Free College Basketball Picks For Monday, January 16th, 2012

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Monday night’s college hoops schedule is posted at Cappers Info, and we are taking a close look at some of the best games on the slate and making our NCAA basketball picks for the duels ahead.

College Basketball Matchup: Pittsburgh Panthers @ Syracuse Orange
Date: Monday, January 16th, 7:30 ET
Location: Carrier Dome, Syracuse, NY
College Basketball Odds: Syracuse -15
College Basketball TV Schedule: ESPN

The Panthers can’t see to get out of their own way right now, as they have lost six games in a row and are on a brutal free fall. That being said, these Big East games sometimes yield some odd results, and the Cuse are set to really have a letdown game. Don’t be surprised if the vicious defense for U-Pitt, which really hasn’t been the problem for the most part during this losing skid, finds a way to get the job done to keep this game close for the full 40 minutes.

NCAA Basketball Pick: Pittsburgh +15

College Basketball Matchup: Baylor Bears @ Kansas Jayhawks
Date: Monday, January 16th, 9:30 ET
Location: Phog Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, KS
College Basketball Odds: Kansas -6
College Basketball TV Schedule: ESPN

Baylor has a pair of games on tap this week against Top 10 teams in the land, but this is the one where it can really make a big statement. These two teams are very evenly matched with the game being in Lawrence, but there is a reason why the Bears have raced to a 17-0 start to the season, including winning some tough road games. Kansas may win it, but we think this one comes right down to the wire.

NCAA Basketball Pick: Baylor +6

College Basketball Matchup: Texas A&M Aggies @ Missouri Tigers
Date: Monday, January 16th, 5:30 ET
Location: Mizzou Arena, Columbia, MO
College Basketball Odds: Missouri -15.5
College Basketball TV Schedule: ESPN

Again, we have a road team in conference that plays great defense that we are going to back in a spot as a huge underdog against one of the best teams in the country. The Tigers might be looking forward to that game this weekend in Waco against the Bears, and in the end, they might get an unexpected challenge from another NCAA Tournament team in the Big XII.

NCAA Basketball Pick: Texas A&M +15.5

College Basketball Matchup: Louisville Cardinals @ Marquette Golden Eagles
Date: Monday, January 16th, 3:30 ET
Location: Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WI
College Basketball Odds: Marquette -5
College Basketball TV Schedule: ESPN

We tend to think that Louisville has been exposed. Sure, the Cardinals aren’t frauds, but we don’t think that they are truly the elite team in the Big East that everyone was hoping for. In fact, we’re not all that sure that Marquette doesn’t have the better team in this one, and we think that it will show for sure on Monday afternoon with a big MLK Day victory for the hosts.

NCAA Basketball Pick: Marquette -5

Lou Palumbo is the founder and part owner of the Sports Handicapping Community. He's been writing and posting free picks and sports handicapping strategies on the Cappersinfo forums and website for 15 years now. He enjoys handicapping just as much as he did from the very first day he built the original Cappersinfo website.

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