The Texas men’s basketball team hosts Rice tonight at the Moody Center in Austin, Texas, but don’t expect coach Chris Beard. It was a tip. Beard was booked into the Travis County Sheriff’s Office at 4:18 a.m. local time and is facing a third-degree assault charge.
Texas released the following statement:
“The university is aware of the situation with Chris Bird. We continue to collect information and continue to monitor the legal process.”
Beard remained in custody as of Monday afternoon.
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🔥 Hot ticket
Patriots at Cardinals, 8:15 p.m Television: ESPN
- The main trend: The Cardinals have allowed 10 passing touchdowns in their last four games.
- Pick: Mack Jones Over 1.5 TD Passes (+133)
Before Thursday night’s game between the Rams and Raiders, I wrote about how you didn’t have to watch the game. No law requires you to do this, and no one will take away your football fan if you skip it. While this game had a great finish, it was due to poor finishing by both teams, which is why you shouldn’t have seen it.
Well, no one will mind if you skip today’s work. The Cardinals are 4-8 on the season, including 1-6 at home. They lost two straight. The Patriots are 6-6 but have lost two straight and have one of the least inspiring offenses in the league. But they have a match they can take advantage of tonight, and it’s one you can tune in to watch for yourself if you really need to.
The Cardinals love giving up passes. Arizona has allowed 10 turnovers in its last four games. That’s the second most since early November, but the three teams that have allowed 11 (Kansas City, Tennessee and Jacksonville) have all played at least five games. KC and Tennessee have played six times.
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That’s not unusual for the Cardinals, who have allowed 24 passing touchdowns on the season, which ranks 29th in the league. Their transfer rate is 31st against 5.5%.
The Cardinals defense has allowed at least two passing touchdowns in five of the last six games. The only QB to fail to do so was Rams backup John Wolford. Now, it’s important to note that Mack Jones has only thrown two touchdowns in one game this season, but that was two weeks ago against the Vikings. This is troubling because the PatriotsSometimes it’s because it’s too conservative, but if ever there was an option for the Patriots to exploit in the air, this is it.
Here’s what SportsLine has to say about the game: If you’re looking for a more traditional game, two SportsLine experts are on the same side of tonight’s spread.
🏀 College basketball
No. 21 Creighton vs. Arizona State, 9 p.m TV: FS1
less than 142.5
Selection: under 142 (-110) — It was only a few weeks ago that Creighton appeared to be on the verge of a breakout season. The Blue Jays defeated Arkansas 90-87 in the Maui Invitational, a day after defeating Texas Tech, to improve to 6-0 and reach the final. The next day, they lost a close 81-79 to Arizona. While the loss hurt, the overall performance offered good things for Creighton. But they’ve lost three more since then, and while one was another loss to an elite Texas team, the losses to Nebraska and BYU are somewhat concerning.
Tonight they face an Arizona State team that is 9-1 but not tested to the same degree that Creighton was. That said, he had good wins against Michigan, Colorado and Stanford. The Sun Devils have been great defensively, but have not been able to shoot, especially from behind the arc. They like to get to the free throw line, but don’t send better teams to the country than Creighton. So while I like Creighton to win and cover, I think the better bet here is Under because Arizona State should have a hard time scoring, but the Sun Devils defense can give Creighton problems just as easily.
New Mexico at San Francisco, 11:30 p.m. | TV: None
San Francisco Dons +4
Pick: San Francisco +4 (-110) — We’re testing the limits of your degeneracy tonight. Not only am I including a game that doesn’t start until 11:30pm ET, but it’s not televised. I’m telling you straight up, bet on a game you won’t be able to watch. All you are going to do is place your bet and find out if you won in the morning. Are you ready for this level of dedication to your craft?
If so, take the levels. New Mexico gets a lot of credit with that line for a 9-0 start to the season. Yes, the Lobos had a nice win against Saint Mary’s on the road a few weeks ago, but that’s the only text New Mexico has faced. Its strength of schedule ranks 316th nationally. San Francisco hasn’t been fielding heavy hitters, but it’s 8-2 and has a deeper rotation than the Lobos. That’s what matters because the Lobos play their second game in three nights and the Dons have been off since Wednesday.
🔒 SportsLine Pick of the Day: While I won’t include any NBA bets tonight, the projection model has an A-grade game overall in tonight’s game between San Antonio and Cleveland.