Posts Tagged: NCAA

Looping and Hooping in London

In the NBA, the New York Knicks (10-33) take on the Washington Wizards (18-26) in London. The Knicks are wishing they were swishing as they’ve lost 17 of their last 19 games. The Wizards have won five of their last eight, but will be looking to bounce back from a double overtime loss to Toronto. Washington is 7-1 ATS in… Read more »

Oaktown Showdown

In the NBA, the New Orleans Pelicans (21-23) are in Oakland to face the Warriors (30-14). The Warriors are looking to stay hot as they’ve won seven of their last eight games, including a big win in Denver. New Orleans has played well recently, but five of their last seven wins have come at home and they’re just 2-5 ATS… Read more »

The Luck of the Irish

In NCAA basketball, Notre Dame (11-5) is at No. 13 North Carolina (12-4). Headcoach Roy Williams and the Tarheels are coming off their worst home loss in 16 years. Notre Dame is 0-4 ATS in their last four games overall, but has a history of playing UNC close, with six of the last nine meetings being decided by single digits…. Read more »

Saint Nick Vs. New Orleans

In the NFL playoffs, the Philadelphia Eagles (9-7) are in New Orleans to face the top seeded Saints(13-3). New Orleans finished the regular season as the best team in our rankings, winning six of their last seven home games. The Saints have not lost a home playoff game since 1993, when they lost to the Eagles 36-20. Dunkel’s pick for… Read more »

Pittsburgh Peng-wins

In the NHL, Pittsburgh (24-13-6) faces off against Anaheim (19-17-8). The Ducks have lost nine games in a row and sit 24th in our rankings. The Penguins have gone the opposite direction, going 9-1 in their last ten games, and sit at number seven in the rankings. To get Dunkel’s pick for this game and the full NHL schedule, click… Read more »

Kings Court

In the NBA, the Detroit Pistons (17-22) match up against the Sacramento Kings (20-21). The Pistons have fallen to #22 in our rankings, going 4-15 after their 13-7 start. Sacramento has stumbled their way to a #19 ranking, but with no first round pick to play for, the Kings will be looking for as many wins as they can get. To… Read more »

Keeping Pace

In the NBA, the Pacers head to Boston looking for their second win in two nights. The Celtics have won three straight games but the Pacers have gone 5-1 during the second night of back-to-backs this season. To get Dunkel’s pick for this game and the full NBA schedule, click HERE In the NHL, the Colorado Avalanche will face off with… Read more »

Can the T’Wolves “Flip” the script?

In the NBA, Minnesota (19-21) heads to OKC (25-14) to play the Thunder. Timberwolves’ Interim Coach Ryan Saunders will see his first head coaching action. Saunders is notably the youngest head coach in the NBA, and at 32 years old, he is younger than Thunder guard Raymond Felton. To get Dunkel’s pick for this game and the full NBA schedule, click HERE… Read more »

December To Remember

Hot streaks are nothing new for the Pittsburgh Penguins, but December had a be a particularly satisfying month as the Pens went 11-3-1, including six straight wins to finish off 2018. Pittsburgh (21-12-6) will see if it can keep the hot streak going in the new year as they head to New York tonight to face the Rangers (17-14-7). To… Read more »

Deja Vu All Over Again?

Last year, the UCF Knights went undefeated in the regular season but failed to make the college football playoff. Instead, they went to the Peach Bowl, upset SEC power Auburn and declared their own national championship. Fast forward to this year and the Knights (12-0) have once again gone undefeated in the regular season, have once again been left out… Read more »

Oh Henry

The Tennessee Titans (9-6) have put themselves in position to make the playoffs in large part to the recent running of Derrick Henry. The former Heisman winner has racked up 492 rushing yards and 7 TDs over the last three games, all of which have resulted in Tennessee victories. They’ll need every bit of that effort tonight as the Titans… Read more »

De-Livering

While DeMar DeRozan has been overshadowed by his trade partner Kawhi Leonard’s play in Toronto, the veteran guard has had his moments in half a season with the Spurs. One of those came in his last outing against the Nuggets as DeRozan led the way with 30 points in a 111-103 victory. He’ll try to be as effective tonight when… Read more »

Holiday Tradition

The Christmas Day tradition of the NBA continues with five games on the schedule, including a primetime matchup between the LA Lakers (19-14) and Golden State Warriors (23-11). To get Dunkel’s pick for this game and the full NBA schedule, click HERE In college hoops, the Diamond Head Classic in Hawaii wraps up with four games on tap, capped off… Read more »

Chief Objective

The Kansas City Chiefs (11-3) missed an opportunity to clinch the AFC West last week when they squandered a 14-point lead before losing to the Chargers, 29-28. But with LA’s loss last night to the Ravens, the Chiefs have another chance to clinch tonight in Seattle against the Seahawks (8-6). To get Dunkel’s Pick for this game and the full… Read more »

Frisco Kid

The Ohio Bobcats advanced to tonight’ Frisco Bowl behind a high-powered offense that averaged 41.2 points per game. Senior RB A.J. Ouellette has been key to that performance and comes into the game averaging 178 yards over his last three contests. But the Bobcats should run into some resistance from San Diego State’s defense, which held Boise State to just… Read more »

Off Key

The Utah Jazz have yet to find their rhythm this season and a loss in Mexico City to the Magic over the weekend dropped them to two games below .500 (14-16). Tonight they’ll try to bounce back as they head to Houston to face a Rockets team that has had its own troubles, but a recent surge has them back… Read more »

Stick It To ‘Em

The North Dakota State Bison (13-0) are going for an unprecedented seventh FCS championship in the last eight years and are being led by senior QB Easton Stick. While Stick may not be on the level of his predecessor — Carson Wentz — he has helped the Bison average 41 points per game behind 25 TD tosses and only 5… Read more »

Hard Charger

Since losing the opener to Kansas City, the LA Chargers have been playing catch-up with the Chiefs. Tonight, the Chargers (10-3) have a chance to catch the Chiefs (11-2) as the two teams meet at Arrowhead Stadium. To get Dunkel’s Pick for this game and the full NFL schedule, click HERE The Houston Rockets (12-14) picked up a much-needed win… Read more »

Healthy Outlook

The Golden State Warriors are starting to get healthy, which is bad news for the rest of the NBA. The recent returns of Steph Curry and Draymond Green has sparked the Warriors, who have won four straight while averaging a healthy 119.5 points per game. They’ll put that streak to the test tonight as they host the Toronto Raptors (22-7),… Read more »

Houston, We Have A Problem

Losing a few games at the start of the NBA season didn’t seem like much of a problem for the Houston Rockets. But now 25 games in and still below .500 (11-14), the Rockets have settled into a troubling pattern of giving up a ton of points (ranked 25th in points allowed) and getting almost no help off the bench… Read more »

Built Ram Tough?

At 11-1, the LA Rams look to be in the driver’s seat to represent the NFC in this year’s Super Bowl. But to get there, the Rams will have to demonstrate a toughness that is not always reflected in their sunny California surroundings. A good test will be tonight when the Rams head to frigid Chicago to take on the… Read more »

Running With The Pack

Nevada sparked a lot of interest last year with a 29-8 record and Sweet 16 finish in the NCAA Tournament. Led by the twins, Caleb and Cody Martin, the Wolf Pack look primed for an even deeper run this season after an 8-0 start. Tonight, they’ll get a strong test from another unbeaten team — the Arizona State Sun Devils… Read more »

Tenn Spot

The Tennessee Titans pulled out a come-from-behind victory over the Jets last week that got them back to .500 (6-6) and kept them alive in the race for an AFC wild-card spot. But they can’t look past tonight’s matchup with the 4-8 Jacksonville Jaguars, who held the high-powered Colts offense scoreless in their last outing. To get Dunkel’s pick for… Read more »

Home Without A Butler

The trade of Jimmy Butler to Philadelphia looks to be a plus for the Minnesota Timberwolves right now as they’ve gone 8-3 since dealing him away, including 6-3 at home. That’s where the Wolves  (12-12) will be tonight as they host the Charlotte Hornets (11-12). To get Dunkel’s pick for this game and the full NBA schedule, click HERE. On… Read more »

Knight Shift

The Washington Capitals took the first game in the rematch of last year’s Stanley Cup with the Vegas Golden Knights when the two teams met in DC back in October. That was part of a 1-4 start for the Golden Knights, but since that time have looked more like the team that won the Western Conference during their first year… Read more »

Flight Time?

Eagles fans have been waiting for their defending champions to show signs of returning to last year’s form. Perhaps last week’s comeback win over the Giants will be the spark the Birds (5-6) needed. But they’ll get a tougher test tonight as they host the Washington Redskins (6-5) in a battle for the NFC East. To get Dunkel’s pick for… Read more »

Ol’ Saint Nick

With the calendar turning to December and the holiday season, there’s a non-traditional Nick who also tends to do pretty well this time of year and goes by the last name of Saban. His Crimson Tide team (12-0) once again looks primed to defend its national title as they head to the SEC Championship game today against the Georgia Bulldogs… Read more »

MAC Attack

The FBS conference championships start tonight with MAC title on the line in Detroit between Northern Illinois (7-5) and Buffalo (10-2). To get Dunkel’s pick for this game and the full NCAA Football schedule, click HERE. The Big Ten will take center stage on the hardwood with a pair of conference games, including the Wisconsin Badgers (6-1) heading to Iowa… Read more »

Saints Alive

The New Orleans Saints are steamrolling through the NFC right now. Per usual, the Saints are lighting it up on the offensive side behind ageless QB Drew Brees and the lead the league in scoring average (37.2 ppg) while scoring at least 30 points or more in five straight games. That production will be put to the test tonight against… Read more »

Carving The Bird

No team is hotter in the NFL right now than the New Orleans Saints. Just ask the defending-champion Eagles, who were picked apart by Drew Brees & Company last week, 48-7. It’s fitting on Thanksgiving that the Saints have an opportunity to carve up another bird as they host the Falcons tonight to cap off a trifecta of NFL action…. Read more »

Hawaii 5-0

A pair of undefeated teams meet tonight in Hawaii, but only one will be 5-0 when it’s all said and done as the Duke Blue Devils (4-0) meet the Auburn Tigers (4-0) in the second round of the Maui Invitational. To get Dunkel’s pick for this game and the full NCAA Basketball schedule, click HERE. The Miami Heat have dropped… Read more »

KC Masterpiece

The meteoric rise of Kansas City QB Patrick Mahomes continues to have the Chiefs thinking Super Bowl. The 23-year-old leads the NFL in TD passes (31) and passing yards per game, while leading the Chiefs to a 9-1 record. They’ll get a serious test tonight as KC heads to Los Angeles to take on another team with Super Bowl aspirations… Read more »

Bullish On The Bears

It’s no surprise that the Minnesota Vikings are in the hunt for the NFC North Division crown. The Chicago Bears, however, are another matter. Under first-year head coach Mike Nagy and second-year QB Mitchell Trubisky, the Bears have have surprised a lot of people with a 6-3 record and the top spot in the division race. They’ll get a chance… Read more »

Not East Being Green

It’s rare that the Golden State Warriors show a chink in their otherwise impenetrable armor, so it was no surprise then everyone jumped all over the Kevin Durant-Draymond Green skirmish. Green definitely got the worst of the criticism and ended up serving a one-game suspension for conduct detrimental to the team. Other teams may view this schism as an opening,… Read more »

Tor Of Duty

Dwane Casey spent the last seven years as head coach of the Toronto Raptors, posting a franchise-best 59-win season last year that earned him coach-of-the-year honors. But all that didn’t earn him an invite back by Raptors management, who moved on to Casey’s assistant, Nick Nurse. For his part, Casey has landed in Detroit with the Pistons and will be… Read more »

Coyote Ugly

The Washington Capitals have not always resembled last year’s Stanley Cup champs with the most recent occurrence coming on Sunday when they dropped an ugly 4-1 decision at home to the Arizona Coyotes. Currently sixth in the Metropolitan Division, the Caps will try to find some success on the road tonight as they face the Minnesota Wild. To get Dunkel’s… Read more »

Nick Of Time

The San Francisco 49ers were down two QBs and had lost six games in a row when they were forced to turn to Nick Mullens to take over the offense. All Mullens did was rack up the most productive NFL debut since the merger in leading the Niners to a 34-3 thrashing of the Raiders. Mullens will be back under… Read more »

Collapsing Star

The Dallas Cowboys were hoping to avoid the drama that came with last year’s losing season, but it looks to be back again after Dallas looked flat in a 28-14 loss to Tennessee on Monday night that dropped the Cowboys record to 3-5 on the season. In need of some signs of life, the Cowboys head to Philadelphia tonight to… Read more »

Screaming Eagles

Expect the scene at Boston College tonight to be raucous as the Eagles have a chance to shake up the college football landscape by hosting undefeated Clemson. The Tigers (9-0; No. 3 in Dunkel’s college football rankings) haven’t shown much vulnerability since switching to Trevor Lawrence at QB and are coming off a 77-point performance last week against Louisville.  But… Read more »

Carolina On Their Mind

After stumbling to a 1-2-1 start, the Pittsburgh Steelers (5-2-1) have righted the ship with four straight victories, including a 23-16 win at Baltimore last week that secured their lead in the AFC North standings.  They’ll get another strong test tonight as the Steelers host a Carolina Panthers team (6-2) that has won three in a row. To get Dunkel’s… Read more »

Not OK

Just when the OKC Thunder were turning things around, they’ve hit a little bump in the road with Russell Westbrook’s ankle injury. The All-Star guard is expected to miss tonight’s contest against the Cavaliers as the Thunder will try to extend their five-game winning streak without him. To get Dunkel’s pick for this game and the full NBA schedule, click… Read more »

Self Improvement

Bill Self’s Kansas Jayhawks came up just short last season in their quest to win a national championship when they fell to Villanova in the semifinals of the Final Four. But returning starters Udoka Azubuike and Lagerald Vick combined with Memphis transfer Dedric Lawson have Jayhawk fans thinking they can improve on last season’s effort and win it all this… Read more »

Great Scott

It’s been a while since big football games were being played at Scott Stadium, home of the Virginia Cavaliers. With just one winning season since 2008 and two bowl appearances, including last year’s embarrassing 49-7 thumping against Navy in the Military Bowl, the Cavalier faithful have become accustomed to taking their lumps during football season and hoping for paybacks in… Read more »

Everybody Beating The Wiz

The Washington Wizards were expected to contend in the LeBron-less NBA Eastern Conference, but so far look more like a cellar-dweller than a title-contender. A 1-5 record and the worst defense in the league (125.0 ppg allowed) have critics calling for head coach Scott Brooks’ job. He’ll try to deflect some of that heat and squeeze out a win tonight… Read more »

Trey-mendous

Steph Curry put on one of his best three-point shooting clinics ever on Wednesday — 11-of-16 from beyond the arc; 51 points total — as the Warriors crushed the Washington Wizards, 144-122. Curry and the Warriors will look for an encore performance tonight in Madison Square Garden as they travel to New York to face the Knicks. To get Dunkel’s pick… Read more »

Familiar Surroundings

There was a time when Brock Osweiler was thought the be the QB of the future in Houston. But Osweiler never lived up to his big contract and the Texans turned to DeShaun Watson to turn things around, which the former Clemson QB has done as Houston has reeled off four straight victories. For his part, Osweiler has landed in… Read more »

Stark Challenge

If LSU (6-1; No. 8 in Dunkel’s college football rankings)  is overflowing with confidence after last week’s upset over Georgia, the Tigers only need to remember what happened in Starkville last year to be reminded of how quickly things can change. In that matchup, the Bulldogs manhandled the Tigers, 37-7, handing coach Ed Orgeron his worst loss since taking over the LSU… Read more »

Pelican Brief

Perhaps the most eye-popping opener of the NBA regular season was the New Orleans Pelicans going into Houston and demolishing one of the league’s premier teams, 131-112. Anthony Davis was his usual exceptional self with 32 points and 16 rebounds, while the addition of Julius Randle (25 points) off the bench yielded immediate dividends. Tonight, the Pelicans will carry that… Read more »

Badgering Harbaugh

Michigan fans have been waiting anxiously for a return to the upper echelon of college football’s ranks under coach Jim Harbaugh. The anxiety level was raised several notches when the Wolverines dropped their season-opener to Notre Dame. Five straight wins have calmed things a bit, but the Wolverines (5-1; No. 14 in Dunkel’s college football rankings) will get their first… Read more »

Fresh Brew

It certainly wasn’t the most noticed trade during the MLB season, but the Brewers acquisition of pitcher Gio Gonzalez from the Nationals may have been one of the most effective. After struggling to a 7-12 record in Washington, Gonzalez went 3-0 with a 2.13 ERA down the stretch for the Brewers. His performance was good enough to earn him a… Read more »