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

Matthew Jordan

Tuesday, February 23, 2016 11:34 AM GMT

Our professional handicapper has been digging tonight's slate for value and has spotted three games. Join in as he provides his top three NCAA basketball picks for Tuesday.

Rutgers vs. Minnesota (-12 On NCAA Basketball Odds)
Minnesota (7-19, 1-13) really blew this. We would have had two teams at 0-14 in the Big Ten in the Toilet Bowl game of the year here if the Gophers hadn't upset No. 6 Maryland 68-63 last Thursday, although I did recommend taking the points in that game. The Gophers pulled it off despite shooting only 33 percent from the field. It was Minnesota's first Big Ten regular-season win since beating Michigan State on Feb. 26, 2015, and its first win this season since dumping Chicago State on Dec. 16. The Maryland game was Minnesota's first since fourth-leading scorer Carlos Morris had been kicked off the team. The senior guard was averaging 9.8 points per game. Rutgers (6-12, 0-14) might be the worst Big Ten team in my lifetime. It has lost a few key players to season-ending injuries and remains without suspended leading scorer Corey Sanders. He is out two more games. Most nights, Rutgers isn't even competitive. But it was for the most part on Saturday in a 70-58 loss to Penn State. Freshman Jonathan Laurent led Rutgers with 19 points and 15 rebounds. If Rutgers doesn't win here, it's not likely to on Saturday at Northwestern or March 2 at home vs. No. 6 Michigan State. It all could come down to the regular-season finale on March 5 against these Gophers to end that skid. Oddly, this marks the ninth consecutive game against an opponent who is coming off a loss prior to facing the Gophers. Minnesota won both meetings with Rutgers last season.

Rutgers is 1-7 ATS in its past eight road games. The Gophers are a decent 6-7 ATS at home. With the Gophers a -12.5-point favorite in the NCAA basketball odds boards, improve your chances of walking to the bank with your pockets full and add Minnesota to your NCAA basketball picks.

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Free NCAA Basketball Pick: Minnesota -12½
Best Line Offered: at BetOnline

 

Alabama vs. No. 16 Kentucky (-13 In NCAA Betting)
The Crimson Tide (16-10, 7-7 SEC) are squarely on the NCAA Tournament bubble, so a road upset like this could be huge, especially with Kentucky unbeaten at home. The Tide will be favored in their next two games, home to Auburn and Arkansas, before closing at Georgia. Bama had a five-winning streak snapped in a 67-61 home loss to Mississippi State on Saturday. But Alabama is 4-2 against ranked teams this season. It's the school's most wins over Top 25 teams in 14 years. Kentucky (20-7, 10-4) leads the SEC by a game over South Carolina, Texas A&M and LSU. The Cats had a four-game winning streak end in a 79-77 overtime loss at Texas A&M on Saturday. The Aggies had 22 second-chance points, including a game-winning put-back by Tyler Davis at the buzzer. A technical foul on UK's Isaac Humphries for stupidly slamming the ball to the court was big. Kentucky played a fifth straight game without starting senior forward Alex Poythress and he's questionable for Alabama. Fellow forward Derek Willis suffered a sprained ankle against A&M and he's not likely to play. Willis had a career-high 25 points two games ago in a win over Tennessee. Kentucky won at Alabama 77-61 on Jan. 9. UK has won four straight in the series.

The Cats are 4-1 ATS in their past five after a loss and have won 35 straight at home.

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Free NCAA Basketball Pick: Kentucky -13½
Best Line Offered: at William Hill

 

Dayton vs. Saint Louis (+12.5 For NCAA Basketball Picks)
Last week, Dayton (21-5, 11-3) was ranked 15th in the country and was in sole possession of first place in the Atlantic 10 Conference. But the Flyers were beaten twice to get knocked out of the polls and to second in the Atlantic 10, a game behind VCU. The Flyers' two defeats last week snapped a streak of 77 consecutive games without dropping two in a row. The school hasn't dropped three straight since January 2014. The Flyers have played three straight games without junior forward Kendall Pollard, who averages 11.0 points and 5.0 rebounds per game. He's not expected here. Freshman Sam Miller started in Pollard’s place for the third straight game in Saturday's loss to St. Bonaventure, was scoreless and had three fouls in six minutes. Saint Louis (10-16, 5-9) has followed a five-game losing streak with back-to-back wins. Seven of Saint Louis' 10 victories have come at home this year. Dayton has won four straight in the series. It prevailed 73-37 on Jan. 27, easily SLU's worst offensive performance of the season. Pollard had 18 points and eight rebounds.

Saint Louis won't win, but take the points. The Flyers are 1-4 ATS in their past five after a loss. The underdog has covered 21 of the past 27 meetings

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Free NCAA Basketball Pick: St. Louis +12½
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle