NCAA Basketball Betting: NCAAB Picks of the Day

Joe Freda

Sunday, February 17, 2013 2:17 PM UTC

Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013 2:17 PM UTC

The No. 3 Miami Hurricanes head north to visit the Clemson Tigers, while the Illinois State Redbirds host the Wichita State Shockers. Here are two NCAA basketball picks with great value.

ESPNU Hoops Doubleheader

Sunday night’s college basketball betting features an ESPNU doubleheader, with action from the Atlantic Coast Conference and Missouri Valley Conference. 

Miami has reeled off 12 straight wins, with a 9-2-1 spread record over that span, while Illinois State has cashed four straight tickets in MVC play (82.8 PPG). Will the ‘chalk’ stay hot here or are the dogs getting enough value?

No. 3 Miami Hurricanes at Clemson Tigers

Miami’s latest triumph came in Wednesday’s 74-68 victory over the Florida State Seminoles, ‘pushing’ as a six-point road favorite. The Hurricanes shot a stellar 63.8 percent from the field, with mates Shane Larkin and Reggie Johnson notching team-highs of 22 points and eight rebounds, respectively.

Clemson ended a three-game losing streak with Thursday’s 56-53 win as a 3 ½-point road dog against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Tigers forward Devin Booker came away with eight boards and three blocks, while Clemson held Georgia Tech to a 34.5 percent night of shooting. opened Miami as 6 ½-point road ‘chalk’ for Sunday’s battle, with early wagers on Clemson driving the number a ‘hook’ south to six. Clemson is 5-1 ATS in its last six meetings with Miami, including a cashed ticket as a 4 ½-point road dog in last year’s 76-73 victory for the Hurricanes.

I am backing Miami in this contest, looking for Johnson and Co. to come away with a sizeable road win. Johnson hauled in seven rebounds in last year’s battle with the Tigers, while Clemson will be without the departed Tanner Smith and his team-high 23 points this time around. 

Clemson was held to 55.5 PPG in its home dog spots this season against North Carolina State and Arizona, with another tough foe coming to town here. The Hurricanes are 6-2-1 ATS in their last nine duels away from home, while notching a 15-5-1 spread record in their last 21 matchups against squads with winning records.

Free Basketball Picks:  Miami Hurricanes -6 (


Wichita State Shockers at Illinois State Redbirds

Illinois State pulled away in Wednesday’s 79-59 victory over the Bradley Braves, collecting as 11 ½-point NCAAB odds home ‘chalk.’ Redbirds forward Jackie Carmichael finished with 27 points and 13 rebounds, notching his second double-double in four games.

Wichita State picked up its latest win on the same night of action, holding off the Drake Bulldogs in a 71-56 triumph as a 15-point home favorite. Shockers freshman Fred Van Vleet logged 17 points and nine assists, while he and his mates held Drake to 34.7 percent field shooting.

The Shockers defeated Illinois State in January’s matchup between the rivals, 74-62, getting the money as eight-point home ‘chalk.’ Shockers forward Carl Hall grabbed 10 boards en route to Wichita State outrebounding the Redbirds, 42-33. opened Illinois State as a 1 ½-point home favorite in Sunday’s rematch, with early wagers on the Redbirds lifting the number a ‘hook’ to two. I am taking the short number here, looking for the Shockers to cash again as road dogs.

Wichita State has come away with victories in its last two visits to Illinois State, including last February’s 68-55 win as 5 ½-point road ‘chalk.’  Shockers guard Demetric Williams united with Hall to hit 5-of-5 field buckets in that affair, combining for 13 points.

Illinois State is 2-5 ATS in its last seven dates at Redbird Arena, including a 0-3 spread record in the team’s trio of spots as a single-digit favorite. Look for the Redbirds to fall again here at the betting windows, with the Shockers pulling out a tight cover.

Free Basketball Picks:  Wichita State Shockers +2 (


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