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Free Picks: NCAA College Basketball Best Bets and Money Line Selections 1/18/22
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Free Picks: NCAA College Basketball Best Bets and Money Line Selections 1/18/22

Moving on to Tuesday after another good day of College Hoops. Thanks to the Princeton Tigers, we cashed another Best Bet as the Tigers won 74-64 over the Penn Quakers.That raised our Best Bet of the Day record to 17-6, and we hope to stay focused today. The Money Line was decent as we hit 7 out of 10 picks and our record improved to 86-29 in that category. There is a full slate of games tonight and hitting winners tonight is going to be very difficult. Let’s see if we can keep the streak rolling.

Papa Dudes Best Bet for College Basketball Today

Iona 14-3 (-3) at Monmouth 10-5: This is a game between two teams from the MAAC that are relatively obscure, except for the fact that Iona is coached by Rick Pitino. Whatever your opinion of him is, the truth remains he is a great coach. Tonight he brings the Gaels, (a Gael is a person of Irish descent), into Monmouth, and they are only three point favorites. I will admit I didn’t know anything about the Monmouth Hawks until I researched them for this prediction. Other than the fact they are at home, I just don’t see any reason to pick against the Gaels in this one. Anytime a game seems too good to be true, it causes me some concern, but I’m going to keep the faith in Iona.

PAPA DUDES BEST BET: Iona -3

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

North Carolina 12-4 (-2) at Miami 13-4): The phrase toss-up was invented for this game.. – THE PICK: North Carolina 77 Canes 74

#6 Duke 14-3 (-5) at Florida State 10-5: These are the type of games that Duke wins. – THE PICK: Duke 74 Florida State 71

Clemson 10-7 at Syracuse 8-9 (-3): I’ll stay with the Orangemen one more time. – THE PICK: Syracuse 77 Clemson 72

Butler 9-7 at #25 UConn 11-4 (-13.5) : The Huskies make their debut into the Top-25 – THE PICK: UConn 80 Butler 67

#5 Baylor 15-2 (-6.5) at West Virginia 13-3: Will the Bears lose three in a row? –THE PICK: Baylor 67 West Virginia 62

#7 Kansas 14-2 (-3.5) at Oklahoma 12-5: The Sooners could pull off an upset. – THE PICK: Kansas 65 Oklahoma 60

Kansas State 9-7 at #23 Texas (-10): Wildcats are hard to beat. – THE PICK: Texas 68 K-State 60

#15 Iowa State 13-3 at Texas Tech 13-4 (-8): Tech might win, but I doubt they cover. – THE PICK: Texas Tech 63 Iowa State 59

South Carolina 10-6 at Arkansas 12-5 (-12): Razorbacks are getting better. – THE PICK: Arkansas 76 South Carolina 66

Missouri 7-9 at Mississippi 9-7 (-7.5): Rebels should win but it won’t be easy. – THE PICK: Mississippi 75 Missouri 69

#24 Tennessee 11-5 (-6.5) at Vanderbilt 10-6: Volunteers need a bounce-back win here. – THE PICK: Tennessee 75 Vandy 70

Maryland 9-8 at Michigan 7-7 (-6.5): This is another game that will be close. – THE PICK: Michigan 67 Maryland 63

#8 Wisconsin 14-2 (-3) at Northwestern 9-6: Tempted to pick an upset in this one. – THE PICK: Wisconsin 74 Northwestern 70

South Florida 6-10 at #10 Houston 15-2 (-19.5): Easy win for the Cougars. – THE PICK: Houston 77 South Florida 55

#22 Loyola Chicago 13-2 (-12) at Evansville 4-11: The Ramblers remain unbeaten in the Valley. – THE PICK: Loyola 74 Evansville 66

Air Force 8-6 at Boise State 12-4 (-19.5): The Broncos are a good team in a strong MW Conference. – THE PICK: Boise State 75 Air Force 60

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