Free NCAA Basketball Pick of the Day

Joe Catalano

Saturday, December 13, 2014 7:11 PM GMT

Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014 7:11 PM GMT

With College Football totally slowing down this week, NCAA Basketball takes centerstage on this Saturday and there's a lot of appealing games to choose from as we look to provide you with some profitable NCAA basketball picks.

Florida State (4-4) vs. Notre Dame (9-1)
It feels like a football game, but this Florida State team is not undefeated and there's no head cases named Jameis Winston on this squad. That said, the Seminoles will have a tall task ahead of them as they're a 10.5 point underdog on NCAA basketball odds in their matchup with the Fighting Irish on Notre Dame's home court. The Irish bring a massive amount of offense into this game as they rank 8th in the nation at 85.1 points per game and also have the highest shooting percentage at a whopping 56.2%. The question is "Can Florida State keep up with the Irish offensively?"

 

Jerian Grant
The 6 foot 5 guard is off to fast start to the season, looking to position himself in the NBA draft possibly and also looking to bring the Fighting Irish a March Madness trophy. If he's successful, that remains to be seen, but Grant has been a beast of efficiency on the offensive and defensive ends of the court. So far this season, he's averaging 19 points per game while shooting 58.1% from the field. This isn't a 6 foot 11 center that takes 5 foot shots inside the paint that we're talking about.

Grant is also averaging 6.1 assists and 3.5 rebounds while practically staying mistake-free. You can put him in the Shabazz Napier category, but I actually think that he has much more of an upside. Regardless, the Seminoles won't be able to contain Grant and you can expect a big game out of the senior from Bowie, Maryland.

Notre Dame's 6 leading scorers are all shooting over 52% from the field and with the tough rebounding combination of Pat Connaughton (7.5 rpg.) and Zach Auguste (6.8 rpg.), the Fighting Irish have a sound overall team and the pollsters have taken notice. This appears to be a good matchup for Notre Dame.

One thing that Florida State has working for them is the momentum factor. Although they haven't faced a team that's in the category of a Kentucky, they're coming off of a huge 96 point scoring output in a 23 point win over UCF. This is a team that's played some decent competition and that's why they're a 4-4 basketball team.

Montay Brandon is coming off of a huge game for the Noles as he scored 23 points and shot 10 of 12 from the field in the win off of UCF. He's definitely a player to keep an eye on, but will it be enough to add them to your NCAA basketball picks?

NCAA Basketball Pick:  Notre Dame -10.5 at 5Dimes

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