Free NCAA Basketball Picks of the Day for Monday

Steven Suarez

Monday, January 20, 2014 4:37 PM UTC

Monday, Jan. 20, 2014 4:37 PM UTC

We've come up with two college basketball picks that seem to hold a lot of value tonight. Come inside to see if you agree or disagree with our selections.

North Carolina Tar Heels vs. Virginia Cavaliers

The Tar Heels have been incredibly difficult to read so far this season. Tonight they're in for a battle against a Cavaliers team that's exceptional at home.

Current college basketball odds have Virginia favored by seven points. The Cavaliers are 13-5 SU and 8-6 ATS this season and they'll come up against the Tar Heels, who are 11-6 SU and 7-10 ATS. No total had been released at time of writing, so make sure to check back to see what the opening number is.

North Carolina was finally able to get into the winning column in ACC play over the weekend. After consecutive losses to Wake Forest, Miami and Syracuse, the Tar Heels got on track with a 82-71 home win over Boston College.

Looking over recent results, we see North Carolina has been a horrible team to back with your sports picks lately. They haven't covered in four straight games and are 1-7 ATS over their past eight. That's rough.

Then you've got the Cavaliers, who's cashed against the spread in five consecutive contests. They've had a great start to conference play, beating Florida State twice along with Wake Forest and NC State. Virginia's one loss was on the road at Duke (65-69).

Defensively, the Cavaliers have been terrific as of late, having allowed just 56.2 PPG on 37.1 percent shooting over their last five contest.

Simply put, Virginia is a different team at home, one that's extremely difficult to keep up with. We expect the Cavaliers to come out hot and secure the win both straight up and against the spread.

College Basketball Pick: Virginia Cavaliers -7


Maryland Terrapins vs. NC State Wolfpack

We're staying in the ACC and adding another favorite to our collection of free college basketball picks tonight.

The Wolfpack will welcome the Terrapins as marginal 1.5-point favorites at the sportsbooks. NC State is 11-7 SU and 6-8-1 ATS on the year and Maryland checks in at 11-7 SU and 8-6 ATS.

So far there have been some good and bad times for the Terrapins when it comes to conference action. They did get solid wins over Notre Dame and Georgia Tech but have also gotten beaten down on the road by Florida State (61-85) and Pittsburgh (59-79).

We'll see soon enough if the recent eight-point victory over the Fighting Irish will have Maryland in a good frame of mind ahead of Monday's contest.

NC State has struggled through their ACC schedule so far, with their sole win coming on the road against Notre Dame. Elsewhere they've lost to Pittsburgh, Virginia, Wake Forest and Duke, with two of those losses (Blue Devils, Cavaliers) coming by 31+ points.

A tough week or so indeed, but NC State will hope TJ Warren can lead them out of the darkness tonight. He's been a one-man wrecking machine, having averaged 22.2 points and 7.3 rebounds per game so far.

It's certainly been an up-and-down season for the Wolfpack, but in the end we're backing the mega-talented Warren to lead the home team to the win here. Will NC State end this growing losing streak?

College Basketball Pick: NC State Wolfpack -1.5


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