NCAA Basketball Picks Of The Day: Top Value ATS Plays On Offer

Matthew Jordan

Thursday, February 18, 2016 10:16 PM UTC

Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016 10:16 PM UTC

The best Division I season in school history at Monmouth can get even better on tonight. Here are my top three NCAA Basketball picks  for Friday.

Yale vs. Princeton (-3.5 On NCAA Basketball Odds)
The Ivy League remains the only conference to hand out its NCAA bid to the regular-season champion and Yale, one of the nation's most experienced teams, can take a huge step toward its first Big Dance berth since 1962 with a win Friday night at Princeton. The first-place Bulldogs (17-5, 8-0) bring a 12-game winning streak into this one. The school record is 13 set in 1906-07. In Yale's double-digit wins at Dartmouth and Harvard last week, the Bulldogs were without senior captain Jack Montague. He didn't travel with the team for personal reasons and it's not clear when he will return. The guard averages 28.4 minutes per game along with 9.7 points, 3.0 assists, 2.5 rebounds and 1.1 steals. Junior Anthony Dallier started in his place last weekend and had 10 points in each game. Second-place Princeton (16-5, 6-1) has won four straight entering this game. The Tigers' last loss was 79-75 at  Yale on Jan. 30. The Bulldogs were up as many as 16 before Princeton rallied to make it close at the end. Henry Caruso led Princeton with 26 points, while Makai Mason had 22 points, Brandon Sherrod 19 and Justin Sears 16 points, 10 rebounds and six assists for Yale, which shot 52.8 percent from the field. Yale, even though Princeton is unbeaten at home. The Tigers are 1-4 ATS in their past five at home vs. teams with a winning road record. Yale has covered 18 of its past 26 road games. The Bulldogs are 5-1-1 ATS in the past seven meetings.

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Free NCAA Basketball Pick: Yale +3.5
Best Line Offered: at BetOnline


Oakland vs. Valparaiso (-8.5 In NCAA Betting)
It's the game of the year in the Horizon League as Valparaiso (22-5, 12-2) would clinch at least a share of its fourth conference regular season championship in the past five years with a victory over second-place Oakland (19-9, 11-4). The Crusaders would at least be in the conversation for an at-large NCAA Tournament berth even if they didn't win the conference tournament. This is Valpo's first home game since its school-record 25-game home winning streak was ended last Saturday, 61-59 by Wright State on a last-second tip-in. The Crusaders bounced back by winning 66-43 at Cleveland State on Tuesday. It was the sixth time this season Valpo has held a foe to 47 points or fewer and CSU's 28.6 shooting percentage is the worst this season by a Crusaders Division I opponent. Valparaiso is one of the nation's top defensive teams, ranking No. 1 nationally adjusted defensive efficiency and No. 2 in two-point field-goal percentage and in points allowed (58.9 per game). That defense will be tested an Oakland offense that is second nationally in scoring at 87.2 points per game. It's led by Horizon League leading scorer Kay Felder, who averages 24.4 points per game  (No. 4 in nation). He leads the nation in assists per game. Oakland lost at home to Valparaiso on Jan. 8, 84-67. Felder had 20 points but was just 8-for-28 from the field. The Golden Grizzlies hit on only 34.3 percent overall. Go to SBR's NCAA basketball odds board to get the best Sportsbook offerings. Valparaiso. The Crusaders are 12-4-1 ATS in their past 17 vs. the Horizon League.  They are 3-0-1 ATS in their past four vs. teams with a winning road record.

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Free NCAA Basketball Pick: Valparaiso -8.5
Best Line Offered: at Bookmaker


Iona vs. Monmouth (-7 For NCAA Basketball Picks)
Monmouth (22-5, 14-2) can wrap up the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference regular-season title with a win, but the Hawks will have to do so without one of their best players in senior guard Deon Jones. In Monday's 79-70 win over Manhattan, Jones suffered a broken hand. He had surgery on Thursday and a timetable would be set after that. It would seem likely he's out for the season considering the NCAA Tournament starts in one month. Jones is third on the team in scoring at 10.4 points per game and leads in rebounding at 6.2 per game. Monmouth's 22 wins are the school's most since joining Division I and its eight-game winning streak also is the longest. Monmouth hasn't made the NCAA Tournament since 2006. Iona (15-10, 12-4) is hoping for its first Big Dance since 2013. The Gaels hosted Monmouth on Jan. 15 and lost 110-102, which snapped Iona's 26-game home winning streak. Justin Robinson had a career-high 29 points for Monmouth and Jones had 18. A.J. English had 45 for Iona. There was a post-game scuffle while teams were doing handshakes and it led to a two-game suspension for Iona's Jordan Washington for slapping a Hawks player. So emotions could really be high here. By the way, don't forget to check out more NCAA Basketball Picks at SBR after tonight's games. Iona because of Monmouth's loss of Jones. The Gaels are 5-1 ATS in their past six games.  

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Free NCAA Basketball Pick: Iona +5
Best Line Offered: at Bookmaker

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