NCAA Basketball Picks Of The Day: Thursday's Trio Of ATS Winners

Matthew Jordan

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 10:43 PM UTC

Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016 10:43 PM UTC

Only two ranked teams in action on Thursday night (Iowa, Oregon) so let's examine some games around the nation involving major teams on the NCAA Tournament bubble. Here are my top three picks with Heritage's NCAA Basketball odds.

Florida State vs. Syracuse (-4.5)
The Seminoles (16-7, 6-5) and Orange (16-8, 6-5) are tied in the ACC standings, so presumably the winner Thursday would have a leg up for an at-large NCAA bid. The teams close the regular season against one another in upstate New York on March 5. CBS Sports bracket expert Jerry Palm does have both FSU and Syracuse in right now. FSU brings a four-game winning streak into this one, although those four were against perhaps the conference's four worst teams. You can only beat who is on your schedule! The Noles, who hadn't won four ACC games in a row in four years, won at Wake Forest 91-71 on Saturday. All five Seminole starters finished in double-figure points as FSU shot 50 percent. Malik Beasley led with 16 points. The Orange have won three straight and six of seven. Back when the team was 10-7 overall and 0-4 in the ACC, it looked certain that SU would miss a second straight NCAA Tournament (self-imposed ban last year). The Syracuse players should be fresh here as they haven't played since a 68-60 home OT win over Virginia Tech on Feb. 2. The Orange didn't lead that game once until star Michael Gbinije scored 22 seconds into OT. He has led the team in scoring in four of the last five games and is sixth in the ACC in points per game at 17.2. Syracuse is 2-0 vs. Florida State since the Orange joined the ACC.

Bet Syracuse at -3 NCAA Basketball odds. FSU has covered one of its past five vs. teams with a winning home record. Syracuse is 7-1 ATS in its past eight Thursday games.

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NCAAB Free Pick: Syracuse -3
Best Line Offered: at Bookmaker


Connecticut vs. Temple (+4.5)
American Athletic Conference matchup here. Palm has UConn (17-6, 7-3) in the Big Dance, projecting the Huskies to win the AAC Tournament, but not Temple (14-8, 8-3) despite that better conference record.  UConn beat East Carolina 85-67 last time out for its third straight win, all by at least 18 points. Huskies sophomore Daniel Hamilton was named the AAC Player of the Week on Monday. He scored 28 points and had 29 rebounds in two wins. He leads the conference in rebounding at 9.9 in AAC play. UConn is No. 2 nationally in field-goal percentage defense. Temple also has won three in a row but by only a combined 13 points. It escaped at Central Florida on Saturday, 62-60 as a Knights' tying shot at the buzzer was waived off. It was the 517th career win for Temple coach Fran Dunphy, the most of any Philadelphia Big 5 coach. He had been tied with former Temple coach John Chaney. The majority of Dunphy's came at Penn. The Owls won at UConn 55-53 on Jan. 5 when the Huskies were ranked No. 23. Josh Brown hit a spinning jumper with 2.5 seconds left for the victory. Hamilton had tied it with two free throws previously.

Take Temple +4 with your NCAA Basketball picks. UConn is 2-5 ATS in its past seven Thursday games. Temple is 4-0 ATS in its past four at home. It has covered six of its past seven vs. teams with a winning record.  

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NCAAB Free Pick: Temple +4
Best Line Offered: at Heritage


Oregon State vs. Stanford (-1.5) 
Somewhat surprisingly, Palm has Oregon State (14-8, 5-6) in the NCAA Tournament despite that below-.500 record in the Pac-12. Stanford (11-10, 4-6) would need a minor miracle at this point to get in. The Beavers come off an important two-game homestand last week when they edged both Utah and Colorado. The problem is that OSU hasn't been good on the road and five of its final seven are away from home including this one. No team from the Pac-12 has reached the NCAA Tournament with fewer than 10 conference wins since the conference expanded prior to the 2011-12 season. So by that logic, OSU would have to win its final two home games (Washington, Washington State) and then three of the five on the road. Except OSU has lost 10 straight Pac-12 road games. The Cardinal have faded from NCAA contention by losing four of five. All four of those losses were by double digits. Stanford did win at Oregon State on Jan. 6, 78-72. Rosco Allen had 21 points and eight rebounds in the win. The Cardinal dominated on the boards to the tune of a 46-29 advantage. The Cardinal have also won their past five at home in this series. Back Stanford -1. The Beavers are 3-13 ATS in their past 16 road  games vs. teams with a winning home record. Stanford is 5-2 ATS in the past seven meetings. 

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NCAAB Free Pick: Stanford -1
Best Line Offered: at BetOnline

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