Bob Kemp’s Bottom Line

IN THE MONDAY SPORTS ZONE

(THIS PLAN IS TENTATIVE AND SOMEWHAT SUBJECT  TO CHANGE)
        *AT THE TOP OF THE SHOW,  THE INTRODUCTION OF THE PIPELINE     
        *AT 9:15, THE LOCAL ROUNDUP: The now daily potpourri of items
        *AT 9:30, A CARDINALS UPDATE: with Scott Bordow of The Athletic
       *IN THE FINAL SEGMENT OF HOUR NUMBER ONE, THE NATIONAL ROUNDUP 
        *AT THE TOP OF THE 10:00 HOUR, IT’S LAST CALL AND THE BOTTOM LINE 
        *AT 10:15, AROUND MLB: with Scott Miller of Bleacher Report, topped by baseball and the players agreeing on 2020 season contingencies 
        *AT 10:30, INTERACTIVE ACTION AND THE DAILY EDITION OF CAUGHT MY EYE
        *AT 10:45, TODAY IN ROCK HISTORY
        *FROM 11:00-NOON (MONDAY, WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY AND FRIDAY): The EXTRA POINT, HOSTED BY KAYLA 
LATER IN THE WEEK
        *TUESDAY – A FANTASY SPORTS DAY: baseball talk with Michael Rathburn of Rotowire.com (at 9:30) and football analysis with Mario Puig of Rotowire.com (10:15)
        *WEDNESDAY: An NFL Draft running backs discussion with Dan Shonka of Ourlads.com

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2020 OURLADS SCOUTING SERVICES/NFL DRAFT PREVIEW

        WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26: Combine+Draft Preview
        WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4: Defensive Back Seven (Inside Linebackers and Corners)
        WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11: Edge + Defensive Linemen
        WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18: Offensive Linemen
        WEDNESDAY, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25: Wide Receivers/Tight Ends
        WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1: Running Backs
        WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8: Quarterback
        WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15: Overall Draft Preview – Risers + Fallers
        WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22: Overall Draft Preview
        MONDAY, APRIL 27: Post Draft Analysis
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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11, 2020

PAC 12 TOURNAMENT DAY ONE

         *UA 77 WASHINGTON 70: The Wildcats led for all but one minute to avenge their embarrassing home loss to the Huskies in last Saturday’s regular-season finale … STATISTICALLY SPEAKING – The UA made nine of 24 from behind the arc (37.5%) while UW finished three of 23 (13.6%). The UA also had 18 assists on 23 made field goals … THE BOTTOM LINE – The UA benefited from Washington not getting enough shots for the unstoppable Isaiah Stewart (29 points on nine of 11 from the field and 10 of 11 from the free throw line) …  Las Vegas Super Book – UA 6 (138½) … Prediction – UA 70, Washington 65
         *OREGON STATE 71, UTAH 69: Season-long underachiever Oregon State overcame its frequent season-long questionable coaching and a record-setting performance to beat Utah, which blew a 14-point lead … STATISTICALLY SPEAKING – Utah’s Alfonso Plummer finished with 35 points, including 11 three point makes, the most ever by a Pac 12 player in a regular season or post-season game … THE BOTTOM LINE – Oregon State at least has a chance to compete against Oregon on Thursday. Utah against Oregon would have been another bye for the top seed …  Las Vegas Super Book – Oregon State 3½ (133½)   
         *CALIFORNIA 63, STANFORD 51: California got the last laugh this season against its Bay Area rival dominating from start to finish and possibly knocking Stanford out of the NCAA Tournament … STATISTICALLY SPEAKING – Stanford made 17 of 53 field goal attempts (32.1%) with its two best players Oscar da Silva two for 11 and Tyrell Terry one for six with a combined two assists and six turnovers … THE BOTTOM LINE – Mark Fox made another case of why he could have been the Pac 12 Conference of the Year ahead of Mick Cronin …  Las Vegas Super Book – Stanford 9½ (128½)   
         *WASHINGTON STATE 82, COLORADO 68: The experienced Buffaloes, still NCAA Tournament bound, have lost five straight and may have tuned out head coach Tad Boyle … STATISTICALLY SPEAKING – The Cougars outscored the Buffs 30-9 from behind the arc … THE BOTTOM LINE – The Cougars and Sun Devils will meet Thursday night for the third time this season. The home team won the first two meetings, including ASU in Tempe last Saturday night … Las Vegas Super Book – Colorado 10½ (137)  

TUESDAY, MARCH 10, 2020

A SIX PACK OF KNOWLEDGE

         *THE LEAD: Gonzaga, Hofstra, Northern Kentucky, Robert Morris and North Dakota State secured NCAA Tournament berths tonight with victories in conference championship games … THE BOTTOM LINE – If Gonzaga stumbles in the NCAA West Region it will likely be because of shaky defense. 
        *LOCAL ROUNDUP: Sean Miller confirmed that Dylan Smith (broken nose) will play on Wednesday in the UA’s rematch against Washington in Day One of the Pac 12 Tournament. Miller also said that Chase Jeter’s two-game suspension is over, but would not comment on the status of Max Hazzard who has missed three of the last four games because of what the school has called “personal reasons.”
        *FROM THE GRAPEFRUIT LEAGUE: Mets outfielder Michael Conforto strained an oblique muscle on his right side and may not start the season on March 26 against the defending champion Nationals.
        *HEARD THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE: ASU alum Jason Kipnis is likely to be the Cubs starting second baseman to begin the season with top prospect expected to begin at Class AAA. 
        *BY THE NUMBERS – 16.1 points and 5.0 assists per game: That’s what top seed Creighton would be missing if Marcus Zegarowski (knee) is unable to play in the Big East Tournament.
        *RANDOM STUFF: Ohio State is the first football coaching staff to have four assistants making at least $1 million per season.

MONDAY, MARCH 9, 2020

A SIX PACK OF KNOWLEDGE

         *THE LEAD: ASU’s Remy Martin was a First Team choice and Alonzo Verge Jr. the Sixth Man of the Year in the Pac 12 Conference awards announced today.
        *LOCAL ROUNDUP: Deandre Ayton (ankle) is questionable and Cam Johnson (mono) out for the Suns game on Tuesday night at Portland.
        *HEADLINES ACROSS AMERICA: The Indians and Fernando Lindor have ended contract talks after the team did not come close to the asking price, which was reportedly more than the $215 million Christian Yelich received from the Brewers last week. 
        *HEARD THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE: The next college basketball coach making the jump to the NBA could be Texas Tech’s Chris Beard.
        *BY THE NUMBERS – 26-32: The Big Ten Conference regular season record for Indiana after three seasons under Archie Miller, brother of UA coach Sean Miller. 
        *RANDOM STUFF: A live underdog in the American Conference Tournament is Connecticut, coached by Dan Hurley, brother of ASU coach Bobby Hurley. 

SATURDAY, MARCH 7, 2020

GAME DAY

        *ASU 83, WASHINGTON STATE 74: The Sun Devils blew a 17-point second-half lead but regrouped late to end their three-game losing streak and clinch a first-round bye in the Pac 12 Conference Tournament next week in Las Vegas … STATISTICALLY SPEAKING – Alonzo Verge Jr. led the way with 20 points … Washington State’s C.J. Elleby, the third leading scorer in conference, was two of 19 from the field, including 0 for 10 from behind  the arc … THE BOTTOM LINE – The Sun Devils win over the 11th-place Cougars did not alter their NCAA Tournament status, according to ESPN’s Joe Lunardi who kept Bobby Hurley’s team among the LAST FOUR IN group … Las Vegas Super Book – ASU 9½ (147½) … Prediction – ASU 81, Washington State 70
        *WASHINGTON 65, ARIZONA 56: The UA was whipped from start to finish in its third McKale Center loss this season in Pac 12 play (UCLA, Oregon and Washington) and fourth overall (Gonzaga) … STATISTICALLY SPEAKING – Sean Miller’s team continued its frequent offensive inefficiency, making just 20 of 56 from the field (35.7%) … THE BOTTOM LINE – The UA finished the regular season an inexcusable 20-11, without question the biggest underachieving team in the nation …  Las Vegas Super Book – UA 10 (140½) … Prediction – UA 76, Washington 67