College Basketball Staff Picks For Thursday, Jan. 20

Find out which bets we’re targeting for today's college basketball games

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Dan Karpuc: SMU +6 at Memphis

After entering the year with sky-high aspirations, this Memphis team has underperformed. Sitting at 9-7 (5-10-1 ATS), the Tigers are still 6-point favorites against an SMU team that has gone 13-4 (8-9 ATS). Memphis has covered the spread two times in their last 11 games while SMU has gone 7-2 ATS in their last nine games. I like the Mustangs at +6 and will also sprinkle some on their moneyline. Keep an eye on SMU senior guard Kendrick Davis, who enters this game averaging 21.1 points, 4.4 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game. 

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Brad Pinkerton: UCLA-Utah Under 145.5

This number seems a bit high for two low-tempo teams trending toward the under lately. Utah, No. 207 in KenPom's Adjusted Tempo ratings, has gone under in four straight games and in five of their last six home games. And even though UCLA has hit the over in their last two games (both at home), they're actually 0-5 O/U on the road this season and rank No. 145 in Adjusted Tempo. BetQL agrees with this under pick, rating it as one of the best value bets on the board today.

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Lucy Burdge: Arizona -9.5 at Stanford

Arizona is 9-4 ATS this season, 3-1 ATS on the road and 8-3 ATS as the favorite. Plus, Arizona is averaging 88.5 points scored per game to Stanford’s much fewer 69.8 points scored per game, so I’m thinking Arizona can cover this spread against Stanford tonight. 

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