Free College Basketball Picks For Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

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Thursday 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: Duke Blue Devils @ Virginia Tech Hokies
Date: Thursday, February 2nd, 7:00 ET
Location: Cassell Coliseum, Blacksburg, VA
College Basketball Odds: Duke -4
College Basketball TV Schedule: ESPN, ESPN3.com

If it looks like a fish and it smells like a fish, odds have it, things are probably fishy. V-Tech needs a win like this one in the worst way to even think about getting back into the scene in the NCAA Tournament, while the Dookies have absolutely nothing to fear about much of anything. Sure, the Blue Devils are the superior team, and we hate these Hokies, but in the end, home court advantage might ultimately end up leading to an upset in what should be a very, very sharp game to play.

NCAA Basketball Pick: Virginia Tech +4

College Basketball Matchup: South Carolina Gamecocks @ Florida Gators
Date: Thursday, February 2nd, 9:00 ET
Location: O’Connell Center, Gainesville, FL
College Basketball Odds: Florida -15
College Basketball TV Schedule: ESPN2, ESPN3.com

The Gators are clearly the superior team in this game, and they have the depth that is going to really press the Gamecocks. South Carolina is going to be strained just to think about sticking around in this one, and for as well as UF has played at home this year, we just don’t see any way that it even remotely struggles. This should be a 20+ point blowout.

NCAA Basketball Pick: Florida -15

College Basketball Matchup: Nebraska Cornhuskers @ Northwestern Wildcats
Date: Thursday, February 2nd, 7:00 ET
Location: Welsh Ryan Arena, Evanston, IL
College Basketball Odds: Northwestern -7
College Basketball TV Schedule: ESPN2, ESPN3.com

Northwestern just hasn’t had it this year in the Big Ten, and the end result is going to likely see it stuck in the NIT once again this season. Nebraska has shown some ability over the course of the Big Ten season, and we know that it has the goods to pull off the upset. We’re not saying that that will be the case, but asking the Cats to lay a touchdown is just too tall of a task.

NCAA Basketball Pick: Nebraska +7

College Basketball Matchup: UCLA Bruins @ Washington Huskies
Date: Thursday, February 2nd, 9:00 ET
Location: Alaska Airlines Arena, Seattle, WA
College Basketball Odds: Washington -3.5
College Basketball TV Schedule: ESPN, ESPN3.com

U-Dub and UCLA are two of those teams that are trying to make the Pac-12 look a bit more respectable this year. Both are failing and failing miserably, but one of these teams is definitely going to have the upper hand on the other after tonight. The Huskies are probably the more talented team, though UCLA has played some better ball of late. That being said, we’re going to take the Bruins to pull off the upset on the road to make their resume look that much sweeter come tourney time.

NCAA Basketball Pick: UCLA +3.5

College Basketball Matchup: Gonzaga Bulldogs @ BYU Cougars
Date: Thursday, February 2nd, 11:00 ET
Location: Marriott Center, Provo, UT
College Basketball Odds: BYU -3
College Basketball TV Schedule: ESPN2, ESPN3.com

To say that this is a game that the Cougars have to have is a bit of an understatement. Not only would it put them in a better position in the WCC, but it would also give them a signature win on national television to help out with a potential at large bid to the dance. Gonzaga surely isn’t a lock to go dancing yet either, but this type of a victory against a fellow Top 50 RPI team would go a long way towards making sure that there is no doubt whatsoever. Still, there is a lot more on the line here for BYU, and especially after already losing at home to St. Mary’s, this is a game that it just has to have. Back the hosts in what really could be the best game of the entire night. Don’t miss out on this one.

NCAA Basketball Pick: BYU -3

Lou Palumbo is the founder and part owner of the Cappersinfo.com 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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