Thursday NCAA Basketball Picks of the Day

Willie Bee

Thursday, February 13, 2014 1:01 PM GMT

This edition of our college basketball picks of the day serves up a main course from the Big Ten where the Wisconsin Badgers host the Minnesota Golden Gophers.

For an appetizer, we'll be dining on a Big East battle that is something of a preview of a preview for one of our weekend articles, and a West Coast clash will finish off our evening as dessert. Sound the dinner bell, and let's get to the meal.

Off Loss, Bluejays Visit Struggling Bulldogs

It wasn't expected to be a smooth season for the Butler Bulldogs as they transitioned to a new conference with a new head coach.  But few expected the ride to be this bumpy for Brandon Miller and the Bulldogs, and they're going to have to deal with an angry Creighton Blue Jays bunch coming off an upset loss.

Tip-off Thursday night at Hinkle Fieldhouse is 7 PM (ET), and the Bulldogs are 8 point underdogs to continue their losing streak.  Bettors can catch the total on SBR's live NCAA basketball odds when it's released, and fans can catch the game on CBS Sports Network.

Creighton (19-4 straight up, 13-8 against the spread) was last on the floor Sunday in New York, and left the Big Apple with a 70-65 loss administered by St. John's. It was the Bluejays' second defeat in Big East play, and all four of their losses have come on the road compared to a sparkling 13-0 record (7-4 ATS) in Omaha. Home is where they'll be this Sunday with a huge matchup vs. Villanova, one of the contests on SBR's weekend preview-&-pick schedule.

Butler (12-12 SU, 10-11-1 ATS) resides in the conference cellar and enters Thursday's tussle on a 3-game slide. The Bulldogs have managed just two wins on the Big East slate, and are 1-5 in league contests at Hinkle, the last three staying 'under' the total.

College Basketball Pick: Creighton -8

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Middling Gophers, Badgers Meet In Madison

Two squads treading water around .500 in the Big Ten standings battle it out Thursday when the Minnesota Golden Gophers visit the Wisconsin Badgers. ESPN will carry the contest starting at 9 PM (ET), and the Badgers are 8.5 point chalk in front of the home fans.

Minnesota (16-8 SU, 8-12-1 ATS) just stopped a 3-game skid with a 66-60 victory at home vs. Indiana last Saturday. The Gophers are tied with Northwestern for sixth in the league, each with 5-6 records, and will be looking to sweep the Badgers after pulling off an 81-68 upset almost three weeks ago in Minneapolis.

Wisconsin (19-5 SU, 11-11-2 ATS) appears to have gotten back on track following a 1-5 stretch, and owns a modest 2-game win streak following triumphs at Illinois and vs. Michigan State this past Sunday. The Badgers are 3-3 at Kohl Center vs. Big Ten foes, and a money-burning 1-5 ATS in those matchups.

College Basketball Pick: Minnesota +8.5

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Gaels Get Shot At Revenge Vs. Toreros

Another rematch on Thursday's college basketball betting card takes place in Moraga where the Saint Mary's Gaels entertain the San Diego Toreros. ESPNU begins coverage at 11 PM (ET), and the Gaels began the NCAA betting proceedings as 11.5 point favorites.

The two squads met two weeks ago in San Diego where the Toreros cruised to a 61-43 decision over the Gaels who were favored by 3.5 points. Since then, San Diego (13-13 SU, 12-10 ATS) has dropped three straight, failing to cover as chalk in each game, all 'over' winners.

Saint Mary's (18-7 SU, 11-11 ATS) lost at BYU just after the whipping from USD, and the Gaels once again have the Cougars on deck this Saturday. They did close their 4-game road trip with wins last week at Loyola-Marymount and Pepperdine, but struggled to find the net vs. the Waves and missed the cover as 4.5 point favorites.

College Basketball Pick: San Diego +11.5

Season: 33-26-3 (+4.4)

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