Phoenix enters semis, beats Alaska

The Phoenix Fuel Masters overpowered the Alaska Aces, 91-76, through 31 points explosion of Jason Perkins in the Philippine Cup Sunday night.

Perkins found his rythm on 11-of-15 shooting from the field and nine rebounds as the Fuel Masters secured a semifinal berth for the first time in franchise history. Phoenix was 0-6 in the playoffs before this game.

“We’re serious in what we’re trying to achieve. We’re here to win it,” said Perkins.

The Fuel Masters started strong and never looked back after leading a 72-49 after three quarters. Phoenix increased it, 89-61 with 3:53 left in the game.

Calvin Abueva helped the Fuel Masters with 12 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists coming off the bench.

While the Aces tried to stay afloat in the second quarter, Perkins scored eight straight points to lead a 10-0 run for Phoenix that distanced the game.

For Alaska, JV Casio scored 19 points while Simon Enciso added 15 in a losing cause. Matthew Wright scored 14 points in what was considered an off night for the shooter.

“We just got to the semifinals and we’re waiting for San Miguel and TNT who are both heavyweight teams,” said Phoenix head coach Louie Alas. “But we’re not complaining. We won our first game in the playoffs and we made the semis for the first time so we’re more than happy.”

Oakland Raiders News: Burfict joins Brown

Linebacker Vontaze Burfict had signed with the Oakland Raiders Tuesday night to enhanced the team’s chances in the coming season. Just after a day the Cincinnati Bengals released him, the seven-year veteran instantly joined the Raiders.

According to NFL Network report, Burfict agreed to a one-year deal.

Despite the fact that Burfict had a bad history of fines and suspensions, the Raiders are willing to take chances. Burfict was suspended three times for 10 games with the Bengals.

Interestingly, Burfict will be joining his former nemesis Antonio Brown in the same uniform. In 2016, the linebacker was suspended for three games and more than $500,000 of fines by a helmet-to-helmet hit against Brown. Also, Burfict hit Brown’s head last season as he leaned an elbow into Brown’s helmet.

Surely, the past will be the past when it comes to both players as they have the same goal as a team. Brown would be wise enough to forgive him.

With the signing of Burfict, the Raiders understand that they need more veterans on their side to have a fruitful season. Oakland’s move just came after signing Lamarcus Joyner to make the secondary stronger.

Burfict is a player that coach Jon Gruden can experiment. The linebacker entered into the Pro Bowl in 2013 after a 177 combined tackle in that season. In his seven year stint in the NFL, he reached the 100-tackle three times.

DeRozan scores 26 to lead Spurs overwhelm Warriors

DeMar DeRozan led the way with 26 points and nine rebounds for the Spurs to deliver a 111-105 victory over the Warriors Monday night. DeRozan was consistent throughout the course of the game that paved the way for the Spurs to keep the lead.

While DeRozan got his numbers, LaMarcus Aldridge had 23 points and 13 rebounds to help the inside game of San Antonio which won their 11th streak at home and jumped into the fifth place of the Western Conference Standings.

On the other hand Stephen Curry scored 25 points while Kevin Durant added 24 for Golden State. Because of the loss, the Warriors are now tied with the Nuggets for first place.

“That’s the hottest team in the league and obviously really well-coached,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “They were executing and I thought they outexecuted us, outcoached us. They deserved to win.”

Meanwhile, Curry drilled in a 61-foot basket to end the first quarter. After receiving a pass from Shaun Livingston, Curry dribbled and then take that shot that hif off the backboard.

Minnesota faces Louisville

The Minnesota Golden Gophers will take on the Louisville Cardinals in Round 1 of the Men’s basketball Tournament games on Thursday, March 21, 2019, start time at 12:15 PM ET, at Wells Fargo Arena (IA), Des Moines, IA. Minnesota vs Louisville odds and point spread is -6.5 Louisville.

The Minnesota Golden Gophers (21-13) are coming from a 76-49 loss to the Michigan Wolverines in the Big Ten Tournament Semifinal.

On the season, Minnesota averages 70.8 points, 37.0 rebounds and 14.9 assists per game. Defensively, Minnesota yields 69.2 points per game against the opposing teams.

Five players are averaging at least 9.1 points per game for Minnesota, they are Coffey (16.3), Jordan Murphy (14.8), Daniel Oturu (10.8), Gabe Kaischeur (9.9) and Dupree McBrayer (9.1). Coffey leads in points and in assists with (3.2). Murphy tops in rebounds (11.5) while Daniel Oturu tops in blocks (1.4) per game.

The Louisville Cardinals (20-13) are coming from an 83-70 loss to the North Carolina Tar Heels in the ACC Men’s Tournament Quarterfinal.

On the season, Louisville basketball averages 74.5 points, 38.2 rebounds and 13.4 assists per game. Defensively, Louisville yields 67.8 points per game against the opposing teams.

Five players are averaging at least 7.8 points per game for Louisville, they are Jordan Nwora (17.2), Dwayne Sutton (10.2), Christen Cunningham (9.8), Steve Enoch (9.3) and Malik Williams (7.8). Nwora leads in points, rebounds (7.5) and steals (1.0) per game. Christen Cunningham tops in assists (4.9) while Malik Williams leads in blocks (1.2) per game.

Arizona takes on USC

The Arizona Wildcats will take on the USC Trojans in the first round of the PAC12 Men’s Tournament on Wednesday, start time at 3:00 PM ET, at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, NV. Arizona vs USC odds is at -1.0 Arizona. USC vs Arizona tv channel is on PAC12.

The Arizona Wildcats (17-14) are riding in a two-game losing streak including a 72-64 loss to Arizona State.

On the season, Arizona basketball averages 71.1 points, 34.7 rebounds and 12.5 assists per game. Defensively, Arizona basketball yields 68.6 points per game against the opposing teams.

Five players are averaging at least 8.2 points per game for Arizona, they are Brandon Randolph (12.8), Brandon Williams (11.3), Chase Jeter (11.1), Justin Coleman (9.0) and Ryan Luther (8.2). Coleman leads in assists (3.8) and steals (0.9) per game. Chase Jeter tops in rebounds with 6.6 while Ira Lee tops in blocks with 0.7 per game.

The USC Trojans (15-16) have lost their last four games including a 78-67 defeat to Colorado.

On the season, USC basketball averages 76.3 points, 36.0 rebounds and 16.4 assists per game. Defensively, USC basketball yields 73.1 points per game against the opposing teams.

Five players are averaging at least 8.6 points per game for USC, they are Bennie Boatwright (18.1), Nick Rakocevic (14.9), Jonah Mathews (12.5), Kevin Porter Jr. (9.2) and Jordan Usher (8.6). Boatwright leads in points. Rakocevic tops in rebounds with 9.3 and in blocks with 1.4 per game. Derryck Thornton tops in assists while Matthews leads in steals (1.3).

Arizona vs USC basketball info:

Date: March 13, 2019
Start Time: 3:00 PM ET
TV Channel Schedule: PAC12
Live Stream: PAC12 stream
Odds and Point Spread: -1.0 Arizona
O/U: 138.5

California vs Colorado basketball

The California Golden Bears will take on the Colorado Buffaloes in Round 1 of the PAC-12 Men’s Tournament on Wednesday, start time at 5:30 PM ET, at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, NV. California vs Colorado basketball live stream and tv channel is on PACN. California vs Colorado odds and point spread is at -9.5 Colorado.

The California Golden Bears (8-22) are riding in a three-game winning streak including a 64-59 win over Stanford.

On the season, California basketball averages 69.0 points, 29.4 rebounds and 11.0 assists per game. Defensively, California yields 77.7 points per game against the opposing teams.

Four players are averaging at least 10.6 points per game for California, they are Justice Sueing (14.5), Paris Austin (11.7), Darius McNeill (11.2) and Matt Bradley (10.6). Sueing leads in points, rebounds (6.1) and steals (1.7) per game. Austin tops in assists with 4.4 while Conor tops in blocks with 1.2 per game.

The Colorado Buffaloes (19-11) have won their last three games including a 78-67 win over USC.

On the season, Colorado basketball averages 75.0 points, 37.3 rebounds and 13.6 assists per game. Defensively, Colorado basketball yields 68.4 points per game against the opposing teams.

Six players are averaging at least 8.3 points per game for Colorado, they are Tyler Bey (13.4), McKinley Wright IV (13.0), Shane Gatling (10.5), Lucas Siewert (10.0), D’Shawn Schwartz (8.7) and Evan Battey (8.3). Bey tops in points, rebounds (9.6) and blocks (1.2) per game. Wright IV leads in assists (4.9) and steals (1.1) per game.

California vs Colorado game schedule info:

Date: March 13, 2019
Start Time: 5:30 PM ET
TV Channel Schedule: PAC12
Live Stream: PAC12 Stream
Odds and Point Spread: -9.5 Colorado
O/U: 137.5
Prediction: Colorado has the firepower but they will not cover the spread.

Miami plays Virginia in ACC

The Miami Hurricanes will take on the Virginia Tech Hokies in one of the NCAA Mens ACC Tournament games on Wednesday, start time at 2:00 PM ET, at Spectrum Center, Charlotte, NC.. Miami vs Virginia Tech odds and point spread is at -8.0 VT. Virginia Tech vs Miami tv channel is on ESPN.

The Miami Hurricanes (14-17) are coming from a 79-71 win over Wake Forest in which DJ Vasiljevic scored 21 points and Anthony Lawrence added 20 points.

On the season, Miami basketball averages 72.3 points, 33.4 rebounds and 13.0 assists per game. Defensively, Miami basketball yields 71.1 points per game against the opposing teams.

Five players are averaging at least 11.0 points per game for Miami, they are Chris Lykes (16.1), Lawrence II (12.8), Zach Johnson (12.1), Vasiljevic (11.6) and Ebuka Izundu (11.0). Lykes leads in points and assists (3.3) per game. Isundu tops in rebounds (8.4) and blocks (1.3). Johnson leads in steals with 1.7 per game.

The Virginia Tech Hokies (23-7) finished fifth place in the ACC and they will try to beat Miami for the second time in a row.

On the season, Virginia Tech basketball averages 74.5 points, 32.6 rebounds and 15.4 assists per game. Defensively, Virginia Tech yields 62.2 points per game against the opposing teams.

Five players are averaging at least 8.8 points per game, they are Nickeil Alexander-Walker (16.6), Kerry Blackshear Jr. (14.5), Justin Robinson (13.7), Ahmed Hill (13.3) and Ty Outlaw (8.8). Alexander-Walker tops in points and steals (1.9). Blackshear leads in rebounds (7.2) and blocks (0.8) per game. Justin Robinson tops in assists with 5.2 per game.

Miami vs Virginia game schedule info:

Date: March 13, 2019
Start Time: 2:00 PM ET
TV Channel Schedule ESPN
Live Stream: ESPN+
Odds and Point Spread: -8.0 VT
O/U: 137.5

Clemson vs NC State in a toss up battle

The Clemson Tigers will take on the NC State Wolfpack in the 2nd round of the ACC Men’s Tournament on Tuesday, start time at 12:00 Noon, at Spectrum Center, Charlotte, NC. Clemson vs NC State odds and point spread is at -1.5 Clemson. NC State vs Clemson basketball tv channel is on ESPN.

The Clemson Tigers (19-12) have won four of their last five games including a 67-55 win over Syracuse in which Marquise Reed scored 24 points.

On the season, Clemson basketball averages 69.4 points, 35.4 rebounds and 12.3 assists per game. Defensively, Clemson yields 64.0 points per game against the opposing teams.

Four players are averaging at least 8.3 points per game for Clemson, they are Reed (19.4), Elijah Thomas (13.2), Shelton Mitchell (11.7) and Aamir Simms (8.3). Reed leads in points, assists (3.0) and steals (2.2). Thomas tops in rebounds (8.0) and blocks (2.2) per game.

The NC State Wolfpack (21-10) are coming from a 73-47 win over Boston College in which C.J. Bryce scored 14 points.

On the season, NC State basketball averages 81.0 points, 38.7 rebounds and 15.6 assists per game. Defensively, NC State basketball yields 70.5 points per game against the opposing teams.

Six players are averaging at least 9.0 points per game for NC State, they are Torin Dorn (13.7), Bryce (11.7), Markell Johnson (11.5), Braxton Beverly (9.8), Devon Daniels (9.5) and DJ. Funderburk (9.0). Dorn leads in points and rebounds (6.9). Johnson tops in assists (4.2) while Bryce tops in steals (1.2). DJ Funderburk tops in blocks with 1.0 per game.

Clemson vs NC Stat basketball scores and results will be posted here.

Green Bay tries to upset Wright State

The Green Bay Phoenix will take on the Wright State Raiders in the Little Caesars Horizon League Tournament semifinal on Monday, start time at 7:00 PM ET, at Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, MI. Green Bay vs Wright State live stream is on ESPN+. Green Bay vs Wright State odds and point spread is at -5.5 Wright State.

The Green Bay Phoenix (17-15) are coming from an 82-77 win over UIC in which Sandy Cohen III scored 21 points.

On the season, Green Bay basketball averages 81.2 points, 36.3 rebounds and 14.8 assists per game. Defensively, Green Bay basketball yields 80.2 points per game against the opposing teams.

Three players are averaging at least 9.0 points per game for Green Bay, they are Cohen III (17.3), JayQuan McCloud (13.8) and Kameron Hankerson (9.0) per game. Cohen leads in all major statistical categeries like points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks.

The Wright State Raiders (20-12) are coming from a 71-56 win over IUPUI in which Bill Wampler scored 18 points.

On the season, Wright State basketball averages 73.8 points, 35.1 rebounds and 14.1 assists per game. Defensively, Wright State yields 67.5 points per game against the opposing teams.

Four players are averaging at least 9.1 points per game for Wright State, they are Loudon Love (15.5), Wampler (14.8), Cole Gentry (11.7) and Mark Hughes (9.1). Love leads in points, rebounds (8.1) and blocks (0.9). Gentry tops in assists (3.4) and steals (1.3).

Green Bay vs Wright State game schedule info:

Date: March 11, 2019
Start Time: 7:00 PM ET
TV Channel Schedule: ESPNU
Live Stream: ESPN+
Odds and Point Spread: -5.5 Wright State
O/U: 148

Gilas Pilipinas live streaming vs Qatar: Blatche to play, FIBA World Cup Qualifiers

Win or not make it to the the World Cup! Gilas Pilipinas back is against the wall as it face Qatar in the FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers. Gilas Pilipinas vs Qatar live streaming is on ESPN5.com or TV5.

Gilas Pilipinas hopes the team has still the killer instinct to be implemented against Qatar in this all important game. A win will keep the Filipinos alive in the Qualifiers but a loss will derail the their chances at all.

For the coaching job, Yeng Guiao has to find the right combination especially in the fourth quarter to avoid another collapse. Guiao has the luxury of Andray Blatche as the naturalized player. Absolutely, Gilas missed the service of Blatche who is a mobile big man understanding Asian basketball. Without a doubt, it provides stability and speed inside to sustain their momentums. Blatche would be a great help in this game.

Jayson Castro returns also to the roster. Castro can penetrate and assists as well as shoot outside the arc. Castro’s game enables the Filipinos to be aggressive and speedy against Qatar.

June Mar Fajardo and Japeth Aquilar are the big men who will be comin in and out for Blatche. In this regard, Gilas will have enough firepower when it comes to its inside game. Gilas will be needing the explosiveness of Thirdy Ravena whom Guiao inserted in the line up. Moreover, Marc Barroca and Paul Lee are also expected to play at the backcourt.

Gilas Pilipinas vs Qatar is scheduled on February 21, at 7:00 PM Qatar time (12:00 midnight in Manila, Philippines). Gilas Pilipinas tv channel is on ESPN. Gilas Pilipinas vs Qatar live stream is on ESPN5.com.