Tuesday's NCAA Basketball Picks: Cash In Big With Our Top Trio

Matthew Jordan

Tuesday, December 15, 2015 11:47 AM GMT

Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015 11:47 AM GMT

Could tonight's game be the end to Duke's 122-game non-conference home winning streak? Find out with our top NCAA basketball odds analysis and get our top three recomendations for tonight.

I'd like to tell you that there's a chance that No. 7 Duke's 122-game non-conference home winning streak, the longest streak in the NCAA, could end Tuesday. Alas, I can't say that. Here are my top recommendations based on current NCAA Basketball odds:

 

Georgia Southern vs. No. 7 Duke (-29 On NCAA Basketball Odds)
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Free NCAA Basketball Pick: Duke -29
Best Odds Offered By BetOnline

 

Georgia Southern hasn't even played a ranked team since Nov. 11, 2008, when the Eagles lost to Duke 97-54  in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic in Cameron Indoor Stadium. This is the youngest team in the nation. A total of 11 of its 12 scholarship players are freshmen, redshirt freshmen or sophomores. That's the highest  percentage of underclassmen on a Division I roster in the country. Probably why Georgia Southern was picked only 10th in the preseason Sun Belt Conference poll. Georgia Southern has a single win in school history vs. ranked teams, coming at home over Southern Illinois in 1976. Duke will not be at full strength for the game, however. Senior forward Amile Jefferson is out indefinitely with a  right foot injury. He's averaging 11.4 points and 10.3 rebounds in 30.3 minutes per night, easily the team's most productive post player. Frontcourt depth already was a problem for this squad. Coach Mike Krzyzewski is expected to now go with a three-guard starting lineup, moving Derryck Thornton into the first five in the backcourt along with Matt Jones and Grayson Allen. Duke doesn't need Jefferson to win this game but his absence certainly will be felt this weekend against a good Utah team. According to Ken Pomeroy’s rankings, Georgia Southern ranks 299th out of 351 Division I teams. Among Duke opponents, only Bryant (319) ranks lower and the Blue Devils beat Bryant 113-75.

Georgia Southern is 1-5 ATS in its past six following a  loss. Duke is 13-5 ATS in its past 18 at home.

 

Monmouth vs. Georgetown (-8.5 For NCAA Betting)
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Free NCAA Basketball Pick: Monmouth +8½
Best Odds Offered By Pinnacle

 

Don't sleep on Monmouth, as the little Hawks already have wins at UCLA, at Southern Cal, another win over USC at a neutral site as well as a victory over Notre Dame, the school's first-ever victory over a ranked team. An upset here would give the Hawks four wins over teams inside the RPI Top 100. Monmouth didn't even have its home opener until Sunday, nine games into the season. It beat Wagner College 73-54. Georgetown started its season losing three of four. Defeats to Maryland and to Duke are understandable. Losing at home to Radford wasn't. But the Hoyas appear to be rounding into form now  as they have won five straight, all at home and including an upset of then-No.14 Syracuse. GU senior guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera leads the team in scoring at 16.0 per game, which ranks fifth in the Big East. He needs only 10 points to pass the great Allen Iverson on the school's all-time scoring list. As usual, Georgetown is a good defensive team, ranking No. 29 in the country in field-goal percentage defense at 37.7 percent. Georgetown and Monmouth haven't played since 1984. It's Georgetown's first game vs. a school from the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference since 2007.

The Hawks are 4-0 ATS in their past four non-conference games. GU has covered only seven of its past 27 following a win.

 

DePaul vs. Stanford (-7 For NCAA Basketball Picks)
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Free NCAA Basketball Pick: Stanford -8
Best Odds Offered By Heritage

 

The Blue Demons may have been caught looking ahead to this trip to the West Coast on Saturday, as DePaul was rocked at home by Arkansas-Little Rock 66-44 to see a four-game winning streak end. The Demons committed 20 turnovers that allowed Little Rock to finish with a 27-2 advantage in points off turnovers. DePaul was only 1-for-9 from 3-point range. The 44 points scored were DePaul's fewest since scoring 40 in a loss at Georgetown on March 7, 2009. Leading scorer Billy Garrett Jr. was held to just two points, his first game not in double digits this year. In wins, DePaul is averaging 16.0 assists compared to 7.3 per game in losses. Stanford has followed a three-game losing streak with wins over Arkansas -- in which Stanford trailed by 17 points with just over six minutes left --  and Dartmouth. The Cardinal visited DePaul last year and lost 87-72. The Blue Demons shot 54 percent from the field and forced 21 turnovers. Keep this in mind and add Stanford to your NCAA Basketball picks.

DePaul is 0-7 ATS in its past seven after a loss. Stanford is 4-1 ATS in its past five Tuesday games. 

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