NCAA Basketball Odds: Best ATS Picks For Saturday, December 10

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Friday, December 9, 2016 7:27 PM GMT

With no college football this Saturday other than Army-Navy, it's a great day to focus my best ATS picks on NCAA basketball. There's some solid non-conference action around the country and here are three games I feel good about with BetOnline opening odds.

No. 1 Villanova vs. No. 23 Notre Dame

This is a neutral-site game in Newark, N.J. Earlier this week and with Kentucky's loss last Saturday to UCLA, defending national champion Villanova rose to No. 1 in the Associated Press Top 25 for the second time in school history. The Wildcats also held the top spot for three weeks last February. Nova didn't look all that great in its new spot on Tuesday in beating Philly Big 5 rival La Salle just 89-79. It was a four-point game late. Jalen Brunson led Villanova with 26 points as it won a 17th straight game against Big 5 opponents. The Cats were was 5-1 last season at No. 1.

Notre Dame also is unbeaten following an 87-72 home win over Fort Wayne on Tuesday. The Irish might have been looking ahead to this game as they let a 27-point lead get down to nine. Bonzie Colson had his sixth straight double-double with 17 points and 14 rebounds. He has been one of the ACC's best players thus far, averaging 17.1 points and 11.1 rebounds. Notre Dame's 9-0 start is the school's best since starting 12-0 in 1973. The Irish still haven't played a true road game yet but are winning by an average of 25 points per game. These schools last met in 2013 when the Irish were still in the Big East with Villanova, and Notre Dame won 65-60 at home. The Irish currently have a four-game win streak against the defending national champion.

NCAAB Free Pick: Villanova -5

Best Line Offered All Games: BetOnline

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Connecticut vs. Ohio State

Could the No. 1 UConn women's team beat the unranked 4-4 men's team? Surely not, but Coach Kevin Ollie's squad doesn't look much like an NCAA Tournament club yet. But, UConn does come off its best win of the year, 52-50 over Syracuse on Monday at Madison Square Garden. Christian Vital made two free throws with 2.2 seconds to play in the Tire Pro Classic. Syracuse's final chance was a long inbounds pass that was stolen by Connecticut. Not often you win a game shooting 31.4 percent as UConn did, but it held Syracuse to 25.9 percent.

The Huskies aren't a good offensive team, averaging 67.4 points (301st nationally). They are just 1-6 ATS on NCAA basketball odds in the past seven. The Big Ten's Buckeyes might have been good looking ahead to this one Tuesday as they were stunned 79-77 in overtime at home by a bad Florida Atlantic team. OSU led by 11 midway through the second half but had some costly turnovers. It looked nothing like the team that nearly beat No. 6 Virginia on Nov. 30 on the Wahoos' home court. These schools met last year in Storrs and UConn won 75-55. The Huskies shot 60.4 percent to OSU's 35.7 percent.

NCAAB Free Pick: Ohio State -8.5

Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

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Arizona State vs. San Diego State

The Pac-12's Sun Devils are off to a 5-4 start but have played a pretty strong non-conference schedule. That said, they haven't fared well against the best of those foes, losing by 19 to Northern Iowa, by 46 against then-No. 1 Kentucky and, on Tuesday, 97-64 to No. 18 Purdue in the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden. The Boilers blew it open early with a 26-2 run and ASU was just 4-for-26 from long range. Arizona State is 1-6 ATS in its past seven games on NCAA basketball odds. San Diego State, of the Mountain West Conference, is always one of the better mid-major programs in the country but might be a bit down this year with three losses already.

Falling at ranked Gonzaga is fine, but losing at Loyola (Chi.) and then Tuesday 76-72 at Grand Canyon isn't so good. SDSU led Grand Canyon 71-66 after Jeremy Hemsley made five 3-pointers in less than five minutes en route to a career-high 28 points. But the Aztecs' final seven possessions were turnover, turnover, missed and made free throw, missed 3, turnover, turnover. San Diego State had gone 32 games without suffering consecutive losses. The Aztecs have beaten one Pac-12 team already, however: 77-65 over Cal. Arizona State leads SDSU 16-10 all-time but the schools haven't played since 2009.

NCAAB Free Pick: San Diego State -9

Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

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