NCAA Basketball Picks Feb 5th – 11th

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NCAA Basketball Picks Feb 5th – 11th

With the NFL season in the rear-view mirror, it’s time to focus on making big bucks on betting college hoops.

NCAA Basketball Picks Feb 5th – 11th

My NCAA Basketball picks this week starts with a classic on Thursday, Feb. 8. #4 Duke heads down Tobacco Road to battle the North Carolina Tar Heels in one of the great rivalry games in college hoops. Will Duke survive the trip to NC? On Saturday, the 2 best teams in the Big Ten, Purdue and Michigan State, throw down at the Breslin Center in East Lansing, MI. Who takes it in a battle between 2 Top 5 teams? Also, on Saturday, a couple of ranked West Coast Conference teams, Gonzaga and St. Mary’s battle. Can the Bulldogs repeat last season’s WCC success against rival St. Mary’s? 

#4 Duke at #19 North Carolina
When:  Thursday, Feb. 8 at 8:00 pm ET
Where: Dean Dome, Chapel Hill, NC
TV: ESPN

Analysis: Duke head to Chapel Hill ranked in the Top 5. The Blue Devils average close to 90 points per game. Duke allows less than 73 points per. Both of those averages make the Blue Devils a possible 2 to 3 points favorite over the rival UNC Tar Heels.

The Heels aren’t as deep as they have been in seasons past. The Tar Heels have been close to phenomenal against the spread at home, though. That means the Heels could give Duke a run for it’s money in this match up.

I’ll go with the Heels to pull off a small upset versus its most hated rivals.

Pick: North Carolina

#3 Purdue at #5 Michigan State
When:  Saturday, Feb. 10 at 4:00 pm ET
Where: Breslin Center, East Lansing, MI
TV: ESPN

Analysis: Purdue is a heck of a basketball team. The Boilermakers average 20 more points on offense then they allow on defense. Opponents score around 64 versus the Boilermakers. Purdue averages 84 points per.

Michigan State should be tough to beat at home, though. The Spartans can play with pretty much any team in college basketball. However, because Sparty figures to be an overvalued favorite versus Purdue, the Boilermakers are the play.

I’m going with Purdue to get the job done, at least, against the spread.

Pick: Purdue

#14 Gonzaga at #13 St. Mary’s
When:  Saturday, Feb. 10 at 10:00 pm ET
Where: McKeon Pavilion, Moraga, CA
TV:  ESPN 2

Analysis: Gonzaga hasn’t been nearly as dominant in the WCC this season as they were last season. The St. Mary’s Gaels post a better record. Not only that, but the Gaels have also beaten the Zags already this season.

In mid-January, St. Mary’s beat Gonzaga 74 to 71. It wouldn’t have been as impressive if the Gaels had beaten Gonzaga at home. They didn’t. They beat Gonzaga on the road as a +7.5 dog.

I’m not sure Gonzaga is much better than St. Mary’s. I like the Gaels to add another loss to the Zags’ record. This time, they should add it as a favorite.

Pick: St. Mary’s