NCAA Basketball Picks Of The Day: Sunday's ATS Value Worth The Risk

Matthew Jordan

Sunday, January 10, 2016 1:22 PM UTC

Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016 1:22 PM UTC

How about a few NCAA basketball picks to parlay with the NFL action? Here are my top recommendations for Sunday based on the available NCAA basketball odds.

No. 11 Villanova vs. No. 18 Butler (+4 On NCAA Basketball Odds)
This is the only Top-25 matchup of Sunday, and Butler has flopped in two of these type games in the Big East thus far. Yes, the Bulldogs beat ranked Cincinnati and Purdue out of conference, but they opened Big East play with an eight-point home loss to then-No. 12 Providence and followed that with an 88-69 blowout loss at then-No. 6 Xavier on Jan. 5. Butler (12-3, 1-2) got things turned around with a 77-72 win at DePaul on Tuesday. After the Blue Demons took a 55-50 lead with 9:12 to play, Butler responded with a 12-2 run and it wouldn't trail again. Kellen Dunham led the Bulldogs with 24 points. He's among the Big East scoring leaders at 15.5 points per game. Butler is now 4-0 in games decided by six points or fewer this season. Villanova (13-2, 3-0) has yet to be challenged much in the Big East, routing Xavier and Creighton and then beating visiting Seton Hall 72-63 on Wednesday. Daniel Ochefu had a season high 20 points and 18 rebounds for his sixth double-double of the season vs. Seton Hall. He is averaging 17.0 points and 11.7 rebounds in the conference games. Villanova leads the Big East in scoring defense, allowing 60.5 ppg. Butler is tops in scoring at 86.5 ppg.

Villanova is 5-0 all-time against Butler. Make it 6-0. Take the Wildcats. Butler is 0-4 ATS in its past four vs. the Big East. Nova has covered six of its past nine road games.

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Free NCAA Basketball Pick: Villanova -4
Best Line Offered: at BetOnline


Ohio State vs. Indiana (-7 In NCAA Betting)
Indiana (13-3, 3-0) got terrible news this week when sophomore James Blackmon Jr., the team's second-leading scorer, was ruled out for the season with a knee injury that required surgery. The 6-foot-4 guard was averaging 15.8 points and 4.2 rebounds this season while shooting an excellent 46.3 percent from 3-point range. He had missed the previous three games and the Hoosiers haven't missed him yet as they won all three and enter this one on an eight-game winning streak. But he absolutely will be missed eventually. IU escaped a Wisconsin upset bid Tuesday in Bloomington, 59-58. Guards Nick Zeisloft, a senior, and Robert Johnson, a sophomore, have both seen their minutes increase since Blackmon Jr. went out but neither is playing all that well. One guy who did step up against the Badgers was freshman forward OG Anunoby, who had a career-high 11 points in a career-high 17 minutes. He has 30 points in 43 minutes of conference play after having 24 points in 12 non-conference games. Ohio State (11-5, 3-0) has won seven in a row following a 65-56 win at Northwestern on Tuesday. The Buckeyes were only up one with about six minutes left but then went on a 14-3 run. This is the first time these two will play with both unranked since Jan. 6, 2010. The Buckeyes have won nine of the last 13 games vs. the Hoosiers and four of the last seven in Bloomington.

For my NCAA basketball picks, I like IU to win but too many points. Buckeyes cover. OSU has covered seven of its past 10 overall. IU is 2-6 ATS in its past eight Big Ten games.

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Free NCAA Basketball Pick: Ohio St. +7
Best Line Offered: at Bet365


Stanford vs. Oregon (-9 For NCAA Basketball Picks)
Like Indiana, Oregon got bad news this week on a guard as Dylan Ennis has been lost for the season to a broken foot. Ennis, who is actually the older brother of Milwaukee Bucks guard Tyler Ennis, and a graduate transfer from Villanova, had played in two games recently after missing the start of the season because of a problem with the foot. He was originally expected to be a starter for the Ducks. Combined with freshman Trevor Manuel deciding to transfer this week, Oregon is down to nine scholarship players. The Ducks have just three backcourt players: starters Tyler Dorsey and Casey Benson and freshman reserve Kendall Small. Dorsey, also a freshman, has really played well and will now get heavy minutes. He's averaging 14.8 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 29.3 minutes per night. The Ducks (12-3, 1-1) beat a good California team 68-65 on Wednesday. Stanford (9-5, 2-1) started its two-game swing through Oregon with a 78-72 win at Oregon State on Wednesday. The Cardinal had 46 rebounds, 20 offensively, to 29 for the Beavers. Stanford and Oregon met once last year, a 73-70 Ducks win in Palo Alto.

For Sunday's plays add Oregon, which is unbeaten at home. This gives them the advantage in the NCAA basketball odds boards. Stanford is 2-6 ATS in its past eight in the conference. Oregon is 10-3 ATS in its past 13 at home.

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Free NCAA Basketball Pick: Oregon -9
Best Line Offered: at Heritage

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