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Expert handicapper Dan Canova gives us his picks for an action-packed Tuesday in college basketball

PICK OF THE DAY: (2u) Michigan State -1 @ -110

No. 16 Michigan State @ No. 20 Penn State, 7:00 PM:

  •  Since the 2014-15 college basketball season, Michigan State has a 26-10 record in games played during March. (Stats courtesy of Statschecker)__.

The reason we’re backing Michigan State

No. 16 Michigan State will look to add onto a three-game winning streak when it faces No. 20 Penn State on Tuesday night.

Cassius Winston finished with 20 points, six assists and three rebounds and Xavier Tillman Sr. added 14 points, 12 rebounds and six assists with two blocks in a convincing 78-66 victory over at-the-time No. 9 Maryland.

The Spartans are winners of their last three road games, which includes over Illinois and Nebraska before they pulled out the victory over the Terrapins.

If the Spartans are going to come out alive with a win at Penn State, Winston needs to continue his trend of domination. Over the last three games, he has scored 20 or more points.

I love Michigan State on the road in this matchup. Take the Spartans minus the 1 point here.

(1u) Iowa -5.5 @ -110

Purdue @ No. 18 Iowa, 9:00 PM:

  • Purdue has a 7-10 record as an away team coming off 4 days of rest since the 2012-13 college basketball season.

The reason we’re backing Iowa

No. 18 Iowa is coming off an impressive victory over Penn State on Saturday night.

Luka Garza led the way with 25 points, 17 rebounds and four blocks and Joe Wieskamp contributed 13 points and six rebounds in a 77-68 victory over the Nittany Lions.

Back on Feb. 5, Iowa suffered its worst loss of the season as Purdue drilled 19 three-pointers en route to a dominating 104-68 victory.

If Iowa is going to win this game, Garza will be the key.

Garza, who has a chance to win national Player of the Year, came away with his 14th straight game of at least 20 points against the Nittany Lions and he shot only 11 of 28 from the field.

So far this season, he is averaging 23.7 points and 9.8 rebounds. Look for Garza to carry the Hawkeyes in a win over Purdue here.

Take the Hawkeyes minus the 5.5 points in this matchup.

(1u) Oklahoma -6.5 @ -110

Texas @ Oklahoma, 9:00 PM:

  •  Texas has a 1-4 record at the Lloyd Noble Center since the 2014-15 college basketball season.

The reason we’re backing Oklahoma

Oklahoma will host Texas on Tuesday night.

The Sooners will look to win a third straight game in this matchup. They had key victories over Texas Tech and West Virginia in their last two games.

Kristian Doolittle finished with 19 points, seven rebounds and three assists, Brady Manek contributed 15 points, seven rebounds and two blocks and Austin Reaves chipped in 13 points, five boards, four assists and two steals in a 73-62 win over the Mountaineers.

Look for the Sooners at home to continue their winning ways against Texas.

Roll with Oklahoma minus the 6.5 points in this matchup.

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