NCAA Basketball Picks Of The Day: Best Of Monday's Value Selections

Matthew Jordan

Monday, January 18, 2016 4:50 PM UTC

Monday, Jan. 18, 2016 4:50 PM UTC

If it's Monday, that means it's Big Monday college hoops action and here are my top three overall recommendations for you to add to your NCAA basketball picks.

We review the available lines in the NCAA basketball odds boards and break them down for you to find out the best and most profitable NCAA basketball picks of the day. Let's get started...


Syracuse vs. No. 9 Duke 
This is the first ESPN game at 7 p.m. and features Hall of Fame coaches in Syracuse's Jim Boeheim and Duke's Mike Krzyzewski. The Orange (12-7, 2-4 ACC) have gone 2-1 since Boeheim returned from a nine-game suspension. They lost his first game back, 84-73 to ranked North Carolina to start 0-4 in ACC play. But Syracuse, which isn't allowed to play postseason basketball this season, has since routed Boston College and then Wake Forest on Saturday. Michael Gbinije had 15 points against the Deacons, his ACC-best 20th straight game with double-figure points. I bring him up because Gbinije began his college career as a small forward at Duke but left after one season and is a point guard with Syracuse. As a freshman at Duke, Gbinije appeared in just 19 games. He averaged just 1.7 points. He sat out the 2012-13 season at Syracuse. At 6-7, Gbinije isn't a traditional point guard but is having a stellar season, averaging a team-high 17.0 points and 4.3 assists to go with 4.4 rebounds per game. Guy barely leaves the court, going an average of 37.8 minutes per night, among the nation's leaders. Duke (14-4, 3-2) won't be No. 9 in the AP poll when the new one comes out later Monday as the Blue Devils enter on a two-game losing streak. They lost by five at Clemson last Wednesday and then by four at home to Notre Dame on Saturday. The Devils are now 2-3 this season when being outrebounded. They rank second in the nation in scoring at 86.9 points per game. Coach K is 4-2 all-time vs. Syracuse and has won the past three. Duke won both last year, including by 19 at home.

The Orange are 2-5 ATS in their past seven overall. They are 1-4 ATS in their past five on the road. Duke has covered 16 of its past 24 at home.

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Free NCAA Basketball Pick: Duke -11
Best Line Offered: at BetOnline


No. 24 Purdue vs. Rutgers 
The Boilermakers (15-3, 3-2 Big Ten) played just once last week, a 74-57 home win over Penn State on Wednesday. Still hard to know whether this team is a legitimate Final Four contender as Purdue has faced just one team that was ranked at the time and lost by six to Butler. The Boilers are 2-1 in true road games this year and 1-1 in Big Ten away games. They are trying for a first 2-1 Big Ten road start since the 2011-12 season. Maybe no team in the nation has gotten more from its bench this season than Purdue as its reserves are outscoring the opposition's by 20.2 points per game. The Purdue bench has yet to be outscored in a game. In Big Ten play, the group is averaging 32.0 points per game. Rutgers (6-12, 0-5) is pretty terrible and brings a five-game losing streak into this one. It has lost four of five conference games by at least 15 points. Overall, Rutgers has dropped 20 straight Big Ten games, the longest in the conference since Northwestern ended a 20-game skid in February 2008. Purdue won both meetings last year, including 61-51 in New Jersey. Rutgers is a banged-up team. Second-leading scorer Dehsawn Freeman (13.1 ppg) hasn’t played since Nov. 30 due to a knee injury. Reserve Jonathan Laurent (6.1 ppg, 4.6 rpg) has missed the past three games with a concussion.

Rutgers won't win but that's too many points. Scarlet Knights cover. Purdue is 4-9 ATS in its past 13 vs. teams with a losing record. Rutgers is a crazy 15-1 ATS in its past 16 Monday games.

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Free NCAA Basketball Pick: Scarlet Knights +20
Best Line Offered: at Bookmaker


No. 2 Oklahoma vs. No. 17 Iowa State (-2 For NCAA Basketball Picks)
This follows the Syracuse-Duke game on ESPN. With-top ranked Kansas losing at West Virginia last Tuesday. Oklahoma (15-1, 4-1 Big 12) should be No. 1 in the new polls Monday. The Sooners have won three straight since that wild triple-overtime loss at Kansas. OU had a pair of two-point wins last week, at Oklahoma State and vs. No. 11 West Virginia on Saturday. Khadeem Lattin had a tip-in with one second left to beat the Mountaineers. OU will ascend to the top ranking for the first time since March 1990. This game features the top two scorers in the Big Ten in Oklahoma's Buddy Hield (26.0), the leading national player of the year candidate, and ISU's Georges Niang (19.6). The Cyclones (13-4, 2-3) ended a two-game losing streak -- both defeats close -- with a 76-63 win at Kansas State on Saturday. Iowa State took control in the first half as a 15-0 run led to a 17-point lead. The Wildcats cut it to five points at one point but never got closer. Niang scored in double figures for the 97th time of his career with 15 points. Here, the Cyclones are looking to avoid losing two in a row at Hilton Coliseum for the first time since 2010-11. ISU has won the past four against Oklahoma in Ames and seven of the last 10 at home. These teams met in Norman on Jan. 2 and Oklahoma won 87-83. Hield had 22 points. Niang had 29 for ISU, which led most of the second half.

Oklahoma is 1-6 ATS in its past seven games. The home team is 7-3 ATS in the past 10 meetings. 

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Free NCAA Basketball Pick: Iowa State
Best Line Offered: at Bovada

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