Baseball Season

Baseball season has finally arrived in full and we are ready to usher in another great year of GSU Fantasy Baseball. All the dates/times/rules/fees have been updated at mrpickem.us as well as cbssports.com.

Basically the draft is next Saturday 4/12/12 at 10AM and the roster size has been expanded due to an overall decrease in the league size.

The returning owners along with opening Vegas lines:

  • +280 COORSMAN prodigal son and returning champ always a force when teamed with OneEye's statistical skills.
  • +280 ONEEYE Grizzled vet with strong formulational concepts always a force when teamed with Coorsman's player knowledge.
  • +300 THUMPERS League commish stays competitive despite many duties.
  • +350 DIAMONDS Mr Baseball from years past near relinquishing such moniker.
  • +450 BADA BING Football specialist still trying to add baseball title to resume.
  • +500 SAVY CUBS Great fan of the game will not lose for lack of effort.
  • +600 CRACKHOZ Met went 0-fer the whole 2011(EVERY CONTEST)..he's due.
  • +399 PEE KING Dark horse candidate composed of owner conglomerate of RBI Rod, Dr Parlay and a mystery partner; managed by theman.

Elite Eight ~ Saturday March 24

No. 7 Florida Gators vs. No. 4 Louisville Cardinals (+1, 131)

THE STORY: Both Louisville and Florida pulled off minor upsets in the West Region semifinals on Thursday night, and now the two tournament-savvy schools will meet with a Final Four berth on the line. The fourth-seeded Cardinals are in the Elite Eight for the fourth time under coach Rick Pitino, while the seventh-seeded Gators are looking for their fourth Final Four appearance since 2000 under coach Billy Donovan. Donovan played for Pitino at Providence and coached under him at Kentucky, and he’s a dismal 0-6 all-time against his mentor.

FLORIDA (26-10): This is the team everyone expected to see all season. The Gators’ three tournament victories have come by a combined 70 points, most recently a 68-58 upset of No. 3 seed Marquette. Florida led the nation with nearly 10 3-pointers made per game during the regular season, but the Gators are just 21-of-78 (26.9 percent) from deep in the three wins. They can thank a defense that’s surrendering only 51 points per game for the success, but the shooting will have to improve if they hope to knock off Louisville — a very strong defensive team.

LOUISVILLE (29-9): Speaking of good defense, the Cardinals are putting on quite the show on that end of the court. Led by Gorgui Dieng’s seven blocks, Louisville held top-seeded Michigan State to 28 percent shooting in a 57-44 upset that left the West Region up for grabs. Louisville’s matchup zone and high-pressure defense is giving opponents’ fits, which Florida will have to counter with some accurate long-range shooting. Opponents are just 14-of-63 (22.2 percent) on 3-pointers against the Cardinals in three tournament games.

TRENDS:

* Gators are 14-3 in their past 17 games as a favorite in the NCAA tournament.
* Cardinals are 7-0 ATS in their past 7 neutral site games.
* Under is 10-1 in the Cardinals' past 11 games.
* Over is 15-4 in the Gators' past 19 non-conference games.

TIDBIS:

1. Pitino is now 10-0 all-time in the Sweet 16, but he’s 5-4 in the Elite Eight.
2. Florida is 32-12 all-time in the NCAA tournament, including a 28-9 mark under Donovan.

The Play: Florida -1 4u & Over 131 1u

No. 1 Syracuse Orange vs. No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes (-3, 136)

THE STORY: Top-seeded Syracuse defeated No. 4 seed Wisconsin 64-63 Thursday and earned its first NCAA tournament victory against a Big Ten opponent in seven tries. Now, the Orange will play another Big Ten foe, No. 2 seed Ohio State, with a trip to the Final Four at stake. The Buckeyes, who advanced to the regional final with an 81-66 victory over No. 6 Cincinnati, have made just one Final Four in Thad Matta’s eight seasons, back in 2007. That year, they lost to Florida in the national championship game. Syracuse, meanwhile, hasn’t made the Final Four since 2003 - the year Carmelo Anthony led them to an improbable title. The last NCAA tournament meeting came in 1983, a 79-74 Ohio State victory.

Gators Come up Big - Headed to Elite Eight!

With a different cast, Florida is heading back to the Elite Eight despite some dreadful bright orange uniforms.

Box Score / Photo Gallery

Freshman guard Bradley Beal scored 21 points, lifting Florida to a 68-58 win Thursday over Marquette in the West Regional semifinals.

The seventh-seed Gators (26-10) move on to face fourth-seeded Louisville (29-9) in the regional finals Saturday at 4:30 p.m. Louisville upset top-seeded Michigan State 57-44 earlier Thursday night. It will pit Florida coach Billy Donovan against his mentor, Louisville coach Rick Pitino.

Donovan is 0-6 against Pitino. His last meeting against his former coach at Providence was a 73-65 loss to Louisville on Dec. 13, 2004. Pitino gave Donovan his start in coaching when he hired him in 1989 as a graduate assistant at Kentucky

“Outside of my parents, he's the most influential person in my life,” Donovan said. “I'm very thankful for the opportunities he's given me as a player, as a coach.”

Florida made enough plays down the stretch to set up the storybook matchup. Kenny Boynton and Erving Walker each added 11 points for Florida. Patric Young had seven points and nine rebounds, and Erik Murphy had seven points and a season-high 10 rebounds.

Jae Crowder led Marquette (27-7) with 15 points. Darius Johnson-Odom scored 14 points for Marquette, and Todd Mayo added 11 points off the bench.

Young, Murphy and Beal are all first-year starters for a Florida team that had its share of ups and downs during the 2011-12 season. Walker and Boynton, meanwhile, are UF's two returning starters from a Florida team that reached the Elite Eight last season in New Orleans before falling to Butler in overtime.

“Hopefully this time, we can finish it off,” Walker said.

Madness ~ Day 2

Well after a stellar first day...bring on the games. Little in sports bring the excitement of the big dance and once again this year is no exception.

Yesterday was a money making day for mrpickem and his followers. 12-5 and plus 22 units!

Today there are many good spots so for now I will focus on the day games.

Texas is the play in the first game because of Cincy's lacking a strong go to guy, the Horns have navigated a much tougher schedule and reeled off many quality wins down the stretch. The fact is the Bearcats are just plain overrated! Also like the over as these two teams combined have went over in 17 of their last 20 tourney games cumulatively.

TEXAS +3
TEX/CIN OVER 129
CREIGHTON +1
VIRGINIA +3
BELMONTE +3'

As much as I love the Gators I have to take the Cavs here. The Gators don't have a great team this year and have played even poorer down the stretch. Biggest early plays on TEXAS & CREIGHTON!

Good luck...let cash these tickets!

March Madness


OK, it's time for March Madness. I been slacking, but I got the Elite Eight contest ready to go and Brackets are available through cbssports.com.

All the info is available at http://mrpickem.us/madness.

Odds to win it all!

NCAA Men's Basketball 2011 - 2012 NCAA Championship
Thu 3/15 12:15PM
Kentucky +280
Ohio State +600
North Carolina +700
Michigan St +850
Missouri +1100
Kansas +1200
Syracuse +1500
Duke +2600
Florida State +2800
Baylor +3500
Vanderbilt +3500
Marquette +4500
Louisville +5000
Wichita State +5500
Georgetown +6500
Wisconsin +7000
New Mexico +7500
Memphis +8500
Indiana +9500
Michigan +9500
Florida +10000
Murray State +10000
UNLV +12000
Connecticut +12500
Cincinnati +13000
Kansas State +15000
Creighton +15500
NC State +17500
St. Louis +17500
Gonzaga +18000
West Virginia +20000

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