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Our expert hoops handicapper Dan Canova gives his best picks for today's college games

In Monday’s College basketball games, Javante McCoy finished with 13 points, three assists, three steals and two rebounds for Boston University in an 85-53 win over Loyola (Md.). Walter Whyte and Sukhmail Mathon contributed 12 point apiece for the Terriers.

For South Carolina State, Tashombe Riley had 24 points and six rebounds off the bench in an impressive 101-95 victory over Howard. Damani Applewhite added 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Bulldogs in the win.

Here are Today’s College Basketball Picks:


Nebraska @ No. 21 Ohio State

  • Ohio State has won each of its last seven Tuesday games at the Value City Arena on the campus of Ohio State University.
  • The Buckeyes have also won the second half in 11 of their last 12 games at their home arena. (Stats courtesy of Statschecker)

Ohio State, ranked No. 21 in the country, started the season winning 11 of its first 12 games.

Since then? The Buckeyes have lost four straight games, including three in a row against Big Ten opponents.

Ohio State has failed to score 60 points or more in three weeks and they’ve shot under 33 percent in three of their four losses.

With all of that said, the Buckeyes are due to bounce back in this game against Nebraska.

The Buckeyes have won 12 of their 14 meetings against Nebraska since the Cornhuskers joined the Big Ten.

Feel confident taking Ohio State minus the 17.5 points in this matchup.

2u – Ohio State (-17.5) @ -110

No. 3 Duke @ Clemson

  • Duke has won each of its last nine games.
  • The Blue Devils have also won the first half in each of their last six games. (Stats courtesy of Statschecker)

Duke is on an absolute roll.

The Blue Devils (15-1, 5-0 ACC) have won three league road games and they now have an overall winning streak of nine straight games.

Duke is the only team in the ACC without a conference loss.

The Blue Devils have won six games by 30 or more points this season, including a 90-59 win over Wake Forest on Saturday night.

The strength for Duke will continue to be its defense in this game. The Blue Devils’ past seven opponents have failed to reach 65 points.

Duke has a perfect 5-0 record against ACC opponents. It’s the 14th time in school history that the Blue Devils are undefeated against their conference foes five games into the season.

Duke minus the 11 points is the pick in this one.

1u – Duke (-11) @ -105

No. 11 Louisville @ Pittsburgh

  • Louisville has won 25 of its last 29 Tuesday games.
  • The Cardinals also have won the second half in each of their last six games against Pittsburgh. (Stats courtesy of Statschecker)

No. 11 Louisville and Pittsburgh squared off back on Dec. 6.

In that matchup, Jordan Nwora finished with 19 points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals for the Cardinals in an impressive 64-46 victory.

Malik Williams contributed 13 points and 11 rebounds and Ryan McMahon had 11 points, three rebounds and two assists for Louisville in the win.

The Cardinals will once again rely on their defense in this matchup.

Louisville is allowing opposing players to shoot just 36.7 percent from the field and 29.2 percent from three-point land.

If the Cardinals continue to do that against the Panthers in this one, they should walk away with a victory.

Take Louisville minus the 5.5 points here.

1u – Louisville (-5.5) @ -110

By Dan Canova

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