On board here at GT we will sadly miss our "Master and Commander" CD as we affectionately called him here on deck. His physical presence may not be here, but he will always remain in all of us as we continue our voyage.
Station Casinos will be getting back into the race contest business once again starting this Wednesday with their big "Free Match Race Challenge." The free contest will go every Wednesday and Friday at Palace, Boulder, Texas, Sunset, Santa Fe, Green Valley Ranch and Fiesta Rancho.
The prize structure will be $2,500 (aggregate) with a $2,000 daily winner take all. There also will be a $500 bonus pool for a perfect card. You need to check this contest out. It is really a good one.
Saber’s Slam Dunks
Conference tournaments are in full swing as we head toward next Thursday’s blastoff date.
Of course, not every team can have the lovely Ashley Judd lead the cheers like she can for her beloved Kentucky Wildcats. What a beautiful sight.
Wednesday, March 10
at Madison Square Garden
(Top 12 teams compete)
Connecticut and Pittsburgh again look like the teams to beat. They have met in the finals the last two years with Pitt winning last year and U Conn the year before. Both teams look like elite eight material. Seton Hall, Providence, Villanova, Syracuse, BC and red hot Notre Dame also have a shot. I make U Conn a 1-point favorite if facing Pitt again, with the Panthers getting the win.
at Dayton, Ohio
(All teams compete)
St. Joseph’s is the team to beat but must give Dayton a big shot at the upset with the home court advantage, plus the Flyers are the defending A-10 tourney champs. They have experience with three seniors and own a definite advantage on the boards. George Washington could also make its presence felt along with Rhode Island, which nearly upset St. Joe’s last week. If Dayton and the unbeaten Hawks meet, I make St. Joe’s a 6- point favorite with the Flyers getting the money.
at Cincinnati, Ohio
(Top 12 teams compete)
This will be a real barnburner but must favor the Bearcats playing on their home court and looking a little better of late. Louisville, last year’s winner, and Memphis look to be the ones with a shot at the upset. Recommendations: Bearcats —6 over Louisville and —7 over Memphis.
at Anaheim, Calif.
(Top eight teams compete)
Pacific and Utah State are the two best in here. Improving Idaho, and UC Riverside have the best shots at the upset. Defense-minded Utah State should be a good "under" bet through this tournament. Hopefully, we will see some 115 to 118 totals. If so, "under" is the play. If Utah State meets Pacific, State will be a 2-point favorite. Lay it. If Utah State meets Idaho the spread could be as high as 8. Take it.
Thursday, March 11
One of the weaker years for the league. None of these teams look to get to the great eight. As for the conference, Wisconsin, Illinois and Michigan State all have a shot along with Iowa, Purdue and improving Michigan.
Last week: 9-6-1