2014 NIT Championship Game
Madison Square Garden – New York City, New York

#1 Minnesota Golden Gophers vs #1 Southern Methodist Mustangs
Thursday, April 3, 2014, 7:00 pm Eastern, TV: ESPN
Opening Line: SMU -3
Current Line: SMU -3
Opening Total: 134
Current Total: 131 1/2
Opening Money Line: SMU -150 / Minnesota +130
Current Money Line: SMU -150 / Minnesota +130

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2014 National Invitation Tournament Semifinals
Madison Square Garden – New York City, New York

#3 Clemson Tigers vs #1 Southern Methodist Mustangs
Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 7:00 pm Eastern, TV: ESPN2
Opening Line: SMU -2 1/2
Current Line: SMU -3 1/2
Opening Total: 119
Current Total: 119
Opening Money Line: SMU -160 / Clemson +135
Current Money Line: SMU -170 / Clemson +150

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2014 NIT Quarterfinals
#2 California Golden Bears vs #1 Southern Methodist Mustangs

Moody Coliseum – Dallas, Texas
Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 9:00 pm Eastern, TV: ESPN2
Opening Line: SMU -8 1/2
Current Line: SMU -8
Opening Total: 134 1/2
Current Total: 138 1/2
Opening Money Line: SMU -385 / California +310
Current Money Line: SMU -375 / California +305

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#23 Southern Methodist Mustangs at Temple Owls
Liacouras Center – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Sunday, February 16, 2014, 2:00 pm Eastern, TV: CBS Sports Net
Opening Line: SMU -8 1/2
Current Line: SMU -7 1/2
Opening Total: 147 1/2
Current Total: 146 1/2
Opening Money Line: SMU -375 / Temple +305
Current Money Line: SMU -340 / Temple +290

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#23 Southern Methodist Mustangs at Rutgers Scarlet Knights
Louis Brown Athletic Center – Piscataway, New Jersey

Friday, February 14, 2014, 7:00 pm Eastern, TV: ESPN3.com
Opening Line: SMU -8
Current Line: SMU -7
Opening Total: 147
Current Total: 145
Opening Money Line: SMU -375 / Rutgers +305
Current Money Line: SMU -325 / Rutgers +270

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One thing we know for sure is that the Cleveland Cavaliers are going to have a new coach. Mike Brown was the NBA Coach of the Year in 2009, but his failure to beat the Celtics in the playoffs this year when his team was expected to win it all was the final straw. The Cavs are obviously a desperate franchise. With the uncertainty around where LeBron James is going to play next year the team can’t afford to look like it isn’t taking steps to improve, and Brown just wasn’t getting it done when it matters. There are several NBA teams looking for coaches right now, and at least one more that still could be in the coming weeks. What makes Cleveland’s job so intriguing, though, is what the team could look like next year. If James re-signs then the new coach would be taking over one of the two best players in the NBA, and would have a realistic look at multiple titles. If James leaves, though, then Cleveland is just another job in a smaller market. The job is either the best there is or it’s nothing – there is no middle ground.

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Larry Brown has a new coaching gig. Again. The Charlotte Hornets become the ninth team he has helmed, following Denver, New Jersey, San Antonio, Indiana, the Clippers, Philadelphia, Detroit and New York. The prevailing attitude seems to be that he will be a miracle worker in Charlotte. Jim Rome went as far today as to virtually guarantee that the team would make the playoffs next year under his leadership. That’s quite a claim for a team that only won 32 games last year. But what has history taught us about what we can expect from Brown when he joins a new team?

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A few quick thoughts on draft-day-minus-one (incidentally, I will be live-blogging throughout the first round tomorrow):

  • I can’t decide if I was surprised to see Tyler Hansbrough stay in college for his senior season or not. On one hand, he was a guaranteed first rounder who would make a few million dollars over the next couple of years, and there is always the chance that he could be hurt or do something to fall out of favor. On the other hand, his game is clearly made more for college and he will be the runaway early favorite for Player of the Year next year, so the risk is going to be relatively low. Given that he decided to stay I was a bit surprised that Ty Lawson and Wayne Ellington declared, though neither has an agent so anything could still happen. If I were betting I would say that Lawson will come back for another year because this is a guard-heavy draft and he isn’t going to be in the lottery. He easily could be with a strong year next year. If that happens then Ellington should return, too – he’s likely a second rounder as it is. And if all three guys come back then North Carolina will unfortunately be at least as good as this year. No matter what happens, Roy Williams is having a very good day.
  • The Raptors and the Wizards earned much needed bug wins in the NBA playoffs last night. Unless I am missing something that means that in seven of the series only one road team – Philadelphia in game one against Detroit – has won a game so far. If only handicapping were always that easy. The only exception is the Utah-Houston series. In that one the home team has yet to win through three games. Other than that series the home team is at 13-3 ATS.
  • Larry Brown has quit his gig with the 76ers to free himself up to take a coaching gig. In related news, Larry Brown really needs to go away.
  • Another interesting reminder of how tough it is to draft players on the eve of this year’s edition: Five years agao the Jets picked DT Dewayne Robertson from Kentucky fourth overall. He was seen as a beast, and was the first defensive player off the board – ahead of guys like Terence Newman, Kevin Williams, Terrell Suggs, and Troy Polamalu. He was healthy but unimpressive in his first few years, and unhealthy and equally unimpressive more recently. The Jets tried to trade him to Cincinnati in March, but it fell through. Now they have sent him to Denver for a conditional draft pick that will fall somewhere in the mid rounds depending on how much he plays. Robertson was supposed to be a can’t miss prospect, but he missed pretty badly. We’ll be able to tell the same story about several of the can’t miss blue-chippers this year. It’s just a matter of which ones. My first bet is Vernon Gholston. I was also thinking today of another Big Ten offensive tackle now that Jake Long is locked in on top this year. Robert Gallery was the second pick in 2004 out of Iowa. He went behind only Eli Manning, and he was as close to a sure thing as anyone. Gallery was only okay as a right tackle his first two seasons, terrible as a left tackle in season three, and was moved inside to guard last year where he was adequate but not much more.

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