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Tuesday's college basketball predictions and picks from around the country, coming our way from handicapper Matt McCuen. Matt has three plays for Tuesday that you don't want to miss

College Basketball Picks: Tuesday's Three Best Bets

Oregon vs. St. Mary's Prediction

Oregon vs. St. Mary's odds

I am back with my three best bets for this College Basketball slate today. This week will be a fun week if you are a College Basketball lover, with games from when you wake up until you go to bed. I will be delivering my three best for this action-packed Tuesday.

The first game I want to look at is a matchup between the Oregon Ducks and the St Mary’s Gales. Last night, the Gales pulled off a close win in a back-and-forth game with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. This is an experienced bunch for head coach Randy Bennet. This is a team that plays at a slow pace and hangs their hat on their ability to play defense and force turnovers.

The Oregon Ducks, who were active in the transfer portal, came into the season ranked as a top-25 team but saw themselves slip out of the rankings after an embarrassing loss to BYU. This is an excellent spot for the Oregon Ducks to bounce back from that awful loss to BYU on a national stage. This is a Ducks team I am high on this season as they present a great defense and can score from every position on the floor.

I expect a big game for the Ducks on the inside as I see a significant advantage tonight for Oregon in the paint, and their rim protection will play a factor in this game. I believe this line should be sitting closer to four or five points, and this is a bit of an overreaction to the Ducks' performance against BYU. This is a get-right spot for the Oregon Ducks tonight.

Oregon vs. St. Mary's Pick

Gonzaga vs. UCLA Predictions

Gonzaga vs. UCLA odds

The second play I'm looking at is an affair between the Gonzaga Bulldogs and the UCLA Bruins. This is undoubtedly the game of the year to this point in the young season, as the No. 1 Gonzaga Bulldogs take on the No. 2 UCLA Bruins on a national stage. This is a game that will be filled with stars and future pros and a pair of the best coaches in the college basketball game in Mark Few and Mick Cronin.

This is a game where I will be backing the dog in UCLA as I believe seven points is far too many points in a game that should be back and forth and relatively evenly matched. I believe this is a spectacular Gonzaga team. They are never fun to fade. However, I think this UCLA Team has national championship potential.

With their ability to defend and shoot the three-ball, this will be a game that is far too close to be laying 7 points. This is a UCLA bunch who brings back many faces from their Cinderella run last season. They return Johhny Juzang, Tyger Campbell, and Jules Benard while also adding star freshmen in Peyton Watson and Rutgers transfer Myles Johnson. Johnson will have to step up tonight against the best big man duo in the country in Chet Holgrem and Drew Timme. This will be a fun game from start to finish, and I will be backing UCLA here as a dog.

Gonzaga vs. UCLA Pick

Virginia vs. Providence Prediction

Virginia vs. Providence odds

The final pick I am looking at tonight is a matchup between the Virginia Cavaliers and the Providence Friars. This is a battle between a couple of power conference teams. Virginia from the ACC and Providence coming to us from the Big East.

I have backed Providence three times this year with success, but I will be on the other side of the Friars tonight. This is a game I expect to be very slow-paced and low-scoring. These are a pair of teams who present a great defense and are extremely well-coached. I do think this line should be closer to a pick ’em, and for that reason, I am going to take the dog getting the points here in Virginia.

This is a displaced Virginia team who, if they can win the turnover battle and control the tempo of this game, I think should win outright. This will be a fun game between two great teams, but I am taking the dog again in this spot!

Virginia vs. Providence Pick

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Matt McCuen is a native of Delco, PA. He has been working in the sports gambling industry and creating content for the last few years. He is an expert in numerous different sports, including the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, and collegiate sports. You can follow Matt on Twitter at @DeadPresPicks.


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