NCAA Basketball Picks: Pair Of Valuable Underdog Plays To Fatten Your Wallet On Tuesday

Ross Benjamin

Tuesday, January 5, 2016 3:10 PM UTC

Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016 3:10 PM UTC

Our college basketball analyst has isolated two underdog NCAA basketball picks on Tuesday’s card that possess hidden betting value. Find out which ones and maximize profits tonight!

South Carolina vs. Auburn 7:00 PM ET
Despite their 13-0 start, and being one of just two undefeated teams left in the country, South Carolina is ranked just 22nd in the latest AP Poll. That speaks to their weak non-conference schedule they faced thus far. Today will be just the Gamecocks second true road game of the season.

Auburn has gone 5-1 SU&ATS at home this season, and has an impressive +12.5 point per game differential in those contests. They opened their SEC schedule this past Saturday with a 83-77 home win over Tennessee, and covered as a 1.5 point favorite. Auburn’s Bruce Pearl has gone an outstanding 42-23 ATS (64.6%) in his head coaching career when facing an opponent with a .800 or better win percentage.

I like the home underdog value in this contest for my NCAA basketball picks, and wouldn’t be shocked at all to see an outright upset. One of my NCAA basketball picks on Tuesday will reflect that prior statement.

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Free NCAA Basketball Pick: Auburn +6.0
Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes


Kentucky vs. LSU 9:00 PM ET
Make no mistake about it, this is another young but extremely talented Kentucky team. However, I don’t believe at this exact juncture, they’re nearly as imposing as last year’s team that started 34-0 before losing to Wisconsin in the “Final Four”. They’ve played one true road game thus far, and lost at UCLA 87-77 as a 6.5 point favorite. The Wildcats also suffered a 74-67 loss to Ohio State at Madison Square Garden as a 10.0 point favorite. The Buckeyes were just 5-5 when that game took place.

LSU opened their SEC slate with an impressive 90-82 upset win at Vanderbilt as a 10.0 point underdog. The Tigers possess one of, if not the best, freshmen player in the country. Ben Simmons is averaging 20.5 points and 13.1 rebounds per game, and looks like a one and done elite NBA prospect. The 6’10 Simmons scored 36 points and hauled in 14 rebounds in last Saturday’s win at Vanderbilt. LSU is 7-1 at home this season, and has gone 4-1 SU&ATS in their previous five games overall. After surfing the major sportsbooks NCAA basketball odds, I found that Heritage provides me with a best combination of number and price for this specific wager.

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Free NCAA Basketball Pick: LSU +4.5
?Best Line Offered: at Heritage

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