NCAA Basketball Picks: A Terrific Betting Trio For Tuesday’s Card

Matthew Jordan

Tuesday, March 1, 2016 12:58 PM UTC

Tuesday, Mar. 1, 2016 12:58 PM UTC

There's a lot of action today on NCAA basketball, let's dive in and take a look at the NCAA basketball odds. Here are my top three NCAA Basketball picks for Tuesday. 

#19 Baylor vs. #6 Oklahoma 
It's Senior Night in Norman, meaning it's time for the home folks to say goodbye to one of the best players in Oklahoma school history, senior guard Buddy Hield, who will be a very high draft pick in this summer's NBA draft. He's second in the nation in scoring at 25.4 points per game, leads the nation in 3-pointers made per game and continues to be the national player of the year favorite. Not only will Hield and five other seniors be honored but the school also will retire former great Blake Griffin's jersey at halftime. He was the 2008-09 national player of the year and OU's first No. 1 overall NBA draft pick. Of course Griffin is now a star with the Los Angeles Clippers but is out injured. The Clips don't play Tuesday so presumably he will be in attendance. Oklahoma (22-6, 10-6) is in a three-way tie for third in the Big 12 with Baylor and Texas. The Sooners are scuffling a bit, having dropped four of seven. Hield had 33 points in Saturday's 76-63 loss at No. 25 Texas but had just three points over the game's final seven minutes. It was Hield's ninth game this season with at least 30 points, which is as many as all other Big 12 players have this season combined. Baylor (21-8, 10-6) has reached double-digit Big 12 wins for the fourth time in school history. Baylor has won three straight Big 12 road games and not trailed in any of them. Its six Big 12 road wins ties its most in the league’s 20-year history. The Bears haven't won four straight conference road games in 26 years, back in the old Southwest Conference. Baylor hosted Oklahoma when the Sooners were No. 1 on Jan. 23 and OU won 82-72. Hield had 19 points as BU's 15-game home winning streak ended. Baylor is 1-6 ATS in its past seven after a win. OU is 4-0 against the NCAA basketball odds in its past four Tuesday games.

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NCAAB Free Pick: Oklahoma -7.5
Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes


Ohio vs. Akron 
If you live in the Akron area, you should attend this Mid-American Conference game because the school is giving out LeBron James bobbleheads with him in a Zips uniform.  Of course LeBron didn't play college basketball but is from Akron. The Zips (22-7, 11-5) can clinch the MAC East Division title with a victory here and earn no worse than a No. 2 seed in next week's MAC Tournament. Ohio (19-9, 10-6) is a game back in the division. Akron closes the regular season Friday at home against Kent State, while Ohio is at Miami of Ohio. The Zips improved to 13-0 at home with Saturday's 89-54 rout of Bowling Green. Reggie McAdams had 21 of his 29 points in the first half as Akron led by 26 at the break. Akron hit 19 of its 41 3-pointers, both season highs. Akron's leading scorer on the season, Isaiah Johnson, only had seven points. Ohio closed out its home schedule with a 103-96 overtime win over Buffalo on Saturday. Jaaron Simmons had a career-high 31 points and eight assists. It was the Bobcats' first time scoring at least 100 points since December 2010. Akron won at Ohio 80-68 on Feb. 2. The Zips are 8-3 ATS in their past 11 games. The Bobcats are 2-8 ATS in the past 10 meetings.

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NCAAB Free Pick: Akron -5
Best Line Offered: at BetOnline


#12 Indiana vs. #16 Iowa 
I previewed Iowa's game at unranked Ohio State here at SBR on Sunday and recommended the Buckeyes at plus-3.5. OSU won 68-64, handing the Hawkeyes their third straight defeat. Ohio State's Keita Bates-Diop blocked Mike Gesell’s potential tying layup with about three seconds remaining. The Buckeyes closed the game on a 12-2 run to keep their NCAA Tournament at-large hopes alive. Iowa (20-8, 11-5) is now tied with Michigan State, Maryland and Wisconsin for second in the Big Ten, two games behind Indiana. The Hoosiers (23-6, 13-3) at worst will share the Big Ten regular-season title, the 22nd in school history. A win here or Sunday at home vs. Maryland would give Indiana the outright title. The Hoosiers have won three straight and been off since last Thursday's blowout at Illinois. Indiana played without starting guard Robert Johnson due to a sprained ankle. He's questionable here. He averages 8.2 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.1 assists. It's Senior Day at Iowa, and Indiana is the only Big Ten team the senior class hasn't beaten at home. Indiana's last visit to Carver-Hawkeye Arena was Dec. 31, 2012. The Hawkeyes have won seven of the last nine meetings in Iowa City. These teams met in Bloomington on Feb. 11 and Indiana won 85-78. The Hoosiers led by as many as 16 points in the first half but Iowa rallied to take a four-point lead midway through the second. Indiana then regained control.  The Hawkeyes are 4-0 ATS in the past four meetings at home. They are 5-0 ATS in their past five at home vs. teams with a winning road record. Add Iowa as the NCAA basketball pick.

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NCAAB Free Pick: Iowa -4
Best Line Offered: at Bookmaker

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