Friday's NCAA Basketball Picks of the Day

Joe Catalano

Friday, November 15, 2013 3:53 PM UTC

Friday, Nov. 15, 2013 3:53 PM UTC

After tailing the chalk, we got a much needed 2-0 day yesterday with our NCAA Basketball Picks. We go into Friday with some more lopsided matchups in which the spreads are high. See who we like as our picks as we’re looking to go into the football weekend with some momentum.

Florida Atlantic (1-1) vs. #4 Duke (1-1)

A Blowout?

Let’s just put it this way; you have a better chance of winning a local lottery than you have of seeing Florida Atlantic University defeat Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium as the Blue Devils are a huge 29.5 point betting favorite in this matchup. Duke has won 102 consecutive non-conference home games in their home building.

Future NBA Superstar, Jabari Parker

If anyone wanted to know what the future would be like in the NBA, all they had to do was catch a few minutes of the matchup between Duke and Kansas. The Jayhawks won the game 94-83, but freshman sensation Jabari Parker clearly played better than Andrew Wiggins of Kansas. Kansas was able to comeback and outscore Duke 17-6 in the final few minutes in the game to earn bragging rights. Jabari Parker declared this game as a learning experience and this is a kid with all of the talent in the world.

Parker had 27 points on 4-7 shooting from 3-point land to go along with 9 rebounds and 2 steals. The sky is the limit for this young phenom who is just 18 years old.

Returning players Amile Jefferson and Rasheed Sulaimon were also big contributors in the loss to Kansas. The starters get most of the minutes, but Duke is a team laced with talent and are NCAA Title contenders.

Where FAU is concerned, there’s not much to say. They’re coming off of a 59-52 loss to St.Francis at home. This is a game that they went cold in the 2nd half and completely gave away. Center Dragan Sekelja came out of nowhere to score career highs of 21 points and 12 rebounds as he enters his senior season, but the level of competition in tonight’s game is in a different stratosphere than St. Francis.

29.5 points are a lot to lay, but not in this game. Look for Duke to run away with the game and cover the large spread easily as we make them our pick for this matchup.

Pick - Duke -29.5 at Bet 365


Columbia (1-1) vs. Michigan State (2-0)

Only 22.5 Points?

After a defeat of the top team in the land in Kentucky, the Michigan State Spartans and coach Tom Izzo definitely have my respect. They wanted a tough matchup early in the season and they conquered it as their experience appeared to be the difference in the game.

Despite leading by 13 points at one point in the game, Michigan State had the ability to hold onto the victory and this game will go a long way for their level of confidence. The Spartans are at home and have won 73 consecutive games against unranked non-conference opponents.

No Substitute For Experience

Seniors Keith Appling and Adreian Payne want to leave their college careers going out with a bang and both players came up big against the Wildcats. Appling had 22 points, 8 rebounds, and 8 assists, while Payne shot 50% from the field and added 15 points. Sophomore, Gary Harris, leads the Spartans in scoring at 20 points per game as he’s had back to back 20 point games in MSU’s 2 victories. This is also a team that can play defense, so don’t look for Columbia to put up 74 points on the Spartans. The Spartans don’t have major contributors coming off of the bench, but if this team can stay healthy, they’ll be a problem for any opponent to beat, nevermind an inferior team such as Columbia.

4 Point Lead with 4 Seconds Remaining

You would expect a team in this situation to win the game, but the Columbia Lions hand fed the Manhattan Jaspers this game as Columbia lost 71-70; nothing more needs to be said about this team as they face possibly the future #1 team in the nation.

The point spread is way too low, even at 22.5. Columbia can’t even seal the deal against Manhattan. How will they fare against Tom Izzo’s team that just knocked off the University of Kentucky? It is clear why sportsbooks are choosing Michigan State as the favored winner.

Pick- Michigan State -22.5 at Bet 365


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