Our free College Basketball picks are out for Thursday, February 10th, 2022! Make sure you check our expert College Basketball picks before the action kicks off.
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#7 Duke @ Clemson – 8pm ET
Duke kick off a two game road trip on Thursday night, and their first stop will be to take on Clemson. The Blue Devils had their five game winning streak snapped last time out, as they went down to Virginia, 68-69. The Tigers will be hoping their two game losing streak ends tonight, after they suffered back-to-back losses to Georgia Tech and North Carolina.
The Duke Blue Devils are on top of the ACC with a 19-4 record including 4-2 on the road. Mike Krzyzewski’s team is coming off a 68-69 home loss to Virginia as they shot only 42% from the field. Offensively, the Blue Devils are in the top 20 teams in the nation with 80.2 points per game and 48.5 shooting from the field. Duke is 25th in rebounding with 36.6 boards per game. Duke is also a decent team on the defensive end as they allow only 65 points per game, 40.3% from the field and 19.7% from the three point line. The Blue Devils have covered the spread in any game following a loss this season. Duke has won 8 of the last 10 games against Clemson.
The Clemson Tigers are 10th in the ACC with a 12-11 record including 8-3 at home. They have lost six of the last eight games, most recently 77-79 to North Carolina. The Tigers are among the top 20 teams in the nation in three-point shooting with 38.2%. They are also solid from the field with 46.2% which ranks them 73rd. The Tigers have played over the total point margin in 10 of their last 12 games. They have also covered the spread in 9 of those 12 games. Forward Hunter Tyson, who averages 10.4 points and 5.6 rebounds per game, will not suit up for the game against Duke.
Marko’s College Basketball Pick: Duke (-280)
Coach K on the loss to UVA pic.twitter.com/SQ1LLC8O54
— Duke Men’s Basketball (@DukeMBB) February 8, 2022
Despite dropping their last game, a loss to Virginia on a last second three pointer, that also ended a five game winning streak, Duke still enters this one as the best team in the ACC, and I think the gap is pretty wide. They have also already beaten this Clemson team once this season, in a tight affair, but I wouldn’t expect this one to be that close.
Clemson comes in at 12-11 on the season, including a lowly 4-8 in conference play, and they’re just not that good. At this point, they’re postseason hopes are done, barring a miracle run through the ACC tournament at the end of the year, and I just question how much they have to play right now. Now, with them getting a Duke team coming off a loss that should have them fired up, I think this ends up being a game that could easily get out of hand in a hurry. Give me the Blue Devils easy, even having to go on the road to Clemson in this one.
Noah’s College Basketball Pick: Duke (-280)
#23 Murray State @ Tennessee State – 8:30pm ET
Murray State hit the road for two games starting on Thursday night when they take on Tennessee State. The Racers are on a massive winning streak of 12 games, and in total this season have only lost two games. The Tigers got the win last time out, snapping their losing streak at two games, when they defeated UT Martin 69-61.
The Murray State Racers are second in OVC with a 22-2 record. The last time they lost was on December 22, 58-71 against Auburn and the Racers have won 12 straight games ever since. They have won the last three by double-digit margins, most recently 79-59 against SIU Edwardsville. Murray State scores 81.3 points per game, which ranks them 12th in the nation and shoots 48.4% from the field, which puts them 20th. They allow 62.9 points per game, which is 33rd in the country. The Racers have played under the total point margin in 7 of their last 10 games. They have won the last seven games against Tennessee State.
The Tennessee State Tigers are 5th in the OVC with a 10-14 record including 6-4 at home. They have lost three of the last five games but are coming off a 69-61 win over UT Martin. The Tigers score 72.2 points per game and allow 71.7 which ranked them 283rd in the nation. The Tigers have played over the total point margin in the last four games against a team with a winning record, but have gone under in the last five following an against the spread win.
Murray State has been a bit of a surprise this season, as they come in ranked 23rd in the latest poll, sitting at 22-2 on the year, although I certainly think a lot of that is due to the fact that they play in a relatively weak conference. They currently lead the OVC, at 12-0 in conference play, and playing the exciting kind of ball they play, primarily a young, run and gun style, I think they have the athleticism that makes them a disruption for anyone they’ll see in conference play, including their opponents in this one, the Tennessee State Tigers.
TSU enters at 10-14, which isn’t great by any means, and I think that’s probably going to take another hit in this one. I just don’t see this Tigers team having the talent to match up with what the Racers are going to show them in this one, as they’re averaging nearly 10 points a game fewer than what Murray State is putting up. Even with this one taking place in Nashville, a home game for TSU, I like Murray State to come out and get a pretty big win in a blowout.
Noah’s College Basketball Pick: Murray State (-1400)
#3 Purdue @ Michigan – 9pm ET
Purdue has one quick game on the road when they take on Michigan. The two teams played each other earlier in the month, and it was a game that went to the Boilermakers, who won 82-76. The Boilermakers come into this game on a six game winning streak, while the Wolverines have won five of their last seven.
The Michigan Wolverines are seventh in the Big Ten with a 12-9 record and are 7-2 at home. Juwan Howard’s team has won five of the last seven games, most recently 58-57 against Penn State in their lowest scoring game of the season. Michigan scores 72.4 points per game, only 5 more than what they concede. The Wolverines have not covered the spread in the last five games against a team with a winning road record. They have played over the total points margin in six of the last seven games. Michigan has won seven of the last ten games against Purdue.
The Purdue Boilermakers are on top of the Big Ten with a 21-3 record and have lost twice on the road. Purdue’s last loss came on January 20 against Indiana and they won the next six games. The Boilermakers are coming off a 84-68 win over their biggest conference rival, Illinois. Purdue is a top 5 team in the nation in points per game 84.6, field goal percentage 50.8% and three-point percentage 41.1. They also rank the best in rebounds allowed with only 24.9 per game. Purdue has gone over the total point margin in their last five games.
Marko’s College Basketball Pick: Purdue (-164)
Loaded for Michigan. pic.twitter.com/7DT34Ab0Wc
— Purdue Mens Basketball (@BoilerBall) February 9, 2022
Despite being a preseason top-5 team, and playing like it for the first few weeks or so of the season, this Michigan team collapsed in a major way through the middle part of the year. They have since recovered, at least a bit, as they’ve won five of seven, but I’m not sure that’s going to be good enough for them to knock off a Purdue team that has spent much of the year in the top-5. On top of that, they lack any really big wins, which makes predicting them here even more difficult.
Purdue, on the other hand, is one of the best teams, not only in Big Ten play, but also the country. They currently lead the conference, having won six straight, including their last one, a big time win over Illinois, and with Jaden Ivey playing like one of the best players in the country over the last few weeks, I’d take this Boilermaker team over just about anyone right now, including an extremely inconsistent Michigan team. Give me Purdue to go on the road to Ann Arbor and get a relatively easy win.
Noah’s College Basketball Pick: Purdue (-164)
#4 Arizona @ Washington State – 9pm ET
Arizona is in the middle of their three game road trip, and on Thursday night they take on Washington State. The Wildcats are on a four game winning streak, and last time out they beat Arizona State, 91-79. The Cougars are on a five game winning streak, and this takes their overall season record to 14-7
The Washington State Cougars are fourth in Pac 12 with a 14-7 record including 9-5 at home. They are on a five-game winning streak and have defeated Stanford and California on the road in the last two. The Cougars are not a good shooting team as they rank 255th in field goal percentage with 42.6% and 144th in three-point shooting with 34.6%. They are much better defensively ranking 29th with 62.2 points allowed per game and 25th with 39.4% from the field. Washington State has played under the total point margin in 10 of the last 11 games. Center Dishon Jackson is out for the game against Arizona.
The Arizona Wildcats are on top of the Pac 12 with a 20-2 record. They have won the last five games following a 16-points loss to the UCLA Bruins. Arizona is third in the nation with 85.1 points per game, 18th with 48.4% from the field and are the best rebounding team with 41 boards per game. Defensively, they are second allowing 37% from the field. They have played under the total point margin in four of the last five games. Arizona has won nine of the last ten games against Washington State, most recently last February 69-53.
Washington State has actually been a pleasant surprise so far this season. They sit at 14-7 on the year, and while that isn’t great, for this program, that’s the equivalent of going undefeated. I do still have questions, as they still lack any type of resume boosting big win, but they play the kind of defense that can keep them in any contest if they’re playing well.
The problem is the fact that they get an Arizona team in this one that I think has a legitimate chance to win a title this season. They have a balanced roster, led by a duo of Bennedict Mathurin and Christian Koloko, and that’s a large reason for their 20-2 record, and them leading the PAC-12 right now. They also play really good defense, just with better athletes, which is why I think there are two solid picks in this one. I like the Wildcats to get a win on the road against an improved Washington State team, but I also like the under, as well.
Noah’s College Basketball Pick: Arizona (-260)
Noah’s Bonus College Basketball Pick: Under 143.5 (-110)
San Diego @ #22 Saint Mary’s – 9pm ET
San Diego hit the road for one game on Thursday night, when they take on Saint Mary’s. The Toreros have dropped their last two games in a row, including losing to Gonzaga and Santa Clara. The Gaels had their seven game winning streak snapped last time out, courtesy of Santa Clara.
The Saint Mary’s Gaels are second in the WCC with a 19-5 record including a perfect 12-0 at home. They were on a seven-game winning streak before losing to Santa Clara 72-77 in their last game. The Gaels score 70 points per game and allow only 59.2 which ranks them 10th in the nation. The Gaels have covered the spread in the last four games following a loss and in the last six games played on Thursday. The Gaels have absolutely dominated San Diego winning the last ten games against them.
The San Diego Toreros are fifth in WCC with a 13-11 record. They have lost the last two games against Gonzaga and Santa Clara. San Diego scores only 67.8 points per game and allows 65.7. They are a solid three-point shooting team with 35.3%. San Diego has covered the spread in their last six games on the road and have played over the total point margin in the last four on the road.
Marko’s College Basketball Pick: Saint Mary’s (-2300)
— Saint Mary’s Hoops (@saintmaryshoops) February 9, 2022
Saint Mary’s is virtually the annual runner up in the WCC. They’re always a really good team that makes the tournament most years, but they just can’t quite get over the fact that Gonzaga is also in their conference, and this year’s no different. The Gaels enter this one at 19-5, good for second in the WCC, but they did drop their last game in surprising fashion, on the road against Santa Clara. Now they return home, where they’re 12-0 on the year, to host San Diego.
The Toreros from San Diego are always a middle of the pack team in the WCC, and much like Saint Mary’s being right where they always are, the Toreros are as well, as they’re fifth in the conference at 13-11. However, they’ve lost two straight, which is due partially to the fact that their offense is below average, to say the least, and I think that plays a part in this one. I like the Gaels to stay perfect at home this season, as I just think their offense is able to outscore a bad Toreros attack.
Noah’s College Basketball Pick: Saint Mary’s (-2300)
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