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Today's College Basketball Picks




The big conferences regular seasons are coming to a end today with intriguing match-ups all around. Rather than fool around with all of this craziness, we'll just throw three games at you that we're confident will make you a winner.

Georgia @ Alabama(-5):Take Alabama- It's been quite a turn around for Alabama this year. After stumbling to a 17-15 (6-10) record last season, they have posted 19 wins, lead the SEC West with an 11-4 record, and appear headed to the NCAA's for the first time since 2006. With Georgia star Trey Thompkins questionable with an ingrown toenail, look for Alabama to pound it into JaMychal Green. The 6'8'' junior has scored double figures in every game but one this season, and they'll need him to play large at home today as 'Bama looks to end a two-game skid. Roll 'Tide.

UCLA @ Washington St.(-2):Take UCLA- Perhaps there is no surer pick of the evening than UCLA over a Washington State group sans Klay Thompson. We're no stranger to these sort of shenanigans in the Pacific Northwest, the road has been well paved by Josh HeytveltBig Time Timmy Jim, and Isaiah Rider among others. Back to basketball, the Bruins have really been under-celebrated all season long. They've notched wins over BYU, St. Johns, and Arizona and with a win and 'Zona loss, could tie for the Pac-10 regular season title. They're long and athletic, not nearly as talented as in the Love/Collison/Westbrook days, but good enough to win tonight. 

Duke @ North Carolina(Pick):Take North Carolina- For the first time in the history of this storied rivalry, the Dukies and 'Heels will take center-stage in Primetime on CBS. It can't get much bigger than these two top 15 teams playing one game for the ACC title. North Carolina has been on a steep incline since the calender turned to 2011 in large part due to two freshman, Harrison Barnes and Kendall Marshall. Barnes has nailed five game winning shots this year while Marshall has stepped in at point guard dishing out over 7.5 APG in the last month. Look for them to defend the Dean Dome this evening and put themselves in the conversation for a #2 seed (a convo they wouldn't have fathomed of entering back in November).


Overall: 40-38-1