College Basketball Picks: 2 Best Bets for Thursday's Games

College basketball picks and predictions for Thursday's games from across the country. Matt McCuen gives us his two favorite bets for tonight here.
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Thu, January 13, 2:20 PM EST | 4 min read
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College Basketball Picks: 2 Best Bets for Thursday's Games

It is time for a couple of college basketball games as we get closer to the weekend this Thursday. We are coming off a split last night and will get a nice sweep tonight.

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Thursday's College Basketball Picks

Wisconsin vs. Ohio State Prediction - 7:00 pm ET

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The first game I want to dive into will be a battle in the Big Ten between the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Wisconsin Badgers. These are two of the best teams in the big ten this season, and one of them will look to make a statement tonight. The Buckeyes enter this game playing to an overall rerecord of 10-3 on the season. The Badgers will enter play tonight, playing to the tune of a 13-2 record. Wisconsin will look to defend their home court tonight, coming off a hard-fought road win over Maryland.

This season, the Badgers have had the best player in the conference in guard Johnny Davis. Davis has been a volume scorer for the Badgers this year while also providing great defense. The Badgers will certainly need a big game out of Davis tonight if they want to hold serve at home. In my opinion, the Big Ten holds the largest home-court advantage in all of the nation. I believe on paper these teams are fairly evenly matched, Wisconsin has the edge at the guard position with Brad Davidson and Johnny Davis, but Ohio State holds the advantage inside with EJ Liddell, Zede Key, and Kyle Young.

The play I am turning to tonight will be the Wisconsin Badgers on the first-half spread. This year, we have had great success going with first-half short home favorites, and I believe that continues tonight. Wisconsin has shown they are a great home team and have been extremely tough to knock off in Madison. The advantage early with the crowd will be too much to overcome for this Buckeye team. I expect big things out of Davis and Davidson tonight and the Badges to come out hot in this game.

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Appalachian State vs. Coastal Carolina Prediction - 6:30 pm ET

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The second play I am turning to tonight will concern a pair of teams who reign from the Sun Belt as the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers will battle against the Applichan State Moutaniers. Costal enters this game playing to an overall record of 9-6 on the season while App State comes into this one 8-9 overall and desperate for a win on their home court; for those who do not know these teams hate each other, this is the Duke vs. Carolina of the sunbelt. We have seen the hate on the football field between these two, and the feelings are the same on the basketball court when the two meet up.

The play I am turning to in this game tonight is going to be to back App State. App State is playing this game desperately, and they have their arch-rival on their home court. Those are a couple of reasons I love this App State team tonight. They also should have the best player on the court in guard, Adrian Delph. Delph is averaging 16 points per game for the Mountaineers, and he will have to step it up tonight with the bright lights on. I think we are in for a treat in this game tonight, but the home team will get it done against their rival in desperation mode.

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Matt McCuen
@DeadPresPicks

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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