ESPN Streak for the Cash Picks and Analysis, November 30

The Stanford Cardinal and the UCLA Bruins meet again this week as they face off in the Pac-12 Championship. That game is just one of the picks on ESPN Streak for the Cash today. Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

This is it! November comes to a close on ESPN’s Streak for the Cash with another full day of picks. Soccer and golf get us started with two big college football conference championships in the MAC and Pac-12 amidst a sea of pro and college hoops tonight. After a solid day of picks yesterday, hopefully I can finish the month strong with these picks:

Picks for 11/30

9:15- Kuban Krasnodar win: Krasnodar is 6-4-7 in the Russian Premier LEague as they host Kuban Krasnodar who are 10-1-6. However, it’s important to take note of the home-road splits in this one since Krasnodar is 6-1-2 at home and Kuban Krasnodar is just 5-0-4 on the road. These two teams share a city and stadium so the “road” game is pretty relative. Kuban has taken the outright win in five of their six and eight of ten. They’ve also won the two matchups this season. Confidence Meter: 4

Sep 30, 2012; Medinah, IL, USA; European golfer Ian Poulter pounds his chest as he approaches the first tee during the 39th Ryder Cup on day three at Medinah Country Club. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

12:38- Ian Poulter win/draw: Poulter gets the tie here despite haveing a better overall score (+1 to +2) and a better front nine (+2 to +3). Poulter gave back three shots in two holes on the back nine, while Johnson started with three bogies in a row. While both players were close to lower scores, Poulter with the tie in a nine-hole prop is the safer pick. Confidence Meter: 5

3:15- FC Porto win: Porto is undefeated through its first 10 games in La Liga and has only a pair of draws. Braga comes into this one 5-2-3 in league play. The two squads met earlier this week in league play and Porto pulled out the 2-0 win with a pair of late goals. As long as FC Porto brings its team (which I have no reason to doubt), they should again emerge victorious. Confidence Meter: 5

6:33- Georgetown Hoyas: In what should be another another entertaining Big East/SEC matchup, Georgetown hosts the Vols at the Verizon Center in DC. The Hoyas knocked off then-#11 UCLA and took #1 Indiana to overtime in Brooklyn and are undefeated at home. Tennessee opened their year with a trip to Puerto Rico where they fell to Oklahoma State  but beat UNCA and UMASS. Georgetown has played better teams and should be able to get the win at home for the Big East. Confidence Meter: 7

7:00- Brooklyn Nets: The Nets are 10-4 and playing well as they visit the 5-9 Magic. Brooklyn will be without Brook Lopez, but a big night from D-Will and Joe Johnson slowly regaining his shot should be enough to get the Nets the road win. Confidence Meter: 6

7:03- South Florida:  I think tonight will be a big night for Big East basketball as the USF Bulls join the Hoyas in getting points in the showdown with the SEC. USF is 4-2 while visiting Georgia is 2-4. The Bulldogs had dropped four in a row to Youngstown State, USM, Indiana, and UCLA before getting a win over East Tennessee State their last time out. USF hasn’t played as big programs, but has faired better getting wins over Loyola (Il), Bradley, Maryland-Easter Shore, and Stetson. Their wins aren’t that impressive, but I still think they get the win at home in the Sun Dome. Confidence Meter: 3

7:05- Northern Illinois: The MACtion may be about to crash the BCS. The winner of tonight’s Marathon MAC Football championship between the Kent State Golden Flashes and the Norther Illinois Huskies has a shot of sneaking into a BCS game. Kent State is headed to a bowl game for the first time since 1972 behind its pair of thousand-yard rushers Dri Archer and Trayion Durham. NIU doesn’t have two thousand-yard rushers, but it does have a dual-threat QB with Jordan Lynch who leads a high-powered Huskies offense. Both teams were 8-0 in MAC play. NIU lost by a single point to Iowa to open the season, and Kent lost to Kentucky in week 2. Both teams are in the top 12 in the nation rushing the ball so it should be a good matchup. I actually hope the Golden Flashes pull the upset and get into the BCS, but NIU was in the championship game last year and they have the experience and more well-rounded offense which makes them my pick here. Confidence Meter: 4

8:05- Stanford wins by double digits: Stanford rolled UCLA  35-17 just last week at UCLA and now faces the Bruins at Stanford. Stanford is favored by 8.5 and I think they’ll cover this spread as well as that one as they get ready for a Rose Bowl berth most likely against Nebraska. Confidence Meter: 7

Nov 25, 2012; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange guard Brandon Triche (20) makes a layup over Colgate Raiders guard Luke Roh (4) during the second half of a game at the Carrier Dome.Syracuse won the game 87-51. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-US PRESSWIRE

8:35- Syracuse wins by double digits: The Orange are on the road in this one but have pummeled all their opponents this season including then-#20 San Diego State in San Diego, although on a neutral court which happened to be floating, btw. The Razorbacks have lost their last two games to Arizona State and Wisconsin after opening with three home wins over weaker opponents. Syracuse should be able to pick up another comfortable win here. Confidence Meter: 8

November’s Numbers

Thursday Picks: 6-3

Month Total: 144-115

My Entry (most confident picks): 47-31

Current Streak: L1

Longest Streak of the month: W8

Topics: Golf Picks, NBA Picks, NCAA Basketball Picks, Soccer Picks, Streak For The Cash Picks

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