Picks for Best Games on Thursday, March 14th

Picks for Best Games on Thursday, March 14th

Today is the first day of big time College Basketball Championship games, as all the conferences will have their main games taking place today. As a result I will have a lot of picks for all of today’s best games. 

Providence vs. Villanova

Noon ET on Fox Sports 1

Line: Villanova -6

Pick: Villanova

Against the Spread: Villanova

Final Score Prediction: Villanova 78 Providence 69

Why this pick? I am tempted to take Providence but all year long Villanova has been the better team, I’ll take them to win.

Iowa State vs. Baylor

12:30 PM ET on ESPN2

Line: Iowa State -2.5

Pick: Iowa State

Against the Spread: Iowa State

Final Score Prediction: Iowa State 78 Baylor 67

Why this pick? They call the Sprint Center Hilton South, that might be a good reason to take the Cyclones in this game.

Indiana vs. Ohio State

12:30 PM ET on the Big Ten Network

Line: Indiana -2.5

Pick: Indiana

Against the Spread: Indiana

Final Score Prediction: Indiana 75 Ohio State 67

Why this pick? I am going to keep riding the hot-hand Indiana, who is playing great as of late.

NC State vs. Virginia

12:30 PM ET on ESPN

Line: Virginia -11

Pick: Virginia

Against the Spread: Virginia

Final Score Prediction: Virginia 78 NC State 63

Why this pick? NC State is coming off an emotional comeback win against Clemson, I think on short rest they lose handily to Virginia.

Virginia Tech vs. Florida State

2:30 PM ET on ESPN

Line: Virginia Tech -1

Pick: Florida State

Against the Spread: Florida State

Final Score Prediction: Florida State 65 Virginia Tech 60

Why this pick? The Seminoles are always tough to prepare for on short rest, I think they beat Virginia Tech is a slow-tempo matchup.

TCU vs. Kansas State

2:30 PM ET on ESPN2

Line: Kansas State -3

Pick: Kansas State

Against the Spread: Kansas State

Final Score Prediction: Kansas State 71 TCU 63

Why this pick? Kansas State will eventually miss Dean Wade, just in this game I think they take care of business.

Xavier vs. Creighton

2:30 PM ET on Fox Sports 1

Line: Creighton -2.5

Pick: Xavier

Against the Spread: Xavier

Final Score Prediction: Xavier 67 Creighton 61

Why this pick? This will be fun to watch, as this is truly an elimination game from the NCAA Tournament, I think the Musketeers wind up winning this game though.

Alabama vs. Ole Miss

7 PM ET on the SEC Network

Line: Ole Miss -3

Pick: Ole Miss

Against the Spread: Ole Miss

Final Score Prediction: Ole Miss 76 Alabama 65

Why this pick? Ole Miss seems to be out of their mid-SEC slump, meanwhile Alabama hasn’t played good basketball in weeks. This might be a time to pick the Rebels.

Louisville vs. North Carolina

7 PM ET on ESPN

Line: North Carolina -7

Pick: North Carolina

Against the Spread: North Carolina

Final Score Prediction: North Carolina 89 Louisville 76

Why this pick? This seems like a game that will be between 10-15 points all night long.

West Virginia vs. Texas Tech

7 PM ET on ESPN2

Line: Texas Tech -13

Pick: Texas Tech

Against the Spread: Texas Tech

Final Score Prediction: Texas Tech 84 West Virginia 65

Why this pick? The Red Raiders are rolling on offense right now, that spells blowout in my eyes.

St. John’s vs. Marquette

7 PM ET on Fox Sports 1

Line: Marquette -2

Pick: St. John’s

Against the Spread: St. John’s

Final Score Prediction: St. John’s 72 Marquette 64

Why this pick? Markus Howard has been shut down by Justin Simon all year long, meanwhile Marquette is on a four-game losing streak. Give me St. John’s in this one.

Texas vs. Kansas

9 PM ET on ESPN2

Line: Kansas -2.5

Pick: Kansas

Against the Spread: Kansas

Final Score Prediction: Kansas 74 Texas 65

Why this pick? The Sprint Center is basically a second home for Kansas, I’ll take the Jayhawks to win in front of a mostly pro-Kansas crowd.

Syracuse vs. Duke

9 PM ET on ESPN

Line: Duke -11

Pick: Duke

Against the Spread: Duke

Final Score Prediction: Duke 78 Syracuse 63

Why this pick? Unless Buddy Boeheim goes off or Tyus Battle is in action, the Orange shouldn’t be able to keep this within five points, so I will take Duke in this game.

UCLA vs. Arizona State

9 PM ET on the Pac-12 Network

Line: Arizona State -4

Pick: Arizona State

Against the Spread: Arizona State

Final Score Prediction: Arizona State 74 UCLA 62

Why this pick? Arizona State has played quite well as of late, it might not be a bad idea to pick them in this game.

Georgetown vs. Seton Hall

9:30 PM ET on Fox Sports 1

Line: Seton Hall -2.5

Pick: Seton Hall

Against the Spread: Seton Hall

Final Score Prediction: Seton Hall 76 Georgetown 65

Why this pick? The Pirates are rolling as of late, I think it might be a good time to take them in this game.

Yesterday’s Picks: 4-4

Year to date: 370-316–17 

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