Saturday January 18th VIP Picks

Basketball Free Picks

College Basketball
2:00 PM EST
Rotation #638
NC State -7 over Clemson (loss)
Clemson started off the New Year with a win against this same NC State team in their building and then beat UNC which has owned them in ACC play.  This team then beat Duke.  NC State is a team that will push the pace in their home building and a team that will put up a lot of points.  Clemson got out to a red hot start in the first half of the game they played last week and shot a percentage from the floor and the foul line which was way above their season averages.  I believe they will come back down to life today and it will be themselves on the wrong end of a quick Wolfpack start at home.  Take NC State.
College Basketball
2:00 PM EST
Rotation #653-654
TCU/Oklahoma Over 134 (win)
TCU has not played in many road games.  In the last one they were blown out by West Virginia.  This is a Horned Frogs team that can knock down a lot three pointers.  Oklahoma is out of control at times and can give up the three ball so this is a perfect spot for TCU on offense.   Oklahoma can use their size to take advantage of a TCU team not playing the best defense right now.  Oklahoma also has a lot of players on their roster that can cash in from the three point line as well.  This should be a high scoring game.  Take the Over.
College Basketball
3:00 PM EST
Rotation #679
Rice +1 over Southern Miss (loss)
Southern Miss returns just one starter from last year while the Rice Owls return a good majority of their players from last year.  Jay Ladner is going to need time to get this Southern Miss team on the same page.   Rice has been scoring the basketball much better and has a lot of senior leadership.  This is a Southern Miss Offense that just can’t score.  Look for the veteran leadership for the Owls to propel them to a road victory against a team struggling in Conference USA play.  Take Rice.
College Basketball
6:00 PM EST
Rotation #763
Louisville +7.5 over Duke (win)
Chris Mack learned a valuable lesson the hard way last year and that is to finish.  Louisville was up 23 at home to the Blue Devils and feel asleep only to look at and to be losers by blowing one of the biggest leads ever with just 10 minutes of basketball remaining.  This Cardinals team will be focused to return the favor in Cameron Indoor Stadium where we have seen Duke look human for the first time in a long time.  This is a very experienced Cardinals basketball team that is getting a generous amount of points for being a top level program.  I don’t think this year’s Duke Freshman class is as good as last year’s.  Take Louisville.