Predicting Bengals-Titans and all Week 10 games

Published: Friday, November 10, 2017 @ 10:21 AM
Updated: Friday, November 10, 2017 @ 10:21 AM


            CINCINNATI, OH - SEPTEMBER 21: Jason McCourty #30 of the Tennessee Titans tackles A.J. Green #18 of the Cincinnati Bengals during the first quarter at Paul Brown Stadium on September 21, 2014 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - SEPTEMBER 21: Jason McCourty #30 of the Tennessee Titans tackles A.J. Green #18 of the Cincinnati Bengals during the first quarter at Paul Brown Stadium on September 21, 2014 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Cincinnati Bengals beat writer Jay Morrison offers his predictions for Week 10 of NFL games.

Green Bay Packers (4-4) at Chicago Bears (3-5)

The Packers have won 12 of 14 vs. the Bears, but those were with Aaron Rodgers.

Pick: Bears 17, Packers 16

Cleveland Browns (0-8) at Detroit Lions (4-4)

This is the week … that looks like all other weeks.

Pick: Lions 34, Browns 10

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Pittsburgh Steelers (6-2) at Indianapolis Colts (3-6)

A soft opening to a soft second-half schedule.

Pick: Steelers 35, Colts 17

Los Angeles Chargers (3-5) at Jacksonville Jaguars (5-3)

The Chargers will put up more of a fight than the Bengals, but….

Pick: Jaguars 28, Chargers 24

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New Orleans Saints (6-2) at Buffalo Bills (5-3)

Don’t know the exact data, but guessing dome teams don’t fare well in Buffalo in November.

Pick: Bills 21, Saints 17

New York Jets (4-5) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-6)

Jameis and Co. are forced to eat another ‘L’

Pick: Jets 20, Buccaneers 17

Minnesota Vikings (6-2) at Washington Redskins (4-4)

Branches from the Marvin Lewis coaching tree collide with Zim vs. Jay.

Pick: Redskins 27, Vikings 23

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Houston Texans (3-5) at Los Angeles Rams (6-2)

The surprising roll continues for the Rams

Pick: Rams 27, Texans 13

Dallas Cowboys (5-3) at Atlanta Falcons (4-4)

Gotta go with big ‘D’, as in “desperation” for the Falcons.

Pick: Falcons 28, Cowboys 21

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New York Giants (1-7) at San Francisco 49ers (0-9)

Who cares, really?

Pick: 49ers 7, Giants 6

New England Patriots (6-2) at Denver Broncos (3-5)

Denver is a tough place to play, except when Brock Osweiler is guiding the Broncos

Pick: Patriots 28, Broncos 10

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Miami Dolphins (4-4) at Carolina Panthers (6-3)

No iceberg yet for the Titanic Panthers

Pick: Panthers 31, Dolphins 21

Cincinnati Bengals (3-5) at Tennessee Titans (5-3)

Bengals haven’t beaten a team with a winning record on the road in more than two years.

Pick: Titans 23, Bengals 9

Last week: 6-6

This year: 78-46

Michigan State-DePaul basketball: Score, live updates for PK80 Invitational game

Published: Thursday, November 23, 2017 @ 10:46 PM

No. 4 Michigan State (2-1) and DePaul (1-2) tip off at 11:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, Nov. 23, in the first round of the PK80 Invitational. Stay here for live updates, scores and analysis.

Michigan State-DePaul live updates, score

Michigan State 67, DePaul 47 (H2, 3:21): DePaul’s offense continued to be atrocious, and Michigan State should get some credit for that. The Spartans stayed in front and made every shot in the lane a tough one.

Michigan State 57, DePaul 43 (H2, 6:59): Conner George came in and made his presence felt with 4 offensive rebounds and a steal. Without Bridges, Michigan State put in a lot of lineups that would have turned heads otherwise, and though they had trouble scoring, stopping DePaul didn’t seem to be an issue.

Michigan State 48, DePaul 37 (H2, 12:07): Michigan State extended its run to 11-0 via Matt McQuaid’s fifth 3-pointer. Foul trouble continued to be an issue for the Spartans. Josh Langford picked up his fourth, while McQuaid, Nick Ward and Cassius Winston all had three.

Michigan State 40, DePaul 37 (H2, 15:44): Michigan State came out determined to turn up the pace, and Matt McQuaid continued to shoot the ball with confidence. His fourth 3-pointer marked his highest single-game total for more than a year.

Michigan State 31, DePaul 31 (H1, 0:00): Michigan State looked in good position to carry a lead into the locker room against DePaul before Eli Cain tied things up with a long bomb. The Spartans left the floor frustrated by how the foul calls had slowed them down.

Michigan State 27, DePaul 26 (H1, 2:47): Without Matt McQuaid, this scoreline could have been ugly. He nailed his third 3-pointer of the half and increased his scoring output to 11 points, making him the only Michigan State player in double figures.

Michigan State 17, DePaul 15 (H1, 7:59): DePaul, which plays at a decidedly slower tempo than Michigan State, benefited from the game being slowed down by regular foul calls. The Blue Demons got into a rhythm and made their run.

Michigan State 15, DePaul 8 (H1, 12:12): Michigan State locked down on the defensive side but struggled to score the ball. Silly turnovers from its point guards didn’t help.

Michigan State 7, DePaul 2 (H1, 15:44): Michigan State got off to a hot start in the absence of Miles Bridges thanks to confident shooting from Matt McQuaid. He came in 1 for 10 from 3-point range on the year but nailed an early long ball.

Michigan State 0, DePaul 0 (H1, 20:00): UConn defeated Oregon, 71-63, in the game preceding Michigan State. The Spartans would face the Huskies if they beat DePaul.

Michigan State would have to overcome the absence of its leader, Miles Bridges. Coach Tom Izzo said the sophomore star would miss the game against DePaul as he continued his recovery from a sprained ankle.

Game time was announced as 11:48 p.m. ET after the conclusion of the previous matchup.

Michigan State-DePaul basketball: Game time, information

Michigan State and DePaul play at 11:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, Nov. 23.

Time: 11:30 p.m. ET

Date: Thursday, Nov. 23

Location: Moda Center, Portland, Ore.

How can I watch the Michigan State-DePaul basketball game online?

Michigan State and DePaul will be broadcast on ESPN. WatchESPN will have the live stream. You can also stream the game from your  Android or  iOS device.

Kevin Brown and Sean Farnham will call the game.

How can I listen to the Michigan State-DePaul basketball game on the radio?

Michigan State and DePaul can be heard over the 38-affiliate  Spartan Sports Network, including flagship stations WMMQ-FM (94.9)/WJIM-AM (1240) in Lansing and WJR-AM (760) in Detroit.

Will Tieman and Matt Steigenga will call the game.

Michigan State-DePaul basketball preview

The main thing on every Michigan State fan’s mind going into the PK80 Invitational: Will Miles Bridges play in this tournament? The Spartans’ superstar sprained his ankle after stepping on a Stony Brook player’s foot on Sunday, bringing back bad memories of when he missed a month of his freshman season with an ankle injury.

Michigan State is already without Bridges’ backup, Kyle Ahrens, who may miss the season with a foot injury. Guards Josh Langford and Matt McQuaid will each see extended action for as long as Bridges’ absence lasts. And according to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman, it appears the sophomore standout won’t play against DePaul.

Michigan State should still be in good shape against DePaul. Dave Leitao’s Blue Demons only have two players taller than 6-foot-7 who have played at least five minutes per game. Michigan State, with its stacked front court, has five such players.

Even when star freshman Jaren Jackson Jr. fouled out scoreless on Sunday against Stony Brook after scoring 32 points in his first two games, fellow first-year player Xavier Tillman stepped in with 9 points, 5 rebounds and 3 blocks.

And Tillman’s 71.4 field goal percentage this year isn’t even as good as Nick Ward’s 75.9 percent mark. The sophomore big man has hit 22 of 29 shots through three games.

Now the Spartans will face off against a DePaul team that has shot below 40 percent from the field but held opponents to a poor mark as well. The Blue Demons have averaged 15.7 offensive rebounds per game and forced 14.3 turnovers, playing into two Michigan State weaknesses.

But until DePaul can prove it, it’s tough to imagine the Blue Demons keeping up with coach Tom Izzo’s Spartans, which have been an offensive juggernaut early on. Michigan State has scored 98, 81 and 93 points in its first three games while averaging 78.4 possessions. DePaul has averaged just 72.4 possessions per game, ranking 224th in the nation.

What Matt Luke said after leading Ole Miss to an upset win

Published: Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 1:00 AM

It was a huge win for Matt Luke and the Ole Miss program on Thursday night.

After an up-and-down year, the Rebels ended the season on a high note, coming away with a 31-28 win over rival Mississippi State.

Afterwards the players were elated and thrilled that they were able to potentially send their coach out in style.

And in speaking with ESPN afterwards, Luke was very grateful for the opportunity he was given.

“I’m just so happy,” Luke said.“I’m just so happy for these guys. Happy for these seniors. They went 3-1 against Mississippi State and fought adversity all night.”

Luke kept getting mobbed by his Ole Miss players who wanted to celebrate their Egg Bowl victory with him. But he added one more line that many Ole Miss fans likely share as well.

“I’m going to remember this for the rest of my life. I’m just so happy for our players and our fans.”

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Published: Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 12:30 AM

Thursday may have been Matt Luke’s final game as Ole Miss coach. So after winning the Egg Bowl over rival Mississippi State, he made sure to thank the many fans that traveled to Starkville and stayed till the end.

After getting a Gatorade bath from his team, Luke went over to the corner where a contingent of Ole Miss fans were celebrating. He personally thanked them for their efforts on Thursday night.

The Rebels ended up going 6-6 in his season as interim coach, a one-win improvement over what Hugh Freeze did last season. While it may not have been enough to get the full-time job, Luke represented himself and the school well during these past four months.

And after the game, the players made it very clear that they wanted to keep Luke as the team’s coach. Athletic Director Ross Bjork will have to make that decision.

 

Florida basketball: Offensive barrage lifts Gators over Stanford

Published: Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 12:30 AM

The Florida men’s basketball team said it received a needed wake-up call on Sunday against New Hampshire. Their final tune-up game before a three-game stretch in the Phil Knight Invitational in reality became a struggle after opening the year with back-to-back games with more than 100 points.

Against Stanford on Thursday, the Gators returned back to their high-scoring ways.

Behind 26 points from Egor Koulechov, 17 first-half points from Jalen Hudson and 15 3-pointers, the No. 7 Gators cruised past the Cardinal 108-87 in Portland, Ore., to move into the winner’s bracket of the tournament.

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The Gators (4-0) shot a season-high 58.5 percent from the field (38 for 65) and was a blistering 68.2 percent from beyond the arc (15 for 22). They have now scored more in triple figures in three games over a four-game stretch for the first time since the 2001-2002 season.

Six Florida players scored at least 9 points in the blowout. In addition to Hudson and Koulechov, senior point guard Chris Chiozza posted his first double-double of the season with 14 points and a career-high 11 assists. Freshmen Mike Okauru and Deaundre Ballard added 15 and 13 points, respectively. Junior guard KeVaughn Allen added 9 of his own.

And the Gators accomplished this despite being without one of their top front court players.

Coach Mike White suspended junior center Kevarrius Hayes for the game due to a violation of team rules. This was the second internal offense in four games for Hayes, who was taken out of the starting lineup during for the Gators’ win over North Florida on Nov. 16 after missing an academic deadline.

Without Hayes — and with redshirt senior John Egbunu and freshman Isaiah Stokes still recovering from injuries — Florida was down to just Keith Stone and Gorjok Gak as their primary post players against a Stanford team with a front court headlined by 6-foot-8 Reid Travis and 6-foot-9 Michael Humphrey.

With Florida at a disadvantage on a size front, the Gators utilized a smaller lineup that focused on speed and spreading the floor. It paid off.

Florida hit four of its first five 3-point attempts to take an early 18-7 lead and never looked back. The Gators led 58-39 at halftime and hit 13 3s. Koulechov and Hudson each had 17 first-half points while combining to go 9-for-11 from deep.

“I didn’t see it coming offensively for us,” White said in a halftime interview with ESPN’s Jeff Goodman. “We’re a good shooting team. … [but] that’s pretty staggering.”

The Gators led by as many as 38 points with 8:28 left to play before White went to his bench and began playing a slew of less experienced players in the final few minutes of the game. This allowed Stanford (3-3) to close the game on a 18-3 run in the final four minutes, but Florida’s lead was never in jeopardy. All three of the Gators points came from walk-on Mak Krause.

With the win, Florida will play Friday against the winner of the nightcap between No. 17 Gonzaga and Ohio State. Tipoff for that game is set for 11 p.m.