Upset Alert For Sunday's NCAA Basketball Picks: 3 Dogs Ready To Bite

Matthew Jordan

Saturday, January 23, 2016 5:49 PM UTC

Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016 5:49 PM UTC

Did anyone mention there are two NFL games today? Not really sure...good thing we have college basketball and here you can find my top three NCAA basketball picks for the day.

I heard somewhere that there are two NFL football games on Sunday? Something about a Peyton Manning vs. Tom Brady thing? Not really sure. There's also college hoops and we are breaking down the available NCAA basketball odds to select my top three NCAA basketball picks.


No. 22 Purdue vs. No. 9 Iowa (-6.5 On NCAA Basketball Odds)
If you want to concentrate solely on NFL betting Sunday, this Big Ten game starts at 1 p.m. ET and thus should end right as the Patriots-Broncos AFC Championship Game kicks off from Denver. Purdue (17-3, 4-2) opened the week with a historic 50-point win at Rutgers but was very much challenged on Thursday in a 75-64 home win over Ohio State. The Boilers' P.J. Thompson scored 10 of his 12 points in the final seven minutes. He only averages 5.8 points per game on the season. Freshman Caleb Swanigan had 10 points and 10 rebounds for his 10th double-double, already tying the single-season school record for a freshman. A.J. Hammons had 16 points and eight boards. Purdue was 25-for-31 from the free-throw line while OSU only got 16 attempts. The Boilers have now won 32 games in a row when shooting more free throws than their opponent. Purdue has also won the rebounding battle in every game this season, the only team in the nation that can say that. Iowa (15-3, 6-0) won at Rutgers 90-76 on Thursday for its eighth straight win. The Hawkeyes were sluggish for much of the game and perhaps were looking past the terrible Scarlet Knights and to this game. The Hawkeyes had three players score 20 or more points in a game for the first time since December 2000. Peter Jok had a career-best 29 points and Jarrod Uthoff and Anthony Clemmons each added 20; Clemmons' previous high was 14. Iowa was unranked when it won 70-63 at then-No. 14 Purdue on Jan. 2. The Hawkeyes trailed by 17 at the half but held Purdue to eight second-half field goals. Uthoff had 25 points as Iowa ended a seven-game losing streak at Purdue.

Boilers are 10-2 ATS in past 12 road games. Underdog is 6-2 ATS in the past eight meetings.

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Free NCAA Basketball Pick: Purdue +4
Best Line Offered: at BetOnline


No. 2 North Carolina vs. Virginia Tech (+11 In NCAA Betting)
ACC matchup will tip off right around the same time as the NFC title game. Good thing they have picture-in-picture and sports bars in the state of North Carolina with the beloved Heels on the same time as the Panthers. Guarantee if this game was in Chapel Hill it would have been moved to earlier in the day to avoid that conflict. North Carolina (17-2, 6-0) should go to No. 1 in the polls on Monday, where it opened this season, with a win because of top-ranked Oklahoma's loss last Monday. UNC beat visiting Wake Forest 83-68 on Wednesday for its 10th straight win. Brice Johnson continued his huge season with 27 points and 11 rebounds. The Heels never trailed despite shooting only 38.4 percent overall and 26.5 percent in the second half. That's the fourth-lowest in a half by UNC in Smith Center history. If there's one worry for the Heels it's that star guard Marcus Paige continued to struggle, just 1-for-8 from the floor for two points. He's 3-for-25 over the past three games. He hasn't made a 3-pointer in the past two. Virginia Tech (12-7, 4-2) had a two-game winning streak end in an 83-81 loss at Notre Dame on Wednesday. Seth Allen's 3-pointer at the buzzer rolled around the rim but wouldn't go down. Tech led 45-37 at the half, with Allen scoring 15 of his 20 points before intermission. UNC beat Tech 68-53 in Chapel Hill last year.

The Heels are 2-5 ATS in their past seven ACC games. Tech is 7-1 ATS in its past eight conference games. UNC is 1-5 ATS in the past six meetings.

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Free NCAA Basketball Pick: Virginia Tech +11
Best Line Offered: at PaddyPower


Utah vs. Washington (-2 For NCAA Basketball Picks)
This Pac-12 matchup is the latest-starting game of the night with a tipoff at 8:30 p.m. ET so the first half will be right up against the second half of the Cardinals-Panthers NFC Championship Game. Washington (13-5, 5-1) is your surprise leader of the Pac-12 even though most would say that UW is maybe the fifth-best team in the conference. I'd put Arizona (beat UW by 32), USC, Oregon and UCLA ahead of the Huskies. Maybe Utah too. Washington is off a 95-83 home win over Colorado on Wednesday. The Huskies had a school-record 15 blocks, five by Marquese Chriss. Star Andrew Andrews. the Pac-12's leading scorer, had 25 of his 33 points in the second half. Washington won five conference games all of last year. Utah (14-5, 3-3) looks for the sweep in the state as the Utes won easily at Washington State 92-71 on Thursday. Jordan Loveridge scored 22 and Brandon Taylor scored a season-high 21 points as Utah improved to 4-0 this season when both score in double digits. Loveridge hadn't scored at least 10 in the past six games. The 92 points were Utah's most in a conference game since joining the Pac-12. the Utes led wire-to-wire for the second time this season. Utah and Washington split last year, each winning at home by scoring exactly 77 points. The Huskies won by nine in Seattle in the regular-season finale.

The Utes are 2-5 ATS in their past seven after a win. They have covered only three of their past 11 in the Pac-12. The Huskies are 9-3 ATS in their past 12 at home

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Free NCAA Basketball Pick: Washington +3
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

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