NCAA Basketball Picks Of The Day: Thursday's Selections With Value

Matthew Jordan

Wednesday, February 3, 2016 11:53 PM GMT

Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016 11:53 PM GMT

Bit of an odd schedule in college basketball on Thursday with just two ranked teams in action. So the best matchup might be for first place in the Colonial Athletic Association.

UNC Wilmington vs. Hofstra (-4)
This is for sole possession of the lead  in the Colonial, which will definitely only be a one-bid league to the NCAA Tournament and that's the winner of the conference tournament. At Collegeinsider.com, UNCW is ranked as the No. 22 mid-major team in the nation with Hofstra at No. 24. UNC Wilmington (16-5, 8-2) brings a seven-game winning streak into this one. Seahawks guard Chris Flemmings had 25 points in Saturday's 65-55 win over Charleston and UNCW scored 30 points off Charleston turnovers. It was Flemmings' third straight game with at least 20 points and he was named the CAA Player of the Week on Monday. He's averaging 19.3 points and 6.9 rebounds in conference play. What was also notable from Saturday's game was it was the school's first sellout in eight years. The winning streak is UNCW's longest in 10 seasons. The Seahawks haven't made the NCAA Tournament since 2006.  Hofstra (16-6, 8-2) has won four in a row after Saturday's 70-64 escape at Drexel.  Pride seniors Juan'ya Green and Ameen Tanksley each led the way with 15 points apiece. Green is averaging 20 points, 8.0 assists and 5.5 rebounds during the winning streak, while Gustys is at 18.8 points and 15.5 rebounds in the run. Hofstra has won four of the past five meetings in this series, but each team won on the opponent's court last season. Hofstra's home loss was by 5. The Pride are 9-2 at home this season. Take Hofstra with your NCAA Basketball picks. UNCW is 2-5 ATS in its past seven Thursday games. Hofstra is 5-1 ATS in the past six meetings.

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NCAA Basketball Pick: Hofstra -4
Best Line Offered: at Heritage

 

UConn vs. Memphis (+1)
Both the Huskies and Tigers were expected to be NCAA Tournament teams from the American Athletic Conference this season but both are on the bubble, Memphis more so. UConn (15-6, 5-3) comes off a 67-41 blowout win at Central Florida on Sunday. Shonn Miller filled the box score with 11 points, eight rebounds and five steals. One of the country's top defenses held UCF to 23.5 percent shooting, the lowest by a Huskies' opponent this season. UConn is No. 2 nationally in field-goal percentage defense. But the biggest news from that win was the return of junior center Amida Brimah, one of the nation's best defensive players. He had missed the past 11 games due to a finger injury. Brimah came off the bench vs. UCF and had six points and two blocks in 18 minutes. The 7-footer averages nearly three blocks per game. While UConn is in the Big Dance as things currently stand, Memphis (13-8, 4-4) probably isn't. The Tigers have picked a bad time to slump, losing three of four. They fell by 12 at No. 13 SMU on Saturday. Memphis' only lead was at 2-1. UConn beat visiting Memphis 81-78 on Jan. 9. Sterling Gibbs was the star for the Huskies with 26 points. The Tigers had rallied for a one-point lead with 52 seconds left. Back Memphis at +2.5 NCAA Basketball odds. The Tigers are 4-1 ATS in the past five meetings. UConn is 1-5 ATS in its past six on Thursday.

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NCAA Basketball Pick: UConn -2.5
Best Line Offered: at Bookmaker

 

Saint Mary's vs. BYU (Pick'em)
Saint Mary's (18-2, 9-1 WCC) leads the West Coast Conference over heavy preseason favorite Gonzaga. The Gaels probably are in good shape for an at-large NCAA bid but doesn't want to mess around, either. They won a fourth straight on Saturday, 68-65 at Pacific. Saint Mary's, which trailed by seven in the second half, didn't allow a field goal in the game's final four minutes. Calvin Hermanson scored 20 points for SMC, which has tied the best 20-game mark in school history. It also leads the nation in shooting percentage. BYU (16-7, 7-3) is squarely on the NCAA Tournament bubble and really needs this game. The Cougars have one of the nation's best players in Kyle Collinsworth, the NCAA all-time triple-double leader (added four this season). The senior guard is averaging 15.1 points, 7.8 rebounds and 7.5 assists in 2015-16. BYU has missed the Big Dance just once this decade, in 2013. The Cougars lost their WCC opener on Dec. 31 at Saint Mary's, 85-74. Hermanson had 21 points and hit 5-for-7 from long range. Collinsworth had eight points, six assists and six rebounds. These schools have split the past four meetings in Provo. Bet BYU. The Gaels are 0-5 ATS in their past five. The home team is 4-1 ATS in the past five meetings. 

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NCAA Basketball Pick: BYU +2.5
Best Line Offered: at BetOnline

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