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4-1-1 Thursday 3/15
Rhode Island -2 WIN
San Diego State +4 WIN
Loyola Chicago +1.5 WIN
Florida -4 WIN
NC State +3 LOSS
Including the play in games:
Favorites are 15-5 straight up
Favorites are 12-8 ATS
Unders have dominated going 14-6
Day 1 is in the books, and we got what we expected, THRILLERS! One, thing we must take note of is how sharp the lines were on the first day of games. 8 out of the first 12 games ended within 3 points of the line.
- Down goes No 4 seed Arizona. Listed as an 8.5 point favorite, the Wildcats were blown out by Buffalo. Many fans kissed their brackets goodbye.
- The Houston Cougars won a thriller of a game behind Rob Gray's 39-point performance. None more important than the layup with 1 second left for the Game-winner! One stat that does stick out is Gray had 0 assists, something that must change if they want to advance to the sweet 16. Cougars only had 5 assists the whole game.
- Villanova is SCARY! The Wildcats offense is ranked No 1 in efficiency, as we can see why. They shot lights out hitting 59.6% percent from the field while hitting 14 three-pointers (51.9).
- The Big Ten tournament starting a week early hurt the Wolverines. Michigan started the game ice cold and looked out of sorts. They finally were able to overcome the slow start (10-0) and covered the -10.5 spread.
Here are my predictions for every game (official plays at the bottom)
Kansas State +1 O/U 144
Kansas St +1
Providence +2 O/U 138
Texas A&M -2
Lipscomb +20 O/U 163
Butler O/U 151.5
CS Fullerton +20.5 O/U 146.5
1st Half Under 68.5
Syracuse +4 O/U 136.5
Bucknell +14.5 O/U 148
Texas O/U 143
Georgia State+14 O/U 129.5
Texas Southern +19.5 O/U 160
Florida State O/U 147
Murray State +10.5 O/U 145.5
Marshall +12 O/U 165
New Mexico State +5.5 O/U 133
New Mexico St +5.5
College of Charleston +9 O/U 148
New Mexico St +5.5
Texas A&M -2
Cincinnati Under 129.5
Any questions or comments reach me at @JerryBoKnowz on twitter
One of the big factors that led to the Texans' loss to the Jaguars on Sunday was the secondary. Multiple flags for pass interference gave Jacksonville more opportunities to pick up first downs and score points.
Can confirm #Texans backup CB Shaq Griffin was cut.
Griffin started 6 games this year when Derek Stingley was out with a hamstring.
— DJ Bien-Aime (@Djbienaime) November 29, 2023
So it's no surprise that DeMeco Ryans is making some changes to his defense this week. According to several reports, Texans corner Shaq Griffin has been cut.
Nickel corner Tavierre Thomas was flagged for PI more than once on Sunday, and was burned badly by Jaguars receiver Calvin Ridley for a touchdown.
DeMeco was asked after the game if he considered replacing Thomas with Desmond King or Shaq Griffin. Ryans didn't give a definitive answer, but it looks like we got one today.
One has to wonder if Desmond Kings' experience playing nickel was the reason for his promotion to the active roster and why Griffin was released. If Thomas continues to struggle, King looks like the next man up to replace him.
#Texans activate Denzel Perryman, promote Desmond King to active roster, release Shaq Griffin, sign Matt Ammendola and Garret Wallow to practice squad, released Gerrid Doaks from practice squad and placed Tytus Howard (knee-patellar tendon surgery pending) on injured reserve https://t.co/knyyoqo7yC
— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) November 29, 2023
The Texans also made some other adjustments to their roster on Wednesday, per Aaron Wilson. Linebacker Denzel Perryman returns from suspension, kicker Matt Ammendola and linebacker Garret Wallow join the practice squad. They also released Gerrid Doaks from the practice squad.
The other big piece of news involves left guard Tytus Howard. He heads to injured reserve, ending his season after hurting his knee against Jacksonville.