Today's College Basketball Picks

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Kansas State @ Florida(+1.5): Take KSU- So much was made of the Wildcat's big loss to Duke in their fifth game of the year... All they've done since then is rip off five straight wins with an average winning margin of 19 points. The scary part of all this for the rest of the country...their All-American Jacob Pullen (16PPG) has yet to get his game into high gear. For the Florida Gators, consistency is the issue. Their defense is allowing just 55PPG in victories. On the other hand, they barely escaped with a win over Ken Faried and Morehead State and looked sloppy in a home loss to UCF. This should be a great match-up with intriguing head-to-head battles at the point with Pullen and Erving Walker and with Curtis Kelly and Vernon Macklin in the paint.  Take Kansas State in this one-- Florida has shown no desire to defend home court so far this season.

Gonzaga @ Baylor(-7): Take Baylor- How many more seasons does Gonzaga have to play mediocre basketball for them to settle back in their place as a regular mid-major basketball team again? Face it Mark Few, your squad has been handed top 25 votes like Notre Dame football has been bowl games over the last decade. The Bulldogs are just 4-14 since 2007 against teams in the Top 25. The undefeated Baylor Bears have dominated the Gramblings and Lipscombs of the world, and with their size and their Dunn, there is no reason to think they won't continue today. LaceDarius Dunn has been on fire shooting 51% from 3-point range in his four games back from suspension. Watch out for the battle of freak athletes. If there's a more athletic wing-post combo than Baylor's Quincy Acy and Perry Jones it may just be Steven Gray and Elias Harris. The smart money's on Baylor to cover in "The Showcase" in Dallas.

Cleveland State @ West Virginia(-11): Take CSU- To me this will be one of the more intriguing games of the day. I'd bet anything that when Bob Huggins scheduled this game, he wasn't planning on hosting one of the nation's top mid-majors in Cleveland State. The Vikings are led by 6'2'' guard Norris Cole. The senior from Dayton, OH is shooting 41% from deep and also averages close to five assists and rebounds a game. CSU is hard-nosed on the defensive end, allowing only one team to score seventy points to this point. As usual, Huggins has his Mountaineers in building for another NCAA run. After averaging just 3.7 PPG last year, senior guard Casey Mitchell is the team's leading scorer at 17.8 PPG. Someone needed to step up after Ebanks and Butler left, and the 6'4'' wing has answered the call. West Virginia will hold court at home, but won't cover this large spread. The thing you have to ask when looking at this game is: When is Joe Mazzulla ever going to leave Morgantown?

Overall: 8-7

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