College Basketball Vegas Odds and Picks: January 15th

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Today is my first anniversary of marriage, y'all, and it's a trip. Literally. My wife and I are going on a cruise, where I will attack a stack of books (and a mouthwash container full of hooch that we smuggled onboard), while attempting to forget that I'm basically floating on a toothpick that's struggling to stay upright in the ocean's boundless fury. The news out of Italy doesn't make me feel any better.

I'm gonna miss you guys!

I went 6-2 in my last picks, moving me to 72-67-1 on the season.

Today, we deal with the themes of rivalry, vengeance and redemption on the collegiate high seas. How Odysseus-ian!

We also deal with more NFL playoff games. So if you're in a real betting mood, perhaps there's a few nice lines below to parlay with your pigskin bet.

All times EST.

4:30pm CBS: No. 8 Indiana (+13) @ No. 5 Ohio State

The loss to Minnesota doesn't scare me, Indiana has played the role of giant killer all season and I won't hold a slip-up against a conference foe against them. And if you're going to hold the Minnesota loss against Indiana, then you have to do the same with the Buckeyes' collapse at Illinois last week. Even in Columbus, Ohio State doesn't run away with this one.

6:00pm ESPNU: No. 6 Duke (-7) @ Clemson

I would take Duke by a million today. Someone should do a study on how Duke or North Carolina play the day after the other team suffers an embarrassing blowout loss. I would suspect that watching their archival implode on national television is like adding high-octane racing fuel to their fire.

12:00pm ESPN3: No. 11 Georgetown (-6) @ St. John's

A St. John's victory would be a great story, but with a young lineup and Georgetown coming off two tough losses to much better teams, the Hoyas take control early and don't let go.

Plenty more picks after the jump...

12:00pm ESPN3: Northern Iowa (-9) @ Bradley

It took a layup with two seconds left for the Panthers to beat Missouri State at home, and after a loss to No. 21 Creighton, that doesn't inspire a lot of confidence in Northern Iowa. But while their season has had its ups and downs, Bradley has been mostly down and scored just 41 points on Friday night in a bad loss to Wichita State.

2:35pm: Cleveland State (-1) @ Valparaiso

I can't, in my right mind, choose Valpo to win a game that Cleveland State desperately needs if they want to establish some March momentum.

4:00pm ESPN3: Georgia Tech @ Maryland (-2)

Wins are going to be tough to come by in the ACC, so the Terps don't miss this opportunity to take care of business.

7:00pm: Washington State (+8.5) @ Washington

Who. Knows. Both teams played embarrassing basketball against an awful Utah team and have double-digit losses to Colorado. I think that, at their best, Washington is the better team with a far superior backcourt in Tony Wroten and Abdul Gaddy. The problem is, in the Pac-12, you never know what you're going to get and I can't trust the Huskies - or any team - to win by that many points.

8:00pm ESPNU: Wichita State (-8) @ Indiana State

The Shockers have been criminally underrated all season long.

9:00pm FSN: UCLA (-1.5) @ USC

How the mighty have fallen. The Trojans have dropped their last five and scored more than 50 points only once, putting up a whopping 53 in a loss to Arizona State. UCLA, on the other hand, is trying to turn their season around and this is a necessity if that's still the case.

Ryan ZumMallen writes about basketball and urban fishing in Long Beach, CA. Follow him on Twitter at @ryanzummallen.

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