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Free Picks: NCAA College Basketball Best Bet and Money Line Selections 1/16/22
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Free Picks: NCAA College Basketball Best Bet and Money Line Selections 1/16/22

Wow, our heads are spinning after a Saturday of College Basketball that saw nine Top-25 schools lose, including four coming up empty on their home floor. After a day like that ,we are just glad we survived , and ended up on the positive side of things. We went 13-10 betting the Money Line which lowered our record to 71-26 so far. But, we could have easily been on the losing end. We had two Best Bets and Notre Dame barely beat the spread against Va Tech giving us a winner. However, Syracuse let us down and lost at home to Florida State. The 1-1 split puts our Best Bet of the Day record at an excellent 15-6, which we’ll take any day. Today there is a typical light Sunday schedule to bet on. Let’s go find some action.

Papa Dudes Best Bet for College Basketball Today

Bradley 8-9 (-2.5) at Illinois State 8-8: This is a battle between two middle-of-the-pack Missouri Valley clubs. Both records are pretty much the same and both schedules are very similar. There isn’t a whole lot to choose from but there are three things I like about the Redbirds in this one.

#1- Bradley is 3-8 against teams against teams that have a .500 record or above. #2- Illinois State has the best player on the court in Antonio Reeves who is averaging 20.8 points per game. #3- Illinois State is at home and are 2.5-point underdog.

So, those reasons, plus home teams usually win these kinds of games in the Valley have me taking a gamble on the Redbirds.

PAPA DUDES BEST BET: Illinois State +2.

Money Line and Score Projections for the Rest of the College Basketball Slate:

Butler 9-6 at #14 Villanova 12-4 (-15): Almost made this a bet bet. Spread is too high. – THE PICK: Nova 75 Butler 65

Cincinnati 12-4 at Wichita State 9-6 (-1.5): Big game for NCAA tournament reasons. – THE PICK: Wichita State 65 Cincinnati 64

Penn State 8-6 at #16 Ohio State 10-4 (-8.5): Picking the Buckeyes only because they are at home. – THE PICK: Ohio State 72 Penn St. 71

Niagara 7-7 at Iona 13-3 (-10.5): Rick Pitino is a snake, but he can coach. – THE PICK: Iona 82 Niagara 68

Canisius 5-10 at Manhattan 8-4 (-5.5): Who are these guys? – THE PICK: Manhattan 70 Canisius 60

Louisiana Tech 14-3 (-13.5) at Southern Miss 5-10: Tech is a good C-USA team –THE PICK: Tech 77 Southern Miss 68

Iowa 12-4 (-5.5) at Minnesota 10-3: Tough test for the high-scoring Hawkeyes. – THE PICK: Iowa 84 Minnesota 81

Georgetown 6-7 at St.John’s 9-5 (-10.5): Hoyas are really struggling. – THE PICK: St.John’s 76 GaTown 67

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