College Basketball Picks Jan 16th-22nd

College Basketball Picks Jan 16th-22nd

With the college football season firmly in the rearview mirror, Saturday’s now belong to college hoops.

That extra attention can work both ways. Some teams rise to the occasion under the bright lights that conference play brings. Others wither out all too quickly under the spotlight and scrutiny of the schools that know them best.

College Basketball Picks Jan 16th-22nd

My top college basketball picks this week don’t start until Saturday, Jan. 21. On Saturday, will #3 Villanova prevent Providence from pulling off the huge upset? Also on Saturday, how well is #9 Florida State going to play against Ricki Pitino’s #14 Louisville Cardinals team? The one game that I like on Sunday is between Georgetown and #15 Xavier. Can the Musketeers blow out the Hoyas at home on Jan. 22? 

Providence at #3 Villanova
When:  Saturday, Jan. 21 at 12:00 pm ET
Where: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
TV: FOX

Analysis: Villanova is 17 and 1 to start the week. What’s crazier is that they are 11 and 6 ATS to start the week. Considering that Nova is the defending champions, they’ve covered some daunting spreads this season.

The Wildcats face another daunting spread this Saturday. Providence goes into the week with a 12 and 7 record. 5 of Providence’s 7 losses have occurred in their last 10 games. The Friars have dropped games to Boston College, Xavier, Butler, Creighton, and Depaul in 7 of their last 10 games.

It’s hard to see the Friars doing enough on offense to keep it close versus Villanova this Saturday. I think that Villanova rolls to an easy 20 points or more win.

#14 Louisville at #9 Florida State
When:  Saturday, Jan. 21 at 2:00 pm ET
Where: Donald L. Tucker Center, Tallahassee, FL
TV: ESPN

Analysis: Louisville goes into the week off their most impressive win of the season. The Cardinals took down Duke 78 to 69 as a -3.5 home favorite on Jan. 14. It was a fantastic win for Pitino’s squad. But, Florida State is no pushover.

The Seminoles are ranked in the Top 10 because they have a stunning 16 and 2 record. They’re 8 and 2 against the spread at home. Florida State has also beaten Duke this season. The Seminoles stuck to North Carolina late well into the second half in their 83 to 96 loss.

Louisville is in tough on Saturday. I’ll ride with the Seminoles to cover the spread.

Pick: Florida State

Georgetown at #15 Xavier
When:  Sunday, Jan. 22 at 2:00 pm ET
Where: Cintas Center, Cincinnati, OH
TV: CBS

Analysis: Xavier beat Georgetown 81 to 76 on Dec. 31. In that game, the Musketeers were favored by only 3.5 points. They’re going to be favored by a lot more on Sunday, Jan. 22.

Does Georgetown have any shot of keeping it close? I think they do. The Hoyas have won 2 games in a row going into the week. One of the wins was an impressive 83 to 55 beat down of St. John’s as only a -6.5 home favorite on Jan. 9.

Georgetown could do enough to make this game interesting in the last 2  minutes. Since Xavier figures to be favored by too many points in this, I’ll take those points on the Hoyas.

Pick: Georgetown