Thanks to the BCS Championship (recap here), I start today on a 1 game losing streak. As college football season with all its drama and bowls wrap up its time to jump into college hoops, more NBA (daily starting 5), and even some PGA Golf from Hawaii. Tomorrow on CPR, you can find my players for the weekend in the NFL.com playoff fantasy game as well as my foursome for this weekend’s Sony Open.
As far as my streak goes for today, the board looks like a good one with lots of variety. In fact, I’m hittin’ 3 different leagues for 3 different sports in my 3 picks to hopefully get my streak to a W3 by the end of the day. Here’s where I’m headed:
2:00-Mallorca win: On an L 1 I’ll head to Spain for the 2nd leg of this Round of 16 in the Copa del Rey. Mallorca needs a 2+ goal win in order to have a chance to advance since they dropped the first leg 2-0. The team that beat them, Real Sociedad is a really bad road team though. They are 2-2-5 in league play on the road with a -7 goal differential. They’re even worse in Copa del Rey and have lost all 7 road games they’ve ever played in the tournament. Mallorca will have to be aggressive and try to score to make up the aggregate. The fact that Sociedad can lose by 1 and still move on, plus the fact that they’re not great on the road make Mallorca the best early pick.
7:00-Louisville by double digits: Providence is no pushover coming into Big East play 6-2. Unfortunately for them, they Big East has been brutal and they’ve dropped their first 4 games in conference play. Louisville has lost 3 of its last 4 after starting the year with 12 straight victories. Rick Pitino will have his guys focused and ready since they can ill afford to start their conference schedule in a 1-3 hole, so look for him to have his troops fired up and ready. The Cardinals can win by big numbers on the road. In fact, they’ve won both the road games they’ve won by 15 or more (road record is 2-1, with the loss at UK). I see this one going like the St. Johns game, which got me green, and I hope this one does the same.
9:30-New Jersey Devils: In this NHL showdown north of the border, the Devils ride into Calgary with a 5-1-1 mark in their last 7 road games while the Flames ended a 5 game losing streak by beating Minnesota in the opener of the current homestand. The Devils have the better record, appear to be in better form, and the Flames will be missing 8 players due to injury and Rene Borque to the final game of his suspension. I’ll take New Jersey to roll into Calgary and end the 6-game home winning streak of Calgary and get a much needed win as the playoff race starts to take shape.
current streak: L1
Overall this month: 17-9