Bob Kemp’s Bottom Line

         IN UPCOMING EDITIONS OF THE SPORTS ZONE – ASU’S RAY ANDERSON ON THURSDAY AT 9:30 AND THE DBACKS’ DERRICK HALL ON MONDAY AT 9:30

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2019

 FROM THE NFC WEST NOTEBOOK
        *THE RAMS AND CARDINALS MIGHT BE FIGHTING OVER OFFENSIVE LINEMEN THROUGHOUT THE DRAFT: For example, Kansas State’s Dalton Ritter might be the Rams choice at #31 to replace the likely retiring Andre Whitworth or he might be the Cardinals choice at 33 to begin the second round. Another possible offensive lineman for the Cardinals or Rams could be Mississippi State’s Elgton Jenkins who has college experience tackle, guard and center.
        *THE SEAHAWKS ARE NOT EXPECTED TO ALLOW FRANK CLARK TO LEAVE VIA FREE AGENCY: Don’t be surprised if Clark is franchise tagged.
        *THE NINERS WANT TO ADD MULTIPLE DEFENSIVE BACKS: Unfortunately, for them, the defensive back market is not strong in free agent or the draft. 
FROM THE NFL NOTEBOOK
        *THE SAINTS PUT MANY OF THEIR CHIPS ON THE 2018 TABLE: Drew Brees was either injured or old, or both, after Thanksgiving and the Saints traded their 2019 top pick during the 2018 draft.
        *SEVERAL VETERANS WILL BE CUT BETWEEN NOW AND MARCH 13, THE FIRST DAY OF THE 2019 NFL CALENDAR YEAR: For example, the Bills reportedly will cut LeShon McCoy and the Texans are expected to do the same with Lamar Miller.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2019

FROM DOWN SOUTH
        *THE UA LIKELY WOULD NOT TURN DOWN AN NIT BID: The school could use the money after FBI and NCAA investigations regarding the basketball program and the Rich Rodriguez buyout, which was reportedly $6.3 million.
        *BRANDON WILLIAMS IS IMPROVING: When the freshman guard might return from his knee injury remains a mystery, at least publicly. Williams participated in Wednesday’s shoot-around and pre-game warmup at Utah, but Sean Miller wouldn’t comment on a return date.
AROUND THE PAC 12
        *PAC 12 ROAD TEAMS ARE WINNING AT A RECORD PACE: Prior to Sunday’s UA-Colorado game, road teams are 34-41, a .453 winning percentage, the highest since the conference expanded to 12 teams prior to the 2011-12 season. Also, there have been eight road sweeps in conference play, two fewer than the conference record of 10 established in 2016-17.
        *UCLA AND USC NEEDS TO GET BETTER: Home attendance for the two Los Angeles schools has been horrendous with UCLA averaging just 7,925 fans per game and USC a lowly 3,133.
PREDICTION
        *COLORADO 70, UA 65: 6:00, ESPNU … Las Vegas Super Book – Colorado 5½ (138) > TUNE INTO MONDAY’S SPORTS ZONE FOR ANALYSIS      

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2019

AROUND COLLEGE BASKETBALL
FROM DOWN SOUTH
        *THE UA CAN’T AFFORD TO FIRE SEAN MILLER WITHOUT CAUSE: Miller would be owed $8 million, according to Pete Thamel of Yahoo Sports.
AROUND THE PAC 12
        *THE PAC 12 NETWORKS ARE STRUGGLING: Long-time Pac 12 writer Jon Wilner of the Bay Area News Group wrote the Pac 12 Networks are “shrinking in reach and drastically underperforming revenue expectations” and detailed the issues.
        *WASHINGTON STATE MIGHT BE STUCK WITH ERNIE KENT WHO HAS A $3.9 MILLION BUYOUT: If the Cougars and Kent do reach an agreement, one replacement candidate will be Kellen Sampson, son of former Wazzou coach Kelvin Sampson and current assistant for his dad at Houston.
PREDICTIONS
        *UTAH 73, ASU 70: 8:00, FSI … Las Vegas Super Book – Utah 1 (152½)  
        *KENTUCKY 75, TENNESSEE 73: 6:00, ESPN … Las Vegas Super Book – Kentucky 4 (145½)  
TUNE INTO MONDAY’S SPORTS ZONE FOR ANALYSIS OF EACH GAME   

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IN THE POWER RANKINGS WEDNESDAY 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:  
        *AT 9:30, AN ASU-STANFORD PREVIEW: with Tom FitzGerald of the San Francisco Chronicle
        *AND, IN THE FINAL SEGMENT OF HOUR NUMBER ONE – THE NATIONAL ROUNDUP; including Ripped From The Headlines and From The Scoreboard
        *AT THE TOP OF THE 10:00 HOUR, UPDATED RESULTS OF THE POLL QUESTIONS AND A REPEAT OF TODAY’S PIPELINE
        *AT 10:15, A DUKE-NORTH CAROLINA PREVIEW: with Steve Wiseman of the Durham Sun-Herald and Raleigh News & Observer
        *AT 10:30, INTERACTIVE PART ONE: with phone calls and/or tweets
        *AND IN THE FINAL SEGMENT OF HOUR NUMBER TWO – THE LATEST LINE, SUGGESTED TELEVISION VIEWING AND THE DAILY PERSONNEL REPORT 
        *AT THE TOP OF THE 11:00 HOUR, IT’S LAST CALL AND THE BOTTOM LINE 
        *AT 11:15, THE FINAL INTERACTIVE ROUND WITH PHONE CALLS AND TWEETS PLUS SOME FINAL CAUGHT MY EYE ITEMS
        *AT 11:30, OUR CACTUS LEAGUE PREVIEWS CONTINUE: with the Rockies 
        *AT 11:45. THANK YOU TIME AND TODAY IN ROCK HISTORY
       TWO SEGMENTS WITH INTERACTIVE ACTION – PHONE CALLS (602-260-10-60) AND/OR TWEETS (@SPORTS ZONE 1060 OR TWITTER.COM/SPORTS ZONE 1060) AT 10:30 AND 11:15 

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THE ANNUAL SPORTS ZONE CACTUS LEAGUE TEAM PREVIEWS (11:30 SEGMENT) 
                *TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 5 – Los Angeles Angels 
                *WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 6 – Oakland  
                *THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 7 – Seattle   
                *FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8 – Texas 
                *MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11 – Chicago White Sox
                *TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 12 – Kansas City
                *WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13 – Cleveland
                *THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14 – Cincinnati
                *FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15 – Milwaukee
                *MONDAY, FEBRUARY 18 – San Diego  
                *TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 19 – Chicago Cubs (9:30)  
                *WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 20 – Colorado
                *THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21 – San Francisco
                *FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22 – Arizona (10:15) … LA Dodgers (11:30)