NCAA Basketball Picks Of The Day: Best Plays To Crash The Boards

Matthew Jordan

Tuesday, February 2, 2016 11:38 AM UTC

Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016 11:38 AM UTC

We have selected the best three matchups of the day from the available NCAA basketball odds. Don't miss our top NCAA basketball picks and profit off these plays tonight.

No. 25 South Carolina vs. Georgia (Pick'em For NCAA Basketball Picks)
The Gamecocks (19-2, 6-2 SEC) got back into the AP Top 25 with a pair of double-digit home wins last week. USC beat Alabama 78-64 on Saturday. Michael Carrera had his second straight double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Over the last three games, Carrera is averaging 23.8 points and 10.8 points. South Carolina had a whopping 46 three-throw attempts vs. the Tide and made 28. Alabama attempted 25 from the charity stripe. USC is off to its best start since the 1969-70 club also was 19-2. The school hasn't had a 20-win season in seven years but that's obviously a formality at this point. It already has matched last season's SEC win total. Georgia (11-8, 4-4) lost at No. 17 Baylor 83-73 on Saturday in the Big 12/SEC Challenge. J.J. Frazier had 21 points -- his third straight game with at least 20 -- and a career-high 11 assists in the loss. He was the first Georgia player since December 2007 with a points-assists double-double. UGA's Charles Mann is two made free throws shy of tying the school's all-time career record held by Alec Kessler. South Carolina won both regular-season meetings last year with Georgia, but the Bulldogs won vs. USC in the SEC Tournament.

The Dawgs are 5-0 ATS in their past five after a loss. They have covered 13 of the past 16 at home in the series. 

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Free NCAA Basketball Pick: Georgia PK
Best Line Offered: at BetOnline


TCU vs. No. 1 Oklahoma (-19.5 In NCAA Betting)
This is the biggest spread on the NCAA basketball odds board. The Sooners (18-2, 6-2 Big 12) are No. 1 in the AP poll for a third straight week. No team has held the top spot for more than four weeks this season. It's the first time in school history that OU has been ranked No. 1 for three straight weeks. Also Monday, Sooners senior Buddy Hield was named Big 12 Player of the Week. It's the fourth time he has won that honor this season. Hield averaged 31 points, 6.5 rebounds, two assists and one steal in wins over Texas Tech and LSU. The Sooners were nearly upset in Baton Rouge on Saturday, escaping 77-75 when an LSU last-second layup attempt was blocked -- although it looked like the LSU player might have been fouled on the play. Hield had 32 points in the game, outplaying fellow player of the year candidate Ben Simmons, who had 14 points. That award is definitely Hield's to lose at this point. TCU (10-11, 1-7) is pretty clearly the Big 12's worst team. The Frogs did end a five-game losing streak, however, with a 75-63 home win over Tennessee on Saturday in the Big 12/SEC Challenge. TCU is 2-16 all-time against Oklahoma. The most recent win was in Fort Worth in 2013. This is TCU's second game vs. the No. 1 team this season, a program first. It lost 70-63 at Kansas on Jan. 16.

Think the Sooners might look past the Frogs a bit. Oklahoma is 1-5 ATS in its past six at home. The road team has covered four straight meetings. We're taking TCU for our NCAA basketball picks.

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Free NCAA Basketball Pick: TCU +19.5
Best Line Offered: at Bookmaker


Duke vs. Georgia Tech (+3.5 On NCAA Basketball Odds)
This is the first time I've ever written for SBR that I haven't included a number before the word Duke when talking about the basketball team. And by number I of course mean a ranking. The Blue Devils (15-6, 4-4 ACC) fell out of the Associated Press (and USA Today) Top 25 on Monday, having lost four of their past five games. It's the first time since the preseason poll of 2007-08 that the Blue Devils are not ranked. Coach K's team had been ranked for 167 straight weeks. The record is 221 by UCLA from 1966-80. So now the longest active streak in the nation is 136 in a row by Kansas. The Dukies are one of the nation's best offensive teams but they are not good on defense. Duke currently ranks 145th in adjusted defensive efficiency at 1.02 points per possession. Last year's title team ranked 81st, allowing an average of 0.97 points per possession. A big problem has been the injury of Amile Jefferson, the team's best post defender. He has been out since mid-December with a foot injury and won't play in this one, although he's getting closer. Georgia Tech (12-9, 2-6 ACC) is going to miss the NCAA Tournament for a fifth straight season. The Jackets lost by three at Syracuse on Saturday. This is the only meeting between the Blue Devils and Yellow Jackets this regular season. Duke won last year's lone meeting 72-66 at home. The Devils have won eight straight overall vs. Tech and 11 of the past 13 in Atlanta.

Duke has had a full week off, so I'm sure Coach K has fixed some things with some spirited practices. Give the points. The Blue Devils are 11-4 ATS in their past 15 following an ATS loss.

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Free NCAA Basketball Pick: Georgia Tech +3.5
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

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