NCAA Basketball Picks Of The Day: Sunday's Elite Selections ATS

Matthew Jordan

Saturday, February 20, 2016 10:42 PM UTC

Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016 10:42 PM UTC

It's usually key for teams with national title hopes to start peaking this time of year. For Sunday, we have selected the top three NCAA basketball picks of the day.

Michigan vs. No. 6 Maryland (-6)
My headline for my daily picks on Thursday here at SBR was: "Short-Handed Maryland In Trouble?" The Terps were 10.5-point favorites that night at Minnesota, which was winless in the Big Ten. I thought Maryland might struggle because it was without center Diamond Stone, one of the best freshmen in the country and a lock NBA first-round pick this year. Did I expect Maryland to lose outright? Can't say that, but I certainly took the points and Minnesota pulled off the upset of the year with a 68-63 victory. The Gophers did so despite shooting 6-for-30 from the field in the second half. Terps star Melo Trimble didn't step up with Stone out, scoring just 10 points on 3-for-11 shooting. The good news is that  Stone is back Sunday from his one-game suspension. Maryland (22-5, 10-4) still has a shot to win the Big Ten regular-season title despite its back-to-back losses. Michigan (19-8, 9-5) is on the bubble for an at-large NCAA Tournament bid. The Wolverines are currently projected as a No. 10 seed and one of the final eight teams in. A road win like this, even with  Maryland's current struggles, would assure Michigan of a bid. The Wolverines had a two-game winning streak end in a 76-66 loss at Ohio State on Tuesday. Surprisingly, star player Caris LeVert sat the game out. He had just returned the game before from a lengthy injury absence. Apparently the pain in his leg had returned. Maryland lost at Michigan 70-67 on Jan. 12. Zak Irvin scored 22 points to lead the Wolverines. Rasheed Sulaimon missed a 3-pointer in the final seconds for the Terps. 

This is a projected line; there might not be one posted officially until pretty close to tipoff because of LeVert's status. And his availability would move any number. Maryland was -2.5 in the first meeting in Ann Arbor. I believe the Terps win here by double digits. Michigan is 1-4 ATS in its past five vs. teams with a winning record.

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NCAA Basketball Pick: Maryland -9
Best Line Offered: at BetCRIS


Wichita State vs. Indiana State (+10.5)
Wichita State (20-7, 13-2) could wrap up the outright Missouri Valley Conference title with a win; the Shockers were heavy preseason favorites to take the MVC for a fourth time in five seasons. Since a 53-50 home upset loss to Northern Iowa on Feb. 13, the Shockers have won two straight by a combined 61 points. They beat visiting Missouri State 99-68 on Thursday. The Shockers led 51-27 at halftime and had seven dunks in the half, a season high and more than any single game last season. WSU finished with 10 dunks overall. Zach Brown had four of those slams on the way to a career-high 16 points. The Shockers shot 59.1 percent from the field thanks to all those easy baskets. WSU has won at least 20 games for a seventh straight season, a school record and the second-longest streak in conference history. Creighton owns the record from 1998-2008. The Bluejays are now in the Big East. Indiana State (13-14, 7-8) is simply playing for seeding in the MVC Tournament. The Sycamores were trashed 78-50 at Illinois State on Wednesday, their fourth straight loss. ISU was beaten 82-62 at Wichita on Jan. 17. Fred VanVleet had a career-high 29 for the Shockers. It was only a five-point WSU lead at halftime. Bet Wichita State at -10.5 NCAA Basketball odds. WSU is 7-1 ATS in its past eight Sunday games. ISU is 0-6-1 ATS in its past seven games. Wichita has covered seven straight at Indiana State.

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NCAA Basketball Pick: Wichita State -10.5
Best Line Offered: at BetOnline 


Boston College vs. Wake Forest (-6)
It's the two worst teams in the ACC by far as they have combined for a 1-26 record in the conference, and this might be Boston College's best chance for an ACC win this season. That's because Wake Forest has suspended its best player, senior Devin Thomas, two games for violations of athletics department policy. In addition, sophomore Cornelius Hudson was kicked off the team. Thomas leads the Demon Deacons in scoring (15.8 ppg) and rebounding (10.2 rpg), is one of just two ACC players averaging a double-double and is the ACC active career leader with 33 of them. Hudson is averaging 7.8 points and 3.3 rebounds. Wake Forest (10-16, 1-13) enters on an 11-game losing streak. It did nearly pull off an upset at Pittsburgh on Tuesday, falling 101-96 in double overtime. The Deacons had a five-point lead with around three minutes left in regulation. Hudson led Wake  with a career-high 22 points in the loss. Thomas had seven points and seven rebounds. Boston College (7-19, 0-13) lost its 13th in a row Wednesday, 65-54 at Clemson. Eagles leading scorer Eli Carter had maybe the worst game of his life, shooting 1-for-17 with three  turnovers. This is the only meeting of the season between Wake and BC. The Eagles beat the visiting Deacons by 18 last year. Take Boston College with your NCAA Basketball picks. Wake is 2-10 ATS in its past 12 at home.

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NCAA Basketball Pick: Boston College +6
Best Line Offered: at Bookmaker

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