Here's a quick look at three challenge bouts, and our thoughts as to how they might play out on Tuesday's CBB betting board. Let our Tuesday Locks help put you in the bonus with your NCAA basketball picks.

The concept may seen a bit contrived but at least the ACC-Big Ten challenge offers up a dozen good college basketball games for bettors to choose from over the next couple of nights.

Florida State -3 vs. Minnesota (7:15 pm ET, ESPN2)

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The Gophers play their first true road game of this season Tuesday night in Tallahassee. 

Minnesota, with nearly its entire team back after going 23-15 last year, is off to a 4-1, with wins over Richmond, Memphis and Stanford and an 18-point loss to Duke.

Last Saturday the Gophers beat the Cardinal in the Bahamas 66-63 on three free-throws with one second to go.

Florida State returned just one starter this season, so the 'Noles are depending upon some young talent to grow up quick. But after losing its season opener to South Alabama, FSU has won four straight, beating BYU and St. Joe's along the way.  

Total disclosure; We placed our NCAA Basketball picks against the 'Noles when they played the Cougars and Hawks, thinking they might still be a bit green. They proved us wrong, at least those two nights.

By the numbers Florida State has shot 52 percent from the floor this season and almost 42 percent from 3-point land. Minnesota, meanwhile, has shot 47 percent from the field but just 31 percent from long range.

Most NCAA Basketball odds shops opened the 'Noles as 2.5-point favorites for this game, then bumped them to -3.5. We don't usually like to go with the flow, but after getting burned twice already this year by FSU, we'll go with the Seminoles, at the -3 Bookmaker was offering Tuesday morning.

Free NCAA Basketball Pick: FSU -3 at Bookmaker

Northwestern -4 vs. Maryland (9:15 pm ET, ESPN2)

The 6-0 Wildcats, questing for their first-ever NCAA tournament berth, host the 4-1 Terps, soon to be members of the other side of this challenge.

Northwestern, with three starters back from last year's 19-win team, is perfect so far, although its toughest opponent was probably Illinois State, whom the 'Cats just beat 72-69 in overtime down on South Padre Island.

Maryland, meanwhile, only has two starters back from last year's 17-15 team. They do have a nice incoming group of freshmen, so the goal during this early season is to incorporate the new talent. So far  the Terps have done well; they lost a tough season opener to Kentucky by three points, and have since beaten four lesser foes by an average of 16 points. 

By the numbers so far this season these teams are pretty even, except that Maryland is shooting just 31 percent from 3-point land and 66 percent from the line. On the other side of the equation the 'Cats are shooting 73 percent from the line. And free-throws could make the difference in covering this game. 

Free NCAA Basketball Pick: Northwestern at the -4 offered at Pinnacle

Indiana -9 vs. North Carolina (9:30 pm ET, ESPN)

In the marquee game of the night the top-ranked Hoosiers host the Heels.

Indiana has almost everybody back after going 27-9 last year, but expectations are huge in Bloomington, and those can be tough to play with. But the Hoosiers have weathered things so far, starting off 6-0, with victories over, among others, Georgia and Georgetown. Most recent IU blasted Ball State 101-53. 

In the opposite corner, Carolina is in re-load mode, after losing four starters from last year's 32-6 squad. The talent is there, of course, it's just a matter of meshing. However, as is sometimes the case, that could take some time.

So far the Heels are 5-1, beating five lesser foes fairly easily but running into a buzz-saw in losing to Butler out in Hawaii.

Tuesday will be a good test for this young Carolina team, playing a tough opponent at a tough place to play. And while the Heels have been having some problems shooting the ball, especially from the line, we think they're game for the challenge.

Free NCAA Basketball Pick: Carolina plus the 9.5 points offered at 5Dimes