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Bookie Busters: In the Zone

Kelvin Sampson has the Cougars rolling. Bob Levey/Getty Images


Entering these tournaments where tons of public money is spread out, one just hopes to come out of the gates flying. Thursday we accomplished that.

Ending the first day of the tournament on a 9-1 run isn't too shabby, but lets not settle, I want more. The next few days allow us the opportunity to cash more tickets, but we have to be smart and patient. Pick your spots.

New Plays

Sunday Funday


North Carolina TT over 80 5U MAX


Virginia -10 (buy the hook) @me 5U MAX

715 CST

Houston Cougars -6 10U MAX

Cougars Alternate line -9 +130 2U

Corey Davis Points over 17.5 3U

Saturday Night Double BOMB

Auburn -2 5U MAX

Game over 147 5U MAX

FH over 69 3U

Follow at your own risk. Good luck

Previous Plays


Texas Tech TT FH Over 34.5 5U MAX


UC Irvine +4 5U

Parlay 1U

UC Irvine +4

Oregon +2

Virginia -13.5 FH

Tennessee FH TT over 40 5U MAX


Corey Davis Over 18 Points 1U

Reb+assist over 5.5 1U

Houston -4.5 2nd half 5U MAX BIG PLAY

Houston TT over 41 3U

Previous Plays

Louisville -5 (buy the hook if 5.5) 5U MAX

Parlay 1U

NM ST +6

Under Florida ST 134

Baylor +1.5

Florida first half +1

Louisville -5


Louisville -4 HT 5U MAX

Fl St/Vermont Under 134 MAX 5U


Kansas -6 5U MAX

Old Dominion +12.5 5U MAX

Parlay 1U

Kansas -6

Baylor/Cuse Under 130

Woffor/Seton Over 145

Old Dom +12.5


Murray ST TT over 39 2nd half 5U

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The Houston Rockets are in the midst of a rebuild. Jalen Green and Kevin Porter Jr are studs. KPJ just signed a four-year extension with the team. Other guys like Jabari Smith Jr, Kenyon Martin Jr, Alperen Sengun, Josh Christopher, Tari Eason, and Jae'Sean Tate are really good pieces to surround Green and KPJ with. The only issue with this group: they're REALLY young! Tate is the elder statesman at 27 of the young nucleus. Most are barely old enough to buy a drink. Some still aren't old enough! They're a bunch of green bananas waiting to turn yellow to slightly brown and be ripe enough for consumption.

We need to give it time. Just like bananas, they take time to ripen. Coach Stephen Silas is known for developing young players. His most prized student is the star player for that team in South Oklahoma up 45. Number 77 for that team credited Silas with helping him realize his All-Pro potential while Silas was a part of the coaching staff there. To a man, all his former players credit him with being a positive influence on their careers. So why are fans in a rush to get rid of him?

When you look at the Rockets' record over the last few years, it's gross. Sure, they've been a lottery team the last couple of seasons, but that was by design. As part of the Chris Paul and Russell Westbrook trades, they gave away pick swap rights. Had they not been that bad, they wouldn't have been able to draft Green or Smith Jr. Those two guys are building blocks for the future, along with KPJ. Giving those picks away would've put this team further down the totem pole of developing themselves into a contender. Losing pays off when you can hit on high lottery picks.

If you give a chef dirt, bread, ham, molded cheese, and spoiled mayo, can you expect anything else but a nasty ham sandwich? How about if the chef was given a steak that is almost rotten, potatoes with root growth, and spoiled butter? Could you expect a better meal than the sandwich? Yes! However, that meal may still cause a stomachache. Now, give said chef a full complement of gourmet groceries and guess what you'll get?

This is why I say let Silas cook. He's the perfect coach for this group of kids. He can teach them all the fundamentals of the game at this level and help them grow into their full potential. If there's a change to be made on the sidelines, move Silas into a front office role, but DO NOT get rid of him! Guys like him are too valuable. Why do you think Mark Cuban hated losing him, but knew he couldn't retain him because he had a head coach already? Cuban knew what he had in Silas and what Silas did for Luka Doncic. He can do something similar for the Rockets if given the time to work his magic.

Should Tilman Fertita find the need to move on, I'd look for a more experienced coach who can guide them from bottom of the playoff ladder into top four in the West and real contenders. For now, Silas is the head chef. Continue giving him the groceries he needs, and he'll continue giving these kids the lessons they need to develop. Changing the coach now could stunt their growth. Let him cook!

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