Week 13 NFL picks 2014

IAGSROUNDCleveland (+2½) at Bills — Cleveland

Washington (+9½) at Indianapolis — Indianapolis

Tennessee (+6½) at Houston — Fitz

San Diego (+5½) at Baltimore — Baltimore

Giants at Jacksonville (+2½) — Giants

Cincinnati at Tampa Bay (+4) — Cincinnati

Okland (+7) at St. Louis — Rams

New Orleans (+3½) at Pittsburgh — Saints

Carolina (+3) at Minnesota — Panthers

Arizona at Atlanta (+2½) — Arizona

New England (+3) at Green Bay — New England

Denver at Kansas City (+1½) — Broncos

Miami at Jets (+5½) — Miami*


DiCesare 89-75-1 (9-3)
Gaughan 86-78-1 (7-5)
Skurski 82-82-1 (5-7)
Sullivan 79-85-1 (6-6)
Graham 78-84-1 (5-6-1)
Northrop 76-88-1 (6-6)
IAGS 75-88-1 (5-7)
(I didn’t pick the Bills Thursday game)

Last week 

Jets (+2½) at Bills (at Detroit) — Bills
Bills 38-3. Win.

Cleveland (+3) at Atlanta — Cleveland
Browns 26-24. Win.

Tennessee (+11) at Philadelphia — Tennessee
Eagles 43-24. Loss.

Detroit (+7) at New England — New England
Pats 34-9. Win.

Green Bay at Minnesota (+9½) — Green Bay
Packers 24-21. Loss.

Jacksonville (+14) at Indianapolis — Indianapolis
Colts 23-3. Win.

Cincinnati (+2) at Houston — Cincinnati
Cincinnati 22-13. Win.

Tampa Bay (+5½) at Chicago — Chicago
Bears 21-13. Win.

Arizona (+6½) at Seattle — Arizona
Seahawks 19-3. Loss.

St. Louis (+4½) at San Diego — San Diego
Chargers 27-24. Loss.

Miami (+7) at Denver — Denver
Broncos 39-36. Loss.

Washington (+9) at San Francisco — San Francisco
49ers 17-13. Loss.

Dallas at Giants (+3½) — Dallas*
Cowboys 31-28. Loss.

Baltimore (+3½) at New Orleans — Baltimore
Ravens 34-27. Win.



Postgame video: UB 72, Canisius 57 — Big 4 Doubleheader

By Nick Veronica

UB: Bobby Hurley, Lamonte Bearden, Rodell Wigginton

UB coach Bobby Hurley liked the setup of this year’s doubleheader more than last year’s version, which didn’t include St. Bonaventure. Lamonte Bearden preached taking what the defense gives him … which was a lot on a night he scored a career-high 23 points on 9-of-13 shooting.

Canisius: Jim Baron, Zach Lewis, Phil Valenti

Jim Baron gave the standard “UB’s a good team” but acknowledged his team needs to get better. Zach Lewis talked about his volume of shots, which he said is him trying to be aggressive while he works to find his groove.

Immediate reactions: UB 72, Canisius 57 — Big 4 Doubleheader 11/29/14

Canisius 19 38 — 57
Buffalo 34 38 — 72

By Nick Veronica

How it happened: Canisius couldn’t hit a shot in the first half and had no answer for UB in the paint as the Bulls led by 15 at halftime, 34-19, and coasted to a low-stress victory. Justin Moss dominated for 18 points and 12 rebounds while Lamonte Bearden led all players with 21 points. Canisius never led.

What it means: The loss was the 399th of Jim Baron’s career, putting him in sole possession of 10th place on the all-time losses list for college basketball coaches. That’s more indicative of a coach who’s been around a long time than a truly bad coach, as Baron’s overall record is 432-399, and coaches who only lose don’t last until 399 losses. Former Canisius coach Nick Macarchuk is tied for fifth on that list with 428 losses.

It was Jim Baron’s first loss against UB since coming to Canisius. UB improves to 4-1, with its only loss coming against No. 1 Kentucky. The Griffs go to 2-3 after opening the year with victories over Vermont and Lehigh.

[Postgame video: UB 72, Canisius 57]

It was over when: Pick your spot. UB led by 15 at halftime and led by as many as 20 points at 54-34 with 10:27 remaining. Canisius never threatened.

Sorry, fans: Empty seats were plentiful in the First Niagara Center, and those who came (announced attendance was 7,191) saw two blowouts. St. Bonaventure and UB both won by 15. Better luck next time.

Game ball: Moss had the best stats of the night, but Bearden was very impressive for a freshman point guard and picks up the game ball. He finished with 23 points on 9 of 13 shooting, including 2 of 3 from behind the arc, and was especially good in comparison to Canisius’ freshman point guard, Jan Grzelinski, who played only six minutes and didn’t attempt a shot.

Canisius player of the game: Nobody. Josiah Heath had a good line with eight points and six rebounds but didn’t make enough of an impact defending UB’s bigs. Zach Lewis led the team with 14 points but is still forcing far too many shots, going 4 for 14 today.

Next: Both teams are back in action Dec. 3. UB is at St. Bonaventure and Canisius opens MAAC play at Saint Peter’s.

Postgame video: St. Bonaventure 74, Niagara 59 — Big 4 Doubleheader

By Nick Veronica

St. Bonaventure coach Mark Schmidt had predictable but positive things to say about the future of the Big 4 Doubleheader. Center Youssou Ndoye was glad a team finally played a man defense against him instead of a zone.

Coach Mark Schmidt

Center Youssou Ndoye

Immediate reactions: St. Bonaventure 74, Niagara 59 — Big 4 Doubleheader 11/29/14

By Nick Veronica

Niagara 25 34 – 59
St. Bona 35 39 – 74 

How it happened: Niagara just couldn’t hang with St. Bonaventure. The Bonnies’ lead was 10 at halftime and surged to 20 points with 9 minutes to go. Youssou Ndoye led all players with 23 points, Andell Cumberbatch had 16 and Dion Wright added 14. Bonaventure shot 46.4 percent from the field (26-56). Rebounds were 37-35 Bona.

What it means: St. Bonaventure goes to 4-1 and has a chance to sweep Big 4 opponents on Wednesday when it hosts UB. The Bonnies last swept Canisius, UB and Niagara in 2011-12.

St. Bonaventure coach Mark Schmidt has now beaten Niagara four times in a row after losing to them in his first four tries. Second-year Niagara coach Chris Casey is 1-3 against Big 4 opponents. Niagara goes to 1-3 overall.

[Postgame video: St. Bonaventure 74, Niagara 59]

It was over when: Niagara’s three-pointer at the end of the first half was waved off. St. Bonaventure led most of the first half and was up by 10 as the final seconds ticked down. Karonn Davis came down and hit a three that would’ve given Niagara some much-needed momentum into the locker room, but after looking at replays, refs waved off the basket.

Game ball: Youssou Ndoye. The Big 4 Preseason Player of the Year was the best player on the court – by a lot – and didn’t even look like he struggled to drop 23 points and 11 rebounds on the Purple Eagles. He also had five emphatic blocked shots.

Niagara player of the game: Ramone Snowden led the team with 13 points and seven rebounds. Davis also had 13.

Bad stat of the day: Niagara guard Matt Scott had seven turnovers in 17 minutes off the bench. It’s almost impressive how bad that is. Emile Blackman had six turnovers in 24 minutes.

Wild card: Niagara’s poor dance team. Only four members showed up to the game on Thanksgiving break. Then, when they got out on the floor for their routine in the first half, First Niagara Center played the wrong song, so the dance team just stood on the middle of the court.

Next game: Niagara goes to St. John’s on Tuesday, Dec. 2. Bonaventure host UB at 7 p.m. on Dec. 3.