Today's College Basketball Picks

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Purdue @ Michigan (+4.5): Take Purdue- One day after JaJuan Johnson cracked Dave Ryan's Top 20 POY candidates he'll have a chance to back it up in the Boilermakers first Big Ten game in Ann Arbor. Purdue's two-headed monster of Johnson and guard E'Twaun Moore has been too much for most teams this season with both players averaging over 19 PPG. Michigan has a balanced attack with six players averaging over 7 PPG led by sophomore Darius Morris (15.8 PPG, 7,5 APG), one of the rising stars in the conference. Scoring won't be the story of this game, though, as both teams rank in the top 12 in the nation defensively. Look for Johnson to dominate both ends of the floor and for Purdue to come away with a hard fought road win.

Kent State @ Morehead State (-4): Take Morehead State- Morehead has suffered three straight losses including a heartbreaker to Austin Peay in overtime last Tuesday. Their unquestioned leader is POY candidate Ken Faried but senior guard Demonte Harper has had a monster season on the wing averaging 17PPG. Kent State's Justin Greene is New York tough and every bit as big as Faried. The Eagles are due for a win, and they'll get one today at home.

Providence @ Syracuse (-13): Take Syracuse- Syracuse is allowing just 59 PPG this season tempting JV high school coaches all across the nation to try and fail in teaching the zone defense. Providence senior guard Marshon Brooks is tenth in the nation in scoring and has the ability to stretch that 2-3 zone out. Kris Joseph has scored 51 points in the last three games for Syracuse and seems to be hitting his stride as the go-to player right at just the right time for the 'Cuse. Syracuse will move to 14-0 with their first Big East win of the year at the carrier dome tonight. 

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