Posts By: Bob Dunkel

Hill Topper

The Indiana Pacers got a much-needed win in Washington last night thanks to George Hill’s layup with 2.7 seconds left that provided the margin in a 103-101 victory.  The win stopped a six-game slide that had seen the Pacers fall all the way to 10th in the Eastern Conference standings.  Tonight, Indiana will stay on the road as it heads… Read more »

Faltering Penguins

Injuries have started to hinder the Pittsburgh Penguins, who come into tonight’s contest at Carolina having dropped five of their last six games.  Evgeni Malkin will miss his sixth straight game with a lower-body injury, while Patric Honqvist will miss his fifth straight with an undisclosed injury.  With 91 points, the Penguins trail the Islanders by 2 points in the… Read more »

Cavalier Attitude

While the talent of the NBA’s Eastern Conference is not as deep as the Western Conference, that hasn’t stopped the Cleveland Cavaliers from dominating the West of late.  After winning only 4 of their first 15 contests against Western opponents to start the season, Cleveland has won 14 of the last 15 matchups.  Tonight, the Cavs will try to keep that… Read more »

Temple Of Doom

Louisiana Tech traveled to the Liacouras Center back in November to face Temple and the outcome was not so good for the Bulldogs as Will Cummings and Quenton DeCosey each scored 20 points to lead the Owls to an 82-75 win.  Tonight, the Bulldogs return to Philadelphia for a rematch against the Owls in the quarterfinals of the NIT.  To get… Read more »

Fanning The Flames

The Calgary Flames are finishing the regular season with a flourish as they attempt to secure a playoff spot.  The Flames are 7-2-2 in March, which is good enough to have them just ahead of the Kings for the third automatic spot in the Pacific Division.  But they’ll face an equally hot team tonight in the Dallas Stars, who are… Read more »

Effortless

Dallas Mavericks’ coach Rick Carlisle blasted his team’s effort after a 98-92 loss to the Suns on Sunday, calling the performance an “embarrassment.”  The Mavs will certainly have to give more of an effort tonight against a San Antonio team that is rounding into playoff form.  The Spurs have won 10 of their last 12 to pull to within a… Read more »

‘Dores Open

The Vanderbilt Commodores were lights out against South Dakota State on Friday, shooting 58.3 percent from the field and 57.1 percent from three-point range in a 92-77 win over the Jackrabbits that advanced the ‘Dores to the NIT quarterfinals.  Tonight, they’ll face a Stanford Cardinal team that overcame a sluggish offensive performance (34 percent shooting from the field; 15.4 percent… Read more »

Price Is Right

It’s been tough to get anything past Carey Price all season, but the Canadiens’ goalie has been especially hot of late.  Price has totaled 60 saves in back-to-back shutouts over Carolina and San Jose, and is just one shutout short of being the first Montreal netminder to record 10 in a season since Ken Dryden did it in 1976-77.  … Read more »

Bull Rush

With a stretch that has seen them drop seven on their last 10 games, the Chicago Bulls can’t get injured All-Star Jimmy Butler back on the court fast enough.  Their latest loss was particularly ugly as the Bulls were outscored 54-19 over the final 19 minutes of a 107-91 defeat at Detroit on Saturday.  Tonight, Chicago hopes to have Butler… Read more »

Almost Paradise

Illinois State and Old Dominion met earlier this season on the hardwood when the Redbirds dominated the Monarchs in the Virgin Islands Paradise Jam, 64-45.  Tonight, the two teams will meet again on Old Dominion’s home court in the second round of the NIT.  The Monarchs (25-7) come in as a No. 1 seed by virtue of being one of… Read more »

Devil Of A Time

The Los Angeles Kings have had a tough time securing a playoff spot.  After looking like they were finally on a roll, the defending champs have dropped three straight and four of their last five to fall two games behind Calgary for the third Pacific Division playoff slot and four games behind Winnipeg for the final wild-card position.  Tonight, the… Read more »

Miller Time

March has become a popular time for the Miller brothers as Arizona coach Sean Miller and Dayton’s Archie Miller once again have their respective teams in the mix.  Yesterday, Sean’s Wildcats took care of business with a relatively easy 73-58 win over Ohio State to advance to the Sweet 16.  Today, it’s Archie’s turn to take the court as his… Read more »

Student Meets Master

Atlanta Hawks’ coach Mike Budenholzer has implemented a San Antonio philosophy built over the 17 years he served as an assistant to Spurs coach Gregg Popovich.  The result has the surprising Hawks with a comfortable lead atop the Eastern Conference standings.  Today, the Hawks will get to test their new-and-improved system against the masters themselves as Atlanta hosts the Spurs at… Read more »

Pain In The Neck

The rest of the NHL may have been salivating when Rangers’ star goalie Henrik Lundqvist went down with a neck injury, but instead it’s been the New Yorkers who have been feasting as they’ve gone 16-3-3 since Lundqvist was sidelined.  Stepping into the net has been Cam Talbot, who’s had an eye-catching 1.11 GAA in his last eight games.  … Read more »

In The Hunt

Georgia State is one of the Cinderella teams still dancing thanks to the heroics of R.J. Hunter.  The Panthers’ star capped a wild 13-0 run against Baylor with an NBA-range 3-pointer that vaulted Georgia State past the Bears and into the Round of 32.  Hunter and the Panthers will see if they can keep the excitement alive as they take… Read more »

By George

With rumors swirling about a possible return of Paul George, the Indiana Pacers may have lost focus while dropping their last four contests.  The losing skid has moved the Pacers from seventh in the Eastern Conference playoff standings to a virtual tie with Boston in the eighth slot.  Tonight, Indiana will try to regroup and seize sole possession of the… Read more »

Well Worn Jacket

The Calgary Flames are in position to make the playoffs for the first time in six seasons as they host the Columbus Blue Jackets today.  The Blue Jackets will not make the postseason, but have set a franchise record with six straight road wins, including victories over Edmonton and Vancouver on their current Western Conference swing.  To get our pick… Read more »

Three’s Company

It was a crazy first full day of the NCAA Tournament as a record five games were decided by just one point.  Among those were two No. 3 seeds that were knocked off: Baylor by Georgia State (57-56) and Iowa State by UAB (60-59).  Another No. 3, Notre Dame, barely survived a scare against Northeastern (69-65) to advance. Today, the madness… Read more »

Port In A Storm

While the Portland Trail Blazers remain one of the contenders for the Western Conference crown, they need to improve their play on the road to have a serious chance.  Portland has dropped 11 of its last 15 away from home, including a 108-104 decision at Miami on Wednesday in which the usually reliable LaMarcus Aldridge missed four free throws in the… Read more »

Wing And A Prayer

The Detroit Red Wings have not had much success against the Tampa Bay Lightning lately, dropping six of the last seven meetings between the two clubs.  Tonight, Detroit heads to Amalie Arena in Tampa where they’ve dropped three straight by a combined score of 10-4.  If the playoffs were to start today, these two teams would meet in the first round… Read more »

Let The Madness Begin

With the First Four games having been completed, the NCAA Tournament kicks into high gear today beginning with the Northeastern-Notre Dame tip-off in Pittsburgh at 12:15 EST.  A pair of No. 1 seeds will also take the court today with Villanova facing Lafayette and a late-night pairing of Kentucky and Hampton as the 34-0 Wildcats continue their quest for the perfect… Read more »

All Jazzed Up

The hottest team in the NBA since the All-Star break?  It’s the surprising Utah Jazz, who are 11-3 since returning to the court, including wins over playoff-locks Portland, San Antonio, Houston and Memphis.  Last night, the Jazz had their six-game winning streak snapped by Washington in an 88-84 defeat at home.  Quin Snyder’s group must turn around tonight and hit… Read more »

Blues Traveler

It  doesn’t matter who’s in net for the St. Louis Blues — Brian Elliott or Jake Allen — as both have recorded shutouts in the first two games of a six-game road trip for St. Louis.  Last night, it was Elliott who stopped 25 shots in a 4-0 blanking of Calgary that enabled the Winnipeg Jets to slip into the… Read more »

Straight Shooters

Tonight’s contest between Golden State and Atlanta would usually be a matchup between the NBA’s two best shooters in the Warriors’ Klay Thompson and the Hawks’ Kyle Korver.  But both are sidelined with injuries: Thompson with a sprained ankle and Korver with a broken nose.  Still, there’s plenty of firepower left in this battle between the top two teams in… Read more »

Flying High

No team wants to be relegated to the First Four of the NCAA Tournament, but there is a bright side for the Dayton Flyers: they get a rare home game in the tourney.  The Flyers become the first team in 28 years to play at home as the Flyers are matched up against the Boise State Broncos tonight.  To get our pick… Read more »

Freeway Traffic

The Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings play the final edition of their Freeway Faceoff tonight at the Honda Center.  For the Ducks, who sit in first place in the Pacific Division, the game is more about playoff positioning, while the Kings are fighting to avoid becoming just the eighth reigning Stanley Cup champ to miss the playoffs the following… Read more »

Hampton In

The Hampton Pirates finished the regular season with a losing  record (16-17), but became the 24th team under .500 to make the NCAA Tournament when they won the MEAC Tournament over the weekend.  Tonight the Pirates will tip off the 2015 postseason as they play the Manhattan Jaspers in the First Four game in Dayton.  Who will come out on… Read more »

Good Medicine

The LA Clippers have welcomed back Blake Griffin from a 15-game absence for a staph infection in his elbow, but maybe even better news for the Clippers is a seven-game stretch against teams that are a combined 95 games below .500 starting tonight with the Charlotte Hornets.  How will the Clippers fair tonight?  Check out our pick for this game… Read more »

Jet Set

The San Jose Sharks have made the NHL postseason in 15 of their last 16 seasons, but are currently on the outside looking in as they begin a big road trip tonight in Winnipeg against the Jets.  Will the Sharks pick up a much-needed win?  Check out our pick for this game and the full NHL schedule by clicking on the Hockey icon… Read more »

Hampton In

The Hampton Pirates finished the regular season with a losing  record (16-17), but became the 24th team under .500 to make the NCAA Tournament when they won the MEAC Tournament over the weekend.  Tonight the Pirates will tip off the 2015 postseason as they play the Manhattan Jaspers in the First Four game in Dayton.  Who will come out on… Read more »

Welcome To The New Site

As you have seen in  recent days, the old website crashed due to some technical glitches.  I apologize for the inconvenience this has caused folks and appreciate all the kind words of encouragement.  I have worked to bring the site back as quickly as possible and today marks the new launch.  While I am still working through some kinks, I… Read more »

Capital Idea

Washington Capitals are pursuing a playoff berth as they host the New York Rangers tonight at the Verizon Center.  Who will come out on top?  Get our pick for tonight’s game and the full NHL schedule by clicking on the hockey icon at the top of the page.

Sooner Or Later

The Oklahoma Sooners continue their march to the Big 12 title as they take on the Oklahoma State Cowboys tonight in Kansas City.  Who will come out on top? Get our pick for this game and all of today’s NCAA schedule by clicking on the basketball icon at the top.

Feeling The Heat

Dallas is heading to Miami tonight to face the Heat.  Who will come out of this contest on top?  Click on the basketball icon to get all of Dunkel’s NBA selctions.