Free College Basketball Picks For Thursday, January 26th, 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: NC State Wolfpack @ North Carolina Tar Heels
Date: Thursday, January 26th, 7:00 ET
Location: Dean Smith Center, Chapel Hill, NC
College Basketball Odds: North Carolina -13
College Basketball TV Schedule: ESPN, ESPN3.com

The Tar Heels are going to be playing without Dexter Strickland for the first time in this one, as he suffered a season-ending injury over the weekend against Virginia Tech. NC State, with Scott Wood jacking up threes from all over the court, can beat any team in this conference. This is a very veteran squad, and the Wolfpack know that they are going to need a win like this one eventually to make sure that their spot in the NCAA Tournament is ensured. We don’t know if this will be the day, but the Wolfpack will make a statement and at least push the Tar Heels to the brink in Chapel Hill.

NCAA Basketball Pick: NC State +13

College Basketball Matchup: Florida Gators @ Ole Miss Rebels
Date: Thursday, January 26th, 7:00 ET
Location: C.M. “Tad” Smith Coliseum, Oxford, MS
College Basketball Odds: Florida -6
College Basketball TV Schedule: ESPN2, ESPN3.com

We have seen the Gators trip on the road before, and in fact, they just won their first road game of the year a week ago against South Carolina. This Ole Miss team really isn’t all that great, but just really as is the case in football, road games in the SEC are never easy. We tend to think that the oddsmakers have overcompensated though, as UF is clearly the superior team and should be laying a lot closer to double digits in this one. We just don’t trust the Rebels even though we know that they were just able to take down Mississippi State and Georgia in back to back games.

NCAA Basketball Pick: Florida -6

College Basketball Matchup: Indiana Hoosiers @ Wisconsin Badgers
Date: Thursday, January 26th, 9:00 ET
Location: Kohl Center, Madison, WI
College Basketball Odds: Wisconsin -7
College Basketball TV Schedule: ESPN2, ESPN3.com

We really love this Indiana team, and we think that Head Coach Tom Crean has done a fantastic job with it over the years to get it back to solid ground in the Big Ten. Though the Badgers have proven that they can feed off of the Assembly Hall crowd, they haven’t proven that they can win games on the road yet this year. The Badgers are hot at the moment, and they are riding a winning streak after surprisingly opening up the conference campaign with two straight losses in this building. However, wins on the road against Illinois and Purdue have really sparked this club again. The Hoosiers have come a long way in a short period of time this year, but they aren’t ready to compete in Madison quite yet.

NCAA Basketball Pick: Wisconsin -7

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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