Profitable NCAA Basketball Picks of the Day: Upset Alerts!

Steven Suarez

Saturday, February 7, 2015 4:57 PM GMT

Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015 4:57 PM GMT

Who should be on upset alert on another busy Saturday of college hoops action? Check out which two games we think hold good value with our sports picks.

Utah Utes vs. Colorado Buffaloes
The Utes have enjoyed a great season thus far and appear primed to make a run come postseason time. Right now they're 17-4 while going 7-2 in conference play, and they'll try to make that 18-4 and 8-3 with another win over the Buffaloes, this time in Boulder.

Current college basketball odds show Utah favored by five points, with the O/U at 123. It's hard to disagree with oddsmakers, as the Utes just wrapped up a 67-39 road win over USC, one of the more dominant results you'll ever see in Pac 12 conference play. Delon Wright, Brandon Taylor and Jakob Poetl have all been big-time contributors so far this season.

As for the Buffaloes, they were unable to record their third straight win the other night, instead losing big at UCLA. Colorado is 11-10 on the year and currently occupies the seventh spot in the conference standings with a 4-5 record. They've been primarily led by Askia Booker and Josh Scott, though Wesley Gordon has been a nice presence inside for Colorado as well. The big news here is that Scott is apparently ready to return to the court after a lengthy injury absence, and that's going to be a massive boost, as he's averaging 13.8 PPG and 7.2 RPG on the year.

So, for tonight's rematch -- the Utes easily won the first matchup at home -- we think the Buffaloes are going to show up and make a game of it, which therefore is making them appealing from a handicapping standpoint. They're getting 5.5 points on their own court, where they've already notched a couple solid wins. The return of Scott comes at the perfect time for a team that needs a run of good performances, and the crowd should play a big factor here as well. We like Colorado for the upset as our NCAA Basketball pick.

NCAA Basketball Pick: Colorado Buffaloes +5.5 (and ML) at The Greek

 

California Golden Bears vs. UCLA Bruins
We stay out west and continue our upset alert with a look at UCLA's encounter with California. College basketball odds have priced out the Golden Bears as 3.5-point underdogs despite being at home. The O/U is trading at 138.5, a much higher than the number than what we find in the Colorado/Utah matchup.

Let's start our preview with a look at the favorites, UCLA. The Bruins are on a bit of a roll right now, having won three straight games to push their overall record to 14-9. They've gone 6-4 in conference play, which has them in the middle of the road when it comes to the standings in the Pac 12. There have been a few standouts for the Bruins this season, but the most noteworthy have been Norman Powell, Bryce Alford, Tony Parker and Kevon Looney.

Not to be outdone, the Golden Bears are also on a three-game winning run - they've topped Washington State, Washington and USC in consecutive victories and now sit at a much more respectable 14-9 for the year. Tyrone Wallace has been the main go-to guy for Cal, averaging team-highs in both scoring (17.7 PPG) and rebounding (7.8 RPG). Jordan Mathews and David Kravish have also played their part this season.

With both teams on winning streaks, where should we go with our sports picks? We're on upset alert here again, as we think the Golden Bears hold great value at home. They've been battled tested a lot this season, and have already beaten the likes of Syracuse and Washington (twice), while also battling with Texas and Wisconsin. UCLA may be a little overhyped because of their name, but we're not going to fall into the trap. Back the Bears.

NCAA Basketball Pick: California Golden Bears +3.5 (and ML) at 5Dimes

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