NCAA Underdog Picks: A Dynamic Duo for Tuesday’s Slate

Ross Benjamin

Tuesday, January 26, 2016 5:07 PM UTC

Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016 5:07 PM UTC

Our college basketball expert analyst Ross Benjamin has gone 4-1-1 ATS the last two betting days with his underdog selections. Go inside for Tuesday’s two best underdog picks.

Creighton vs. Georgetown 6:30 PM ET
This is a very erratic Georgetown team. They pulled off a huge 81-72 win as a 9.5 point underdog last Tuesday at #7 ranked Xavier. However, they also suffered home losses this season at the hands of UNC-Asheville, Monmouth, and Radford. The Hoyas are an excellent defensive team but don’t do so with intense pressure. They’re forcing just an average of 12 turnovers per game this season. That’s not good news, since they’ll be facing an opponent (Creighton) on Tuesday which has gone 9-1 ATS this season, versus teams that force 14 or less turnovers per contest.   

Creighton has gone 4-0 ATS in their previous four true road games, and that includes 3-0 SU&ATS in its last three. They’re also 4-1 in their last five overall, and its only defeat in that sequence came by narrow 48-46 margin to #10 ranked Providence. Creighton shot a miserable 25.8% from the field in that loss to the Friars, and I deem that to be a fluke considering they shoot 48.1% for the season.

Current NCAA basketball odds provide me with clearly the best number to make this wager.

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NCAA Basketball Pick: Creighton +3.5
Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes


Memphis vs. Central Florida 7:00 PM ET
Memphis is an excellent defensive team. Contrarily, the same can’t be said about their play offensively. The Tigers are shooting a terrible 40.8% from the field this season, and that includes an unimpressive 30.2% from three point territory. Memphis has been adept at getting to the free throw line, averaging a mammoth 29 attempts per game, and has converted on a solid 73.1% of those tries. However, they’ll be facing a UCF team on Tuesday that allows opponents just an average of 16 free throw attempts per game this season. Memphis has also gone 0-3 in true road games this season, and shot a miserable 37.3% from the floor in those contests.

UCF has been a huge money maker this season, evidenced by its 12-3 ATS mark in lined games. Even more impressive is their 7-1 ATS record at home, and that includes going 6-1 SU&ATS during the last seven at the CFE Federal Credit Union Arena in Orlando. UCF has converted on a stellar 39.8% of its three point attempts over the past five games. That’s a huge positive considering Memphis opponents have shot 38.4% from three point territory in the Tigers previous five games.

I love the home underdog value in this matchup for one of my NCAA basketball picks.

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NCAA Basketball Pick: Central Florida +4.5 
Best Line Offered: at Heritage

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