NCAA Betting: Thursday Picks of the Day

Joe Catalano

Thursday, January 17, 2013 4:32 PM GMT

Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013 4:32 PM GMT

With inter-conference play getting hot and heavy in the NCAA, there are a couple of high-profile games that have caught my eye. Get you free NCAA Picks here and take them to the bank.

Georgia Tech (10-5) at #3 Duke (15-1)

Duke’s hopes of an undefeated season have fallen by the waist side with a 74-66 loss to the N.C. State Wolfpack. N.C. State State is the 2nd best team in the conference and what do they do? Lose to Maryland last night and spoil the fun for all of their basketball betting backers. That’s inter-conference play for you. Nothing is etched in stone. One thing that’s just about etched in stone is the Duke Blue Devils success at home in front of the Cameron Crazies. We all know about Duke’s record vs. non-conference teams and Duke has yet to be beaten at Cameron Indoor Stadium this season.

No Kelly, Different Team?

I always have talked about the Duke lack of depth and they’re feeling the pain without Ryan Kelly. Forward, Scott Hairston, had a respectable outing against the Wolfpack as a starter. He had 8 point and 5 rebounds in 25 minutes of play. That just might be good enough for Duke to keep their play at the high level that it’s been at all season.

Both Mason Plumlee and Seth Curry are coming off of big games as their workloads have gotten greater. Expect Plumlee and Curry to be a major force against the Yellow Jackets. They’re taught well by Krzyzewski and are future 1st round NBA Draft picks.

We Love the ACC?

Georgia Tech comes into this game with 3 consecutive inter-conference losses. They were coasting along with just 2 losses until felt the grind of the ACC.

This isn’t a high scoring team and a team that shoots well from the field. Their leading scorer is Marcus Georges-Hunt, who averages just 10.9 points per game. As a team, the Yellow Jackets shoot just 42% from the field. Where’s the offense going to come from? This team is a perfect opponent for Duke, even without Ryan Kelly.

Basketball Picks:Duke -16

[gameodds]14/217658/43/us[/gameodds]

Oregon State (10-6, 0-3) at  #24 UCLA (14-3, 4-0)

The Bruins have won 9 consecutive games and have played well against some good teams in the Pac-12. These aren’t elite teams, but ones that will make it to the Big Dance. UCLA also had a nice 97-94 victory in OT over Missouri on their resume. This is a Bruins team that’s getting hot at the right time and is.

Although they played well against Kansas early in the season, the schedule has caught up to Oregon State and they’ve yet to pick up a win against Pac-12 competition. Granted, the competition is strong. The Beavers are coming off an 82-72 loss to Arizona, but 10 points is as close as they’ve come in any Pac-12 game and now the Beavers have to play UCLA at Pauley Pavilion.

Starters Carry the Load

Oregon State is very similar to Duke in that all of the pressure is on the starters. The bench simply doesn’t produce. The Beavers had just 9 points from the bench against Arizona. This team has a lot of different players that can lead the way during any given game. Devon Collier is coming off of a huge 13 point, 15 rebound effort against Arizona.

Look for the Beavers to give a blue collar-like effort against UCLA while keeping the Bruins on their toes. The game is basically UCLA’ s to lose, but UCLA has a lot of momentum coming into this game.

Muhammad Slumping

We all know what this super freshman can do as he leads the Bruins in scoring, but it’s the supporting cast that’s been leading the way as of late. While Muhammad is averaging  just 10 points on 9 of 29 shooting from the field in his last 2 games, its players like Travis Wear who have been picking up the slack. Wear is coming off of a 23 point effort in a 3 point victory on the road against Colorado.

Nonetheless, this is a very young but talented UCLA team.

Oregon State is overmatched here, but the way that Muhammad has been playing lately, 14.5 points are a lot to cover. Take the Beavers and the points.

Basketball Picks: Oregon State +14.5

[gameodds]14/217655/43/us[/gameodds]

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