Wednesday, February 21, 2018

NHL Game Preview: Calgary Flames vs. Vegas Golden Knights - 2/21/2018 - 10:38 PM EST

NHL Game Preview: Calgary Flames vs. Vegas Golden Knights - Date: 2/21/2018 Time: 10:30 PM EST Venue: T-Mobile Arena, Paradise, NV, 89119 / LAS VEGAS -- The Calgary Flames find themselves two points out of third place in the Pacific Division and also the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference as they begin a stretch of playing seven of their next nine games on the road. Normally that might be cause for concern but the Flames, who start a two-game desert road trip Wednesday night against the Western Conference-leading Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena, don't mind packing their suitcases these days. Calgary is a glossy 17-7-5 on the road this season, one of the top marks in the NHL. By comparison, the Flames are 13-14-4 at the Scotiabank Saddledome, including back-to-back losses to Boston 2-1 in overtime Monday and to Florida 6-3 on Saturday. CBS Sports Pick s. Toss in the fact that the trip to Vegas and Arizona is also a Mom's trip with some players bringing their mothers along to the sunny, warm desert and it's easy to see why the Flames might be looking forward to hitting the road. But with only 22 games remaining, Calgary coach Glen Gulutzan made it clear that the trip will be anything but a vacation for his squad." This is really the man's portion of the schedule," Gulutzan told First up is a game with a Vegas team that will be making its second attempt at breaking the NHL record for most home wins by an expansion team. Good Return on Investment. The Golden Knights, who were shut out at home by Anaheim 2-0 on Monday, are 22-5-2 at T-Mobile Arena and share the mark with the Gordie Howe-led Hartford Whalers, who also won 22 games in their debut season of 1979-80." We know what it is but we don't want to use it as an anchor either," Gulutzan said of Vegas' home record. "We're just going in there to play; we know what's at stake this time of year for us." The Golden Knights scored three times in the final two minutes to pull out a 4-2 victory on Jan. 30 at Calgary in the first of four meetings this season." I think we match up good against them: both quick teams, both play very similar," Gulutzan said. "Obviously we're better on the road. I thought for 58 minutes that was a good hockey game. Sports Handicapping Monitor. The last two, two mistakes and it went against us, which doesn't happen all the time but it happened in that game. But I think it's going to be a really good game there." Vegas (39-16-4) was blanked by the Ducks on Monday night despite finishing with a 33-20 edge in shots. Anaheim also blocked 25 more shots but the Golden Knights didn't really have any great scoring chances until late in the third period when Jonathan Marchessault, who leads the team with 58 points, hit the crossbar with a shot and left winger Tomas Hyka, making his NHL debut, was stopped point blank by goalie Ryan Miller. The Golden Knights, who need one point to tie the NHL record (83 points) for an expansion team set by the Florida Panthers in 1993-94, played without left winger James Neal, who is second on the team in goals with 24, and defenseman Shea Theodore (18 points), both of whom were scratched because of illness and also missed practice Tuesday." No update," Vegas coach Gerard Gallant said when asked after practice on Tuesday if the duo would be back to play against the Flames. "I haven't heard anything more from the trainers or medical staff. I'll know that (Wednesday) morning."


NHL Game Preview: Dallas Stars vs. Anaheim Ducks - 2/21/2018 - 10:08 PM EST

NHL Game Preview: Dallas Stars vs. Anaheim Ducks - Date: 2/21/2018 Time: 10:00 PM EST Venue: Honda Center, Anaheim, CA, 92806 / ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Anaheim Ducks attempt to build on a three-game winning streak fashioned on the road when they face the Dallas Stars at Honda Center on Wednesday evening. Leading Handicappers. The Ducks (30-20-11) shut out the Pacific Division leading Vegas Golden Knights 2-0 on Monday night as winger Jakob Silfverberg and defenseman John Manson registered goals. Goaltender John Gibson earned the victory by stopping 13 Vegas shots but left after the second period with a lower-body injury. Ryan Miller replaced Gibson and made 20 saves as the Ducks withstood a frantic Golden Knights rally to end a 3-1-0 road trip. Gibson was clipped by the skate of Vegas winger Reilly Smith and is listed as day-to-day. Health problems have dogged Gibson throughout his career and the addition of Miller via free agency in the offseason has been a key to keeping Anaheim in the mix for a sixth consecutive postseason berth. Miller has posted a 7-4-5 record, a 2.63 goals-against average with two shutouts and a .918 save percentage in 20 games. Sports Handicapping Service Leads. The Ducks will need strong goaltending down the stretch as evidenced by the manner in which they have strung together wins. Sports Picks Free. They beat the Chicago Blackhawks and Minnesota Wild by identical 3-2 scores and surrendered an average of 38.3 shots on goal in the three-game winning streak. Center Ryan Getzlaf has gone through a dry spell and enters the game with a seven-game goalless streak (two assists) and his offensive production is vital as center Ryan Kesler has been slow to return to his old form since returning from off season hip surgery (six goals, two assists in 23 games). Getzlaf's linemate and leading scorer Rickard Rakell (22 goals, 48 points) has failed to register a goal in six games. Anaheim's lack of offense has increased speculation that general manager Bob Murray will swing a trade for offensive help before Monday's NHL trade deadline. Although his team has ground out wins, Murray expressed dissatisfaction with his top players' productivity." We need to see some desperation here," Murray told the Orange County Register on Monday. "The big boys have got to lead the way. They've got to lead the way with some desperation." The Stars will be a familiar opponent in Anaheim's final 21 games with Wednesday's match the opener of the three-game season series. The Stars (34-21-4) continue a three-game California road trip after dropping a 5-2 decision to the San Jose Sharks on Sunday night at HP Pavilion. The Sharks dominated Dallas from the opening faceoff as Joe Pavelski scored 27 seconds into the game that led to a four-goal first period that decided the contest. Gemel Smith and Tyler Pitlick scored goals and Ben Bishop was pulled after stopping only one of five shots in 13:32 of play. Bishop will get an immediate opportunity to bounce back from his poor showing as coach Ken Hitchcock indicated he will be between the pipes in Anaheim and Kari Lehtonen will close the trip in Los Angeles on Thursday. Center Martin Hanzal who missed the Sharks game, practiced Tuesday and will be a game-time decision. With offensively gifted players such as captain Jaime Benn and Alexander Radulov in the lineup -- the pair has registered identical statistics this season (21 goals, 32 assists in 59 games), the Stars are one of the most entertaining teams in the NHL but Hitchcock has always demanded defensive efficiency throughout his career. He noted that the effort against San Jose continued a negative trend and expects better against a physical Anaheim team." When you don't check, and you don't want to check against a good team who is ready to play, you get buried," Hitchcock said. "When you look at the last three games, we've given up so many scoring chances because we don't want to check. When we get back to that, we'll be a good team again."


NCAAB Game Preview: North Carolina vs. Syracuse - 2/21/2018 - 7:00 PM EST

NCAAB Game Preview: North Carolina vs. Syracuse - Date: 2/21/2018 Feb 20, 2018 If Syracuse wants to upset No. 10 North Carolina and put itself on the "in" side of the NCAA Tournament bubble, the Orange will have to win the battle of the boards against the Tar Heels in their Atlantic Coast Conference matchup Wednesday at the Carrier Dome.Syracuse is 0-4 this season when its opponents grab more rebounds. North Carolina's 11.7 rebounding margin leads the nation.In last year's matchup, the Tar Heels thumped the Orange 85-68. Syracuse couldn't guard North Carolina on the interior and was outrebounded 44-24.Despite the loss of big men Isaiah Hicks and Kennedy Meeks, North Carolina is still a force on the boards as it ranks No. 2 nationally in offensive rebounding percentage and No. 30 in defensive rebounding percentage."They're big. Winning Sports Picks Who You Should Follow. They've been big for as long as I can remember," Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said. "They get a lot of big guys, they're very aggressive, they get on the boards, they usually have big guards. But they're also going to have a couple 6-10 guys every year, a couple 6-8s. NFL Handicappers. They've always been physical and aggressive." In their 93-76 rout of Louisville on Saturday, the Tar Heels (21-7, 10-5 ACC) outrebounded the Cardinals 44-32. Every time Louisville made a run, North Carolina answered with a 3-pointer or a rebound and putback to stay comfortably ahead.Led by guard Joel Berry II with 23 points and forward Luke Maye with 19 points and 13 boards, the Tar Heels shot 48 percent and broke 90 points for the third time in their current five-game winning streak.North Carolina sits in third place in the ACC, behind Virginia (13-1) and Duke (10-4) and ahe ad of Clemson (9-5)."All in all, we really played well," North Carolina coach Roy Williams said after the Louisville game. "I didn't like our defense, but I haven't liked our defense all year long. Maybe we'll get it changed before I turn 90. But we made shots and guys made plays." After showing initial signs of being a strong rebounding team, the Orange (18-9, 7-7) has regressed in ACC play. Syracuse ranks sixth on the offensive glass and 13th on the defensive glass in conference-only games.That makes freshman forward Oshae Brissett a key player in Wednesday's game. Brissett, who shared this week's ACC Rookie of the Week Award with Virginia's De'Andre Hunter, is averaging 14.7 points and a team-high 9.0 rebounds this season.The only ACC freshman averaging more points is Duke's Marvin Bagley III, and the only ACC freshmen with more rebounds are Bagley and Duke's Wendell Carter Jr. Brissett is bidding to join Carmelo Ant hony as the only freshman in Syracuse history to average a double-double for the season."Even if Oshae's not having a shooting night, he's always boarding and getting rebounds," said Orange guard Tyus Battle, who ranks third in the ACC in scoring at 19.9 points per game. "He shows his versatility every time he steps on the floor." As in recent years, the Orange find themselves on the NCAA Tournament bubble as the season winds down. With games against North Carolina, No. 5 Duke and No. 15 Clemson remaining, Syracuse has an opportunity to notch that one signature win that could vault them into the tournament."We have a much better strength of schedule than we had last year. We don't really have any bad losses and we have more road wins than we had last year," Boeheim said. "We'll just keep playing. Best Sports Handicappers Free Picks. There's really, really tough games left. We'll see what happens."


NCAAB Game Preview: Louisville vs. Duke - 2/21/2018 - 9:00 PM EST

NCAAB Game Preview: Louisville vs. Duke - Date: 2/21/2018 Feb 20, 2018 DURHAM, N. C. -- Duke has made quite a bit of progress without its most productive player. Picks and Parlays. That has put the Blue Devils right back among the elite.With four games remaining in the regular season, Duke is up to No. 5 in the polls going into Wednesday night's game against visiting Louisville at Cameron Indoor Stadium.The opportunities are spreading to other players as freshman forward Marvin Bagley III sits out with a knee sprain."That's three wins without a kid that's arguably as talented as there is in the country," coach Mike Krzyzewski said.In the meantime, roles have increased for Javin DeLaurier, Marquise Bolden and Jack White."That's invaluable experience going forward," Krzyzewski said of those players.DeLaurier made his first career start in Sunday's 66-57 victory at then-No. 11 Clemson. Sports Handicapping Service Units Gained. The sophomore forward grabbed 10 rebounds.It's those types of contributions that have encouraged the Blue Devils."This should propel us to be better and win more games like this," freshman guard Trevon Duval said.Bagley's status remains uncertain for this week, though Krzyzewski said the ACC scoring and rebounding leader has been progressing."We're going to make sure that he's completely good before we get into March," Krzyzewski said.Freshman forward Wendell Carter Jr. also has helped fill Bagley's void as he has posted eight of his 14 double-doubles this season across the past 11 games.Duke (22-5, 10-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) plays three of its final home games at home. It's the opposite for Louisville (18-9, 8-6)."We've got a pretty difficult finishing stretch wi th three of our four remaining games on the road and our lone home game against the No. 1 team in the country in Virginia," Louisville interim coach David Padgett said. "Our guys are up for the challenge." Louisville has lost four of its last six games."We've played a lot of very good teams so your defense isn't going to be great night-in and night-out," Padgett said. "But that's been one of the common denominators in all that (recent stretch) is that we haven't played very good defense. We just have to fix it ... We have a tall task on Wednesday to try to do so." Duke is the ACC's top offensive team, averaging 87.4 points per game. In Louisville's last four losses, opponents have shot at least 45 percent from the field.Louisville's bench players contributed 35 points in Saturday night's 93-76 loss to visiting North Carolina, marking the fourth consecutive game the Cardinals' reserves tallied at least 30. This will be Louisville's third game of the month against a team with a Hall of Fame coach. Top Rated Sports Handicappers. The Cardinals lost at home to Syracuse and North Carolina."I've already faced two of the three Hall of Fame coaches in the league and neither one of those games has gone very well," Padgett said.If Rick Pitino hadn't been dismissed in the fall, this would have been the first of three consecutive visitors to Duke with Hall of Fame coaches. Instead, former Duke point guard Greg Paulus, who was hired after Padgett was elevated to his role, will be on the Louisville bench as an assistant coach.


NHL Game Preview: Ottawa Senators vs. Chicago Blackhawks - 2/21/2018 - 8:08 PM EST

NHL Game Preview: Ottawa Senators vs. Chicago Blackhawks - Date: 2/21/2018 Time: 8:00 PM EST Venue: United Center, Chicago, Ill., 60612 / CHICAGO -- Two struggling teams will try to add a bright spot in the middle of dreary seasons when the Chicago Blackhawks host the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday night at the United Center. Chicago (25-27-8) has one win in its past 10 games (1-8-1) and appears poised to be a seller before Monday's NHL trade deadline. Soccer Tipsters. The Blackhawks are on track to miss the postseason for the first time since the 2007-08 campaign. Ottawa (21-28-9) is one of about a half-dozen teams with a worse point total than the Blackhawks. Best Bets of the Day. The Senators have 10 losses in their last 16 games and appear likely to miss the playoffs only one season after reaching the Eastern Conference finals and coming within one goal of reaching the Stanley Cup finals. Players on both sides know that they cannot afford to give up on the season." Every season has its ups and downs and different obstacles," Blackhawks veteran forward Patrick Sharp said to the Chicago Sun-Times. "These last couple of weeks have maybe been as hard as it gets. But nobody's going to feel sorry for us. You've got to be a pro and keep fighting through it." The same is true for Ottawa, which is coming off a 5-2 loss on the road to the Nashville Predators." We were right there," Senators coach Guy Boucher said to the team's official website after the game. "It's just too bad. It was just some bad bounces and some turnovers that normally don't happen, and it cost us. Sometimes you get turnovers and they don't cost you and you forget about them. Leading Handicapper s. Those ones cost us, and we've got to play the same way next game for 60 minutes and get rid of those turnovers and we should have a chance." Blackhawks goaltender Anton Forsberg is expected to make his 21st start of the season. The 25-year-old from Sweden has posted a 6-12-3 record with a 2.96 goals-against average and a .908 save percentage. He won his only career start versus the Senators. Ottawa goaltender Mike Condon is expected to make his 18th start on the opposite end of the rink. Condon, 27, is 4-10-4 with a 3.40 GAA and a .898 save percentage this season. In four career appearances against Chicago, he is 1-2-0, 3.19, .894. This is the second and final meeting of the regular season. The Blackhawks cruised to an 8-2 win Jan. 9 at the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa. Patrick Kane recorded five points (one goal, four assists) in the rout, while Jonathan Toews and Nick Schmaltz scored two goals apiece. Kane, Toews and Schmaltz are at the top of the B lackhawks' scoring list for the season. Kane has 55 points in 60 games, while Toews and Schmaltz are tied with 40 points apiece. Ottawa is led in scoring by Mark Stone, who has 50 points in 49 games. Erik Karlsson is next with 41 points from the blue line, and Mike Hoffman is third on the team with 39 points in 58 contests. Chicago is 13-14-3 at home this season. Ottawa is 7-17-4 on the road.


NCAAB Game Preview: Texas Tech vs. Oklahoma State - 2/21/2018 - 7:00 PM EST

NCAAB Game Preview: Texas Tech vs. Oklahoma State - Date: 2/21/2018 Feb 20, 2018 Texas Tech has found itself in a new position several times this season.For example, the Red Raiders had a one-game lead over second-place Kansas in the Big 12 last week before the Jayhawks came from behind to defeat West Virginia and Texas Tech lost to Baylor on Saturday. But Chris Beard's Red Raiders are still just a half game back of Kansas going into their Wednesday night game at Oklahoma State.Texas Tech also moved up to a school-record No. 6 national ranking on Monday despite dropping the contest at Baylor over the weekend.But there is one more possible scenario that could hurt the Red Raiders this week. Leading scorer Keenan Evans suffered an injury to his right foot versus Baylor and sat out the entire second half.Texas Tech already lost 6-foot-8 forward Zach Smith to a broken bone in his foot in January, now it will potentially have to f orge ahead with two of its best players out of action.However, Beard isn't conceding that Evans won't play in Stillwater, Okla., on Wednesday."We all know Keenan is a warrior and he's going to do everything he possibly can to play, which I have nothing but confidence," Beard said during media availability on Monday. "We've got to eventually get him to a point where he's comfortable to play in pain." Evans' status is listed as day-to-day, and whether Evans plays or not, Texas Tech (22-5, 10-4 Big 12) will face the same narrative against Oklahoma State that it did at Baylor on Saturday. Free Sports Picks Forum. The Red Raiders are trying to stay in the hunt for the Big 12 regular-season championship while they play teams that are desperate for victories to impress the NCAA Tournament selection committee.Oklahoma State (15-12, 5-9) has lost six of its last eight games, inclu ding losses in both contests last week by double digits. But it might not be too late considering the Cowboys' two wins in the last month were against No. 7 Kansas and No. 19 West Virginia."I'm really still excited about what this team can do over the next two weeks," Oklahoma State coach Mike Boynton said on Monday. "We've probably, in a lot of people's minds, already overachieved." Boynton said most of his team's shortcomings can be fixed, especially its struggles on the defensive end.Oklahoma State gave up an average of 86 points per game in losses to Kansas State and TCU last week."We can't be who we need to be to have success when we don't guard, and our defense has been pretty poor for some time now," Boynton said. "We've got a four-game season to get that corrected before whatever happens postseason-wise." Texas Tech senior forward Justin Gray had one of his best offensive games of the season on S aturday when fellow senior Evans was on the bench with the foot injury. Gray finished with 13 points on 4-of-5 shooting in the 59-57 loss to Baylor.Like his coach, Gray refused to concede that Evans would not play against Oklahoma State nor did he express concern about the Red Raiders' offensive production.Gray merely stated that he and his teammates will have to match the Cowboys' intensity on their home floor."We're going to expect their best shot," Gray said. "We're in a position now that we have a target on our back being one of the top teams. So every game we have left this season, we're expecting the other team's best shot."


NCAAB Game Preview: San Jose State vs. Nevada - 2/21/2018 - 10:00 PM EST

NCAAB Game Preview: San Jose State vs. Nevada - Date: 2/21/2018 Feb 20, 2018 Winning on the road in hostile environments, overcoming potential catastrophic injuries and mental toughness are ingredients of a team well-prepared to make some serious noise come NCAA Tournament time.After winning at Boise State and Utah State this past week after losing point guard Lindsey Drew to an Achilles injury, Eric Musselman's No. 20 Nevada Wolf Pack hunkered down and now are on the cusp of a regular-season Mountain West title and the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament.The Wolf Pack have two games at Lawlor Events Center in Reno this week and have a good chance to clinch that coveted top seed in the Mountain West as well as at least a share of the title.First up is San Jose State (3-22, 0-14) on Wednesday and then a final home game on Sunday against Colorado State (11-15, 4-11).Despite San Jose State being winless in the conference, Mu sselman believes the Wolf Pack has the focus to take the Spartans seriously. Las Vegas Handicappers. The Wolf Pack proved their mental toughness Saturday in Logan, Utah.Coming off an emotional win at Boise, "(the Utah State) game was really, really important for us," Musselman told the Reno Gazette Journal. "To be able to come back after that game on the road, knowing it's a getaway game and we're leaving to go back home, I was really concerned."It's hard to grab college-aged student-athletes' attention sometimes. I was probably most proud of how we approached the game from a professional mentality." The way Caleb and Cody Martin performed should alleviate some of Musselman's worries. Cody Martin poured in a career-high 30 points and Caleb Martin, Nevada's leading scorer, added 23. Sports Picks Today. Togethe r they compiled 53 points, 15 rebounds, four assists and two steals.What had to please Musselman even more was how Cody Martin ran the offense in place of the injured Drew, who is scheduled to have surgery on Wednesday."We have so many guys who can score that I never felt the need to look for my shot," Cody Martin told the Gazette Journal. "The biggest thing was my teammates having confidence in me and they allowed me to get it and go. Nobody was looking at me like I was crazy, so it allowed me to play freely and take shots with confidence." The Spartans travel to Reno with nothing to lose and perhaps a bit more confidence than other teams that have lost 14 straight. After all, the Spartans led the Wolf Pack at halftime earlier this season before faltering in the last five minutes in a 71-54 win in San Jose.Jean Prioleau's first year at the helm of the Spartans hasn't gone as planned might be an understatement, but the former Colorado assistant is building toward the future."I'm optimistic about what we are trying to do," he said moments after 89-75 loss to Wyoming on Sunday. "I'm unhappy, the players are, too. We're trying to focus on gaining a competitive advantage and we'll keep working at it." The Cowboys dominated the paint and Prioleau is convinced the Spartans "would have been right in it" if they hadn't given up 11 layups in the game. Good Return on Investment. Turnovers against Wyoming also doomed San Jose State."We're going to work on some things; we have the best team in the league coming up," he said.Prioleau's work has not gone unnoticed."Coach Prioleau is doing a good job at San Jose," Wyoming coach Allen Edwards said after the game. "Coach has some pieces in place to really get that thing going. It's not a program that you can overlook." One of those p ieces is junior forward Ryan Welage, who leads the Spartans in scoring at 18.5 points per game with a season-high of 37. But Nevada held him to nine points in the team's first meeting.


NCAAB Game Preview: Florida vs. Tennessee - 2/21/2018 - 9:00 PM EST

NCAAB Game Preview: Florida vs. Tennessee - Date: 2/21/2018 Feb 20, 2018 After Florida failed to hold another late lead in a loss at Vanderbilt, Gators coach Mike White issued a dire warning for his team."I hope it does affect us mentally," White said after the Vanderbilt loss. "How many games do we have left? Four? We have to figure it out or it's not going to end well." That crucial four-game closing stretch for the Gators begins Wednesday at No. 19 Tennessee, which also is coming off an SEC loss.Florida (17-10, 8-6 SEC) has dropped two in a row and four of six overall. Best Bets of the Day. The Gators squandered a six-point lead with 25 seconds to play and eventually lost to Georgia in overtime last week. Winning Sports Picks Who You Should Follow. They were up 11 on Vanderbilt with 14 minutes to play on Saturday, but went cold down the stretch and lost 71-68 to the Commodores."These are things we're taught to do. We do it for 20 minutes, 25 minutes, 28 minutes, then for some reason, we stop doing it," senior guard Egor Koulechov said after the Vanderbilt game.The Vols (19-7, 9-5 SEC) are trying to adjust to having the target on their backs as one of the top teams in the SEC. Sports Handicapping Services. Tennessee has lost two of three, including a 73-62 loss at Georgia on Saturday. Coach Rick Barnes' team trails first-place Auburn by two games in the conference standings with four games remaining."We're still one of the younger teams in the country in a position no one thought they would be in," Barnes told reporters Monday. "We just knew as a team, as a program, that we (were) gonna go in and try to compete every single day. We've done that. But now, t hese situations come up. They're realizing that it's more difficult than you might think. That's why you have great respect for those teams that year in and year out are at the top, because it's not easy." This is the first and only regular-season meeting between the two SEC rivals this year. The Gators won last year's meeting 83-70 in Gainesville, Fla. KeVaughn Allen had 23 points for Florida in the win.Allen is one of four Gators averaging in double figures in scoring this season. Jalen Hudson and Koulechov are each averaging more than 14 points per game. But too often, White says, Florida has struggled to convert good opportunities."Our inefficiencies at the rim continue to haunt us," White said after the Vanderbilt loss. "We had a bunch of looks in the paint. If you're going to steal one on the road, we got to make a layup. We got to make a 5-footer through a little bit of contact. You have to make the majority of them, and we made hardly any of them." Sophomore forward Grant Williams leads Tennessee is scoring (15.7 ppg) and is second in rebounding (5.9 rpg.). Williams, who keys the Vols' inside-out attack, was held to a season-low five points on one-of-eight shooting in the loss to Georgia."I just think that he's gotta realize that this time of year that everything goes up and keeps climbing," Barnes said of Williams. "The thermometer keeps going up, and you've gotta be able to do that as a player. Knowing he is gonna be game-planned for, which he's done."