NCAA Basketball Betting: NCAAB Picks of the Day

Steven Suarez

Saturday, March 2, 2013 3:57 PM GMT

Saturday, Mar. 2, 2013 3:57 PM GMT

An incredibly busy day of college basketball action means there should be no shortage of value out there. Here are two NCAA Basketball Picks that we like the look of.

LSU Tigers vs. Missouri Tigers

Normally we find ourselves backing Missouri with our college basketball picks, but this time around we believe the college basketball odds are a little too steep.

A visiting LSU team enters this matchup getting a whopping 14 points from oddsmakers. The total is roughly at the 149.5 mark.

The Tigers have been surging recently, winning seven of their last nine, while going 6-3 ATS in those games. They've covered the spread in five of their previous six contests ahead of today's game.

That streak started with a win over Missouri in late January. Johnny O'Bryant III had 14 points and 11 rebounds, while Anthony Hickey (20 points and four assists) and Andre Stringer (18 points and five boards) also had productive games.

The X factor recently though has been Charles Carmouche. The senior guard got into trouble after talking back to coaches in the early stages of a road loss to Tennessee and ended up only playing three minutes. Carmouche made amends though and has responded by averaging 23 points and eight boards over his last two games.

LSU has won just three times on the road this season and runs into a Missouri squad that's undefeated inside Mizzou Arena, but Johnny Jones' team is very balanced and that should serve them well in Columbia.

With O'Bryant III playing like a beast inside and five different players averaging in double figures, we feel as if LSU will be able to avoid a blowout this afternoon.

NCAAB Picks: LSU Tigers +14

[gameodds]14/222627/43/us[/gameodds]

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Saint Louis Billikens vs. George Washington Colonials

As five-point road favorites, the Billikens will aim to take care of business against George Washington. They might be the best selection for our NCAAB picks here. On the season, they're 22-5 SU and 16-9 ATS, while the Colonials are 12-14 SU and 11-9-2 ATS.

It was a perfect month for Saint Louis, who won all seven of their scheduled games both straight up and against the spread. That includes road matchups with Butler (65-61), Richmond (56-46) and Fordham (90-73).

Skeptics are waiting for the Billikens to come back down to earth, but don't expect that to happen anytime soon. This team is for real.

Dwayne Evans has reached double-digits in scoring in 10 straight games and is coming off a 21-point/12-rebound showing against St. Joseph. Mike McCall Jr, Cody Ellis, Jordair Jett, Kwamain Mitchell, and Rob Loe are all playing significant minutes too for Jim Crews' deep team.

It's hardly as if George Washington has been an unstoppable force at home, as they're only 6-6 SU on their own court this season. Plus, only one of their players (Isaiah Armwood) is averaging 10+ points overall on the year.

The Colonials have been performing poorly lately, losing two straight and four of their last five. They've failed to cash ATS in four consecutive matchups and now have to deal with Saint Louis. Crews' squad has been excellent defensively, allowing 57.9 PPG, which ranks them in the top twenty nationally.

At 6-3 ATS away from home, we are liking the chances of a Billikens cover today. They return practically all of the key contributors from the Saint Louis team that crushed the Colonials by 22 last season.

NCAAB Picks: Saint Louis Billikens -5 at bet365

[gameodds]14/222623/43/us[/gameodds]

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