Richard Pitino will not have as much revenge on his mind facing conference foe Michigan State than the school that fired his father. The younger Pitino obtained a high level of relief when his Minnesota team wiped the floor with Louisville; his father and the school are involved in an aging law suit and are as friendly as Trump and Pelosi. When they met at Michigan State in the regular season, the Spartans coasted, 79-55. State will win again, the margin a little smaller? It is very doubtful that Kentucky will have, or even need, the services of leading scorer and rebounder P. H. Washington. The Wildcats have been hampered most of the 2019 campaign with injuries. P. J. has switched from a soft to hard cast and trainers are indicating he will be held out this weekend only. The Wildcats face pesky Wofford. fresh from an 84-68 rout of Seton Hall - playing after am almost perfect outing is difficult to repeat. Despite the line, I like the underdog.The Big-10 has been rather hot in the Final Four, giving Michigan rising hopes versus an inconsistent Florida team that has dropped three of its last four. Twice during February and March, when the schedule was rugged, the Gators suffered a pair of three game skids. (The Big-10 is 7-1 in the main tournament, only Wisconsin has lost.)Villanova and Purdue will be a close defensive battle, Murray State and Florida State might also be tighter than the Democratic Presidential Primary where one or two old hands try to navigate through a youthful mostly unknown group. Maryland and Louisiana State is a virtual toss-up, the winner depends on which team is more ready than the other to win the game. Neither has shown the kind of consistency to capture a victory at this level.In the NIT, Arkansas is at Indiana, and the matchup between Lipscomb and UNC-Greensoro should be in the Final Four and not a garage sale.Upsets again pleased fans who watch the F4 just for entertainment (or have money riding on the underdog). Iowa, a four point dog, upset Cincinnati with a torrid finish 79-72, Mississippi, a one-point favorite, was demolished by Oklahoma 95-72 and Ohio State held on to down Iowa State 62-59 (Cyclones a five-point choice.)Liberty and UC-Irvine had the most unexpected triumphs. Liberty edged Mississippi State 80-76 and UC-Irvine shocked Kansas State 70-64.LeBron James could not solve the Lakers’ playoff miseries, once again Los Angeles (and James, too) will be absent when the NBA post-season opens in mid-April. If all goes well, play should end before next Thanksgiving.
Trying to become successfully active again after six years is a challenge that I was told not to attempt on a daily basis.Friends in the sports analyst business con-fessed no one is making any money and there are too many sites.In my younger years (aided by good friend Jim Feist) an average of 1,300 visitors per day came to my site.I did not intend ever to return daily, but the new ODI did so well in test runs that a decision was made to publish basketball through the Final Four - and I will continue until then. (Link-Daily forecast).Once the tournament is over my time will be spent, exclusively, on the format of the old Journal of Handicapping. The 2019 Baseball Preview is an example of what will be published.Each issue will be published upon completion..if it sells “great.” If not, at least my brain is being exercised. This site will be updated daily with handicapping data.