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Todays' College Basketball Picks


Louisville @ Connecticut(-4):Take Connecticut- ESPN's Scoop Jackson wrote a column yesterday quoting Kemba Walker as saying, "Just from my basketball experience, I've always played behind somebody." Walker may not have fully embraced his role as a star, but you wouldn't know it on the court. The blazing fast Walker has been spectacular this season. What's been more impressive? How he's elevated the play of those around him. In Alex Oriakhi, Jeremy Lamb, and Shabazz Napier the Huskies now have a formidable supporting cast, and will move to 6-2 in the Big East after today.

Syracuse @ Marquette(-2): Take Syracuse- After two straight home losses, the road might be a welcome site for the Orange. Syracuse is 7-9 ATS this season and I like them in a bounce-back win today. Rick Jackson will own the boards even more than usual against a mediocre rebounding team in Marquette, and for the first time in three games, the 'Cuse defend the perimeter.

BYU @ New Mexico(+3.5):Take BYU- The Cougars have been a good bet on the road all year, and I suggest taking them in The Pit tonight in Albuquerque. Veteran guards Jimmer Fredette and Jackson Emery are smart enough to descend from Cloud 9 (where they've been since Wednesday) in time for the game tonight. Lobos Coach Steve Alford may put two on Jimmer at times, meaning of open shots for the rest of the BYU cast.

Missouri @ Texas(-6.5):Take Texas- Texas has won all but one of their home games by more than ten points. They have a balanced scoring attack with four Longhorns averaging over 11PPG and 4RPG. Missouri loves to play fast, but Texas can play that game too. The burnt orange and white are fast rising as a Final Four favorite as the much-maligned Rick Barnes may be in the middle of his most impressive coaching season ever.

Overall: 32-26-1