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Dan Canova gives us his picks for Thursday's college basketball slate

PICK OF THE DAY: (2u) Indiana -1.5 @ -110

No. 21 Iowa @ Indiana, 8:00 PM:

  •  The Indiana Hoosiers have a 24-12 record at their home arena after a loss since the 2015-16 college basketball season. (Stat courtesy of Statschecker)__.

The reason we’re backing Indiana

The Indiana Hoosiers will look to put an end to a four-game losing streak when they host No. 21 Iowa on Thursday night.

In their last game against Purdue, Trayce Jackson-Davis finished with 16 points, eight rebounds, four assists and three blocks in a 74-62 loss to the Boilermakers.

Justin Smith added 11 points and five rebounds for Indiana.

The last time Indiana came away with a win was back on Jan. 23 against Michigan State. Joey Brunk led the way with 14 points to go with six rebounds in the 67-63 victory.

The losing streak must come to an end, right?

Here’s the perfect time. Against a ranked team, at home, in the midst of a four-game losing streak.

Roll with the Hoosiers in this matchup.

(1u) Oregon -3.5 @ -110

No. 16 Colorado @ No. 17 Oregon, 9:00 PM:

  •  No. 17 Oregon has a 12-3 record when playing as a home team after traveling since the 2013-14 college basketball season. (Stat courtesy of Statschecker)__.

The reason we’re backing Oregon

No. 17 Oregon has lost back-to-back games on the road entering this game against No. 16 Colorado.

In their most recent defeat on Saturday night against Oregon State, Payton Pritchard finished with 16 points, nine assists, four rebounds and two steals and Chris Duarte chipped in 11 points, four boards and two steals for the Ducks in the 63-53 loss.

What’s the only way to get over a tough loss to your in-state rival? Come back and beat the brakes off your next opponent.

All of the stars clearly align in this matchup for the Ducks. They will be taking on a Colorado team ranked higher in the AP Top 25, even though it’s by only one spot, and they are motivated to make a statement.

Roll with Oregon minus the 3.5 points in this one.

(1u) USC -3 @ -110

Washington @ USC, 9:00 PM:

  •  Since the 2012-13 college basketball season, the Washington Huskies have an 18-37 record in games played during February. (Stat courtesy of Statschecker)__.

The reason we’re backing USC

USC is the third team on this slate of picks that will look to put an end to a multiple game losing streak.

After losses to at-the-time No. 20 Colorado and No. 23 Arizona, the Trojans fell to Arizona State on Saturday night, which marked their third straight defeat.

Jonah Mathews finished with a team-high 22 points to go with three boards and two blocks and Daniel Utomi contributed 15 points and seven rebounds, but it wasn’t enough in a 66-64 loss to the Sun Devils.

The Trojans visited the Huskies a month ago and they got destroyed by a final score of 72-40.

Is Washington 32 points better than USC? Absolutely not. The Huskies just caught them on a bad night.

Look for USC to bounce back in this game now at home. Take the Trojans minus the 3 points.

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