NCAA Basketball: Friday Picks of the Day

David Lawrence

Friday, January 31, 2014 1:15 PM UTC

Friday, Jan. 31, 2014 1:15 PM UTC

There are no Top 25 teams in action on Friday night but we will have a total of six games available for our watching pleasure courtesy of the ESPN family of networks. That being the case, we’ve narrowed our three best picks of the night, which include a couple of road dogs.

Rider Broncs vs. St. Peter’s Peacocks

I’m going to add Rider to my college basketball picks on Friday night as their opponent, St. Peter’s, is struggling big time. The Peacocks have lost three straight games and five of eight. They’ve only covered the spread once in their five home games.

Rider tends to dominate this series as they’ve won four of the last five meetings and covered the spread in nine of the 11 get togethers. Since they’re a road dog on the NCAA basketball odds, I’ll take them here.

Pick: Rider +1.5 at 5Dimes

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Youngstown State Penguins vs. Oakland Golden Grizzlies

Although the Penguins have five more wins than the Grizzlies, just one win separates them in conference play. However, the Penguins have been playing pretty well recently and should take care of business as a road dog here.

The Penguins have won four of five and play well against losing teams. They’re 7-1 straight up and 3-1 against the spread when facing teams under .500. As for the Grizzlies, they’ve dropped four of five – straight up and against the spread – against winning teams.

Pick: Youngstown State +2.5 at Bookmaker

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Manhattan Jaspers vs. Iona Gaels

The tide has shifted a little bit in Manhattan’s season. After starting 11-2 (and 4-0 in conference play), they are just 3-3 in their last six. That includes a couple of disappointing losses such as a home loss to Quinnipiac and a road loss to Fairfield, which was Fairfield’s just fourth win of the year.

The Gaels are rolling right now with wins in five of six. They have won 10 of 12 this year as a favorite and eight of 10 in the conference. As for the Jaspers, they are 1-5 ATS when facing a team with a winning record.

Pick: Gaels -2.5 at Bovada

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