NCAA Basketball Picks For Sunday: Three Valentine's Day Winners

Matthew Jordan

Saturday, February 13, 2016 11:27 PM UTC

Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016 11:27 PM UTC

The basketball season can't end soon enough at Boston College as the Eagles are the only winless team in ACC play. Could they actually upset visiting Syracuse on Sunday? Here are my top three picks on Heritage's NCAA Basketball odds for the day.

Syracuse vs. Boston College (+11.5)
The Orange (17-8, 7-5 ACC) are definitely on the NCAA Tournament bubble after sitting out last season's Big Dance due to self-imposed violations. They absolutely can't afford a terrible loss like this. Plus SU will be an underdog in probably three of its final six games: at Louisville, at North Carolina and at fellow bubble team Florida State. Syracuse is trending up, having beaten those Seminoles 85-72 on Thursday. I previewed that game as one of my Thursday picks and recommended the Orange at -4.5 so that was a win. Michael Gbinjie led Syracuse with 22 points on just eight shots from the field, making seven of them. He has scored in double figures in every game this season. Up just three at halftime, Syracuse would find itself up 16 with just 3:40 gone after intermission. That big run started with six straight points from DaJuan Coleman. Syracuse shot 62 percent for the game, its first time over 50 percent on the year. The Orange scored 40 points in the paint, their second-most of the season. "This was our most patient offensive game," SU head coach Jim Boeheim told reporters afterward. I have little positive to say about Boston College (7-17, 0-11) other than it's a really nice campus. The Eagles did play perhaps their best game of the season Tuesday in losing just 68-65 to No. 9 North Carolina. BC led most of the game.  When the two schools met on Jan. 30 in Chapel Hill, the Heels won by 27. Syracuse beat visiting Boston College 62-40 on Jan. 13. SU had been 0-4 in ACC play entering that one. The 40 points scored were a season low for BC. Take Boston College at +11.5  NCAA Basketball odds. Syracuse will overlook the Eagles a bit with tougher games ahead.

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NCAA Basketball Pick: Boston College +11.5
Best Line Offered: at Heritage  


South Florida vs. Temple (-15)
Temple (15-8, 9-3 AAC) was a 4.5-point home underdog at home to  UConn on Thursday, a game I also previewed on my picks for that day. The Owls didn't just cover, they won 63-58 to sweep the season series and get a hugely important resume boost for an NCAA Tournament at-large bid. You have to take Temple over UConn now if all else is equal. The win also got Temple into a tie for first with SMU atop the American Athletic Conference standings, a race that looked over in SMU's favor about two weeks ago. The Owls trailed UConn on Thursday by 12 with less than six minutes left. Temple star Quenton DeCosey, who finished with 23 points, made a jumper to tie the game with 1:49 to go. Then he gave Temple the lead when completing an old-fashioned 3-point play shortly after. DeCosey was 5-for-5 from the free-throw in the final two minutes and scored Temple's final nine points. Daniel Dingle was huge in the comeback as well with four second-half 3-pointers. He finished with a career-high 15 points. South Florida (5-20, 2-10 AAC) is pretty clearly the worst team in the conference. The Bulls will be well-rested, not having played since last Sunday's 92-58 home loss to SMU. USF hosted Temple on Jan. 31 and lost 70-63. DeCosey had a career-high 30 points, including hitting 14-for-17 from the free-throw line. Bet South Florida. Huh, you say? I think Temple will be caught looking ahead to Wednesday's home game vs. No. 1 Villanova.

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NCAA Basketball Pick: South Florida +15
Best Line Offered: 
at Bookmaker


Indiana vs. No. 8 Michigan State (-7.5)
Entering the weekend, Indiana (20-5, 10-2) was in a three-way tie for the Big Ten lead with Maryland and Iowa. The Hoosiers got there by knocking off the No. 4 Hawkeyes 85-78 on Thursday in Bloomington, where Indiana is perfect this season. Indiana was up 16 points with six minutes left before halftime but found itself down four points with just under 10 minutes left. But the  Hoosiers outscored the Hawkeyes 29-18 the rest of the way. Indiana star Yogi Ferrell was just 2-for-12 from the field but 8-for-8 from the charity stripe. Meanwhile, IU's bench had 31 points to Iowa's zero. Indiana also hit 18-for-21 from the free-throw line and Iowa just 13-for-23. Michigan State (20-5, 7-5) has no shot at the Big Ten regular-season title but would like a Top 4 seed for the conference tournament and that's doable. Sparty lost a thriller at No. 18 Purdue on Tuesday, 82-81 in overtime to end a four-game winning streak. MSU trailed by 18 in the second half but managed to take a four-point lead with about two minutes left. Star Denzel Valentine's layup with 11.5 seconds left in overtime tied the score at 81; he had missed a potential winner at the end of regulation. But Valentine then committed a foul on Purdue's Raphael Davis with under five seconds left and Davis hit one of two for the winning margin. Valentine led MSU team with 27 points and 10 assists. This is the only scheduled meeting between Indiana and Michigan State this season. Sparty won both last year, by 20 at home. Take Indiana +7 with your NCAA Basketball picks (but MSU wins). The Hoosiers are 8-2 ATS in their past 10 vs. teams with a winning record. The road team is 5-1 ATS in the past six meetings. 

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NCAA Basketball Pick: Indiana +7
Best Line Offered: at Heritage

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