NCAA Basketball Odds: Best ATS Picks For Saturday, January 21

Matthew Jordan

Friday, January 20, 2017 7:09 PM UTC

Friday, Jan. 20, 2017 7:09 PM UTC

Bit of a disappointing Saturday last week on my college basketball picks as I correctly hit the winning side in all three games but was right only once on the spread to fall to 5-3-1 ATS on the season. Here are three games I recommend this Saturday.

Michigan State At Indiana (-7)

Crushing news for the Hoosiers on Wednesday in their 78-75 win at Penn State as super-athletic sophomore forward suffered a season-ending injury when his knee buckled while going for a rebound at the end of the first half. Players were reportedly crying in the locker room at halftime and Coach Tom Crean was emotional afterward. Anunoby is averaging 11.4 points and 5.6 rebounds and is a magnificent dunker. He was a projected 2017 NBA lottery pick. Zach McRoberts started the second half against Penn State and presumably will going forward. Fellow forward Juwan Morgan missed the PSU game with a left foot injury. He's questionable here. Morgan averages 7.3 points and 5.4 rebounds. IU beat the Nittany Lions on a James Blackmon 3-pointer at the buzzer or it really would have been a terrible night. Like Indiana, MSU is probably an NCAA Tournament bubble team at the moment, and the Spartans have lost two of their past three. Both Big Ten losses were away from home: at Penn State (Philadelphia) and at Ohio State last Sunday. MSU has been off since then. Tom Izzo said he used the time off to hone his rotation. The Spartans had nine players get 11 or more minutes at Ohio State, but Izzo wants to shrink that down.

NCAAB Free Pick: Michigan State +7Best Line Offered: SportsBetting

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Ohio At Northern Illinois (Pick'em)

Sometimes it can take sportsbooks a while  to catch on to a major injury at a smaller school. Ohio University has been one of the best schools in the Mid-American Conference this decade but has lost its best player, senior Antonio Campbell, to a season-ending broken foot. The reigning MAC Player of the Year led the Bobcats in points (16.4), rebounds (8.9) and blocked shots (1.1) per game. Campbell finishes his career as the No. 22 all-time scorer in program history (1,257), 10th all-time rebounder (800) and ninth all-time in blocks (119). Campbell was hurt early in last Saturday's game and then missed Tuesday's 83-68 loss at Akron. Northern Illinois has won four straight and eight of nine. It beat visiting Miami of Ohio 62-58 on Tuesday. Senior Marin Maric posted his 17th career double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds. NIU is tied for the MAC West lead with Eastern Michigan. The Huskies were 1-2 vs. Ohio last season but won the lone home matchup.

NCAAB Free Pick: Northern Illinois At Pick'emBest Line Offered: BetOnline

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No. 24 South Carolina At No. 5 Kentucky (-13)

Most people think Kentucky will run the table in the SEC, and I tend to agree because it's a probably the second-weakest power conference in the nation behind the Big Ten. As of now, UK has only three games vs. ranked SEC foes on its schedule: this one and two against Florida. The Cats have won six straight since a close loss at Louisville on Dec. 21. They were given a fight at Mississippi State on Tuesday but prevailed 88-81. Coach John Calipari wasn't overly thrilled with the performance considering UK committed 16 turnovers, its second highest total of the season, and allowed Mississippi State to shoot 54.2 percent from the field, a season-high by a Kentucky opponent. Wildcats superstar freshman Malik Monk was just 5-for-14 from the field for 14 points. Fellow freshman De'Aaron Fox stepped up with 21 points, five rebounds and five assists. South Carolina is unbeaten with star guard Sindarius Thornwell in the lineup. He was suspended six games earlier in the season and USC went 3-3. The Gamecocks are 3-0 vs. ranked teams this season after beating No. 19 Florida on Wednesday, 59-53. South Carolina leads the nation in 3-point percentage defense and UF didn't hit from long range for the first time in 850 games. The Gators were 0-for-17. USC also allows just 59.4 points, best in the SEC and fourth best in the nation

NCAAB Free Pick: South Carolina +13Best Line Offered: Heritage

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