NHL Game Recap: Toronto Maple Leafs (1) vs. San Jose Sharks (3) - Date: 2/28/2017 Mar 1, 2017 SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) Tomas Hertl scored the tiebreaking goal with 1:24 remaining and the San Jose Sharks beat the Toronto Maple Leafs for the ninth straight time, 3-1 on Tuesday night. Patrick Marleau started the winning play when he skated in alone on three defenders. Marleau fed Hertl, who then beat Frederik Andersen with a quick shot to the short side for his eighth goal of the season. Brenden Dillon also scored and Joe Pavelski added an empty-netter off Joe Thornton's 999th career assist to help the first-place Sharks snap a three-game home losing streak to remain five points ahead of second-place Edmonton in the Pacific Division. Martin Jones made 20 saves. Rookie Auston Matthews scored his 31st goal for the Maple Leafs to start a crucial three-game California swing. Football Predictions. Toronto has a one-point lead over Florida and the Islanders for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Andersen made 34 saves. San Jose made news off the ice as well, announcing a trade during the second intermission to acquire forward Jannik Hansen from Vancouver for prospect Nikolay Goldobin and a conditional draft pick. Free NHL Hockey Picks. The trade deadline in Wednesday. Sports Handicapping Service Winning Streaks. The Sharks had the better of the chances in a scoreless first period, but Andersen stopped all 13 shots he faced, including Joel Ward all alone from in close on a power play. Profitable NHL Hockey Handicappers. The Leafs then used their top-ranked power play to strike first in the second. With Justin Braun in the box, Toronto capitalized on a missed hip check by Brent Burns on a zone entry by William Nylander. Josh Leivo then slid the loose puck to Matthews in the slot, and he beat Jones to make it 1-0. Football Tipsters. The Sharks tied it later in the period when Kevin Labanc set up Dillon for a slap shot from the top of the circle for his second goal of the season. NHL Hockey Handicappers. The game stayed there headed to the third only because Mitch Marner hit the post in the final minute with Toronto on the power play. NOTES: Burns also got an assist on Hertl's goal, giving him 66 points on the season. ... Marner returned to the lineup after missing five games with an apparent right shoulder injury. ... F Brian Boyle made his debut for the Leafs, a day after being acquired in a trade from Tampa Bay. UP NEXTMaple Leafs: Visit Los Angeles on Thursday. Sh arks: Host Vancouver on Thursday.
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NBA Game Recap: Charlotte Hornets (109) vs. Los Angeles Lakers (104) - Date: 2/28/2017 Mar 01, 2017 LOS ANGELES (AP) Kemba Walker scored 30 points and hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:55 to play, and the Charlotte Hornets rallied late for a 109-104 victory over the struggling Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night.Frank Kaminsky had 24 points and 12 rebounds for the Hornets, who won for just the third time in 16 games. Charlotte has won two of its last three games for the first time in nearly six weeks.Julius Randle had 23 points, 18 rebounds and six assists for the Lakers (19-42), who have lost five straight and 16 of 20. Free Sports Picks. They also clinched four consecutive losing seasons for the first time since 1961, the franchise's first year on the West Coast.
NHL Game Recap: Detroit Red Wings (3) vs. Vancouver Canucks (2) - Date: 2/28/2017 Mar 1, 2017 VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) Justin Abdelkader scored 2:31 into overtime and the Detroit Red Wings beat the Vancouver Canucks 3-2 on Tuesday night. Abdelkader got the winner by dropping to his knees just outside the crease to one-touch a precise pass from Henrik Zetterberg. Frans Nielsen scored twice in the first period for Detroit and Zetterberg had two assists. Petr Mrazek made 25 saves. Reid Boucher tied it at 2 with 2:46 left in the third period for Vancouver, and Markus Granlund also scored. Ryan Miller made 25 saves. During the game, Detroit announced it had traded forward Steve Ott to Montreal for a sixth-round pick in the 2018 draft. Ott was scratched from Tuesday's game. Picks and Parlays. The Canucks also announced a trade, sending Jannik Hansen to San Jose for prospect Nikolay Goldobin and a conditional draft pick. Hansen was also scratched.
NCAAB Game Recap: Wyoming (76) vs. Colorado State (78) - Date: 2/28/2017 Mar 1, 2017 FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) Prentiss Nixon scored 23 points and made a 3-pointer with six seconds left to lift Colorado State to a 78-76 victory over Wyoming on Tuesday night for its seventh straight win. Wyoming rallied with a 21-6 run to take its first lead of the second half, 71-70. Justin James scored 10 of his 24 points during the stretch, including a dunk and a 3-point play. J. D. Paige scored three points, Nixon made a bucket and the Rams led 75-73 with 1:21 left. James answered with a 3-pointer with 18 seconds to go before Nixon hit the game winner. Colorado State (21-9, 13-4 Mountain West) has a half-game lead over Nevada (23-6, 12-4) atop the conference standings, and travels to face the Wolf Pack to conclude its regular season on Saturday. Wyoming (17-13, 7-10) has lost four of its last five games. Jason McManamen made two 3-poin ters to become Wyoming's all-time leader in made 3s with 194, surpassing Brandon Ewing's 193.
NHL Game Recap: Los Angeles Kings (1) vs. Calgary Flames (2) - Date: 2/28/2017 Mar 1, 2017 CALGARY, Alberta (AP) TJ Brodie scored on a breakaway 1:47 into overtime, lifting the Calgary Flames over Los Angeles 2-1 on Tuesday night in goalie Ben Bishop's first game with the Kings. Brodie was sprung free from the blue line by a 100-foot pass by Mikael Backlund and made a nifty deke to beat Bishop for his fifth goal of the season. Red-hot Micheal Ferland also scored for Calgary. Leading Handicappers. The Flames are 6-0-1 in their last seven and climbed within two points of the Anaheim Ducks for third place in the Pacific Division. Profitable NHL Hockey Handicappers. They currently hold the first wild-card spot in the Western Conference. Bishop made 28 saves two days after being acquired from t he Tampa Bay Lightning. Sports Betting Handicapping. The 30-year-old had a few superb stops, especially during a challenging second period. NHL Hockey Handicappers. Tanner Pearson got his team-leading 21st goal for Los Angeles. Calgary improved to 7-2 in overtime and topped one of the best in the Kings. Los Angeles entered 10-2 in OT games after losing to Minnesota in the extra period on Monday. Ferland was bumped a week ago to a line with Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan, and the trio have rolled since, with Ferland scoring four goals in their five games together. Fighting Predictions. The wing has utilized his bruising style, demonstrated on his tying goal at 9:44 of the second period. First, Ferland knocked Jake Muzzin to the ice with a glass-rattling body check in the corner. Free NHL Hockey Picks. Then he went to the front of the net, where he neatly slapped Mark Giordano's pass behind Bishop to tie it. Ferland has seven of his 12 goals this season in his past 13 games. His career high had been four. He is also Calgary's top scorer since the All-Star break. Matching Bishop stop for stop in the Calgary net was veteran Brian Elliott, who continued his hot play of late as he made his 10th start in the last 13 games. Elliott's most important save came with less than 10 seconds remaining in the game, when Muzzin's shot deflected sharply off the skate of Giordano and nearly went in. Elliott finished with 28 saves and is 8-1-1 in his last 10 starts. The Kings opened the scoring at 8:42 when Pearson, after multiple whacks at the puck, jammed it past Elliott's pad. It took several minutes to be ruled a goal after Kings coach Darryl Sutter challenged. Officials had wave d off the goal initially because of a whistle, but reversed the call on video review. Flames coach Glen Gulutzan then challenged for goaltender interference, but the call stood. NOTES: The Kings fell to 19-5-3 when scoring first. ... It's the seventh time in the last eight games Calgary has given up the first goal. ... Los Angeles has a 22-5 record in overtime since 3-on-3 was introduced last season, tops in the NHL. ... The Kings next four road games will also be in Alberta with two each in Calgary and Edmonton. ... Brodie played his 400th game, as did Kings D Alec Martinez. UP NEXTKings: Kick -off a seven-game homestand Thursday night against Toronto. Flames: Host Detroit on Friday night.
NCAAB Game Recap: Oklahoma State (83) vs. Iowa State (86) - Date: 2/28/2017 Feb 28, 2017 AMES, Iowa (AP) In their last night at Hilton Coliseum, Iowa State's four senior starters gave the Cyclones one last home win that came down to the buzzer. Matt Thomas scored 25 points and No. 24 Iowa State held off a furious challenge from Oklahoma State on Tuesday night, winning 86-83 to close out its home schedule with its sixth straight win. Fellow senior Monte Morris added 12 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds for the Cyclones (20-9, 12-5 Big 12), who clinched their sixth consecutive 20-win season and swept the Cowboys for the fourth straight year.''We never make it easy on you guys. We always make it close,'' Thomas joked while addressing the crowd after the game. Fixed Games. Thomas wasn't wrong, given that 13 of Iowa State's league games have been decided by 10 points or less. Oklahoma State's Jawun Evans had a lot to do with the Cyclones' latest cliffhanger. Evans scored 29 points and Leyton Hammonds had 19 to lead Oklahoma State (20-10, 9-8), which lost for just the second time in 12 games. Morris forced a turnover under his own basket with 7.7 seconds left and Oklahoma State looking for a game-tying 3 - and Thomas hit an easy layup off Morris' inbounds pass. Evans then hit a 3, but Donovan Jackson hit a free throw and Evans couldn't get a desperation heave off before the buzzer.''He gives us a chance to win,'' Oklahoma State coach Brad Underwood said. Evans was fouled from 3-point range with 13.8 seconds to go and the Cowboys down four. Evans hit all three from the line, but Naz Mitrou-Long answered with two free throws to make it 83-80 5 seconds later.''It (ticks) me off, to be quite honest. We should have won the game. I'm not into moral victo ries. Free NCAAB College Basketball Picks. They're really good. Gambling Profit. That's a given. I think we're really good. I think, we get in the NCAA Tournament, we can beat anybody - just as they can,'' Underwood said. Iowa State seniors Deonte Burton and Mitrou-Long had 20 points and 17 points, respectively. Profitable NCAAB College Basketball Handicappers. The Cyclones once again overcame a huge disparity on the boards, this time 40-27, by shooting 15 of 31 from 3-point range with just seven turnovers. BIG PICTUREOklahoma State: The Cowboys will be a fascinating case study for the NCAA Tournament committee despite the loss. Beating top-ranked Kansas on Saturday would help convince the committee that the Cowboys' closing stretch was much more of an indicator of future success than their rough start to league play. Iowa State: Tuesday was about honoring one of the best senior classes the Cyclones have ever had. Morris, Mitrou-Long, Thomas and Burton did more than just build a bridge between the Fred Hoiberg and Steve Prohm eras. MLB Handicappers. Those four players kept Iowa State relevant nationally. Iowa State will have to rebuild in 2017-18. But with four top-100 recruits eligible as freshmen next season, the Cyclones have to be optimistic about their future. ''It hasn't been easy. We've gone through a lot of adversity, and you guys have stayed the course,'' Prohm said about his seniors. POLL IMPLICATIONS:A win at West Virginia on Friday could push Iowa State into the Top 20 - and, more importantly, give it yet another marquee road win. MASTER THIEFWith a steal early in the first half, Morris broke the school record of 211 previously held by longtime NBA standout Jeff Hornacek. Morris, the nation's leader in assist-to-turnover ratio, broke the program mark for assists also held by Hornacek earlier in his career. ''This train is not going to stop rolling,'' Morris said of the Cyclones. UP NEXTIowa State closes out the regular season at No. 10 West Virginia on Friday. Oklahoma hosts the top-ranked Jayhawks on Saturday.---More college basketball at www.collegebasketball.ap.org
NCAAB Game Recap: Vanderbilt (67) vs. Kentucky (73) - Date: 2/28/2017 Feb 28, 2017 LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Malik Monk scored 20 points in the second half, including 10 in the final 3:40, as No. 9 Kentucky rallied from a 13-point deficit and held off Vanderbilt 73-67 on Tuesday night to clinch a share of the Southeastern Conference regular season title. After trailing by as many as 19 points in the first half, the Wildcats, who overcame the largest deficit under John Calipari, were still down 47-34 with 13:51 remaining. Sports Betting Profit. They clamped down defensively and gave their shooters chances to contribute and earn a hard-fought victory. Monk thrived the most, making a go-ahead 3 with 3:40 left before adding another long-range shot with 49 seconds left for 69-62 lead. Profitable NCAAB College Ba sketball Handicappers. The freshman guard then made four free throws in the final 21 seconds to finish with 27 points for Kentucky (25-5, 15-2). Bam Adebayo added 16 points and De'Aaron Fox had 13 after a one-game absence with a knee injury. Luke Kornet had 21 points and Joe Toye added 15 for Vanderbilt (16-14, 9-8), which made 11 3-pointers but had its four-game winning streak stopped. BIG PICTUREVanderbilt: The SEC's best 3-point shooting team showed its strength often, making 6 of 16 in the first half including four straight during one stretch for a 25-9 lead. But the Commodores went cold for several stretches in the second half and couldn't stop Kentucky's momentum once it got the lead. Kentucky: The Wildcats trailed 30-24 at halftime despite 31 percent shooting, including 2 of 10 from long range. Professional Handicappers. They were much better in the second half, hit ting 15 of 26 to finish 44 percent overall. NCAAB College Basketball Handicappers. They forced 18 turnovers and outrebounded the Commodores 33-28 on Senior Night for Derek Willis, who proposed to his girlfriend before the game, Dominique Hawkins and Mychal Mulder. POLL IMPLICATIONSIt took everything Kentucky had to rally, and it might be enough to keep the Wildcats in the Top 10. UP NEXTVanderbilt: Hosts No. 12 Florida on Saturday in season finale, seeking a season sweep of the Gators. Fixed Games. The Commodores won 68-66 on Jan. 21. Kentucky: Visits Texas A&M on Saturday in regular season finale. It's the first meeting between the schools since the SEC Tournament championship won by the Wildcats in overtime.---More AP college basketball at http://collegebasketball.ap.org and https://twitter.com/AP-Top25
NHL Game Recap: Pittsburgh Penguins (2) vs. Dallas Stars (3) - Date: 2/28/2017 Feb 28, 2017 DALLAS (AP) Antoine Roussel capped Dallas' three-goal third period and the Stars rallied for a 3-2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday night. Sports Touts. The loss dropped second-place Pittsburgh seven points behind Eastern Conference and Metropolitan Division leader Washington. Dallas entered the game nine points behind the second wild card in the West and in a selling mode that had sent three veteran players to contenders in trades. Pittsburgh led 2-0 on goals by Evgeni Malkin in the first period and Jake Guentzel in the second. Brett Ritchie scored the Stars' first goal at 3:40 of the third. Jason Spezza tied the game at 9:41 with a shot that was deflected high and off Penguins defenseman Brian Dumoulin into the net. Just 55 seconds later, Roussel put a wrist shot past goalie Matt Murray from the left faceoff circle. Stars goalie Antti Niemi made 18 saves. Murray had 29 saves for the Penguins. Roussel had a goal and an assist. John Klingberg had two assists for the Stars, who are 3-1 in their past four games. NHL Hockey Handicappers. The Stars were without Johnny Oduya (traded to Chicago on Tuesday) and Jordie Benn (to Montreal on Monday). Sports Picks for Today. They also sent Patrick Eaves to Anaheim. Greg Pateryn, acquired for Benn, arrived in Dallas on Tuesday, but was inactive for the game. Free NHL Hockey Picks. The Stars had a good chance barely two minutes into the game, when Murray stopped Ritchie's snap shot on a 3-on-1 break. Pittsburgh's best early chance came seven minutes in, when Niemi stopped Phil Kessel 1-on-1 . At 10:04, the Penguins' third shot went into the net. Patric Hornqvist sent a backhand pass from behind the goal line to Malkin at the left of the net, and he beat Niemi with a wrist shot. On the game's first power play nearly five minutes into the second period, Murray saved Tyler Seguin's wrist shot on a breakaway. Best Sports Picks Today. The Penguins increased their lead to 2-0 at 10:40 of the second. Ian Cole's shot from the top of the slot hit Niemi. Profitable NHL Hockey Handicappers. The rebound got behind him, and Guentzel swept the puck into the net. Ritchie's goal followed a shot by Klingberg that went off Murray's glove. Ritchie skated down the slot and put in the rebound. His 11th goal this season was the 17th of his career in his 100th NHL game. NOTES: Penguins D Kris Letang (upper-body injury) misse d his 20th of 61 games played this season. He did not make the current trip. ... Niemi was making his first start since Feb. 14 at Winnipeg. ... Dallas' Lauri Korpikoski played in his 600th game. UP NEXTPenguins: Complete a brief two-game road trip at Chicago on Wednesday. Stars: Finish five-game homestand on Thursday against the Islanders.
NHL Game Recap: Edmonton Oilers (2) vs. St. Louis Blues (1) - Date: 2/28/2017 Feb 28, 2017 ST. LOUIS (AP) Milan Lucic and Mark Letestu scored and Cam Talbot made 25 saves to lead the Edmonton Oilers to a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday night. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins assisted on both goals for the Oilers, who finished their six-game road trip with a 3-3 record. Gambling Profit. Talbot, making his league-best 57th start of the season, snapped a two-game losing streak. Paul Stastny scored for St. Louis as the Blues lost their first game since trading defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk to the Washington Capitals on Monday night. Jake Allen stopped 23 of 25 shots and St. Louis dropped its fourth straight coming off a six-game winning streak. Letestu converted a pass from Connor McDavid with the two-man advantage to score the deciding goal, his 13th of the season, in the opening minute of the second period. St. Louis opened the scoring on its first power play of the game when Stastny deflected Alex Pietrangelo's shot past Talbot for his 16th goal of the season. Lucic tied the game when he fired a shot off Blues defenseman Joel Edmundson's stick and underneath the glove of Allen for his 14th tally. NOTES: St. Louis has lost four straight games under coach Mike Yeo after starting 7-1-0. ... Newly acquired Blues C Zach Sanford was in attendance after being acquired in a trade for Shattenkirk. ... Oilers' Connor McDavid has an assist in four consecutive games. UP NEXTBlues: At Winnipeg on Friday night to start a three-game road trip. Oilers: Host Detroit on Saturday to start an eight-game homestand.
NCAAB Game Recap: Depaul (64) vs. Providence (73) - Date: 2/28/2017 Feb 28, 2017 PROVIDENCE, R. I. (AP) Kyron Cartwright and Emmitt Holt scored 14 points apiece and Providence rolled to a 73-64 victory over DePaul on Tuesday night for its fifth straight win. Providence (19-11, 9-8 Big East) entered the game in a four-way tie for fourth place in the conference standings, and visits St. John's (13-17, 7-10) on Saturday to end its regular season. DePaul (9-21, 2-15) has lost 12 of its last 13 games. Top Rated Sports Handicappers. The Friars took the lead for good about six minute in and built a 34-23 halftime advantage. DePaul pulled within seven points before the Friars used a 19-8 run for a 60-42 lead with 6:40 to play. Cartwright scored nine points and Holt chipped in four during the stretch. Rodney Bullock added 13 points and eight rebounds fo r the Friars. Jalen Lindsey finished with 12 points. Brandon Cyrus and Devin Gage each scored 12 points to lead DePaul.
NCAAB Game Recap: Pittsburgh (52) vs. Georgia Tech (61) - Date: 2/28/2017 Feb 28, 2017 ATLANTA (AP) Ben Lammers scored 15 of his 20 points in the second half, Josh Okogie added 14 points and Georgia Tech beat Pittsburgh 61-52 on Tuesday night. Georgia Tech, expected to finish near the bottom of the ACC under first-year coach Josh Pastner, has a chance for a .500 finish in the league when it closes its regular season at Syracuse on Saturday. A 3-point play by Jamel Artis gave the Panthers their last lead at 47-46 with five minutes left. After a basket by Quinton Stephens gave the lead back to Georgia Tech (17-13, 8-9 Atlantic Coast Conference), Lammers' 3-point play pushed the advantage to four points. ACC scoring leader Michael Young led Pitt (15-15, 4-13 ACC) with 16 points. Cameron Johnson had 13. Georgia Tech led only 51-50 when Okogie, playing with four fouls, converted a big 3-point play. Okogie was fouled by Chri s Jones while scoring on a layup, and he made the free throw to push the lead back to four points. After a layup by Young, Okogie added a fallaway jumper. A jam by Lammers with 1:08 remaining pushed Georgia Tech's lead to 58-52.
NCAAB Game Recap: Ohio State (71) vs. Penn State (70) - Date: 2/28/2017 Feb 28, 2017 STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) Jae'Sean Tate sank a layup with three seconds left to lift Ohio State to a 71-70 win over Penn State on Tuesday. World's Best Handicapper. Tate finished with 12 points and nine rebounds, Marc Loving added 14 and Trevor Thompson chipped in 11 for the Buckeyes (17-13, 7-10 Big Ten) who won on the road for just the fourth time this season. Penn State took the lead on a Tony Carr 3-pointer with nine seconds to play but Tate ran the court and found room underneath to hit the winning basket. Carr finished with 21, Shep Garner notched 20 points and Lamar Stevens added 16 for Penn State (14-16, 6-11), which lost its fourth straight. NCAAB College Basketball Handicappers. The Buckeyes led for more tha n 25 minutes and were up 40-36 at halftime. Fox Sports Picks. They surrendered the lead just under two minutes into the second half on a pair of Stevens free throws. Free NCAAB College Basketball Picks. They got it back on an Andre Wesson 3-pointer with 6:39 to play. Meanwhile, Penn State's offense went cold. Profitable Sports Handicappers. The Nittany Lions went without a field goal for 4:29 of the final 5:11 before Carr cut Ohio State's lead to 69-67 with a layup with 42 seconds left. Profitable NCAAB College Basketball Handicappers. THE BIG PICTUREOhio State: The Buckeyes sometimes hopeful, oftentimes frustrating season can be summed up by looking at their last two games - a complete effort in a win over No. 22 Wisconsin and this back-and-forth tilt with middle-of-the-pack Penn State. Penn State: The Nittany Lions have often looked like a completely different - and much more competitive - team at home. With youth on their side, the Nittany Lions just need more consistency to take the next step. UP NEXTOhio State hosts Indiana on Saturday. Penn State is at Iowa on Sunday.
NHL Game Recap: Minnesota Wild (6) vs. Winnipeg Jets (5) - Date: 2/28/2017 Feb 28, 2017 WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) Jason Zucker scored with 2:10 left in the third period to lift the Minnesota Wild over the Winnipeg Jets 6-5 on Tuesday night. Erik Haula set up Zucker's 20th goal of the season by racing after a loose puck and sending a backhand pass across the slot. Zucker scored right as a Winnipeg power play ended. Haula, Mikael Granlund, Tyler Graovac, Ryan White and Marco Scandella also scored for the Wild, and Granlund, newcomer Martin Hanzal and Chris Stewart each had two assists. Winnipeg's Joel Armia and Mark Scheifele scored in the third period to erase a two-goal deficit before Zucker's winner. Scheifele and Mathieu Perreault each had a goal and two assists for Winnipeg. Rookie Patrik Laine scored his 31st goal of the season and added an assist. Adam Lowry also scored.---This story has been corrected to show Zucker scored at even strength.
NBA Game Recap: Utah Jazz (106) vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (109) - Date: 2/28/2017 Feb 28, 2017 OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Russell Westbrook scored 12 of his 43 points in the final 2:05 to help the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Utah Jazz 109-106 on Tuesday night.Westbrook also had 11 rebounds and 10 assists for his 30th triple-double of the season and 67th of his career. It was his fourth straight triple-double, and the team's fourth consecutive win.Doug McDermott scored 16 points and Enes Kanter added 15 points and nine rebounds for the Thunder, who trimmed Utah's Central Division lead to two games.Westbrook scored and was fouled on a transition layup with 15.5 seconds to play. He completed the three-point play to give the Thunder a 108-106 lead. After Jerami Grant hit one of two free throws with a second left, Gordon Hayward missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer that could have forced overtime.He led the Jazz with 19 points.
NBA Game Recap: Denver Nuggets (125) vs. Chicago Bulls (107) - Date: 2/28/2017 Feb 28, 2017 CHICAGO (AP) Nikola Jokic had 19 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists for his third triple-double of the season, and the Denver Nuggets rode a second-half surge to a 125-107 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday night.Danilo Gallinari scored 22 points and Wilson Chandler added 20 as Denver, which entered the game fourth in the NBA in scoring (110.6 points per game), posted a 70-48 advantage in the second half to erase a halftime deficit.Gary Harris and Will Barton had 15 points apiece for the Nuggets.Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo had 19 points apiece for Chicago, which had its four-game winning streak snapped. Jimmy Butler finished with just eight points on 3-for-13 shooting.Chicago had a 59-56 halftime lead before Denver busted out for a 35-point third quarter to take a 91-83 advantage into the fourth. Game Fixing. The Nuggets were 11 of 20 from the field and 10 of 11 from the free throw line in the third.Denver carried the momentum into the final quarter, scoring the first eight points - capped by Gallinari's two 3-pointers - for a 99-83 lead. Free NBA Basketball Picks. The margin was up to 21 points (110-89) a few minutes later and the rout was on.TIPS INNuggets: F Kenneth Faried (back spasms) did not make the trip and missed his second straight game. He last played against Brooklyn on Friday and is expected to be sidelined at least another week. ''The back is a funny thing, and he's had back issues in the past,'' coach Michael Malone said.Bulls: Coach Fred Hoiberg has two main objectives during the final six weeks of the regular season: win enough games to make the playoffs while taking a long look at some of the team's young players, including ne wly acquired Cameron Payne and Joffrey Lauvergne. ''We played 11 in the first half the other night (against Cleveland) and it's tough to play that many guys,'' Hoiberg said. ''But at the same time, you do want to get a look at the new guys.'' UP NEXTNuggets: Visit the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night to wrap up a quick two-game road trip.Bulls: Host Golden State on Thursday.
NBA Game Recap: Phoenix Suns (112) vs. Memphis Grizzlies (130) - Date: 2/28/2017 Feb 28, 2017 MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Mike Conley scored 29 points and Marc Gasol added 28 while making all five of his 3-point shots to lead the Memphis Grizzlies past the Phoenix Suns, 130-112 on Tuesday night.Zach Randolph finished with 23 points and eight rebounds, while Tony Allen had 11 points as Memphis shot 56 percent, including 12 of 25 from outside the arc. Hockey Picks. The 130 points were a season high for Memphis, which won its second straight.Conley was 10 of 19 from the field. Gasol shot 10 of 16 and Randolph was 10 of 15 as Memphis shot a season-best percentage from the field.Eric Bledsoe had 20 points for the Suns, while TJ Warren finished with 17 and Alex Len had 12. Devin Booker, the Suns' second-leading scorer at 21.1 points a game, was limited to nine points o n 3 of 11 from the floor.
NCAAB Game Recap: St Johns (68) vs. Creighton (82) - Date: 2/28/2017 Feb 28, 2017 OMAHA, Neb. (AP) Khyri Thomas nearly had a triple-double, Marcus Foster had 18 points and Creighton beat St. John's 82-68 on Tuesday night. Basketball Picks. Thomas scored 14 and tied career highs with 12 rebounds and seven assists, Isaiah Zierden had 12 points and Justin Patton added eight with nine rebounds. Foster scored five points during an 11-0 game-opening run and the Bluejays never trailed. Creighton (23-7, 10-7 Big East) led 43-30 at the break and took a 16-point lead when Zierden hit a 3-pointer with 18:08 to play. Malik Ellison made a layup and then hit back-to-back 3s to trim St. John's deficit to five with 9:36 left, but the Bluejays scored 10 of the next 13 points to make it 68-56 nearly three minutes later and led by at least eight the rest of the w ay. Shamorie Ponds scored 16 for St. John's (13-17, 7-10). Free NCAAB College Basketball Picks. The Red Storm made just 6 of 25 from 3-point range and shot 47 percent (8 of 17) from the free-throw line. Creighton hit 18 of 22 foul shots. Profitable Handicappers. The Bluejays have a one-game lead over fourth-place Seton Hall in the conference standings and can earn a first-round bye in the Big East Tournament with a win at Marquette (17-11, 8-8) in their regular-season finale on Saturday.
NHL Game Recap: Columbus Blue Jackets (0) vs. Montreal Canadiens (1) - Date: 2/28/2017 Feb 28, 2017 MONTREAL (AP) Alex Galchenyuk scored in overtime for the second straight night, Carey Price made 26 saves and the Montreal Canadiens beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 1-0 on Tuesday night to extend their winning streak to three games. Price got his third shutout this season. He started after Al Montoya backed the Canadiens in a 4-3 come-from-behind victory at New Jersey on Monday. Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 29 shots for the Blue Jackets, who had won two straight. Montreal's Max Pacioretty thought he had scored 1:11 into overtime after a beautiful pass by Andrei Markov. Sports Handicapper Picks. The puck crossed the line on Pacioretty's rebound, but the play was whistled dead first, and a lengthy video review did not overturn the call. With Columbus' Seth J ones in the box for holding, Galchenyuk scored with a slap shot from the point that soared into the roof of the net at 3:53 of the extra period. Shea Weber and Pacioretty got assists on the winner. Free NHL Hockey Picks. The point was Pacioretty's 400th in the NHL. He's the 36th player in Canadiens history to reach that milestone. Montreal's three consecutive wins have all come in overtime. Sports Handicappers Rankings. The Canadiens have not won a game in regulation since Jan. 31. Newly-acquired defenseman Jordie Benn made his Canadiens debut. Profitable NHL Hockey Handicappers. The 29-year-old was traded to Montreal from the Dallas Stars on Monday for defenseman Greg Pateryn and a fourth-round pick in the 2017 draft. A couple of early power plays gave Montrea l all the momentum, but the home team failed to capitalize. Luck was on Montreal's side as the Jackets beat Price on several occasions but couldn't beat his posts. Columbus hit four pucks off the iron, including Zach Werenski's shot off the crossbar 19 seconds into the contest. NOTES: In the first intermission, the Canadiens announced they had traded forward David Desharnais to the Edmonton Oilers for defenseman Brandon Davidson. ... Desharnais played 435 regular season games with Montreal after joining the Canadiens organization in 2008. Sports Tipsters. The 25-year-old Davidson, who was drafted by the Oilers in the sixth round in 2010, has five goals and eight assists in 91 career games with Edmonton. Desharnais was a healthy scratch against the Blue Jackets on Tuesday. UP NEXTBlue Jackets: Return home to face Western Conference-leading Minnesota on Thursday night. Canadiens: Host Nashville on Thursd ay night.
NHL Game Recap: Carolina Hurricanes (2) vs. Florida Panthers (3) - Date: 2/28/2017 Feb 28, 2017 SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) Aleksander Barkov and Jonathan Huberdeau scored in the shootout and the Florida Panthers got a much-needed win over the Carolina Hurricanes, 3-2 on Tuesday night. Roberto Luongo stopped all three Carolina skaters in the shootout after making 23 saves. Jaromir Jagr scored his 761st career goal. Vincent Trocheck also scored for the Panthers. Florida snapped a three-game losing streak and won at home for the first time in five games. Sebastian Aho and Lee Stempniak scored for Carolina, and Cam Ward stopped 29 shots. freepick. The Hurricanes have lost seven of their past eight games. Aho tied it at 2 when his shot from the low slot got past Luongo at 5:48 of the third. Free NHL Hockey Picks . The Hurricanes closed to 2-1 when Stempniak took a pass from Teuvo Teravainen and pushed in the puck from in front at 9:46 of the second. Jagr gave the Panthers a 1-0 lead on his power-play goal. He took a nice feed from Huberdeau, and his shot from low in the right circle beat Ward with 7:25 left in the first. Jagr has scored twice since turning 45 on Feb. 15, joining Gordie Howe and Chris Chelios as the only players to score multiple goals at that age. Winning Sports Gambling. The Panthers have scored a power-play goal in four straight games. Profitable NHL Hockey Handicappers. Trocheck put the Panthers ahead 2-0 when he slammed in a rebound for his team-leading 22nd goal. Sports Bettor Leads. The last time Carolina and Florida played, the host Hurricanes won 3-2 on Nov. 27. Aft er that game, the Panthers fired then-coach Gerard Gallant. NOTES: Huberdeau and Barkov each have 11 points in their past 11 games. ... Carolina sent forward Viktor Stalberg to the Ottawa Senators for a third-round pick in the 2017 NHL draft. ... LW Brock McGinn left with an upper-body injury in the second and did not return. ... C Jeff Skinner, Carolina's leading scorer, was scratched with an upper-body injury and will also miss Wednesday's game at Tampa Bay. UP NEXTPanthers: Visit Philadelphia on Thursday night. Hurricanes: Visit Tampa Bay on Wednesday night.
NBA Game Recap: Portland Trail Blazers (113) vs. Detroit Pistons (120) - Date: 2/28/2017 Feb 28, 2017 AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) Marcus Morris scored a career-high 37 points, including Detroit's first seven in overtime, and the Pistons rallied from a 13-point, third-quarter deficit to beat the Portland Trail Blazers 120-113 on Tuesday night.Ish Smith had 12 points, seven assists and seven steals for the Pistons. MLB Handicappers. The backup point guard was scoreless heading into the fourth quarter but gave Detroit a huge lift down the stretch.Damian Lillard had 34 points and 11 rebounds for Portland while falling an assist shy of his first triple-double. He had only one assist after the start of the fourth, however, and the Trail Blazers were eventually done in by their inability to take care of the ball.C. J. McCollum scored 25 points for Portland.
NCAAB Game Recap: Lafayette (64) vs. Loyola Maryland (67) - Date: 2/28/2017 Feb 28, 2017 BALTIMORE (AP) Jarred Jones scored 21 points and Cam Gregory added 11 points and 11 rebounds as Loyola of Maryland posted a 67-64 come-from-behind victory over Lafayette in an opening round Patriot League game Tuesday night. James Fives hit two free throws with 2:48 remaining to give the Greyhounds the lead for good, 65-64, and Chuck Champion hit two more with nine seconds left. Sports Handicapping Services. The Greyhounds advance to play No. 2 seed Boston University in a quarterfinal game Thursday in Boston. Jones hit 10 of 18 shots from the field and grabbed nine boards to lead Loyola. Andre Walker added 11 points and dished six assists. Loyola (15-15) trailed by five, 32-27, at intermission and took its first lead of the second half on a 3-pointer by Andrew Kostecka with 4:08 left. Matt Klinewski finished with 15 points to lead Lafayette (9-21), with Paulius Zalys adding 13 points.
NCAAB Game Recap: Western Michigan (70) vs. Northern Illinois (56) - Date: 2/28/2017 Feb 28, 2017 DEKALB, Ill. (AP) Tucker Haymond scored 15 points and Western Michigan won its seventh consecutive game with a 70-56 victory over Northern Illinois on Tuesday night. Sports Handicapper Records. The win keeps the Broncos in a first place tie atop the Mid-American Conference West Division with Ball State with one game remaining. Profitable NCAAB College Basketball Handicappers. Thomas Wilder finished with 13 points and Reggie Jones added 12 for Western Michigan (14-15, 10-7), which hit nine 3-pointers and dished out 19 assists on its 26 total field goals. Marin Maric scored 18 points and grabbed 12 boards for Northern Illinois (15-14, 7-9), which was held to just 39 percent shooting and 22.2 percen t from 3-point range. Sports Handicapping Sites. The Huskies cut a 10-point halftime deficit to 41-39 after a Justin Thomas layup with 15:35 left. But the Broncos immediately answered with an 8-0 run to push their lead back to double figures. Western Michigan kept the Huskies at arm's length the rest of the night, and a Wilder 3 with 1:01 left put them away.
NHL Game Recap: Nashville Predators (5) vs. Buffalo Sabres (4) - Date: 2/28/2017 Feb 28, 2017 BUFFALO, N. Y. (AP) Filip Forsberg scored 2:45 into overtime and the Nashville Predators came back to beat the Buffalo Sabres 5-4 on Tuesday night for their fourth straight win. Forsberg had a goal and an assist in the final nine minutes of the third period to lead the Predators back from a 4-2 deficit. Forsberg has 10 goals and four assists during a six-game point streak. Ryan Johansen, Colin Wilson and Mike Fisher also scored for the Predators. Kyle Okposo, Brian Gionta and Jake McCabe each had a goal and an assist for the Sabres. Evander Kane also scored and Robin Lehner made 36 saves. Buffalo has lost four in a row. Forsberg scored the winning goal on a 2-on-1 break, beating Lehner with a wrist shot from the right circle. It was the first shot of the extra period for the Predators, who spent the first 1:57 of overtime killing a boarding penalty on Arvidsson. Forsberg got the tying goal with 2:23 left in regulation, maneuvering around Sabres defender Rasmus Ristolainen and scoring from the right slot. It was Forsberg's 25th goal of the season. Forsberg set up Johansen's goal that cut Buffalo's lead to 4-3 with 8:44 left in the third. Kane scored his 22nd of the season to give the Sabres a 3-2 lead at 5:35 of the second period. Receiving a pass from Gionta on a 2-on-1, Kane sent a wrist shot from the right circle past Pekka Rinne. McCabe made it 4-2 in the first minute of the third period. Playing 4-on-4 after Kane and Nashville's P. K. Subban both took roughing penalties, McCabe collected a long rebound of Okposo's shot from the point and snapped a shot into the top corner of the net. Selections. The Sabres jumped out to a 2-0 lead before the Predators scored twice in a span of 3:20 around the first intermission t o tie the game. Wilson scored the Predators' first goal, his 11th of the season, on a power play 2:09 into the second. Johansen's shot from the right circle was blocked and dribbled to the far side of the net where Wilson buried a wrist shot into a wide-open net. Free NHL Hockey Picks. The Predators made it 2-1 with 1:11 left in the first period when Fisher chased a dump-in and Lehner came out of his crease to play the puck but dove over it, leaving the net wide open for Fisher to tap in his 16th. Sports Handicapping Monitor. The Sabres scored two goals within 1:34 of the first to take a 2-0 lead. Gionta got his 13th goal of the season when he backhanded a bouncing puck from behind the net off the back of Rinne's right pad. Okposo kicked the rebound of McCabe's broken-stick shot from the point with the toe of his skate, spun around and slipped a backhand from the left side of the net past Rinne for his 19th of the season. NOTES: This is the Predators' first four-game win streak of the season. Profitable NHL Hockey Handicappers. They had won three in a row four times. ... Kane has 16 points in his past 17 games. ... Lehner returned to the lineup after missing one game with a neck injury. ... Buffalo acquired D Mat Bodie from the New York Rangers for forward Daniel Catenacci in a trade of minor-leaguers on Tuesday. UP NEXT:Predators: At Montreal on ThursdaySabres: Host Arizona on Thursday.
NHL Game Recap: Washington Capitals (4) vs. New York Rangers (1) - Date: 2/28/2017 Feb 28, 2017 NEW YORK (AP) Marcus Johansson had two goals and an assist to help Washington beat the New York Rangers 4-1 on Tuesday night in Kevin Shattenkirk's first game with the Capitals. Brett Connolly and Nicklas Backstrom also scored and Braden Holtby stopped 29 shots as the NHL-best Capitals gave Barry Trotz his 700th career victory. Evgeny Kuznetzov and Matt Niskanen had two assists each. Shattenkirk, acquired from St. Louis on Monday night, had four shots on goal in 17:57 of ice time. Brady Skjei scored in the first period and Henrik Lundqvist finished with 34 saves as the Rangers lost for the second time in three days on home ice after going 5-0-1 in their previous six at Madison Square Garden. After stepping up their play in the latter stages of the first period, the Capitals were in control in the second as they scored twice and outshot the Rangers 18-9. Johansson tied it at 1 on a rush about 7 1/2 minutes into the middle period when he knocked in the rebound of a shot by Dmitry Orlov for his 20th. Michael Grabner appeared to give the Rangers the lead with less than eight minutes remaining as the puck deflected up off Kuznetsov's leg and Holtby's helmet and dropped on the goal line before the Rangers forward knocked it in. However, Trotz challenged for offside on the Rangers entering the zone, and the goal was waved off after a lengthy video review. Washington took the lead later when Lars Eller sent a pass that went off Niskanen's stick to Connolly, who put it in for his 13th with 3:34 to go in the period. Johansson made it 3-1 at 1:15 of the third, deflecting a shot by Kuznetsov over Lundqvist's right shoulder for his 21st. Backstrom scored a power-play goal that deflected up off Skjei's stick and over Lundqvist and in for his 19th with 2:03 left. John Carlson got his 200th career assist on the play. Sports Handicapper King. The Rangers controlled the pace for much of the opening period, outshooting the Capitals 11-5 over the first 16 1/2 minutes before Washington had the final three shots of the first. Washington's Tom Wilson hit Derek Stepan into the boards about 5 1/2 minutes in and the Rangers' center slowly skated to the bench. Skjei put the Rangers up 1-0 when he tipped a pass from Adam Clendening past Holtby for his third at 5:08 of the first period. It gave the rookie 30 points for the season, including his two goals and 13 points in the last 18 games. Skjei also hit a post with a slap shot with about seven minutes left in the first, and Jimmy Vesey's backhander in close was denied by Holtby less than 10 seconds later. NOTES: Trotz is sixth on the NHL coaching wins list. ... Washington's Karl Alzner played in his 571st regular season game, breaking a tie with Ken Klee for ninth on the franchise list for defensemen. ... Profitable NHL Hockey Handicappers. The Capitals improved to 7-8-3 when giving up the first goal and 32-1-1 when leading after two periods. ... Sports Tipsters. The Rangers won the first two meetings with the Capitals, 4-2 at Washington on Oct. 22 and 2-1 at home Feb. 19. NHL Hockey Handicappers. The teams conclude the season series at Washington on April 5. ... Best Free Sports Picks. The Rangers acquired D Brendan Smith from Detroit for two draft picks and swapped minor league players with Buffalo. ... New York, without D Kevin Klein (back spasms) for the fourth straight game, announced D Dan Girardi will miss 10-14 days due to an ankle injury. D Steven Kampf er was recalled from Hartford of the AHL and rookie F Pavel Buchnevich was assigned to the Wolf Pack. ... Free NHL Hockey Picks. The Rangers are now 25-9-1 when scoring first. UP NEXTCapitals: Host New Jersey on Thursday night in the opener of a three-game homestand. Rangers: At Boston on Thursday night.---Follow Vin Cherwoo at www.twitter.com/VinCherwooAP
NHL Game Recap: Arizona Coyotes (1) vs. Boston Bruins (4) - Date: 2/28/2017 Feb 28, 2017 BOSTON (AP) Riley Nash scored a short-handed goal after Colin Miller was ejected for a bone-rattling hit that sent Arizona's Alexander Burmistrov to the hospital, and the Boston Bruins pulled away with a three-goal second period to beat the Coyotes 4-1 on Tuesday night. Miller was given a five-minute major and game misconduct for knocking Burmistrov out of the game in the second period. Free Sports Picks Twitter. The Coyotes center remained motionless on the ice for several minutes but gave a thumbs-up with both hands as he was wheeled off on a stretcher. Free NHL Hockey Picks. The Coyotes said he was taken to a hospital for further evaluation. Boston has won six of seven games since firing coach Claud e Julien and replacing him with Bruce Cassidy. Sports Handicapper Tracker. Tuukka Rask stopped 22 shots for the Bruins. Mike Smith stopped just 10 of Boston's 14 shots in the first two periods. He was replaced at the start of the third by Louis Domingue, who had 11 saves.
NBA Game Recap: Golden State Warriors (108) vs. Washington Wizards (112) - Date: 2/28/2017 Feb 28, 2017 WASHINGTON (AP) Kevin Durant injured his left knee and departed after only 93 seconds, Golden State trailed by as many as 19 points in the first quarter, and Stephen Curry missed a potential go-ahead 3-pointer late, all leading to a 112-108 victory for the Washington Wizards, who got a career high-tying 19 assists from John Wall on Tuesday night.Durant hyperextended his knee and will have an MRI exam after teammate Zaza Pachulia was pushed into him by Washington center Marcin Gortat. Gambling Profit. The 2014 NBA MVP and Golden State's leading scorer and rebounder exited with zero points, ending his streak of 562 regular-season games with at least 10 points.Bradley Beal scored 25 points and Markieff Morris added 22, including a pair of free throws after Curry' ;s 3 was off-target in the final 10 seconds.
NHL Game Recap: Colorado Avalanche (0) vs. Philadelphia Flyers (4) - Date: 2/28/2017 Feb 28, 2017 PHILADELPHIA (AP) Wayne Simmonds scored a pair of first-period goals, Steve Mason made 32 saves and the Philadelphia Flyers snapped out of an offensive funk with a 4-0 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday night. Jakub Voracek and Jordan Weal also scored for the Flyers, who won for just the third time in their past 10. Philadelphia had just eight goals in those seven losses. Mason returned to the net after serving as the backup for Michal Neuvirth for the past seven games and earned his second shutout of the season and 32nd of his career. Best Sports Handicappers Free Picks. The NHL-worst Avalanche lost their 18th in the past 22 games to drop to 17-41-3. Claude Giroux added two assists for the Flyers, who began the day six points out of a playoff spot. Philad elphia chasing a playoff spot was quite the turnaround from the previous time these teams met when the Flyers skated to a 4-3 win in Colorado on Dec. 14 to win their 10th straight game. Free NHL Hockey Picks. The Flyers have struggled since that matchup - particularly on offense. Entering Tuesday, they had lost 20 of 29 games since the winning streak ended while averaging 1.72 goals scored and 3.03 goals allowed. Gambling Profit. The four goals tied the most tallies they've had in a game since their previous meeting with Colorado, doing it for the third time. Simmonds' first tally came just 4:04 into the game when he scored a short-handed goal after his forehand shot from close range caromed off the stick of Avalanche defenseman Francois Beauchemin and through goalie Jeremy Smith's legs. Profitable NHL Hockey Handicappers. The lead was 2-0 just over four minutes later when Simmonds deflected Shayne Gostisbehere's slap shot from the point on the power play for his 27th goal of the season. And the home fans littered the ice with hats in response to an apparent hat trick by Simmonds with another power-play goal with 9:25 left in the first, but the goal was credited to Voracek. Fans booed PA announcer Lou Nolan when he informed them of the score. It looked as if Simmonds redirected Voracek's cross-ice pass into the net, but replays indicated that the puck actually hit off Beauchemin's stick and past Smith for a second time. Weal, playing in his fifth game of the season and 19th of his career, scored his first NHL goal with a nifty deflection from the side of the net of Radko Gudas' shot 7:16 into the second period. Colorado coach Jared Bednar challenged the goal, claiming the officials missed an offside call, but t he goal was confirmed after a video review. Colorado had some scoring chances in the period, but Mason denied Mikko Rantanen's penalty shot just over five minutes into the period and then stopped Jarome Iginla, who got in on Mason alone after defenseman Mark Streit's giveaway. Smith made 22 saves in his fourth career start. He earned the start after a 34-save performance in Colorado's 5-3 home win over Buffalo on Saturday night. While Tuesday's victory gives Philadelphia a good vibe with 20 games remaining in the regular season, gaining a playoff berth will be a challenge. Sports Bettor Leads. The Flyers were behind Tampa Bay, Florida, the Islanders and Toronto, the latter of which held the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with 69 points, entering Tuesday. Should they fail to make the playoffs, the Flyers would become the first team in league history to fail to make the postseason with a 10-game winning streak during that season. NOTES: Flyers D Brandon Manning served the first of his two-game suspension for his hit on Penguins rookie Jake Guentzel in Saturday's 4-2 loss to Pittsburgh at Heinz Field. ... In response to fans throwing their hats on the ice even though there wasn't a hat trick, the Flyers offered 30 percent off hats in the team's store. ... Bednar turned 45 on Tuesday. ... Philadelphia's Sean Couturier bettered Gabriel Landeskog in a first-period fight. . Flyers' Michael Raffl (lower body) was injured late in the second period and didn't return. UP NEXTAvalanche: Play the second game of a three-game road trip at Ottawa on Thursday night. Flyers: Host Florida on Thursday night.
NCAAB Game Recap: Miami Ohio (79) vs. Akron (75) - Date: 2/28/2017 Feb 28, 2017 AKRON, Ohio (AP) Michael Weathers scored 22 points and hit three crucial free throws in the final 20 seconds to help lead Miami (Ohio) to a 79-75 upset win over Akron on Tuesday night. Picks and Parlays. The RedHawks (11-19, 4-13) entered at the game at the bottom of the Mid-American Conference East Division while the Zips had already clinched the outright conference title and the No.1 seed in next week's tournament. Akron led 74-73 with but was outscored 6-1 in the final minute. Weathers made a layup and Abdoulaye Harouna added a free throw to give Miami a 76-74 lead. Free NCAAB College Basketball Picks. Two possessions later, Akron's Isaiah Johnson missed one of two free throws that would have tied it, and Weathers hit 3 of 4 to close it out. Jake Wright scored 17 points for Miami and Weathers added 14. Antino Jackson led Akron (23-7, 13-4) with 12 points. Kwan Cheatham Jr. finished with 11.
NCAAB Game Recap: American (58) vs. Army (74) - Date: 2/28/2017 Feb 28, 2017 WEST POINT, N. Y. (AP) Jordan Fox scored 23 points and Army hit six 3-pointers in the second half to fuel a run that saw the Black Knights outscore American University by 15 points over the final 20 minutes to take a 74-58 victory in a first-round game in the Patriot League tournament. Army (13-18) advances to play conference champion Bucknell at Lewisburg, Pa., in the first of four quarterfinal games Thursday. Luke Morrison hit a pair of 3-pointers early in the second half to start a run and Fox added a pair of his own down the stretch. Fox hit five 3s in the game,7 of 11 shots from the field, and was 4-for-4 from the line. Morrison added 11 points on 4 of 7 shooting, hitting 3 of 5 from deep. Fox Sports Picks. Thomas Funk added 11 rebounds. Delante Jones and Charlie Jones each scored 14 points to lead the Eagles (8-22), who finished their season.
NCAAB Game Recap: Kent (74) vs. Bowling Green (67) - Date: 2/28/2017 Feb 28, 2017 BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (AP) Jaylin Walker scored 18 points, Jimmy Hall had a double-double and Kent State closed on a 6-0 run to beat Bowling Green 74-67 on Tuesday night. Walker was 7 of 17 from the field and made four 3-pointers. Hall finished with 17 points, 15 rebounds and four assists. Deon Edwin added 15 points for Kent State (18-12, 10-7 Mid-American Conference), which has won five straight. Ismail Ali scored 14 points and Wes Alcegaire had 12 to lead Bowling Green (13-17, 7-10). Alcegaire made a dunk and Matt Fox forced a steal and hit a layup to pull the Falcons to 68-67. Jalen Avery added a pair of free throws to stretch Kent State's lead to 70-67 with 26 seconds left. Alcegaire then turned the ball over while driving for a layup on the Falcons' next possession. Edwin added two free throws and Mitch Peterson ended the game w ith a dunk.
NCAAB Game Recap: St Bonaventure (63) vs. Davidson (68) - Date: 2/28/2017 Feb 28, 2017 DAVIDSON, N. C. (AP) Jack Gibbs scored 29 points, including four 3-pointers, with three steals and Davidson beat St. Bonaventure 68-63 on Tuesday night to snap a two-game skid. Peyton Aldridge added 11 points and Davidson (15-13, 8-9 Atlantic 10), which never trailed, held the Bonnies to their third-lowest scoring output of the season - 15 points below their conference-leading season average. Gibbs scored the Bulldogs' first six points during an 11-2 run that made it 26-12 when Jordan Watkins hit a 3 with 7: 15 left in the half. Matt Mobley hit a 3-pointer before Jaylen Adams made two free throws to pull St. Bonaventure within three with 2:11 to play. Neither team scored until two foul shots by Gibbs made it 66-61 two minutes later. Adams made a layup but Aldridge hit two free throws to cap the scoring with six seconds left. Mobley f inished with 16 points, Adams scored 14 and Josh Ayeni 12 for St. Bonaventure (18-11, 10-7). Sports Picks. The Bonnies hit just 3 of 11 (27 percent) from 3-point range and made 14 of 24 free throws.
NCAAB Game Recap: Indiana (75) vs. Purdue (86) - Date: 2/28/2017 Feb 28, 2017 WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) Dakota Mathias scored 17 of his 19 points in the first half and Caleb Swanigan added 17 of his 21 in the second Tuesday night to lead No. 16 Purdue past Indiana 86-75 for a share of the Big Ten title. Sports Handicapper Records. The Boilermakers (24-6, 13-4) broke a tie with their rival by claiming a record 23rd conference championship. James Blackmon Jr. scored 16 points for Indiana (16-14, 6-11), which has lost eight of 10. Profitable NCAAB College Basketball Handicappers. The Hoosiers' biggest problem - foul trouble. After Indiana cut a 15-point deficit to four early in the second half, the Boilermakers went on a 10-2 run when Indiana's top two centers both picked up their thir d foul. World's Best Handicapper. The Hoosiers got as close as 57-51 with 10:07 left, but the Boilermakers answered with seven straight and pulled away. Purdue has won seven of eight and has clinched the top seed in the Big Ten Tournament. Vince Edwards had 15 points and Swanigan finished with 10 rebounds. Indiana only led once, 17-14 midway through the first half. Mathias answered immediately by scoring 13 points in a 19-6 run to give the Boilermakers a 33-23 lead. But even as the Hoosiers clawed their way back, the mounting fouls doomed their hopes for a comeback. NCAAB College Basketball Handicappers. Thomas Bryant picked up his third foul less than 90 seconds into the second half. De'Ron Davis then picked up three fouls in 47 seconds and went to the bench with four fouls and 16:32 left to play. Swanigan took advantage by scoring 12 points in the final 16 1/2 minutes. Josh Newkirk and Devonte Green each had 13 points for Indiana. BIG PICTUREIndiana: The complaints may grow even louder now after last year's Big Ten champs were swept by Purdue and then endured the indignity of watching black-and-gold confetti cover the court. Baseball Picks. The worst part - Indiana's fading NCAA Tournament hopes took another hit. Purdue: The Boilermakers got all the needed breaks over the last few weeks, so when they had a chance to clinch the title at home, they took care of business. Another win Saturday will give them an outright championship. UP NEXT:Indiana: Tries to regroup Saturday at Ohio State. Purdue: Will try to capture the outright title at Northwestern on Saturday.---More AP college basketball: www.collegebasketball.ap.org and https://twitter.com/AP-Top25.
NCAAB Game Recap: Florida State (70) vs. Duke (75) - Date: 2/28/2017 Feb 28, 2017 DURHAM, N. C. (AP) Freshman Frank Jackson scored a season-best 22 points and No. 17 Duke beat No. 15 Florida State 75-70 on Tuesday night. Amile Jefferson, playing in his final game at Cameron Indoor Stadium, added 14 points and 11 rebounds while Luke Kennard finished with 17 points for the Blue Devils (23-7, 11-6 Atlantic Coast Conference). Jayson Tatum added 15 points for Duke, which held Florida State 14 points below its scoring average to snap a two-game losing streak that cost the Blue Devils a top-10 ranking. Dwayne Bacon scored 19 points and Xavier Rathan-Mayes had 15 for the Seminoles (23-7, 11-6), who had their two-game winning streak snapped. Florida State pulled to 71-63 on Bacon's free throw with 2:23 to play before Tatum countered with a jumper to put Duke up by 10 points. Jackson then rebounded Jonathan Isaac's missed 3 -pointer and Duke went to work on the clock, with Tatum grabbing a key rebound of his own miss to help the Blue Devils keep the ball away from the Seminoles until there were about 50 seconds remaining. Jackson helped Duke build a 19-point lead by scoring 13 points in the first 4 1/2 minutes of the second half, taking the game over with three 3-pointers in that span. Free MMA Picks. That included a heat-checker over the 6-foot-10 Isaac that made it 49-30 with about 15 1/2 minutes left. BIG PICTUREFlorida State: At least the Seminoles won't have to worry about any more road games. Free NCAAB College Basketball Picks. They fell to 3-6 in league road games, trailing all but one of them at halftime and falling behind by at least 15 points in each of the six defeats. Best Sports Hand icapping Services. They won't break the program record of 12 ACC victories - the best they can do is tie it. Duke: The Blue Devils didn't ask much of key guard Grayson Allen, who missed the Miami loss three days earlier with a lingering left ankle injury. Allen played just 16 minutes and finished with a season-low two points on 1-of-3 shooting, two rebounds and no assists. ANOTHER SPILLAllen and Rathan-Mayes got themselves tangled for the second straight year at Cameron. With about 8 minutes to play, Rathan-Mayes missed a jumper in the lane and fell to the court, and as he went back up court, Allen appeared to trip over the Florida State guard's right leg. Profitable NCAAB College Basketball Handicappers. The officials reviewed the play during a media timeout but did not call a foul. A year ago, Allen tripped Rathan-Mayes in the final seconds of Duke's victory here, earning a reprimand from the ACC office. UP NEXTFlorida State: Concludes the regular season Saturday at home against its top rival, No. 25 Miami. Duke: Wraps up the regular season with its annual rivalry game at No. 5 North Carolina on Saturday night.---Follow Joedy McCreary at http://twitter.com/joedyap.---More AP college basketball: www.collegebasketball.ap.org and https://twitter.com/AP-Top25.
NCAAB Game Recap: Mississippi St (57) vs. South Carolina (63) - Date: 2/28/2017 Feb 28, 2017 COLUMBIA, S. C. (AP) Sindarius Thornwell scored 17 of his 22 points in the second half and Duane Notice hit a foul shot with 3:11 left that put South Carolina ahead for good in a 63-57 victory over Mississippi State on Tuesday night. Notice added his only basket, a 3-pointer with 2:12 to go, that extended the lead for the Gamecocks (22-8, 12-5 SEC) who won the second-most Southeastern Conference games in their history and clinched one of the top four seeds for next week's league tournament. Not that it was easy. Mississippi State (14-15, 5-12), playing without injured leading scorer Quinndary Weatherspoon, erased a 10-point deficit midway through the half and took a 52-50 lead on Tyson Carter's 3-pointer with 4:29 to go. But Thornwell tied things up with two foul shots before Notice's go-ahead free throw. Chris Silva had 15 points and 11 rebounds for South Carolina, his third double-double game this season. Game Fixing. Thornwell and Notice were honored before the game, along with fellow senior Justin McKie, in their final time at Colonial Life Arena. Mississippi State finished with 20 turnovers as it lost its seventh straight and ninth in the past 10 games. Mario Kegler had 12 points and Carter 11 to lead the Bulldogs. Free NCAAB College Basketball Picks. The Gamecocks victory bolstered their NCAA Tournament credentials with their 12th SEC win, the highest total in program history behind the 1997 team that went 15-1 for its only league championship. Winning Sports Gambling. THE BIG PICTUREMississippi State: The Bulldogs played without Quinndary Weatherspoon, out with a sprained ankle. He went th rough warmups before the settling for a seat on the bench. Mississippi State has struggled with the 16.7 points a game scorer in the lineup, but will likely have little chance of closing on a good note with Weatherspoon on the sideline. ... It's the fifth straight season the Bulldogs have double-digit losses in Southeastern Conference play. South Carolina: The Gamecocks had high hopes for a quick start in the last regular-season home game for seniors Sindarius Thornwell, Duane Notice and Justin McKie. But the trio shot a combined 1 of 11 from the floor for seven points. Profitable NCAAB College Basketball Handicappers. Thornwell also saw his foul-shooting streak of 32 in a row end with a miss from the line right before halftime. ... South Carolina's cold start included missing their first 10 3-pointers until PJ Dozier broke the ice with his long-range basket. UP NEXTMississippi State closes th e regular season at home against LSU on Saturday night. South Carolina finishes the regular season at Mississippi on Saturday night.
NCAAB Game Recap: Longwood (74) vs. Charleston Southern (79) - Date: 2/28/2017 Feb 28, 2017 CHARLESTON, S. C. (AP) Christian Keeling scored 29 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and Charleston Southern held off Longwood's late rally for a 79-74 victory on Tuesday night in the first round of the Big South Championship. No. 8 Charleston Southern (12-18) travels to face top-seeded Winthrop in a quarterfinal matchup on Thursday. It was the first conference tournament win for the Buccaneers since they beat Campbell in a first-round game on March 5, 2014. Ninth-seeded Longwood (6-24) has lost 16 straight. Isaiah Walton and Khris Lane scored 24 points apiece to lead the Lancers. Sports Bettors Phone Leads. The Lancers used a 17-5 run, capped by Lane's dunk, to pull to 77-74 with 20 seconds to play. Patrick Wallace missed a pair of free throws on the Buccaneer's next possession, but Lane missed a 3-pointer with eight seconds remaining. Wallace, who finished with 10 points, then added two free throws to seal it. NCAAB College Basketball Handicappers. The Buccaneers snapped a two-game losing skid against the Lancers in the past two conference tournaments.
NCAAB Game Recap: Ball State (82) vs. Toledo (74) - Date: 2/28/2017 Feb 28, 2017 TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) Tayler Persons had 31 points, including a career-high six 3-pointers, seven rebounds and five assists and Ball State beat Toledo 82-74 on Tuesday night to maintain at least a share of first place in the West Division of the Mid-American Conference with one regular-season game remaining. Franko House scored 17 with eight boards and four assists, Ryan Weber added 14 points and Francis Kiapway hit three 3s and finished with 12 points for Ball State (19-11, 10-7). Hockey Predictions. Two 3-pointers by Persons made it 6-0 and the Cardinals never trailed. He hit all six of his 3s in the first 7 1/2 minutes and finished with 24 first-half points as Ball State took a 41-36 lead into the break. Weber converted back-to-back 3-point plays to make it 68-56 with 7:09 to play and, after Jonathan Williams hit two free throws to pull Toledo to 75-70 with 52 seconds left, Kiapway made 3 of 4 foul shots and Persons added two more to make it 80-70 with 25 seconds remaining. Williams led Toledo (15-15, 8-9) with 23 points.
NCAAB Game Recap: Eastern Michigan (109) vs. Central Michigan (81) - Date: 2/28/2017 Feb 28, 2017 MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (AP) Ray Lee hit a school record 10 3-pointers and recorded the third 50-point game in Division I this season to lead Eastern Michigan to a 109-81 win over Central Michigan on Tuesday night. Lee joined South Dakota State's Mike Daum and Central Michigan's Marcus Keene, ironically the Eagles opponent in the game, in the 50-point club for 2017. Lee, who finished 17 of 26 from the field overall, also broke the school record for points in a game. Willie Magnum IV finished with 24 points and James Thompson IV added 18 for Eastern Michigan (14-15, 6-10 Mid-American Conference). Braylon Rayson led Central Michigan (16-13, 6-10) with 27 points and Keene, the leading scorer in Division I, added 21 points. Lee scored 26 points in the first half and the Eagles led 54-29. Eastern Michigan opened the second h alf on an 11-2 run and Central Michigan never seriously threatened.
NCAAB Game Recap: Georgetown (59) vs. Seton Hall (62) - Date: 2/28/2017 Feb 28, 2017 NEWARK, N. J. (AP) Angel Delgado collected his 11th consecutive double-double, the 47th of his career, and Seton Hall came from behind to post a 62-59 win over Georgetown Tuesday night. Delgado now has surpassed 1,000 career points and 1,000 career rebounds for the Pirates, who have won six of their last eight games. He has reached double digits in points and rebounds in 24 of his 29 games this season. Seton Hall entered the game in a four-way tie for fourth place in the Big East with one game remaining - at Butler Saturday. Delgado gave Seton Hall the lead on a layup with 1:12 to play that made it 60-59. Khadeen Carrington added two free throws with 18 seconds remaining. Desi Rodriguez led the Pirates (19-10, 9-8) with 27 points while Delgado added 12 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to set the conference single season rebounding mark. L. J. Peak led Georgetown (14-16, 5-12) with 15 points, with Rodney Prior adding another 11.
NCAAB Game Recap: Buffalo (83) vs. Ohio (79) - Date: 2/28/2017 Feb 28, 2017 ATHENS, Ohio (AP) Willie Conner and CJ Massinburg each scored 19 points to help Buffalo beat Ohio 83-79 on Tuesday night. Buffalo dribbled down the clock and Blake Hamilton was off on a contested layup with 33 seconds left. After a timeout, Gavin Block spun in the lane and banked in a hook shot with 19.2 left to get within 80-79. Dontay Caruthers went 1 of 2 from the stripe for a two-point lead and Ohio called another timeout past midcourt with 13.2 left. Jordan Dartis got a high screen and drove the right side of the lane but his shot was blocked by Caruthers. Massinburg sealed it at the line. David Kadiri added 14 points with six rebounds for Buffalo (16-14, 10-7 Mid-American), which plays Bowling Green on Friday in its regular-season finale. Jason Carter led Ohio (18-10, 10-7) with 19 points and nine rebounds, and Dartis hit four 3-pointers and f inished with 18 points. Sports Picking Services. The Bobcats play Miami (Ohio) on Friday.
NCAAB Game Recap: Maryland (79) vs. Rutgers (59) - Date: 2/28/2017 Feb 28, 2017 PISCATAWAY, N. J. (AP) Damonte Dodd scored six points inside in a 17-6 spurt to start the second half and Maryland avoided its first four-game losing streak since the 2004-05 season with a 79-59 victory over Rutgers on Tuesday night. Dodd had all nine of his points and six of his seven rebounds in the second half as the Terrapins (23-7, 11-6 Big Ten) won for only the third time in eight games. Sports Tipsters. The skid took Maryland out of the Top 25. Maryland did not put a scorer into double figures until Ivan Bender (10 points) scored on a layup with 4:07 to play. Melo Trimble led the Terps with 11 points and L. G. Gill had 10. Mike Williams had 14 points to lead Rutgers (13-17, 2-15), which has lost six in a row and 16 of 18. C. J. Gettys added 12 points and Deshawn Freeman had 11. Le ading 32-28 at the half, Maryland took control after Gettys cut the lead to two points with a basket. Dodd scored on a layup, Kevin Huerter and Trimble hit 3-pointers and Dodd scored on a follow to make it 42-30. After consecutive baskets by Williams cut the lead to 42-34, Dodd scored on a slam, Huerter hit a jumper and Dion Wiley hit a 3-pointer to make it 49-34 and Rutgers trailed by double figures the rest of the way. BIG PICTUREMaryland: The Terps can clinch a top four seed in the Big Ten Tournament with a win over Michigan State in its regular-season finale. Rutgers: Nothing changes. NCAAB College Basketball Handicappers. The Scarlet Knights are going to be the lowest seed (No. 14) when the conference tournament gets underway on March 8. NEXT UPMaryland hosts Michigan State on Saturday to finish regular season. Rutgers will honor its seniors in home finale against Illinois on Saturday.---More AP college basketba ll: http://collegebasketball.ap.org
NCAAB Game Preview: Vanderbilt vs. Kentucky - Date: 2/28/2017 Time: 9:00 PM EST LEXINGTON, Ky. -- No. 9 Kentucky can move one step closer to its 48th Southeastern Conference championship with a victory Tuesday night over Vanderbilt. Kentucky (24-5, 14-2) meets Vanderbilt (16-13, 9-7) at Rupp Arena in the penultimate game of the regular season. Just don't expect a cakewalk, according to Wildcats coach John Calipari." Very dangerous," Calipari said. "I watched tape Saturday after the game and I watched it (Sunday) and I watched it today. Good Return on Investment. They're playing their best basketball." Vanderbilt was 9-11 overall, 3-5 in the SEC before scoring an upset win over Iowa State in the SEC-Big 12 Challenge on Jan. 28. Profitable NCAAB College Basketball Handicappe rs. The Commodores have now won seven of nine games heading into Tuesday's battle, including victories over Arkansas and South Carolina." They're making shots, they're cutting hard," Calipari said. "They played us all zone last time, and now they're not playing zone at all. Sports Handicapping Services. They struggled defensively and they're not now. I tell you, they're playing together and they've figured it out." Kentucky defeated Vanderbilt 87-81 on Jan. 10 in Nashville, Tenn., in what was a four-game losing streak for the Commodores." It's like every team we play," Calipari said. "Just all the sudden they're playing well and then they're playing us." Kentucky enters the game off a 76-66 win over No. 13 Florida on Saturday that put the Wildcats in control of the SEC race. Vandy routed Mississippi State 77-48 in Nashv ille." I think they're an NCAA Tournament team," Calipari said. "They've got to probably win a couple games, but I would say they're an NCAA Tournament team. NCAAB College Basketball Handicappers. They will have the No. 1 schedule in the country at the end of the regular season." Vanderbilt's strength of schedule on the RPI index is currently No. 3. Kentucky sits at No. 15." It's a great opportunity," Vanderbilt coach Bryce Drew said. "To be in this situation considering where we were a few weeks ago is a great compliment to the guys, their hard work and how they're coming together. Now, we're playing for something. Soccer Predictions. There's a lot at stake this week." Kentucky is led in scoring by freshman guard Malik Monk with an SEC-best 21.7 points per game. On Saturday, Monk erupted for 30 of his 33 points in the second half to spur the Wildcats' win. Kentucky's best play of late might be coming from freshman forward Bam Adebayo. In two wins last week, he scored 40 points and recorded 30 rebounds. His back-to-back 15-rebound games were the first for a Wildcats player since 1994. For the season, Adebayo averages 13.2 points and 7.7 rebounds. Freshman point guard De'Aaron Fox averages 15.5 points and a team-best 5.3 assists, but he missed Saturday's game with a bruised knee. Calipari said Monday he was uncertain if Fox would play Tuesday. One thing is certain. Because it's Senior Night, Calipari will start his three seniors -- Derek Willis, Dominique Hawkins and Mychal Mulder. Vanderbilt is led in scoring by junior guard Matthew Fisher-Davis at 15.0 points per game. Next comes senior forward Like Kornet at 13.2 points, junior forward Jeff Roberson at 11.1 and junior guard Riley LaChance at 10.1. Roberson is coming off a career-best 23 points in the win over Mississippi State." Our biggest focus is to keep improving, keep playing good basketball and hopefully to be playing our best basketball this week and next week," Drew said. "It's nice that we've gotten some wins so people are talking about us, but we know we have to keep winning to stay in those conversations."
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NCAAB Game Preview: Florida State vs. Duke - Date: 2/28/2017 Time: 7:00 PM EST DURHAM, N. C. -- It's mostly about positioning for the postseason for No. 15 Florida State and No. 17 Duke when they meet Tuesday night at Cameron Indoor Stadium. With a cluster of teams contending for spots among the Atlantic Coast Conference leaders, the result of this game could go a long way in sorting out some of that." You want to finish as high as you can in the league and try to get some momentum going into the ACC Tournament," Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton said Monday. With North Carolina locked into the top seed for the conference tournament, Florida State (23-6, 11-5), which begins the week in a three-way tie for second place, and Duke (22-7, 10-6) are among five teams clustered in the next tier. Much of the pregame attention might involve the status of Duke junior guard Grayson Allen, who sat out Saturday's l oss at Miami while nursing an ankle injury. Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said Allen took part in a Sunday workout. Expert Sports Picks. The goal is for the team's third-leading scorer (15.0 points per game) to play, the coach said." I wish we had more certainty," Krzyzewski saidKrzyzewski didn't accompany the team to the first meeting with Florida State because he was less than a week removed from hip surgery. Free NCAAB College Basketball Picks. The Seminoles posted an 88-72 victory over the Blue Devils on Jan. 10. Florida State is 1-2 in ACC road games this month, though coming off Saturday's 76-74 victory at Clemson." We've been somewhat inconsistent on the road," Hamilton said. Duke has lost only once in 15 home games this season. But Krzyzewski said teams no longer seem to become intimidated by visiti ng Duke, and many of the opponents are intent on excelling." For some teams, coming into Cameron is on a bucket list type of thing," Krzyzewski said. Hamilton said he expects Duke's best effort in the last home game for the Blue Devils. Even with Allen's status up in the air, sophomore guard Luke Kennard has led Duke in scoring in 14 contests this season and his 19.9 points per game has him contending for the league scoring title (behind only Pittsburgh's Michael Young at 20.2). Kennard is tops in the league in 3-point shooting at 45.6 percent. It will be Senior Night for Amile Jefferson and Matt Jones, a pair of Duke players who've contributed to a national championship team. Jefferson needs four points to reach 1,000 for his career. Yet it's some of the younger players, a couple who sat out with injuries at the beginning of the season, that are still trying to get up to speed for the Blue Devils." We have to try, in a very short peri od of time, to cross a couple bridges so we can be an exceptional team," Krzyzewski said, referring mostly to freshmen Harry Giles and Marques Bolden. "That's what I'm trying to do with this group." Duke hasn't had a three-game losing streak this season, but the Blue Devils suffered road losses to Syracuse and Miami last week. Guard Dwayne Bacon leads Florida State in scoring at 16.6 points per game, though he was held to 13 points in the first meeting with Duke. In that game, Seminoles guard Xavier Rathan-Mayes poured in 21 points.
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NHL Game Preview: Minnesota Wild vs. Winnipeg Jets - Date: 2/28/2017 Time: 8:00 PM EST Venue: MTS Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, R3C 5S5 WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- The Minnesota Wild came off their bye week Monday and needed awhile to get going. Despite falling behind four times, the Wild eventually earned a 5-4 overtime win against the Los Angeles Kings. Sports Handicapping. The Winnipeg Jets hope the return from their bye produces similar results when the Wild visit the MTS Centre on Tuesday. Whether due to a trip to the tropics, a loss of focus or falling slightly out of game shape, NHL teams have fared poorly this season after their league-mandated week off at various points in the season. (Teams are each given five consecutive days without a game or practice.)Supposedly well-rested teams have a woeful 7-13-4 in their first games back, including the Wild's wi ld win over the Kings. Minnesota never led until Mikael Granlund scored 12 seconds after the faceoff to start overtime. NHL Hockey Handicappers. The Jets won three games and lost twice in overtime in their last five contests before their break, collecting eight points. But while they were idle, the teams ahead of them -- notably the Calgary Flames, who are riding a four-game winning streak -- pushed Winnipeg further away from a playoff spot. Jets coach Paul Maurice is optimistic his squad will be able to avoid the post-bye-week pitfalls of most other teams this season." The challenges -- and you look at the teams that have suffered through this -- isn't that the sharpness isn't there or the hands aren't there," he said following practice on Monday. "That's not the issue. It's getting back to the compete -- and that's been our strength. Getting back to that, that level of c ompetition that made us strong. Picks and Parlays. That's the big challenge for all of these teams coming out." While defenseman Jacob Trouba will serve the second game of a two-game suspension for an illegal hit on the Ottawa Senators' Mark Stone, the Jets could welcome back fellow rearguard Toby Enstrom. Free NHL Hockey Picks. The Swede sustained a lower-body injury on Feb. 11 that required surgery a few days later. He has missed five games while recovering. Sports Handicapper King. The Wild will come to town with some new recruits, as general manager Chuck Fletcher was in the office last week. He acquired centers Martin Hanzal and Ryan White from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for a several draft picks, including the team's first round selection this June. White finished with a goal and an assist Monday in his Minnesota debut." We're just putting our chips in the middle of the table for this year," Fletcher said. "We think our players deserve the best chance possible to compete (for the Stanley Cup). It's not fun trading picks. I don't take it lightly. You can't do this all the time. No question we paid a price." It's a good thing Fletcher made his moves as both right winger Jason Pominville and left winger Zach Parise have been diagnosed with the mumps. Both are sidelined through at least Friday as part of a five-day quarantine. Profitable NHL Hockey Handicappers. This is the second time Fletcher traded a first-round pick -- he sent the Wild's 2013 first-rounder to Buffalo as part of the deal for Pominville -- but this year's draft isn't considered to be as strong as the last two years, which yielded p layers such as the Edmonton Oilers' Connor McDavid, the Toronto Maple Leafs' Auston Matthews and the Jets' Patrik Laine.
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NHL Game Preview: Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Montreal Canadiens - Date: 2/28/2017 Time: 7:30 PM EST Venue: Bell Centre, Montreal, PQ, Canada, H3B 5E8 MONTREAL -- For the first time in 51 days, the Montreal Canadiens have won consecutive games. Now they'll look to go streaking. After turning a 3-1 third-period deficit into a 4-3 overtime win against the New Jersey Devils on Monday, the Canadiens have a chance to add to their slim Atlantic Division lead when they host the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday night at the Bell Centre. Monday's victory combined with an Ottawa Senators loss allowed Montreal to add a touch of distance between their nearest pursuant, with four points separating the two clubs. While the Canadiens have struggled offensively, there has been one constant: Max Pacioretty. Sports Handicapping. The Habs captain has 13 points in 12 games in Feb ruary after scoring a pair of goals -- including the tying tally -- against New Jersey. His 31 goals trail only Sidney Crosby and his six multi-goal games are one back of Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand's total." I told him that if you lead by example, you're going to be respected by all your teammates and that's the kind of leadership I could live with and appreciate," coach Claude Julien said of Pacioretty, who hit the 30-goal mark for the fourth straight season and the fifth time in his nine-year career. "That's exactly what he's doing. He's leading by example and we need that from him. He's done a great job." The Canadiens could use offense from others not named Pacioretty and perhaps might be seeing a turnaround from Alex Galchenyuk. NHL Hockey Handicappers. The 23-year-old struggled in his return from a knee injury but has now scored in consecutive game s for the first time since mid-November." I feel much better these last two games. I've found my rhythm," he told reporters after the game. Best Free Sports Picks. The Columbus Blue Jackets arrive in Montreal appearing to have found their rhythm as well of late. While most teams have struggled coming out of the bye week, John Tortorella's squad returned with a bang, following up a 7-0 pasting of the New York Islanders on Saturday with a 5-2 decision over the New York Rangers on Sunday." Coming off a break, and playing six periods like we have ... you need to feel good about your team, and I do," Tortorella told the Columbus Dispatch. "We talked a lot about that five-day break, about wetting our pants, about 'what are we gonna look like?' We've probably played six of our best periods of the year." The Blue Jackets are hoping that translates into a three-game win ning streak, something the club hasn't experienced since its franchise record 16-game win streak. But the wins have been coming recently, with four in their last five games. Fourteen different players recorded points in Columbus' last two games and seven players scored at least once. Free NHL Hockey Picks. That includes Cam Atkinson, who is one goal shy of hitting the 30-goal mark for the first time in his career and, with 53 points, is one shy of setting a personal best. It's the third and final regular-season meeting between the two teams and Columbus' lone visit to Montreal. Money Cappers. The Blue Jackets have won both games so far but will be facing Carey Price for the first time.
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NCAAB Game Preview: Oklahoma State vs. Iowa State - Date: 2/28/2017 Time: 9:00 PM EST No. 24 Iowa State rejoined The Top 25 poll this week on the strength of its upset win over No. 11 Baylor. Sports Handicapping Service Units Gained. The Cyclones have a chance to add to their postseason resume on Tuesday when Oklahoma State, another team out of the Big 12 expecting to be in the NCAA Tournament field, visits Hilton Coliseum. Senior guard Deonte Burton banked in a 3-pointer from straight-away with just over a minute left to help Iowa State knock off Baylor 72-69 on Saturday. It was the Cyclones' sixth win in their last seven games, a stretch that began with a victory at No. 1 Kansas. Iowa State moved back into the rankings after an 11-week absence and appears to be in comfortable position to earn an at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament. Beating Oklahoma State and winning on the road at No. 10 West Virginia on Friday would lock up the second seed in the Big 12 Tournament. Profitable NCAAB College Basketball Handicappers. The Cowboys are hot, too, though, and arrive in Ames, Iowa having won 10 of 11." I think we're a really good basketball team," Oklahoma State coach Brad Underwood told reporters Saturday. "I think there's still room to improve. I don't think you do what we've done, in this league, without being a good basketball team." Oklahoma State (20-7, 9-7 Big 12) rolled over Texas Tech 80-63 on Saturday, behind 17 points from Jeffrey Carroll, a playmaking 6-6 junior guard. He is one of three Cowboys averaging double figures in points. Dynamic sophomore point guard Jawun Evans leads Oklahoma State in scoring (18.2 points per game) and assists (6.0). What is Sports H andicapping. The Cowboys lead the Big 12 in scoring offense, putting up 85.7 points per game. Iowa State (19-9, 11-5 Big 12) can fill it up, too. NCAAB College Basketball Handicappers. The Cyclones are knocking down 9.7 3-pointers per game, tops in the conference. Burton is one of four Cyclones averaging double figures. He also leads the team in rebounds, steals and blocks per game. Iowa State beat the Cowboys in an up-tempo 96-86 battle Jan. 11, in Stillwater, Okla. Senior guard Monte Morris scored a career-high 30 points in the win over the Cowboys and says his squad is playing even better now." This team is peaking," Morris told reporters after the Baylor win. "We trust each other. Winning five games in a row in this league isn't easy if you don't trust each other." Oklahoma State wraps up its regular season at home against No. 1 Kansas on Saturday. Underwood is in his first season with the Cowboys after a successful run at Stephen F. Austin. He says his team still has room for improvement heading into March." Have we peaked? Not yet," Underwood said. "I think we have a chance to be an exceptional team offensively and we're showing that. But great teams don't have the lapses that we had to start the second half. Sports Illustrated Picks. That's where we have to get better." The Cyclones have won the last eight meetings with Oklahoma State.
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