Lots of matchups on Saturday, with the NHL getting more love than usual. There's a potential 6 picks for the volume Streakers, so we expect some movement on the Leaderboard.
The Australian Open women's draw is down to the final match - Dinara Safina vs. Serena Williams. The winner will not only win the first major title of the year, but also be the new world's number one woman tennis player. With Serena a heavy favorite, those picking Safina need only that she wins at least one set.
The Streak next heads to England for some EPL action. Middle-of-the-packers Fulham and Portsmouth meet on the pitch at 10:00 a.m. With Fulham at home, we've given Portsmouth the draw.
At noon we're offering a player matchup for the Notre Dame-Pittsburgh basketball game. It's a points-only affair between Kyle McAlarney of the Irish and the Panthers' DeJuan Blair. The players have markedly different styles, but they average approximately the same on the scoreboard. The game can be seen on your favorite sports network.
NCAA Basketball -- Florida Gators at Tennessee Volunteers
Two of the top teams in the SEC play on ESPN at 9:00 p.m. The Streak expects this one to be close from start to finish in a high-scoring affair. Early Streakers are jumping on the Gators, while Vegas sees the Vols as a slight favorite.
For the first seven matchups on Friday, Streakers were monkeys in the time of chimpanzees. While their luck changed late in the day, it was only enough to push the winning percentage slightly above thirty. The Miami Heat led the loss brigade, getting drubbed by the Pacers despite the backing of over 90% of Streakers who picked that matchup.
Friday morning and afternoon has tennis, golf, and soccer; the evening is basketball plus one hockey game.
In what's getting to be a habit, the Streak has put up a 3:30 a.m. tennis proposition for the Australian Open semifinal between Nadal and Verdasco -- will Rafa sweep? So far Streakers strongly believe that he will.
The PGA is in Scottsdale for the FBR Open. We're offering two different matchups -- the early one is a quick 9-hole matchup between Ryuji Imada and J. B. Holmes. If you prefer a more stately pace, you can Streak the full 18 with either Vaughn Taylor or Briny Baird. Of course, if you're like most Streakers, you'll just play them both!
Friday's soccer ventures to Germany where Bundesliga powerhouse (or should that be powerhaus?) Bayern Munich visits Hamburg SV. This time the home team gets the draw, but that's not dissuading Streakers from backing Klinsmann's squad.
NBA (Boston Celtics at Detroit Pistons) -- Rajon Rondo vs. Rodney Stuckey
For this ESPN game we're pitting two young guards against each other and we're counting points and assists. Rondo has been hot along with the rest of the Celts in recent games, but Stuckey can flat-out score when he's called on.
Our second ESPN game is in the Big Easy as the Hornets host the Warriors. Once again we're matching the players instead of the teams -- this time it's Chris Paul vs. Jamal Crawford, with the latter getting his assists as well as his points. Crawford was injured before the game started the last time we tried to use him and we had to call it off -- hopefully the Streak isn't Crawford's personal jinx.
It was an up and down day, with Streakers getting big wins behind Clemson and Gonzaga, but also suffering at the hands of Idaho and Roger Federer. When all was said and done Streakers were a touch better than 47 percent.
Streakers can get an early start at 3:30 a.m. ET with the much anticipated match between Roger Federer and Andy Roddick in the Australian Open. Federer is heavily favored in this semi-final match, and he is also favored (-135) to sweep the match. Can Roddick even win a set? You decide.
Golf action resumes in beautiful Scottsdale, Ariz. for the FBR Open. On our board we have a nine-hole match between Stephen Ames and Aaron Baddeley, or if you prefer the full 18, we have the favorite, Phil Mickelson matched up against Zach Johnson.
College basketball dominates our board in the evening including these straight-up matchups: Clemson at Virginia Tech (-1), Boise State at Idaho (-4), and Illinois (-1) at Minnesota.
For NCAAB props we have a "More 3-pointers" matchup between Michigan State and Iowa and a "over/under" matchup for Alabama-Arkansas.
NCAA Basketball: No. 18 Saint Mary's at No. 25 Gonzaga
Two of the best teams on the west coast go to battle at 11 p.m. ET. The surging Gaels take their 18-1 record to Gonzaga to take the on struggling Bulldogs. The Zags are seven point favorites but with their up and down play all season, don't be surprised to see an "upset" here.
Streakers took one step forward Tuesday, but two steps back yesterday with a 32.2 overall winning percentage. The top streak breakers were the Duke Blue Devils who looked overmatched by Wake Forest even with the score finishing that close. Only two more days left in our January monthly challenge!
More soccer kicks off this afternoon with the Italian Serie A on ESPN360.com. With Inter Milan favored on the road at Catania, you can chose the over or under on the 2.5 total goals in the match. At 3 p.m. ET, fan favorite Arsenal is the slight underdog with the draw involved on the road at Everton.
Streakers have four quality matchups in the late-night slot to choose from. If you like the NBA, you can decided who will have the higher total, Stephen Jackson's points and assists or Dirk Nowitzki's points? Both should be around the 28-30 range.
If college basketball is your forte, the 3-point specialists Texas Tech Red Raiders take on the Aggies of Texas A&M in a "more 3-pointers" battle. Tech averages almost two more 3-pointers per game than A&M, but the Aggies should win the game and keep our matchup close. Also, the leading scorers of UConn and DePaul go to battle in a "more points" prop. Jeff Adrien averages 14.3 per game while Dar Tucker averages an impressive 18.6.
Lastly, for NHL fans we have the Blackhawks (-121) at the Ducks.
NCAA Basketball: No. 1 Duke at No. 4 Wake Forest
This game has to be the biggest game of the season to date. The Blue Devils are back to No. 1 while Wake Forest looks make it's return to the top spot with a victory at home. Duke is favored by one but, with this game in Winston-Salem, The StreakMaster wouldn't be surprised if the Demon Deacons win, although he will pick Duke.
Streakers had a very successful day, finishing with a 67.9 overall winning percentage. The only major loss was the "3-Pointers" matchup where Kentucky was taken down by Ole Miss. Our leader still sits at 17 wins in a row.
Keep it under three goals, would'ya Wayne?
The English Premier League makes its Streak return this afternoon with two featured matchups. First, at 2:45 p.m. ET there is a "total goals" prop between Manchester United and West Brom with the over receiving a slight edge from Vegas. Also, Aston Villa takes on Portsmouth on the road with the home team getting the draw this time.
A variety of quality college basketball games fill up the board starting with a "more three-pointers" matchup between Kentucky and Ole Miss. The Wildcats average 5.9 per game while the Rebels score 6.4.
For "straight up" NCAA action, BC is at Maryland (-4.5), Baylor hosts Texas (pick'em), Purdue is on the road at Wisconsin (-1) and Colorado plays host to Iowa State (pick'em).
Other odds for the night: (NBA) Spurs at Jazz (-2) and (NHL) Flyers (-115) at Panthers.
NBA: Okafor versus Bynum - Higher Total
Late night NBA provides us with a "battle of big-men" matchup with Emeka Okafor going up against Andrew Bynum in a more points plus rebounds matchup. It should be an interesting matchup because both players are averaging about the same in each category plus they both share a Jim Calhoun recruiting connection.
The Sooners refused to lose to in-state rival Oklahoma State last night, which earned themselves as the day's top streak extender. The StreakMaster's lock of the night was correct, as Marquette successfully took down Notre Dame on the road. Overall, Streakers finished with a 59.3 winning percentage.
Federer/Del Potro off the board 10:35 a.m. ET
The prop was pulled this morning due to a change in the Australian Open scheduling. If you picked the matchup you are now free to make another pick. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.
The Streak quiets down on Monday, but there are still nine matchups on our slate. It's primarily basketball, with one soccer match and a new kind of tennis proposition.
The footie stays in Italy - this time it's Serie B as Treviso visits Ancona. Treviso gets the Draw.
The first of two ESPN college basketball games starts at 7:00 p.m. when Big East contenders Marquette and Notre Dame clash in South Bend. The outcome will depend on whether Marquette's talented guards can overcome the Irish' strength down low.
NCAA men's basketball - Oklahoma Sooners at Oklahoma State Cowboys
Blake Griffin leads Oklahoma to Stillwater where the Sooners take on the undersized Cowboys. Early Streakers favor Oklahoma by a more than 100-1 margin, but the sportsbooks see the game as quite a bit tighter as they currently make Oklahoma only a two point favorite. The crowd will be loud - will that carry the Cowboys to an upset?
Our night closes in Los Angeles, where the hapless Clippers host the Portland Trail Blazers. The one bright spot for the Clips this year has been rookie guard Eric Gordon, and the Streak puts him in a "more points" matchup for the second straight night; this time, he faces Portland star Brandon Roy.
Streakers finally got in to a groove as they won early and often on their way to a 70 percent record for the day. The Pitt Panthers led the way with their solid defeat of the West Virginia Mountaineers.
Yesterday's wee-hours matchup was such a success that we're trying it again - this time the Streak features the women's draw. Also: hockey returns in All-Star fashion, a point guard battle in Boston, college basketball, final round golf.... You get the idea.
At 3:30 a.m., home favorite Jelena Dokic faces Alisa Kleybanova in fourth round Aussie Open action.
Sunday's soccer match takes place in Italy. The Serie A tilt is rated even by the sportsbooks, so a draw will be a draw. Streakers see it differently so far, making Roma their favorite.
NBA (Dallas @ Boston): Rajon Rondo vs. Jason Kidd
Youngster Rondo battles veteran Kidd in a triple test of point guard skills. Both players get their points, assists, and steals - add 'em up, and the higher total is the winner. While the game may be one-sided, this matchup won't be. The game can be seen at 1 p.m. on ABC.
At 2:10 p.m. the final grouping of the day tees off in La Quinta, so that's when we're locking our golf matchup. It's pick the winner - current leader Steve Stricker and tied-for-third Bubba Watson take on the rest of the field. Scores have been low all week long, so Stricker won't be able to coast in.
Streakers started on a good omen when Fernando Gonzalez completed an epic comeback against Richard Gasquet in the morning tennis. It did not last long, as matters took a sharp turn for the worse when heavily-backed UCLA went down in defeat to the Washington Huskies. At that point, it looked like another day under 50 percent, but late wins by the Nets and the Cavs put them back in the plus ledger by the end of the day.
Hockey is still on hiatus, so the middle of the day is primarily hoops. There's also two tennis matches (one of them very early), an FA Cup match, golf, and late-night boxing. A salmagundi of choices!
In the earliest (or is it the latest?) matchup we've ever played, Richard Gasquet of France takes on Chilean Fernando Gonzalez in third round Australian Open action. The match is scheduled to begin at 3:30 a.m. in Margaret Court Arena.
The Streak then touches down in England where Swansea City visits Portsmouth in an FA Cup battle. With Portsmouth the heavy favorite, Swansea gets the draw.
California is our next destination - we've pitted Jason Gore against Brian Gay in a fourth round scoring matchup. If Dan Quayle's handicap was just a bit lower we might have gone for a Gore-Quayle matchup instead!
NCAA basketball - UCLA Bruins at Washington Huskies
After some early-season slipups, the Huskies have righted the ship and will be at home against the Bruins. We at the Streak see the key to this game as whether Washington freshman guard (and leading scorer) Isaiah Thomas will be able to score against Collison and Holiday. This could be the game where Thomas announces himself to most of the country.
We finish up our night back in SoCal, this time at the Staples Center where Antonio Margarita faces veteran Shane Mosley. In our matchup Streakers can choose whether Margarita wins by decision or not. So far, Streakers are leaning heavily to the not.
The Streak demolished the Streakers on Friday in a mauling that reminded Streak HQ of the most recent California-Washington football game. Unfortunately for the Streakers, the Streak had no equivalent to taking Jahvid Best out at halftime. Streakers had a faint spark of hope when LeBron seemed to be out to a large lead over Jamal Crawford, but alas that matchup was cancelled (as per the Rules) due to Crawford's pre-game injury. For the day, Streakers finished at an execrable 12 percent.
LeBron - Crawford matchup cancelled at 11:24 p.m.
Jamal Crawford was a late scratch for tonight's Cleveland - Golden State basketball game. Streakers who picked a side in that matchup have been unlocked.
The Streak showcases plenty of NBA basketball, plus golf, soccer, and tennis. The NHL is on its All-Star break.
We fire it up with a golf matchup from California. Peter Lonard of Australia takes on American Chris DiMarco. Both players are in the hunt for the tourney, and they'll play the same course (Bermuda Dunes) on Friday. Chris begins with hole No. 1, while Peter will start on the back nine.
NBA: Dallas Mavericks at Detroit Pistons
Two perennial contenders go at it in Motown, and you can catch all the action on ESPN. The Mavs would like to erase the memory of their 34-point loss to the Bucks on Wednesday, while the Pistons want to build on their modest two-game winning streak. The two teams have split their last eight meetings in Detroit.
Down under, Anabel Medina Garrigues goes against Flavia Pennetta in Aussie Open third round action. While the Spaniard is the lower seed, she should be more rested than Flavia, who had a tough three-set match in her second round victory.
The Celts seemed a little bit rocky
So I went with Wisconsin-Milwaukee
But they played like Alpo
Got shown up by Valpo
From now on I'll stick with the hockey
The Leaderboard was pummelled late in the day when both UW-M and the Orlando Magic lost as heavy favorites. Streakers were still above 50 percent for the slate, but most of those wins came early behind Steve Stricker and the "3 Goals or More" on the Coppa Italia match.
We have more Coppa Italia action at 3 p.m. ET with Torino at Lazio in a "total goals" matchup with the over/under at 2.5 goals.
In Big East action tonight we have West Virginia's leading scorer, Alex Ruoff up against Georgetown's Austin Freeman. Ruoff averages 16.5 points per game but struggles a bit against ranked opponents, while Freeman usually steps up in these big games. Next, we have Providence (-2) on the road at Seton Hall in what could be a trap game. Cincinnati takes on St. John's at 9 p.m. ET at Madison Square with the Red Storm favored by two points.
In NBA action, we have a "more points" prop between star power forwards, Antawn Jamison (20.6) and Pau Gasol (17.7).
If you're into college basketball props we have a few. First, New Mexico is up against Boise State in a more 3-pointers matchup. New Mexico State averages 6.8 per game while Boise State is close behind with 6 per game. At the same time, St. Mary's is at San Diego in a "total points" matchup with the over/under at 130.5.
NBA: Boston Celtics at Orlando Magic
Two of the top teams in the Eastern Conference battle in sunny Orlando. Currently, the Magic are favored by five but they are going against the defending champions. Never underestimate a team led by Kevin Garnett, especially as underdogs.
Streakers had another average day, finishing with a 53.3 overall winning percentage. The Mavericks were the day's top streak breaker while the Cavs were the top streak extender. Our leader is now only single digits away for our grand prize!
Play Super Pick'em today!
Are You Feeling Super? at 4:37 p.m. ET
ESPN's Super Pick'em is now available to play, and if you feel lucky, challenge The StreakMaster in his group. It's free to play and you have a slim chance of taking down a professional. What more could you want?
Soccer takes over our board in the early afternoon. In Coppa Italia action, we have a "first goal" prop between Sampdoria and Udinese with the spread at the 25th minute. These props are usually toss-ups, so if you have a streak over 10, The StreakMaster advises to stay away but, if you live dangerously, take a pick!
In the second Italia match, two prestigious teams battle it out in a "total goals" matchup. Inter Milan is the heavy favorite against AS Roma, so take your shot at guessing the over or under. Also at 2:45 p.m. ET, the second leg of the Carling Cup Semi-Finals finishes up with Tottenham at Burney. Tottenham has the aggregate locked up, but will they let up and rest their starters, or go for the win?
We also have a variety of college basketball matchup in the evening. Leading scorers Earl Clark and Mike Rosario go head-to-head in a "more points" prop with Clark averaging 13.9 points-per-game and Rosario averaging a stellar 17.1. Also, Villanova takes on UConn in a "more three pointers" matchup with 'Nova averaging 6.1 per game and UConn averaging only 4.9.
In the late time-slot, Missouri is on the road at Oklahoma State (-2) and two of the country's top scorers battle it out on our ESPN networks. Blake Griffin takes on Nebraska, while Jodie Meeks takes on Auburn. Both guys could score 30-plus, so enjoy watching these two future NBA players take over.
In the association, we have a few close spreads. The Bucks (-2) host the Mavericks, and the Rockets (-2) are favored at home against the Jazz. In late night action, the Cavs and Blazers are a pick'em and the Kings (-3) host the Wizards.
Men's College Basketball: (No. 9 Clemson at No. 6 North Carolina): How many TOTAL POINTS will be SCORED?
The StreakMaster cannot believe this spread is -15 in favor of the Tar Heels. It seems a little high, but Carolina should win the game. Since this is a big ACC conference game with two top-ten teams, it has to be on our board. The over/under is at 163.5 points, and that is a lot of points for a college basketball game. The StreakMaster likes the under here with Carolina rolling 78-67.
Another .500 day for Streakers. Looks like The StreakMaster made a mistake going on a hunch, putting the Ohio State-Illinois game on the board with a seven-point spread, as Illinois made him look bad with their easy victory over the Buckeyes. Although, he did get his revenge with the afternoon soccer match going over four goals, which was the top streak breaker of the day.
"Yes, I am excited. But, I'm also excited for The StreakMaster and his streak of six!"
Welcome to another terrific Tuesday! Starting at 3 p.m. ET, Manchester United looks to advance to the Carling Cup final but, they need to take care of Derby Count at home. Man U is highly favored and the spread is over 2.5 goals, so we decided to throw a 3.5 "total goals" spread out there for Streakers.
In the 7 p.m. ET slot, Ohio State is on the road at Illinois (-6), Creighton (-3) is at Evansville, who won their last meeting against the Blue Jays, 60-55 this past February. Also, Karin Knapp takes on Galian Voskoboeva (-140) in Australian Open tennis.
Our lone NBA matchup is at 8:30 p.m. ET, with Mike Bibby taking on Derrick Rose in a "more points" battle. Both guards are averaging just a little over 16 points-per-game but, this season Rose has outscored Bibby 53-39 in their two meetings this season.
In NHL action, the Blue Jackets are on the road at the Oilers and are winless in their past three trips to Edmonton. Then our late-night matchup features the Canucks and the Sharks in a "total goals" prop with the over/under at 5.5 goals.
Men's College Basketball: No. 24 Tennessee at Vanderbilt
The Volunteers are on the road at Vandy for our big matchup of the day. Bruce Pearl's team isn't what it used to be this season, so don't be shocked if the Commodores pull off an upset here. The Vols are currently favored on the road by three, but this smells like a trap game to The StreakMaster.
Streakers finished off the night with a 53.8 overall winning percentage, led by LeBron James' win over Kobe Bryant. The top heart-breaker were the Chicago Bulls who were taken down by the Knickerbockers in the NBA early afternoon game. Our leading loser now has 24 losses in a row! Wow!
What a Loser, I Mean...Losing Streak! at 10:55 a.m. ET
If you like losing, then democratJFK has all the advice you need. She is now sitting on a 22 game losing streak. The StreakMaster is assuming she is trying to lose but if not, that's some awful luck. Um, keep up the good work?
The NBA celebrates Martin Luther King Day with rare weekday afternoon games. We've put many of these on our Monday slate (some as props) to go along with soccer, tennis, NHL, and college hoops. We've also added a rare women's basketball matchup between the top two college teams in the country.
Our day starts off in New York, where the Chicago Bulls travel to take on the Knicks. Early Streakers are favoring the Bulls, while odds makers see it the other way around.
Our lone soccer match begins at 3 p.m. and it involves the English Premier League's biggest surprise -- Liverpool. They are expected to defeat Everton rather easily, so we've made it a total goals matchup.
Women's NCAA Basketball -- No. 1 Connecticut at No. 2 North Carolina
Catch the action on ESPN2 for what is without doubt the biggest game of the regular season. Both teams sport gaudy 17-0 records and are the consensus top two teams. While Connecticut owns every No. 1 vote, they also must do without the services of starter Caroline Doty, who tore her ACL on Saturday. Do they have enough in reserve to beat North Carolina in Chapel Hill?
We go from the two best women's basketball teams to perhaps the two best basketball players on the planet. We've matched up Kobe and LeBron in a scoring contest as the Cavs visit the Lakers. The game starts at 10:30 p.m. on TNT.
After Minnesota and Philadelphia lost, it was looking disastrous for Streakers, but a partial comeback was salvaged when the Miami Heat and Pittsburgh Steelers rewarded their backers. By the end of the day, Streakers had climbed back to about 40 percent.
There is a bit of everything available today. The AFC and NFC Conference Championships is show cased in the middle of the schedule and the debut of Grand Slam tennis is also notable, as the Australian Open begins.
We've doubled up on our EPL offerings Sunday morning. First, West Ham hosts Fulham. West Ham is a sizable favorite, so Fulham gets the draw as well. In our second catchup, we've put up a total goals offering for the Tottenham-Portsmouth battle.
At 2 p.m. ET, the Minnesota Golden Gophers travel to Evanston to take on the Northwestern Wildcats. Despite the Gophers' gaudy record, the Wildcats are currently 1-point favorites. Early Streakers don't seem to care -- they've swarmed to the Minnesota side by a 99-1 margin.
NFL Conference Championship -- Philadelphia Eagles at Arizona Cardinals
This is the second meeting of the season between two teams that weren't expected to make it this far. The first game was all Eagles, but it was at Philly and the Cardinals are a different team at home. If you're not able to decide on the game winner, there's also a player prop matching the two starting quarterbacks in a "more passing yards" competition. Streak HQ predicts a Cardinals victory in a close, high-scoring affair.
At 7 p.m., Aussie tennis begins with Dominik Hrbaty matching up against John Isner. John is nine inches taller than the Slovakian and has a powerful serve, but then Dominik has about a $4 million edge in career earnings. With evenly matched players, this may come down to a fifth set, and which player is in better condition. Catch this match and much more on ESPN2.
After three days of shaming the reputation of ESPN users everywhere, Streakers got back on track Saturday by winning over two thirds of their selections. The Wake Forest Demon Deacons led the way while becoming the only remaining undefeated team in major college basketball.
If you can't find the right matchup today, then you aren't looking hard enough. We've put 19 potential plays on the slate - even MMA action from Ireland. There's also soccer, NBA, NHL, golf, and plenty of college hoops. Chattanoogan Streakers will be particularly pleased to find out that their Mocs are making a repeat appearance.
Manchester City made news earlier this week with their nine-digit offer for Kaka. This morning, they need to refocus on the pitch, as they host Wigan Athletic. The Streak is giving Wigan the draw, but that's not enough for early Streakers who are going with City by an almost 4-1 margin.
We've put some lesser-known college programs on the Streak today. Holy Cross visits Bucknell in the first of these matchups. Later in the day, Chattanooga hosts Western Carolina, and the Streak's final matchup of the night pits Cal State Fullerton against the Pacific Tigers.
We have the top teams as well. Two undefeated ACC teams clash at 3:30 p.m. as No. 2 Wake Forest travels to No. 10 Clemson. It's the biggest test of the season so far for the Tigers, and they'll be looking to prove their doubters wrong. Job number one will be stopping start Deacon guard Jeff Teague. And if this game doesn't sate your college basketball appetite...
NCAA Basketball -- No. 1 Pittsburgh Panthers at No. 20 Louisville Cardinals
The Panthers put their perfect record on the line when they visit Freedom Hall Saturday night. Louisville will need to protect their defensive boards from DaJuan Blair and also hit from outside if they want to win this one, while Pitt will focus on stopping Terrence Williams and Earl Clark.
I think we can say that Streakers are officially in a slump. After two days in the mid-thirties, Streakers went even lower on Friday, ending up at a sorry 30.4 percent. Blame the Knicks, Lakers, and (Brown) Bears - oh my!
Original player prop for Hornets-Cavs cancelled at 11:26 a.m. ET
We've cancelled the Chris Paul/David West vs. LeBron James/Delonte West scoring matchup because of Delonte's hand injury. All Streakers who had selected that game are now unlocked. In its place we have put up Paul/West vs. James/Daniel Gibson.
It is the usual melange as we showcase our ESPN NBA doubleheader, with a player prop for the first game that matches duos instead of single players. Of course, we expect the users' favorite to be the Dutch Eredivisie matchup that includes not one, not two, but three vowel-repeated combinations when Feyenoord Rotterdam visits Heerenveen.
At 1 p.m., K.J. Choi and Ernie Els make early-season repeat appearances on the Streak as they suffer through balmy temperatures in Hawaii. Choi is the defending champ in the event, while Ernie is, well, Ernie. With the final hole a par-5, we predict this will be up in the air until the last putt.
NHL features heavily in the early evening -- we've got four games that start between 7 and 7:30 p.m. ET. There is also a 9:30 p.m. game in Colorado. Hockey experts ought to find at least one matchup to their liking.
At 8 p.m., ESPN brings you the Hornets vs. the Cavs. We figured the Cavs as too heavy a favorite to list straight up, so instead we're offering a 2-on-2 matchup. It's points-only, with New Orleans' Chris Paul and David West taking on King James and Delonte West.
NBA -- Orlando Magic at Los Angeles Lakers
The No. 2 and No. 3 teams in the Association (by record) duke it out in this 10:30 p.m. ESPN game. Orlando's winning streak stands at five games, while the Lakers are looking to rebound from their final-seconds loss to the Spurs on Wednesday night. Early Streakers are jumping on the Lakers. If "Superman" Dwight Howard shuts down Pau Gasol, they may soon have regrets.
The Leaderboard took several hits today as Zach Johnson cruised past Davis Love, and later Northwestern lost the war but won the Streak battle by beating Purdue from long range. By the end of the night, Streakers were looking to Arizona State for salvation and it was not to be found, as the No. 15 Sun Devils were victimized by a huge second half from the USC Trojans. Streakers finished at under 40 percent once again.
Spanish Copa Del Rey Match Explanation at 3:06 p.m. ET
This match was originally scheduled for 2:45 p.m. ET, but for reasons (so far unknown) the match began at 2:00 p.m. ET. That being said, Streak Headquarters has come to the decision that for Streakers who picked this matchup BEFORE 2:00 p.m. ET will still be credited for the win. If you picked after the games start time, you will have your picks unlocked but will not get credit for this match. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Ladies and gentleman, the PGA Tour is back! The Sony Open begins this afternoon (morning in Hawaii). Our matchups feature Davis Love III slightly favored against Zach Johnson at 1 p.m. ET, then Nathan Green favored against Shigeki Maruyama at 5:50 p.m. ET.
Our soccer match features the second leg of the Copa Del Rey quarterfinal matchup between Osasuna and Athletic Bilbao. The first leg was a 1-1 tie, so if there is a winner, that team will advance. If the score ends in a 1-1 score at the end of regulation, they will play extra time to get a winner. Although, if the game ends in an 2-2 or 3-3 tie, Osasuna will advance to the next round because of the away goals rule.
At 7 p.m. our first college basketball matchup takes place with a "more 3-pointers" matchup between Purdue and Northwestern. The Wildcats make an average of 7.7 3-pointers per game while Purdue makes 6.8. Minnesota is at Wisconsin (-6) at 9 p.m. ET and at the same time, Danny Green of North Carolina takes on Sylven Landesberg of Virginia. Green averages five points less per game but had 22 against Wake Forest on Sunday. Lastly, we have Arizona State (-1) at USC in a late-night battle.
Other "straight up" matchups include, the Oilers at Wild (-145) and the Sabres at Stars (-135) in the NHL, and the Suns (-1) at Nuggets in our only NBA matchup.
NCAA Basketball (No. 4 Connecticut at St. John's): How many total points will be scored?
The Huskies travel to Madison Square Garden to take on the Red Storm. UConn is favored by 11 and plans to put on a show at the world's most famous arena. The total points line is 140.5, but with the Huskies up-and-down style, The StreakMaster expects the score to reach the over.
Streakers took a big-time digger, finishing the day with a 33.6 overall winning percentage. The team that caused the chaos were the 76ers, who dismantled the Blazers, and the "over" between the Kings and Warriors. Better luck today, everybody!
Two very interesting soccer matchups start the day. First, at 2:45 p.m. ET, we have a "total goals" matchups with Catania at Juventus in the Coppa Italia tournament. Keep in mind, the total goals are only counted in the 90 minutes plus injury time. Our other soccer matchup features three superstars going head-to-head in a "more goals" matchup. Cristiano Ronaldo, 2008 FIFA player of the year, takes on fellow teammates Wayne Rooney and Carlos Tevez. Some experts predict Ronaldo will score two goals against Wigan but, as we know with soccer, anything can happen.
In the evening hours, it looks like college basketball is taking over ESPN with four matchups on the board being televised. First, at 7 p.m. ET, Jon Scheyer takes on Gani Lawal. Scheyer has scored 20 plus points four times this season. Lawal has scored a season high of 34 points. So, this could be a high scoring matchup.
As for "straight up" college basketball matchups, No. 8 Syracuse is at No. 13 Georgetown (-6), Nebraska (-1.5) is at Iowa State and No. 21 Baylor is on the road at Texas A&M (-1).
For NBA matchups we have the Blazers (-1) at 76ers and a "total points" prop between the Kings and Warriors with the over/under at 224.5 (yes, you read that right).
NBA: Los Angeles Lakers at San Antonio Spurs
The Lakers and Spurs, what else needs to be said? Two of the decades best NBA teams take the court in San Antonio in what should be a game that comes down to the wire. The Spurs are currently favored by one, but they don't have the league's MVP, Kobe Bryant, who could carry his team to victory with a 50 or 60 or 80-point game?
Streakers tore up the leaderboard, finishing the night off with a 63.4 overall winning percentage. The Coppa Italia match was the big streak breaker with only two goals scored in regulation time (90 mins plus injury time). The top streak extender was the Miami Heat, who gave StevenNicotra the lead with 17 straight wins!
We start at 3:00 p.m. ET, with a "total goals" matchup between Genoa CFC and Inter Milan of the Coppa Italia, with the over/under at 2.5 goals.
On the ice we have the Avalanche at the Blue Jackets, the Predators at the Maple Leafs (-120) and the Devils at the Canucks (-145).
We also have a large amount of college basketball matchups to choose from. Starting at 7:00 p.m. ET, Florida State takes on NC State (-4.5) in a ACC conference battle and two struggling Big Ten teams face-off in a "more steals" matchup. Both Indiana and Ohio State average little over seven steals per game, so choose carefully.
Continuing with college basketball at 7:30 p.m. ET, with have the top two teams in Conference USA squaring off with Memphis at Tulsa in a "total points" matchup with the over/under at 132.5 points. Then at 8:00 p.m. ET, The battle over the state of Kansas takes place with a "more rebounds" matchup between Kansas State and Kansas. The Wildcats average 37.6 total rebounds, while the Jayhawks are close behind, averaging 36.4 per game.
To satisfy your NBA craving, we have the Heat (-1) at the Timberwolves at 8:00 p.m. ET, then the Mavericks are at the Nuggets (-5.5) along with the Hawks at the Suns (-6.5), both of these games start at 9:00 p.m. ET.
NCAA Basketball (Kentucky @ Tennessee): Which TEAM will record MORE ASSISTS?
Our big matchup of the night is a "more assists" matchup between heated rivals, Kentucky and Tennessee. The Volunteers are at home and should win the game but, when it comes to assists per game, both teams are averaging close to 18.
Streakers had an average day, finishing with a 56.7 overall winning percentage. The top streak breaker was the soccer match where 77 percent of active losers to the tough loss. Portland led the way as the day's top streak extender, and we now have a new leader at 16 wins!
Things just are not going UNC's way, especially for Tyler Hansbrough
Wizards' Jamison May Not Play Tonight, UNC Slumping at 2:56 p.m. ET
The Washington Post revealed that Wizards forward Antawn Jamison missed Sunday's team practice because of a right knee strain. He is listed as questionable for tonight's game. If he does not play, our Streak matchup will be ruled as a push.
Also, The StreakMaster cannot believe a team as talented as North Carolina lost another ACC game. An 0-2 start in the league is not what anyone expected but, hopefully they can turn it around before it is too late.
The Streak slows down on Monday, as does most of the sports world. There's soccer in the morning, a couple NBA props, and some hockey - but we suspect the most popular matchups of the day will involve the ESPN college hoops broadcasts in the evening.
Our day begins at 2:45 PM when Rimini visits Pisa in an Italy Serie B matchup. We're giving the road team the draw, but Streakers so far are leaning (haha) in the other direction.
At 7 PM we have two different basketball propositions. For those watching the ESPN Big East game between Notre Dame and Louisville, we have a long-distance shootout. Notre Dame has slightly more 3-pointers for the season, but the Cardinals are at home. For those who prefer the NBA, there's a scoring matchup between Michael Redd and Antawn Jamison to select from instead.
NCAA Basketball: Texas Longhorns at Oklahoma Sooners
The Sooners have the better record and are at home, but Texas has played the tougher schedule to date. They've also had Oklahoma's number recently, having won the last six times the two teams have met. Blake Griffin looks to improve his Player of the Year credentials, while the Horns' A.J. Abrams is trying to regain his shooting stroke.
Our limited slate finishes up in Los Angeles, where we have a total-goals offering for the Lightning-Kings hockey game. Both teams are near the bottom of the NHL in goals scored.
Streakers were up and down, finishing on a positive note when UCLA came back to defeat the USC Trojans in the final game of the night. Still, the Leaderboard took a heavy hit when the UNC Tar Heels lost to the Wake Forest Demon Deacons in a classic ACC battle.
Golf matchups moved to later times at 2:44 p.m.
Due to inclement weather conditions, the tee times for the Mercedes Championship have been delayed to later in the afternoon. The Streak has followed suit.
We've got top team showdowns in multiple sports. Chelsea against Man U, Giants and Eagles, Tar Heels and Demon Deacons. Aren't sports the best?
At 11 AM, the Chelsea Blues visit Old Trafford to take on Manchester United. This should be a great match, with both teams nearing full health. The Red Devils are on an 8-match home winning streak in EPL play, so we're giving Chelsea the draw.
NFL playoffs - Philadelphia Eagles @ New York Giants
A classic NFC East battle. We expect the Giants will rely heavily on their running game, and we expect the Eagles to stack the line and dare Manning to pass. On the other side of the ball, McNabb needs to avoid turning the ball over if the Iggles want to move on.
At 1:30 PM we have a couple different golf propositions. One is a simple player vs. player matchup - Anthony Kim vs. K.J. Choi. They'll be playing in the same threesome. Your other possible choice is a prediction of the winner's final round score.
At 8 PM, North Carolina travels to Winston-Salem where the undefeated Wake Forest Demon Deacons await. The Deacons boast a huge front line (four players 6' 11" or taller) - will they be able to contain Tyler Hansbrough? Early Streakers don't think so, as they've selected the Tar Heels at a 98% clip.
After three straight winning days, Streakers dipped back under 50%. Most of the losing was due to two of the matchups - Andy Roddick's straight-set loss to Andy Murray, and the Stanford Cardinal's 1-point defeat at the hands of the Wazzou Cougars.
Those two sad words again: Frozen Pitch at 10:03 a.m. ET
The morning soccer match between Manchester City and Portsmouth has been cancelled due to inclement field conditions.
You name it, we've got it. Everything but billiards, and if it wasn't shown on tape delay we'd have that as well. You won't need to leave your couch.
Playing soccer at Portsmouth
Who will win the match?
Tennis in Qatar
Which Andy will reign supreme?
Pick by ten-thirty
OK, no more haikus. At noon, we're doubling up on college hoops. We've got four ranked teams in action - Louisville visits Villanova, and West Virginia travels to Marquette. Both home teams are tied at #18 in the AP poll, and so far Streakers are backing them strongly.
NFL playoffs - Baltimore Ravens @ Tennessee Titans
Expect a lot of defense in this game. The Ravens come off a dominating performance against the Miami Dolphins and hope to carry the momentum against the Titans, who will be missing starting center Kevin Mawae. Vegas has the Titans as small favorites, but Streakers see it about dead even so far.
At 6 PM there's an early Pac-10 showdown, with surprising California visiting the Washington Huskies. Washington has righted the ship after some early season stumbles, and are currently riding an eight-game winning streak. One thing is for sure - this game will be closer than the Cal-Washington football game.
Streakers kept on Streaking, winning over 67% of selections. At least a couple games came down to the wire, with Wisc-Green Bay and the Detroit Pistons both winning in the last few seconds. On the flip side, Stewart Cink beat J.B. Holmes by an enormous 8 strokes in our golf matchup - we hope our Els-Kim tussle is more competitive.
"I won this game for The StreakMaster!" -- Tim Tebow
We Have a Bowl Mania Winner! at 4:28 p.m. ET
Congratulations to AnaLuisa on his Beat The StreakMaster group victory. It took a 26-8 record and a total of 485 points to earn the victory. Meanwhile, The StreakMaster settled for 142nd place with a 20-14 record and only 391 points.
Morning tennis, afternoon golf, then a nice relaxing evening watching two great NBA games on ESPN. Plus a little hockey, and a Wisconsin battle.
Early-birds might want to tune in to the ATP Qatar semifinals, which looks to have two great matchups. On the streak we've listed the first of these - Gael Monfils takes on Andy Roddick. Will Roddick's serve overpower the rapidly rising Frenchman?
For golf fans, it's the first PGA event of the year. Long-hitter J.B. Holmes is paired with veteran Stewart Cink in the Mercedes Championship, and he's paired against him on the Streak. Neither player can be too happy with his opening-round 74.
At 7 PM, we're offering a player prop for the Hawks-Magic game. It's points only, with Joe Johnson matched up against Dwight Howard. Joe's got the higher scoring average, but Superman is at home.
NBA - Boston Celtics vs. Cleveland Cavaliers
The Celtics come in having lost 6 out of their last 8 games, and Cleveland is undefeated at home this season. That might be daunting to most NBA teams, but there's a reason Boston is the defending champion. Watch the Big Three take on the Big One at 8 PM on ESPN.
In the second game of the ESPN doubleheader, the Mavericks visit the Suns. The Mavericks look to be putting it together, while these Suns can't seem to stay hot for more than a few games in a row.
Streakers rode the Florida Gators to win 62% of their selections. Put together with Wednesday's 51% mark, it's the first time in 2009 that Streakers have had two straight winning days.
Frozen soccer fields, where "I'm not playing in this weather" happens.
English Conference Match Cancelled at 11:16 a.m. ET
Due to a frozen pitch, the match between Woking and Northwich Victoria has been cancelled. All picks are now unlocked. Good luck the rest of the way!
The English Conference starts us off in the afternoon when Woking hosts Northwich Victoria, with the home team favored even with the draw against them.
After that, make your pick with a jam-packed evening. There are three NHL games with the Wild at Flyers (-155), Hurricanes at Panthers (-116) and the Penguins at Predators (-110).
We have some new props in college basketball beginning with Minnesota team steals vs. Iowa team three pointers at 7:05 p.m. ET on ESPN2. The Gophers average nine steals per game. Iowa typically hits that number of three-pointers but the Hawkeyes in their first two conference games have had 14 and five, so this is a tossup. The struggling Nevada Wolf Pack take on New Mexico State at 9 p.m. ET followed by some West Coast love with the nation's eighth-leading scorer, Josh Akognon (23.5 points per game) of Cal State Fullerton against the top two scorers from Cal Poly.
One lone NBA matchup features Marcus Camby against "The Big Fundamental" Tim Duncan in a points plus rebounds matchup. Camby has had four games with 20-plus rebounds but Duncan usually has big games against the Clippers.
NCAA Football (BCS National Title Game): Florida vs. Oklahoma
Here is the game we have all been waiting for! The Gators and Sooners finally square off in Miami, with the Gators currently favored by four points. The StreakMaster predicted a Florida national title in August and expects that prediction to come through with Florida winning 38-28.
In our national title game prop, we put the past two Heisman winners against each other in a more touchdowns prop. In their last seven games, when both quarterbacks settled down, Bradford has had 28 touchdowns to Tebow's 27. Expect a 4-3 victory with Tebow taking the crown.
We get started at 8:45 a.m. on the East Coast with a tennis match from the Qatar Open with Sergiy Stakhovsky (-140) favored over Alexander Peya.
Next, at 2:45 p.m. ET, the second semi-final of the Carling Cup features Manchester United on the road at Derby County. Man U is heavily favored therefore we put up a "total goals" prop on the board with the line at 2.5 goals.
Three "straight-up" NBA games make the board with the Hawks (-1) hosting the Magic, the Jazz (-4) hosting the Hornets and the Pistons on the road at the Blazers.
Both college basketball matchups are being broadcasted on our networks tonight, first with Davidson (Stephen Curry's points) against Duke (Kyle Singler's points, rebounds and assists) then Gonzaga at Tennessee (-4).
In the NHL we have the Rangers hosting the Canadiens and the Canucks are on the road at the Oilers.
NBA (MIA @ DEN): Which PLAYER will record a HIGHER TOTAL?
Not only will the game be very entertaining but so will the broadcasting because Dick Vitale makes his NBA debut tonight on ESPN at 9:00 p.m. ET. Our matchups features two former college standouts with Dwyane Wade (points) against Chauncey Billups (points plus assists.) Expect Billups to get more touches than normal because of Carmelo Anthony hurt and out for the game.
Looks like Streakers were right and Vegas was wrong on the Connecticut-West Virginia game, as UConn pulled out the victory, earning themselves the title of top streak extender for the day. Overall, Streakers fell below .500 once again with a 49.3 winning percentage for the day.
If West Virginia wins, The StreakMaster will have no problem joining this hug.
The StreakMaster is Red-Star Bound at 4:18 p.m. ET
After a slow start, The StreakMaster is back to superstar status (well maybe just a nice start). Looking at the UConn-West Virginia game, most people would think the Huskies would be favored by six or seven here, and I would have to agree. For some reason the line is now favoring the Mountaineers at home by three. Not sure why, but The StreakMaster likes the home favorites in this one to push his streak to five!
Are you willing to risk your streak for the ultimate toss-up pick? If so, our matchup at 3:00 p.m. ET is right up your alley. In English Carling Cup action Tottenham hosts Burnley with the odds heavily favoring the home squad and for the score to be around three goals total. The question is, will someone score quick or not? You make the call.
For our second time-slot we have plenty to choose from. If you like NHL, we have the Hurricanes (-125) hosting the Devils, the Predators (-130) hosting the Avalanche and the Blackhawks (-115) favored on the road at the Coyotes.
Or if you are a NBA fan you can double up as we have the Grizzlies (-3.5) hosting the T-Wolves at 8:00 p.m. ET and the late-night matchup between David West of the Hornets against Pau Gasol of the Lakers in a "more points" battle.
The StreakMaster's favorite matchups are in College Basketball. First, the UConn Huskies hit the road to take on West Virginia (pick'em), then Evan Turner (sorry Mark Titus) of Ohio State squares off against Raymar Morgan of Michigan State in a "more points" prop. We also have Purdue (-3) on the road at Penn State and then an over/under on the Texas-Arkansas game with the line at 148.5 points.
GMAC Bowl: No. 22 Ball State vs. Tulsa
Even though Ball State isn't getting any love from Vegas (they are 3 point underdogs) Streakers are backing the Cardinals up favoring them over 85 percent so far. They did only lose one game this season but that loss could linger on, causing a major letdown come tonight.
Streakers' overall winning percentage dropped a little bit netting 46.4 correct. The top streak breakers were the Georgetown Hoyas, who lost their second straight Big East game and the "over" for the Portuguese Liga soccer game. After six days we already have a Streaker at 14 wins in a row, wow!
A light day of action, with many sports taking the day off. We have the Portuguese Liga making a rare appearance, the Hoyas facing another tough opponent, Spurs at the Heat, a cross-sport prop, and an NBA player matchup. It's unlikely Streakers will be able to fit more than two picks in for the day.
Last-place Belenenses visits Braga at 2:45 p.m. ET. They're playing to avoid relegation, but we see Braga as too likely to win to list the matchup straight-up. Instead, we've put a total-goals proposition out there for Streakers to choose from.
College hoops: Georgetown Hoyas at Notre Dame Fighting Irish
There's no rest for the weary in the Big East, is there? Georgetown comes off of games against UConn and Pittsburgh and what do they get? A visit to South Bend where the No. 10 Irish await. They'll need to rediscover what it means to rebound if they want to avoid back-to-back losses. For the Irish, feeding Luke Harangody the rock has been their strategy all season, and we don't expect anything different tonight.
In an 8 p.m. cross-sport matchup, we give you a reason to watch the Fiesta Bowl. Streakers have the option of choosing Chris Bosh's point total (currently averaging almost 24 points per game) or Ohio State's point total (sportsbooks currently predicting around 22 points). Early Streakers like the Buckeyes by a 2-1 margin.
2009's feast-or-famine pattern continued, this time on the plus side of the ledger. Streakers won at a 70 percent clip aided by comfortable wins by the Baltimore Ravens and the Philadelphia Eagles. Unexpected wins by Cal and Michigan prevented total domination.
Sunday is the second half of wildcard weekend, accompanied by college hoops, NHL, and an NBA prop. A total of nine potential plays, distributed throughout the afternoon and evening.
The Streak's day begins at noon with a Big Ten matchup between the Fighting Illini and the Michigan Wolverines. Michigan has already pulled a couple of huge upsets this year, and are looking for yet another feather to put in their cap.
If you prefer the professional game, we've got a 12:30 PM prop pitting Dwight Howard against Chris Bosh. This time, both players get their rebounds and their points. The season averages would suggest this is a dead even proposition, but Bosh is at home.
For those of you who want to wait until 1 PM, the NFL card opens with Baltimore at Miami. Most analysts expect this to be a low-scoring affair, with the coaches preferring to rely upon stout defenses. Joe Flacco would prefer that his rookie playoff debut goes better than Matt Ryan's debut yesterday.
NFL Playoffs - Philadelphia Eagles @ Minnesota Vikings
This game is scheduled to kick off at around 4:30 PM on FOX. Two of the most explosive running backs in football are on opposite sides of the ball: Brian Westbrook for the Eagles and Adrian Peterson for the Vikings. Peterson will probably win that matchup, but the Eagles have the edge in the passing game with Donovan McNabb. We expect this to be a slugfest that could come down to which team has the ball last.
The night ends in the Bay Area, where Cal and Stanford host the Arizona schools in Pac-10 basketball action. Stanford takes on Arizona, while Cal faces #14 Arizona State. The states split Friday's round one of the action, as Cal beat Arizona while Arizona State embarrassed then-undefeated Stanford by 30 points. It's hard to win conference road games back-to-back; will the Sun Devils be up to the task?
Streakers had another poor day, winning about a third of their selections. This time the blame rested on the Atlanta Falcons, the Indianapolis Colts, and the Georgetown Hoyas. However, two Streakers have already built up streaks of 11 straight wins - keep your eye on the Leaderboard!
Soccer returns, some great college hoops, NFL playoffs, NBA, and NHL. Why leave your television?
At 10 AM, we've put up the FA Cup match between Fulham and Sheffield Wednesday. Fulham is favored, so it's Sheffield that gets the draw, even at home. With the final 64 set, expect to see much more FA Cup action coming your way on the Streak.
From noon through about 4 PM, ESPN brings you a terrific basketball doubleheader. First Pittsburgh battles Georgetown in a Big East showdown. Georgetown is fresh off an upset of UConn where they looked like anything but an underdog, as they seized control of the game early and never gave it up behind brilliant freshman center Greg Monroe. Pittsburgh is merely undefeated and ranked third in the country.
In the second game, Tennessee brings its high-scoring offense to Phog Allen Fieldhouse, where Kansas hasn't lost in almost two years. Of course, the Jayhawks are also the defending national champions.
NFL Playoffs - Indianapolis Colts @ San Diego Chargers
This 8 PM game matches two of the hottest NFL teams, and also two of the last three NFL MVPs. Peyton Manning has led the Colts to 9 straight wins and the team is healthy at the right time of the season. The Chargers made a late-season charge by winning their final four games, and while LT has slipped from his previous levels of production, Darren Sproles has shown himself to be another stud Charger backup RB. The bookies have this game dead even, but early-picking Streakers love Indy.
At 9 PM, the New Orleans Hornets look for back-to-back road wins when they take on the Nuggets in Denver. The Hornets took control late Friday night to defeat a depleted Blazers team, while the Nuggets escaped Oklahoma City with a win after Melo hit a 3-pointer with .1 seconds left in the game.
Streakers were poised to build on Thursday's success - and then stumbled, as key defeats by Texas Tech and the Atlanta Hawks helped sink the overall percentage to a stunning 23%. On the bright side, it's only two days into the year, so get back on that horse and keep picking!
Scoring Issue at 11:47 p.m. ET
The Nets-Hawks game was initally erroneously scored as a PUSH due to technical difficulties. The final score of the game has been corrected and Streakers who picked a side in that game are also being rescored. This has not yet completed, but everyone who picked New Jersey will be credited with a WIN, and those who picked Atlanta will be credited with a LOSS. The Streak Office apologizes for the error.
Let Your Voice Be Heard, Chat With The StreakMaster! at 11:17 a.m. ET
How do you feel about Streak 2.0? Like the new features? Could we have done better? Now's your chance to talk to The StreakMaster himself, today at 1:00 p.m. ET. Also, The StreakMaster has created his own group, where Streakers have the chance to beat the master himself!
A second consecutive day without early morning soccer, but Friday makes up for it with three more college football bowl games. There's also NHL, NBA, and college hoops scattered throughout the afternoon and evening.
At 2 PM the Cotton Bowl kicks off, with one-time national championship hopeful Texas Tech facing a tough Mississippi Rebels team. The Red Raiders bring a gaudy record and one of the top offenses in the country, while the Rebs' reputation rests largely on their early-season upset of Florida.
Liberty Bowl - Kentucky Wildcats vs. East Carolina Pirates
Kentucky and East Carolina meet in the middle at Memphis, Tennessee in this matchup of defensively-minded teams. The Wildcats hope to win a third consecutive bowl game for the first time in their history, while the Pirates want to finish their season strong after an impressive beginning was derailed by mid-season losses. The game kicks off at approximately 5 PM on ESPN.
At 8 PM, the #4 Alabama Crimson Tide takes on Utah in the Sugar Bowl. We didn't list this game straight up, instead putting up a passing yards matchup between the two starting QBs. While the Utes' Johnson has compiled bigger numbers so far, it's been against far inferior competition than the defenses that John Parker Wilson has been facing.
Streakers started off the new year en fuego, with an amazing 83% winning percentage. Every single matchup went the way of the majority, with Georgia and USC leading the way. Congrats!
Check Out Our New Features! at 12:06 a.m. ET
As you can see on the top of your entry page, we have added a "my entry" page, where you can track your streak lengths, pick history and winning percentage by sport. We also added a group feature where you and your friends can compete against each other for bragging rights. Good luck to all!
We begin Streak for the Cash 2009 at 11:00 a.m. ET with the Outback Bowl featuring South Carolina against Iowa (-4). Then at 1:00 p.m. ET, 15th ranked Georgia (-8.5) goes up against 18th ranked Michigan State in the Capital One Bowl, and Nebraska takes on Clemson (-2.5) in the Gator Bowl.
Also, at 1:00 p.m. ET, the NHL Winter Classic takes center stage at Wrigley Field in Chicago, IL with the Stanley Cup Champion, Detroit Red Wings taking on the Chicago Blackhawks (-130).
Our only college basketball matchup of the night features a Big East battle between two ranked teams, No. 13 Villanova and No. 25 Marquette (-3) at 2:30 p.m. ET.
More NHL ensues this evening with the Sabres (-110) at Maple Leafs (-110) at 7 p.m. ET and the Canucks at Predators (-120) at 8 p.m. ET.
Our final matchup of the night features the Big East champions, Cincinnati Bearcats against the ACC champions, Virginia Tech Hokies. The line opened as a pick'em but the Bearcats are now favored by two points.
The Rose Bowl Game Presented by Citi: Who will WIN the game?
In perhaps the most anticipated bowl game besides the BCS Championship Game, the Rose Bowl features two of college football's powerhouses battling it out in Pasadena, CA. The Big Ten champions, Penn State Nittany Lions go up against the Pac-10 Champions, the USC Trojans. Pete Carroll's club is favored by nine points but The StreakMaster sees this one turning into a blowout in favor of the Trojans.