NCAA Basketball Odds: Best ATS Picks For Saturday, January 14

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Matthew Jordan

Friday, January 13, 2017 8:51 PM GMT

I am now 4-1-1 on my top NCAA basketball picks for Saturdays in the New Year after hitting on Kansas State (-10) and North Carolina (-13) last weekend but missing on Washington State (+11). Here are three games I recommend this Saturday.

Oklahoma State At No. 2 Kansas (-12)

I previewed Oklahoma-Kansas State in this space last week, took the home Wildcats at -10 and they were good to me in a 75-64 victory, so let's try the other Big 12 schools in the states of Oklahoma and Kansas this Saturday. Presumably, Kansas will rise to No. 1 in the nation in Monday's new polls if the Jayhawks take care of business against a pretty bad Cowboys team in Lawrence. The Wooden Award Midseason Top 25 was released this week and Kansas guard Frank Mason was on it, as he should be. The senior is averaging a Big 12-leading 20.4 points while shooting 53.2 percent from the field and 54.9 percent from long range. He also chips in 5.6 assists and 4.4 rebounds per game. On Tuesday in an 81-70 win at Oklahoma, Mason poured in 28 points, the most he has scored in a Big 12 game. It was the 400th victory at Kansas for Bill Self, becoming the third coach in school history to reach the mark. As a team, Kansas is shooting 42 percent from 3-point range, third among major-conference teams. Oklahoma State was a solid 10-2 in non-conference play, but that was clearly a mirage as the Cowboys have started 0-4 for the first time in the Big 12 era and have lost 10 straight conference games dating to last year. They Pokes are 0-3 vs. ranked teams this season (North Carolina, West Virginia, Baylor) and were routed in two of those games.

NCAAB Free Pick: Kansas -12Best Line Offered: BetOnline

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Nebraska At Michigan (-9)

Big Ten matchup between teams that have plenty of work to do in order to earn an at-large NCAA Tournament bid as neither the Cornhuskers nor Wolverines are likely going to win the Big Ten Tournament title.  Nebraska hasn't made the Big Dance since 2014 and its 2017 chances took a huge hit this week when sophomore forward Ed Morrow Jr. was ruled out indefinitely with a foot injury, but at least it won't require surgery. He is averaging 10.1 points (55.4 percent shooting), 7.9 rebounds and 1.5 blocks. He already has more points, rebounds and blocks than he did throughout his entire freshman season. Morrow had an injury in the same right foot as a freshman and it sidelined him for nearly three weeks and limited his minutes over the final six weeks. The Huskers actually have pulled upsets in their past two Big Ten road games at then-No. 16 Indiana and Maryland. Michigan is near the bottom of the early Big Ten standings with a 1-3 mark. The Wolverines were handled 85-69 at Illinois on Wednesday. Michigan does commit the fewest turnovers in the country, but does little else great. U-M holds a 12-2 all-time record against the Cornhuskers, winning the last eight. Make it nine.

NCAAB Free Pick: Michigan -9Best Line Offered: Heritage

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Tennessee At Vanderbilt (-4.5)

Could be a long NCAA basketball season in the Volunteer State as it's looking like all three major basketball programs, Tennessee, Vandy and Memphis, will miss the NCAA Tournament. The Vols suffered a major loss earlier this week when guard Detrick Mostella was dismissed from the team in the wake of a citation for possession of drug paraphernalia. In 15 games this season, Mostella was averaging a career-best 10.5 points (second on team) and 3.9 rebounds per game. The junior had a season-high 25 points in a victory against East Tennessee State on Dec. 22. The team missed him Wednesday when Tennessee lost its third in a row, 70-60 at home to South Carolina. The Gamecocks were 7-for-13 from beyond the arc while the Vols were 1-for-11. Mostella was one of the team's best 3-point shooters at 37.1 percent and led with 26 3-point makes. Vandy is on a two-game losing streak but played really well on Tuesday night in an 87-81 home loss to No. 6 Kentucky. The Cats had beaten their first three SEC foes by an average of 23 points. Vandy had only seven turnovers but was 8-for-29 from long range. The Commodores still lead the SEC in 3-point shooting.Vandy won two of three meetings last season vs. Tennessee and is 50-35 all-time in the series at home.

NCAAB Free Pick: Vanderbilt -4.5Best Line Offered: SportsBetting

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