Bryan Leonard

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  • 1 Years Ago

    Comment to Topic Posted by Bryan Leonard › The Four Season of College Basketball
  •   Another example could be a team with a significant reboundingadvantage in the frontcourt taking on a team with a smallfrontcourt. Again, go back and look at recent games. Did theyown the glass the last meeting? How about the last threemeetings? Conference play offers many opportunities to do this,especially with teams facing each other two and even three timesa year ago.
  • 1 Years Ago

    Comment to Topic Posted by Bryan Leonard › The Four Season of College Basketball
  •   As conference play continues this month, it's important to lookback at how these teams did in recent years, especially withteams loaded with seniors. Buffalo is an uptempo team so perhapsthey can have an edge over a team that lacks depth and plays aslower style. Fortunately, there is a point of reference to goto: The last few meetings! But don't stop there: Check theboxscores of those games. Did Buffalo play a close first halfagainst a team lacking depth, then blow them out in the secondhalf? If so, that could mean a potential wager on the secondhalf.
  • 1 Years Ago

    Comment to Topic Posted by Bryan Leonard › The Four Season of College Basketball
  •   Take a look at Buffalo. Buffalo just came off an impressive winover Eastern Michigan, followed by a close 84-82 loss inovertime at a very good Northern Illinois squad. Buffalo got thecover in both games. The Bulls were experienced and not caughtoff guard by these teams, because Buffalo had beaten both a yearago. In fact, last season Buffalo beat Northern Illinois twice,86-80 at home and again in the MAC tournament, 73-66. That'sthree games against each other in less than a year. Familiaritymay breed contempt in some social circles, but it helps inpreparation in college basketball.
  • 1 Years Ago

    Comment to Topic Posted by Bryan Leonard › The Four Season of College Basketball
  •   Conference play means playing teams in your region, which cutsdown significantly on travel time. It also means players arefacing other players they've seen last year, probably severaltimes, and playing in facilities they have seen before.Home/road play is certainly a key element for handicappers topay attention to, but with shorter distances and familiar placesto go to, it can be less a factor with certain teams becausethey've been to the opposition's gym before.
  • 1 Years Ago

    Comment to Topic Posted by Bryan Leonard › Sandwiches and Cupcakes
  •   What stood out for me was the NEXT game. After flying back andforth across the country, West Virginia had to play a realsandwich game, this time against relative cupcake Marshall. TheMarshall tilt was another non-conference game, just before WestVirginia jumps back into Big East playing in succession, St.John's, Notre Dame, Cincinnati, No. 10 Pittsburgh andGeorgetown. What interest would West Virginia have in playing7-9 Marshall, a team on a 3-game losing streak?
  • 1 Years Ago

    Comment to Topic Posted by Bryan Leonard › Sandwiches and Cupcakes
  •   Then, last Saturday, they stepped out of conference play andtook on UCLA. On the road. That is something that catches theidea of a pro handicapper. Here is an East Coast team rollingthrough its conference schedule, then all of a sudden it has tofly all the way across the country to play a non-conferencegame. First of all, that's a long road trip. Secondly, whileit's a non-conference tilt, it was not a game that West Virginiawould take lightly. At the time, UCLA was ranked 16th in thenation, a good challenge for the Mountaineers. Also, it was atPauley Pavilion, playing under all those national championshipbanners on a court that featured so many great moments incollege basketball history. It was a game the Mountaineers wereup for, and they won, 60-56.
  • 1 Years Ago

    Comment to Topic Posted by Bryan Leonard › Sandwiches and Cupcakes
  •   This week I had a major play on Marshall when they were playingstate rival West Virginia. This was a sandwich spot for theMountaineers. They had already begun Big East play withconsecutive games against South Florida, No. 3 Villanova,Georgetown, Marquette and Providence. In fact, the Mountaineershad won all those games and were ranked No. 9 in the country.
  • 1 Years Ago

    Comment to Topic Posted by Bryan Leonard › Football Preparation
  •   How about the new kid on the block, Chicago's second-year coachLovie Smith? The Bears lost 20-10 at Cleveland after their bye,and 13-10 to the Redskins after the 2004 bye (0-2 SU/ATS). TheBroncos under Mike Shanahan are 4-1 SU/ATS after the bye thelast five years. Know your coaching staffs carefully over thenext few weeks, because the most deadly teams are the ones withtalent, versatility AND creative coaching staffs.
  • 1 Years Ago

    Comment to Topic Posted by Bryan Leonard › Football Preparation
  •   Belichick is an excellent example of a coach making adjustmentseach week and at halftime. In the second half of this season,the Patriots have tweaked game plans a lot. They went with anaggressive passing offense against Tampa Bay, then the next weekadmitted they wanted to establish the run Monday night againstthe Jets, which they did as Tom Brady had his lowest passingtotal of the season. It's more difficult for opposing teams toprepare when a team makes changes all the time.
  • 1 Years Ago

    Comment to Topic Posted by Bryan Leonard › Football Preparation
  •   When the NFL playoffs start, four teams are going to have byeweeks: The Colts, Broncos, Bears and Seahawks. Take a look athow those coaches have faired the last two seasons using the byeweek during the regular season. Seattle coach Mike Holmgren'steam came out after this year's bye week and flattened Arizona,33-19, as 5-point favorite. However, also note Holmgren'sSeahawks are 1-3 SU/ATS the last four years after a bye.
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