Larry Ness

Pregame Blogs

Pregame Blogs
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Larry Ness

  • NBA Playoffs Journal (April 28)

    Home teams remained perfect this week (at least SU), as the Heat eliminated the 76ers in five games with a 97-91 win, the Spurs stayed ‘alive’ with a 110-103 overtime win against the Grizzlies and the Thunder eliminated the Nuggets (also in five games...
  • NBA Playoffs Journal (April 27)

    Home teams went 32-13 SU for the entire first round last season, including a money-making 29-16 ATS. However, as the new week opened, they sat 21-9 SU and a woeful 10-19-1 ATS. Home favorites had been just awful, going 5-16 ATS while home dogs were holding...
  • NBA Playoffs Journal (April 26)

    Home teams won all three games last night, going 2-0-1 ATS. Home teams are 24-9 SU but just 12-19-2 ATS through 33 games of this year’s first round. That’s in stark contrast to last year, when home teams went 32-13 SU for the entire first round, including...
  • NBA Playoff Journal - April 21

    Kevin Durant and scored 23 points and Russell Westbrook combined for 72 points in Game 1 vs the Nuggets but last night, the Thunder’s dynamic duo scored a more modest 44 points (Durant had 23 and Westbrook 21). However, unlike in Game 1 in which the Thunder...
  • NBA Playoff Journal for April 20

    Home teams (the higher seeds and favorites at this stage) continued to struggle on Tuesday night. Chauncey Billups sat out Game 2 between the Knicks and Celtics with a strained left knee and Stoudemire didn’t play in the second half due to back spasms...
  • Playoff Journal (April 19)

    Home teams were able to win just five of eight games in the opening weekend of this year’s postseason plus went a ‘money-burning’ 1-7 ATS. That changed quickly in last night’s first game, Philadelphia at Miami. The 76ers shot only 26 percent in the first...
  • NBA’s Second Season

    All 30 teams were in action on the final day of the regular season (last Wednesday) with all 16 playoff berths already having been clinched. The East was settled with all eight seeds already having been decided but in the West, the Lakers, Mavs, Thunder...
  • CBB Notes (Final 4 & More)

    The first of four college basketball champions was crowned on Wednesday when Santa Clara won the College Insider.com Tournament title with a 76-69 victory over Iona. These two schools had met only one pervious time, back in the Tournament of Roses at...
  • CBB’s ‘Nationwide Tour’ (CBI, CIT & NIT)

    The 2011 Final 4 from Houston will not have a single No. 1 seed participating for just the third time since seeding began back in 1979. The other years were 1980 and 2006 with both of those Final 4s being held at Indianapolis (funny how that kind of stuff...
  • NBA Notes (Are the Bulls for Real?)

    I wrote a two-part NBA report when the teams returned from the All Star break. I noted then, that the Chicago Bulls entered the All-Star break with a winning percentage over .700 (38-16, .704) for just the fifth time in franchise history. Three of the...
  • CBB Notes (Sweet 16 & Beyond)

    Sixteen ‘sweet’ teams remain and 15 games from now, on April 4 from Reliant Stadium in Houston, the 2011 national champions will be crowned. The selection committee ranked the entire field from 1 to 68 with the last four at-large teams selected and the...
  • CBB Notes (polls and tourneys)

    Ohio State held a slight edge over Kansas in last week’s coaches’ poll (17 first-place votes to 14) but extended that margin in Monday’s new poll, getting 25 first-place votes to Kansas’ six (I guess some of them saw OSU’s 93-65 destruction of Wisconsin...
  • CBB Notes (the early ‘madness’)-Part 2

    Four of the nation’s top-five teams won this week. No. 1 Ohio St crushed Penn St 82-61 in Happy Valley on Tuesday, earning the Buckeyes at least a share of the Big 10 regular season title. It marks the fourth time Ohio State has earned at least a share...
  • CBB Notes (the early ‘madness’)

    Ohio State was No. 2 in last week’s AP poll and No. 3 (behind Kansas) in the coaches’ poll but on Monday, the Buckeyes found themselves atop both polls. No. 1 Duke lost 64-60 at Va Tech Saturday night, so a change at the top was expected. Ohio St was...
  • NBA Update: Part 2 (Eastern Conference)

    As Gerald Ford once said back in 1974, “Our long national nightmare is over.” Updating to the NBA circa 2011, the Nuggets, like Ford did for Nixon, ‘pardoned’ Carmelo Anthony. The story reads like this; The New York Knicks have acquired Carmelo Anthony...
  • NBA Update (Western Conference)

    The Celtics went 66-16 on their way to the team's 17th NBA title in the 2007-08 season, the first season of the team’s current “Big 3” of Allen, Garnett and Pierce. Boston went 62-20 the next year, the East’s second-best record next to the Cavs, who...
  • CBB Notes (BracketBusters & More)

    The BracketBusters started back in 2003 with the intention of helping out the little guy. The theory being that mid-major schools would get an opportunity to face a quality opponent with a chance of hopefully improving its at-large status. However, in...
  • CBB Notes Part 2 (Feb 7-13)

    The week opened with the nation’s No. 1 team, Ohio State, as its lone unbeaten at 24-0 and Centenary (Summit League) as the lone winless team at 0-25. The Buckeyes’ lone game this week is at Wisconsin (No. 13 in the AP and No. 14 in the coaches’ poll...
  • CBB Notes (Polls, the Unbeatens & the Winless)

    Duke, last year’s national champs, opened No. 1 in both major polls and remained there while stretching its winning streak to 25 games until losing 66-61 at Florida State on January 12. When the polls came out on January 17, Ohio State was the nation...
  • Super Bowl XLV Preview Part 2

    The Packers vs the Steelers make for quite a Super Bowl, as they comprise the first Super Bowl matchup of teams more than 75 years old. The Packers have been in business since 1919 and a part of the NFL since 1921 (hold the distinction as the only NFL...
  • Super Bowl XLV Preview Part 1 (The QBs)

    If someone would have told me that the winning QB in the NFC championship game would have a 55.4 QB rating and that the winning QB in the AFC championship game would have a 35.5 rating and asked me to pick predict the Super Bowl XLV matchup, I would have...
  • NFL Notes (Divisional Round)

    Only seven of the 12 teams that made the playoffs last season were back for this year’s ‘party.’ Those teams were Baltimore, Green Bay, Indianapolis (with an NFL record-tying ninth straight postseason appearance), New England, New Orleans, the New York...
  • Bowl Journal (Part 1)

    More than three weeks before Auburn and Oregon will play in Glendale, Arizona in the BCS national championship game on January 10, 2011, the 2010-11 bowl season kicked off this past Saturday. I'll have much more on the Auburn/Oregon matchup in future...
  • CFB Notes (Army/Navy and the Heisman)

    The final regular season game of the 2010 college football season is set for 2:30 ET from Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. It's the 111th meeting between Army and Navy, a series which began in 1890 (wasn't there for that one). Army has...
  • CFB Notes (Heisman / Championship Games)

    Raise your hand if anyone even remotely understands the current ruling handed down by the NCAA regarding Cam Newton’s eligibility. Here’s how the story unfolded this week. Auburn declared Newton ineligible on Monday (who heard about it?) but also immediately...