NCAA Basketball Picks Jan 23rd-29th

NCAA Basketball Picks Jan 23rd-29th

NCAA Basketball Picks Jan 23rd-29th

It’s time to get down to business on the college hard court! Will 22nd-ranked Xavier take down No. 20 Cincinnati in Thursday’s huge rivalry game between the two Cincinnati, Ohio schools? Can #10 Florida State take down perennially successful college hoops’ squad Syracuse on Saturday, Jan. 28? Also on Saturday, who wins when 2nd-ranked Kansas battles 5th-ranked Kentucky in this week’s best match up? 

NCAA Basketball Picks Jan 23rd-29th

#22 Xavier at #20 Cincinnati
When:  Thursday, Jan. 26 at 7:00 pm ET
Where: Fifth Third Arena, Cincinnati, OH
TV: ESPN 2

Analysis: The Xavier Musketeers broke a 3-game losing streak when beating Georgetown 86 to 75 as a -10-home favorite on Sunday, Jan. 22. The Musketeers had lost to Villanova and Butler on the road and to Creighton at home.

Could Xavier make it two big wins in a row?  It’s hard to say. The Musketeers are only 10 and 8 against the spread overall. They’re 1 and 4 against the spread in road games this season.

Things wouldn’t be so difficult for Xavier in their Thursday battle versus Cincinnati if the Bearcats weren’t riding a 10-game winning streak going into this week’s battle. Cincinnati’s defense is one of the tops in college hoops.

Cincy should do enough to take down Xavier straight up in this battle.

Pick: Cincinnati moneyline

#10 Florida State at Syracuse
When:  Saturday, Jan. 28 at 12:00 pm ET
Where: Carrier Dome, Syracuse, NY
TV: ESPN 2

Analysis: The Syracuse Orange have lost 3 out of their last 4 going into the week. The losses weren’t even close. Versus Virginia Tech on Jan. 10, as a 3-point road favorite, the Orange lost straight up 73 to 83. They also lost to North Carolina 68 to 85 on Jan. 16, and lost to Notre Dame, 66 to 84 on Jan. 21.

But, Syracuse takes on the Seminoles at home this Saturday. The Orange has gone 6 and 2 against the spread at home this season. Since Florida State is a Top 10 ranked squad that has beaten Duke, Notre Dame, and Louisville in 3 out of their last 4 games as of Jan. 22, it’s hard to imagine the Seminoles not being a huge favorite over Syracuse this Saturday.

My money will be on the Cuse to cover the spread as a home dog.

Pick: Syracuse with the points

#2 Kansas at #5 Kentucky
When:  Saturday, Jan. 28 at 6:15 pm ET
Where: Rupp Arena, Lexington, KY
TV: ESPN

Analysis: In what could be a harbinger of the 2017 NCAA Final Four, 2 Kansas travels to Lexington to battle 5 Kentucky. Kansas versus Kentucky is a game between two of the greatest, some say the two greatest, college hoops programs ever.

This battle should be a classic. Who wins?  I like Kansas to take it straight up. From my perspective, Kentucky has the more talented team with their freshmen, but Kansas has the more stable squad with upper class guards Frank Mason and Devonte Graham.

I think that Mason and Graham lead the Jayhawks to an upset win over the Wildcats in what could be the best college basketball game of the season so far.

Pick: Kansas straight up