Tuesday's NCAA Basketball Picks: Cash In On Tonight's Sharp Plays

Matthew Jordan

Tuesday, December 22, 2015 11:54 AM GMT

We break down the current NCAA basketball odds available and find out the best picks for tonight's slate. Find out our selections and make extra cash for those last-minute Xmas gifts.

Here are my top NCAA Basketball picks for the Tuesday's slate after analyzing the current NCAA basketball odds available on the market. Let's get started...

 

No. 1 Michigan State vs. Oakland (-11.5 On NCAA Basketball Odds)
This game is at the Palace of Auburn Hills outside Detroit, which is near the Oakland campus. The Spartans have lost guard Denzel Valentine, an early favorite for national player of the year honors, after he injured his knee in practice on Sunday night. Coach Tom Izzo said it was just a minor injury and that Valentine underwent arthroscopic surgery on Monday. Valentine will thus miss the start of Big Ten play as Sparty opens that on Dec. 29, but he shouldn't have to miss more than a couple more games after that. A Jan. 7 home game against Illinois is the likely best-case scenario for his return. Valentine is averaging 18.5 points, 8.3 rebounds and 7.1 assists and has two triple-doubles on the season. He had 17 points, six assists and five rebounds in Saturday's win at Northeastern as Sparty improved to 12-0. The school has never won its first 13 games of the season. Valentine surely will be crushed not to play here as one of Oakland's assistant coaches is his older brother. This will be the biggest game in school history for the Golden Grizzlies, who at 7-3 are off to their best start since moving to Division I 17 years ago. And they went to Seattle on Saturday and beat a good Washington team 97-83 behind a career-high 38 points from Kay Felder. Oakland also saw the season debut of Texas transfer Martez Walker and he added 18 points. It was Oakland's first win over a Power-5 team since 2011. The school had dropped the past 19. The Spartans and Golden Grizzlies are playing for the fourth straight year and the ninth time in the last 10 seasons. Sparty is 13-0 in the series all-time but it was very close at the Palace of Auburn Hills in 2013.

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Free NCAAB Pick: Oakland. The Golden Grizzlies have covered 16 of their past 21 after a win.
Best Line Offered: at BetOnline

 

No. 11 Iowa State vs. No. 22 Cincinnati (-3.5 In NCAA Betting)
This is your lone matchup of ranked teams on Tuesday. Iowa State comes off its first loss, 81-79 on Saturday in Des Moines to a very good Northern Iowa team that also has beaten North Carolina. The Cyclones fell behind by nine at the break and could never get all the way back even. ISU had a chance to take the lead and tie it late, but star Georges Niang slipped, causing a turnover, and Monte Morris’ shot at the buzzer came up empty. UNI shot 58 percent from the field, the best percentage by an ISU opponent this season and the first time Iowa State has been outshot. Niang led the Cyclones with 30 points. This is ISU's first true road game of the season. It hasn't lost a true non-conference road game since 2012 but has only played three of them since that loss (at Iowa). Cincinnati won at VCU on Saturday, 69-63. Troy Caupain and Farad Cobb had 15 points apiece. This is Cincinnati's third game against a team currently ranked; the Bearcats lost to Butler and Xavier. UC leads the all-time series with ISU 3-1 and won the last meeting 78-70 in Las Vegas in 2012. Cyclones coach Steve Prohm and UC's Mick Cronin are both former head coaches at Murray State.

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Free NCAAB Pick: Iowa State. ISU is 4-1 ATS in its past five after an ATS loss. Cincinnati is 1-5 ATS in its past six at home.
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

 

No. 2 Kansas vs. San Diego State (+6.5 For NCAA Basketball Picks)
Here's a team clearly caught looking ahead: San Diego Stated hosted something called Grand Canyon on Friday and lost 52-45. You can't tell me the Aztecs weren't looking past that school and toward this season's biggest game against Kansas. It was only SDSU's fifth loss in its past 66 home games. Grand Canyon shot only 33.9 percent, but San Diego State made only 31.5 percent and was 3-for-19 from 3-point range. No. 2 Kansas is the highest-ranked opponent to visit Viejas Arena since No. 1 Arizona played in the building on Dec. 7, 2002. This is the fifth time SDSU has faced an opponent ranked fifth or higher in one of the two major polls since the beginning of the 2013-14 season. The Aztecs have lost all four but three were tight. And San Diego State is 5-1 at home in its past six vs. ranked teams. The Jayhawks have won eight in a row after crushing Montana 88-46 on Saturday. This will be KU's first true road game, but the Jayhawks are 4-1 away from Allen Fieldhouse this season. Kansas ranks third in Division I in scoring at 89.8 points per game. SDSU is No. 12 in allowing only 59.3 points per game.

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Free NCAAB Pick: San Diego State. The Aztecs are 7-3 ATS in their past 12 vs. the Big 12.
Best Line Offered: at Bookmaker