NCAA Basketball Picks: Tuesday Picks of the Day

Joe Catalano

Tuesday, December 3, 2013 4:02 PM UTC

Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013 4:02 PM UTC

Tuesday presents a lot of competitive matchups in college basketball as arch rivals Duke and Michigan “duke” it out yet it again. See which NCAA basketball picks we’re leaning towards today in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

#22 Michigan (5-2) at #10 Duke (6-2)

Is Duke’s Streak In Jeopardy?

We all know the rivalry that these teams have going back more than 20 years ago with Michigan’s Fab 5 and Duke’s Championship teams, but now Michigan has a major opportunity to hurt their nemesis as Duke’s streak of 106 wins against non-conference opponents hangs in the balance. This is a streak that goes back 13 years and although Michigan isn’t the same team of last year with Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. , this is a team with a deadly defense led by leading scorer Nik Stauskas (20.3 ppg.).

Preseason All-American?

Big man, Mitch McGary made a huge impact on last season’s NCAA Tournament run for the Wolverines and so much was expected out of the sophomore. Thus far, he missed a couple of early season games due to a back injury and hasn’t lived up to the hype.

McGary is averaging 8.2 points and 7.8 rebounds per game this season. Even though he’s been a disappointment, he plays great defense, is a very active player, and has the potential to single-handedly break Duke’s streak if we see anything close to what we saw in March Madness last season; this is a player to watch closely.

Duke’s Tourney

The ACC/Big Ten Challenge is a challenge that Duke has met head on as they sport the best record of any team with a 12-2 mark while Michigan is just 5-7. The question is “can Duke pull it together after a disappointing loss at MSG in the NIT-Tip-off?” This was the first game the freshman sensation, Jabari Parker, didn’t hit the 20 point plateau and Parker shot just 7 for 21 from the field in a 6 point loss to Arizona.

Duke is a 7.5 point betting favorite in the NCAA basketball odds, and on talent alone they should cover the betting spread in the friendly confines of Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Pick- Duke -7.5 at Bet 365


Notre Dame (5-1) at #23 Iowa (7-1)

Time To Think

The last thing that Iowa wants is time off. The Hawkeyes will be looking to get right back on the court after a devastating loss in the finals of the Battle 4 Atlantis against Villanova. The Hawkeyes had a 12 point lead with 11 minutes left in the game and squandered it as the Wildcats went on a 21-2 run and eventually took the title game in overtime, 88-83.

Now, Iowa has the unenviable task of dealing with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the BigTen/ACC Challenge at home. After a loss to Indiana State, Notre Dame has won their last 3 consecutive games by a margin of 27.4 point per game. That said, these opponents weren’t nearly in the class of a top 25 squad such as the Iowa Hawkeyes.

Confidence Booster

The Irish are coming off an easy 101-67 victory over Cornell in which all 5 starters scored in double figures led by leading scorer Jerian Grant. The senior has shot the lights out as of late, shooting an impressive 23 for 35 in his last 3 games. In order to deal with the likes of Roy Devyn Marble (16.8 ppg, 4 apg., 3.5 rpg., 2.6 spg.) and an Iowa team which features 9 players that score 5.9 points per game or more and at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, Grant and Notre Dame will have to put forth one of their best efforts of the season. They’re a basketball team that knows how to work as a cohesive unit as they excel at both rebounding and passing the basketball.

Take Notre Dame and the points for your NCAA basketball pick.

Pick- Notre Dame +8 at Bet 365


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