul-career Jabbar’s total of 38,387.

At his career scoring average of 27.1 points per game, James would need 48 games to reach that total, putting him on pace to break the record on Jan. 25 against the San Antonio Spurs if he continues to play.

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