NCAA Basketball Picks Of The Day: Bringing The Best Of Tuesday Night

Matthew Jordan

Tuesday, January 19, 2016 12:08 PM GMT

Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016 12:08 PM GMT

There's a big slate in college basketball tonight. We've searched for the best plays available and here are my top three NCAA basketball picks for you to beat the odds.

We break down the NCAA basketball odds in order to choose the best matchups of the night and provide you with the best plays. Let's get started...

 

UNLV vs. Utah State (+3 On NCAA Basketball Odds)
Rice was fired on Jan. 10, a day after a loss to Wyoming dropped UNLV to 9-7 overall and 0-3 in the Mountain West Conference. Certainly it looked like the Rebels would miss the NCAA Tournament for a third straight year, but Rice had recruited some excellent young talent. His assistant, 35-year-old Todd Simon, was named the interim coach and should finish out the season. Believe it or not, you hear reports that Louisville's Rick Pitino might actually have interest in the job next season, but that's talk for another day. There are enough moneymen in Vegas to pay Pitino's huge salary to get UNLV back to powerhouse status. The Rebels have looked like a different squad under Simon, beating a good New Mexico team by 12 last Tuesday and then shredding Air Force 100-64 on Saturday. This will be their first road game under Simon. Utah State (11-6, 3-3) also has won two straight, beating Air Force 79-60 on Jan. 12 and then winning at Colorado State 96-92 on Saturday. USU's Chris Smith was named Mountain West Player of the Week on Monday. Against the Colorado State, Smith had a career-high 35 points and career-best 13 rebounds en route to his third double-double of the year. For the week, Smith averaged 27.0 points and 9.0 rebounds while shooting 59.3 percent (16-of-27) from the field. USU is just 4-30 all-time in this series but did win the last one, 83-65 on Feb. 24, 2015 in Logan.

The Aggies are 10-4 ATS in their past 14 following an ATS win. UNLV is 2-3 ATS on the road this season.

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Free NCAA Basketball Pick: Utah State +3½
Best Line Offered: at BetOnline

 

Alabama vs. Auburn (+2.5 In NCAA Betting)
Do they call this the Iron Bowl in basketball too? Probably not. Also probably not quite the electricity in this rivalry on the hardwood compared to the gridiron, where the state shuts down when the teams play in the regular-season finale each year. Alabama (10-6, 1-3 SEC) was beaten at Vanderbilt 71-63 on Saturday to fall to 0-2 in SEC road games. The Tide never win at Memorial Gymnasium, dropping 12 of their past 13 there. Alabama outscored Vandy 38-16 in the paint and won the rebounding battle 39-29, but the Tide were an absurd 7-for-20 from the free-throw line. It was the first time this season Bama lost when outrebounding its opponent. Auburn (8-8, 2-3) comes off the signature win of the fairly new Bruce Pearl Era as the Tigers ended a three-game losing streak with a 75-70 home upset of No. 14 Kentucky on Saturday. The Tigers, who rallied from a 12-point second-half deficit, had lost 18 straight and 32 of 33 in that series. Marshall transfer Kareem Canty led the way with 26 points for Auburn and had two clutch free throws with 20 seconds left despite severely spraining his ankle a minute before. Canty should play here but even Pearl admits he's not sure at what level. The junior is easily the team's best player, ranking fourth in the SEC in scoring (19.0 ppg) and third in assists (5.6 apg).

If Canty were at full strength, I'd take Auburn here. But he clearly won't be. Go Tide for your NCAA basketball picks. The Tide are 10-3 ATS in their past 13 after a loss. Auburn is 0-4 ATS in its past four following a win.

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Free NCAA Basketball Pick: Alabama -2½
Best Line Offered: at Bookmaker

 

No. 3 Kansas vs. Oklahoma State (+9.5 For NCAA Basketball Picks)
Playing in Stillwater always has special meaning for Kansas coach Bill Self as he's an alum at Oklahoma State. His Jayhawks (15-2, 4-1 Big 12) fell out of the top spot in the polls thanks to a 74-63 loss at an excellent West Virginia team last Tuesday. KU followed that with a not-great effort in a 70-63 home win over TCU on Saturday. Two highly touted freshmen had their best games in that one, with Cheick Diallo posting nine points, nine rebounds and five blocks, the latter two career highs, and Carlton Bragg Jr. had a career-best 10 points. Oklahoma State (9-8, 1-4) is off to its worst Big 12 start in years and enters on a four-game losing streak. The past two, vs. then-No. 2 Oklahoma and at Texas on Saturday, were only by a combined seven points. Not sure if  Coach Travis Ford will be brought back next season barring a late-season surge. Oklahoma State has won two straight at home vs. Kansas. OSU is the only team in the country to beat the Jayhawks in each of the last three seasons. The last seven head-to-head meetings overall between the two teams have been decided by a total of three points (KU 499 points, OSU 496). Self is only 3-7 as a coach at Gallagher-Iba Arena, 3-5 at Kansas (other two games with Oral Roberts). Only two OSU point guards had more 10-assist games than Self did at OSU, who piled up six.

The home team is 4-0 ATS in the past four meetings. OSU has covered four straight at home. 

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Free NCAA Basketball Pick: Oklahoma State +9
Best Line Offered: at Heritage

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