College Basketball Picks and Predictions for March 10th

The “Madness” in March Madness has already descended. Cinderella is already getting loose and stretching for the ball, as evidenced by the controversial and thrilling last second controversy in the St. John’s v Rutgers game in the second round of the Big East Tourney.

Big East officials have already admitted their mistake; however that’s very little consolation for the Scarlett Knights who are headed home for the season. Rutgers finished below .500 and 14th in the Big East. St. John’s has arguably climbed further up the rankings in the last month than any team in the country.

All that separated them Wednesday in the Garden, St. John’s home court, was two points and a controversial call. Oh yes, the Madness has started.

Today might actually be the most packed day of the entire college hoops calendar. Every major conference has a full slate of four games as the quarterfinals get underway. Whether you like the Big East, Big Twelve, Big Ten or any other big games – it’s a good day call in sick, plop down on the couch and pick a few winners.

That’s what we’ve been doing all season, batting a respectable 35-25 against the spread on the season. For today’s picks, we’re going to shift our focus from the Big Twelve to the ACC

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Today’s Free College Basketball Picks:

North Carolina State @ Maryland -5.5 (ACC Quarterfinals)

Maryland enters the game ice cold. Not only have they lost five of their final seven games, they’ve been losing to non-tourney teams as well. Losses their final two games to Miami and Virginia by a combined 28 points all but sealed the NIT-fate for the Terps.

North Carolina State hasn’t been playing much better, but aside from road trips to Duke and North Carolina, they have at least been competitive. In their only meeting of the season, Maryland edged the Wolfpack 87-80 in the home gym, and never had the opportunity to make the return trip to Raleigh.

Both North Carolina State and Maryland have a recent history of overachieving in the ACC Tourney, and both know their only chance of making the NCAA Tournament is winning it (or perhaps a runner-up finish would be enough for the Terps…maybe).

While this is not a true home/road game for either team, it is disconcerting for Wolfpack faithful that they are just 2-9 on the season away from home. That doesn’t bode well for today’s matchup. North Carolina State is going to have a tough time with Brian Williams inside, the ACC’s best post player. While Maryland hasn’t looked it the last two weeks, they are certainly a more talent-rich team than NC State. I like the Garry Williams to rally the troops for one more big run in the ACC Tourney, and to win and cover today against NC State.

PICK: Maryland -5.5 – Click here to bet it at BetED and get a $250 Bonus!!

Georgia Tech @ Virginia Tech -5 (ACC Quarterfinals)

The first matchup this season was a complete disaster for Virginia Tech, getting blown out 72-57 by the next-to-last-place Yellow Jackets. The return trip to Blacksburg was full of revenge, as the Hokies opened it up and poured it on, rolling to a 102-77 win – the highest point total this season in the ACC.

Virginia Tech seemed to fall asleep at the wheel right after their “season defining” win over Duke that was supposed to have clinched a Tourney bid for the Hokies. Losing their last two games immediately after, to Boston College and Clemson – both in very unimpressive fashion, puts Seth Greenberg back in all-too-familiar territory; the dreaded “bubble.”

Position by position, the Hokies are a far superior ballclub. Malcolm Delaney had his way with the Yellow Jackets three weeks ago, and there is no reason he shouldn’t again today. To top it off, Georgia Tech is just 1-10 this season away from home, with their lone win coming last week against absolutely dreadful Wake Forest.

I don’t see anyway the Hokies let this critical opportunity to pick up one more win to impress the Selection Committee slip through their fingers. I like VA Tech, and I like them BIG.

PICK: Virginia Tech -5 – Click here to bet it at BetED and get a $250 Bonus!!

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Chris Scheeren / Author

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