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After two games, no one was looking much better than Maryland. They'd beat Howard 79-0, then proved their worth by beating AP#21 Syracuse 63-20. How good could they be, potentially? It looked like we'd have to wait until they faced... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2019 at SportsRatings: College Football
Tyson Fury enters the ring in a sombrero and Mexican robe to a traditional Mexican song, on Mexican Independence Day to face undefeated Otto Wallin in a matchup roughly as serious as his last fight with Tom Schwarz. But since... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2019 at SportsRatings: Boxing/MMA
ESPN recently featured its poll of the top 150 teams of all time, honoring the 150th anniversary of college football's first game in 1869. (Fun fact: 2019 is the 150th year of college football, as well as the 150th anniversary.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2019 at SportsRatings: College Football
The early season prognostication for the Big Ten put Michigan and Ohio State at the top of the heap. This is pretty typical of the last several years, showing how little things have changed in the Big Ten since the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2019 at SportsRatings: College Football
It's pretty much unanimous that Clemson and Alabama, or Alabama and Clemson, are the two best teams in college football this year, until proven otherwise. But which teams looked the most impressive in week one? By answering that question, we... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2019 at SportsRatings: College Football
Tyson Fury (27-0-1) recently recaptured the SportsRatings Heavyweight Boxing title — due to Andy Ruiz Jr's upset of Anthony Joshua. Now he defends that title against Tom Schwarz—a fighter who isn't even registered in our system (that is, he has... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2019 at SportsRatings: Boxing/MMA
Was the Andy Ruiz, Jr. upset of Anthony Joshua really that big of a deal? In my opinion, not really...Ruiz should have been given a much better chance by the oddsmakers and public than he was, and a lot of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2019 at SportsRatings: Boxing/MMA
The jam at the top of the SportsRatings Heavyweight Boxing Ratings just got more complicated with Andy Ruiz Jr's upset TKO of Anthony Joshua. Now instead of three major contenders with a claim to being the top heavyweight in the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2019 at SportsRatings: Boxing/MMA
Andy Ruiz Jr knocked down Anthony Joshua a total of four times en route to a shocking 7th round TKO of the formerly undefeated champ. Ruiz's powerful flurry of punches doomed Joshua, who couldn't defend and counter when the fight... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2019 at SportsRatings: Boxing/MMA
All previews: click here for the full 2019 NCAA tournament schedule Game Analysis: Normally you would think that finishing the regular season with your worst loss of the year doesn't bode well for NCAA tournament performance, but both Virginia and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2019 at SportsRatings: College Basketball
Hi Matt...If March Madness were ruled by stats then all the 1-seeds would be in the Final Four. Unlike building a bridge, there is no certain way to predict a game correctly. The stats say it's more likely Virginia will win, but in a given game, anything can happen. I chose one specific outcome from the many possibilities based on the stats and my own particular view of the intangibles. On the intangibles YMMV, which is why prior to making a prediction, I present "just the facts" including Vegas and power rating odds. If I had just used the stats I never would have predicted Auburn would make it to the Final Four. The stats say they should have lost to North Carolina or Kentucky..but in those particular instances, they didn't. I also had Virginia in the Final Four...so sometimes I do just listen to the stats!
All previews: click here for the full 2019 NCAA tournament schedule Game Analysis: Interestingly both teams went through puzzling 3-game swoons in the middle of the season, then recovered to play just as well or even better than before. Both... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2019 at SportsRatings: College Basketball
All previews: click here for the full 2019 NCAA tournament schedule Game Analysis: Virginia needed a miracle to get past Purdue and make it to the Final Four, which coach Tony Bennett admits has been their target for redemption for... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2019 at SportsRatings: College Basketball
All previews: click here for the full 2019 NCAA tournament schedule Duke Blue Devils Seed: 1 Record: 32-5 Conference: ACC vs. Michigan State Spartans Seed: 2 Record: 31-6 Conference: Big Ten Date: Sunday, March 31 Time: 5:05 pm Eastern Location:... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2019 at SportsRatings: College Basketball
All previews: click here for the full 2019 NCAA tournament schedule Kentucky Wildcats Seed: 2 Record: 30-6 Conference: SEC vs. Auburn Tigers Seed: 5 Record: 29-9 Conference: SEC Date: Sunday, March 31 Time: 2:20 pm Eastern Location: Kansas City, MO... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2019 at SportsRatings: College Basketball
All previews: click here for the full 2019 NCAA tournament schedule Game Analysis: When Purdue has the ball it's pretty evenly matched. As great as Carsen Edwards is, Virginia's defense is pretty stifling inside the arc, and he only shoots... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2019 at SportsRatings: College Basketball
All previews: click here for the full 2019 NCAA tournament schedule Game Analysis: Both teams have been fantastic during the tournament, but just prior to that, they each had their worst performance of the season. Gonzaga was defeated at home... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2019 at SportsRatings: College Basketball
All previews: click here for the full 2019 NCAA tournament schedule Game Analysis: Houston is really playing well lately. Before the tournament started they looked a bit erratic, with two great games followed by a flat game and a loss.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2019 at SportsRatings: College Basketball
All previews: click here for the full 2019 NCAA tournament schedule Game Analysis: These teams actually have quite a number of common opponents despite being in different conferences. The most recent is Washington; the Tar Heels just beat the Huskies... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2019 at SportsRatings: College Basketball
All previews: click here for the full 2019 NCAA tournament schedule Game Analysis: First and foremost, the coaching. Tom Izzo is an all-time great, but that's not the focus here. He's known for taking teams farther into the tournament than... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2019 at SportsRatings: College Basketball
All previews: click here for the full 2019 NCAA tournament schedule Game Analysis: Normally a 1-seed vs. a 12-seed game is an afterthought, an example of a 12-seed that hit on a bit of luck to win a couple of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2019 at SportsRatings: College Basketball
All previews: click here for the full 2019 NCAA tournament schedule Game Analysis: When you have the teams with the top two defenses in the nation, you usually ask the obvious: which team has the better offense? Because it's hard... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2019 at SportsRatings: College Basketball
All previews: click here for the full 2019 NCAA tournament schedule Game Analysis: This game is all about who's hot and who's not. Who is? Purdue, and specifically Carson Edwards. Tennessee hasn't played a really good game since the loss... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2019 at SportsRatings: College Basketball