Free College Basketball Picks For Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

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Wednesday 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: Georgetown Hoyas @ Syracuse Orange
Date: Wednesday, February 8th, 7:00 ET
Location: Carrier Dome, Syracuse, NY
College Basketball Odds: Syracuse -9
College Basketball TV Schedule: ESPN, ESPN3.com

You would think that the Hoyas would be able to use their size and strength to be able to bog down the Orange in this one, but we are awfully afraid of the 4-13 ATS record that G-Town is sporting in its last 17 games in conference play. We just tend to think that the depth for the ‘Cuse will rule the day, and in the end, a Georgetown team that hasn’t faced a test anywhere near this difficult this year will probably get romped.

NCAA Basketball Pick: Syracuse -9

College Basketball Matchup: Duke Blue Devils @ North Carolina Tar Heels
Date: Wednesday, February 8th, 9:00 ET
Location: Dean Smith Center, Chapel Hill, NC
College Basketball Odds: North Carolina -6.5
College Basketball TV Schedule: ESPN, ESPN3.com

The second half of the ESPN double dip is perhaps even better than the first half with Georgetown and Syracuse. North Carolina has had its struggles this year, but we think that this is the perfect opportunity to take down a Duke team that has shown some weakness at home in conference. We do give Coach K and the gang a lot of credit for sticking in there on the road in some tough fixtures this year, but the athleticism just isn’t there for the Blue Devils to hang with the Heels. UNC proves that it is the best team in the ACC, if not the best team in the whole country on Wednesday night against its hated rivals.

NCAA Basketball Pick: North Carolina -6.5

College Basketball Matchup: Kansas Jayhawks @ Baylor Bears
Date: Wednesday, February 8th, 7:00 ET
Location: Ferrell Center, Waco, TX
College Basketball Odds: Baylor -1.5
College Basketball TV Schedule: ESPN2, ESPN3.com

When it looks like a fish and smells like a fish, it is probably awfully fishy. Kansas is only a 1.5 point dog on the road in Waco, where the 21-2 Bears are waiting to put on a show. Baylor was blown out of the water when these two teams met the first time around in Lawrence by 18 points, and the sentiment is clearly there that this could be the case once again even though the scene has shifted to the Ferrell Center. KU hasn’t played well on the road of late, losing to Missouri and Iowa State and getting challenged by Texas. Like we said, though, with this one looking so fishy, we aren’t so sure that the oddsmakers aren’t sort of telling us that the Jayhawks are the right side to play in this one.

NCAA Basketball Pick: Kansas +1.5

College Basketball Matchup: Seton Hall Pirates @ Rutgers Scarlet Knights
Date: Wednesday, February 8th, 9:00 ET
Location: Louis Brown Athletic Center, Piscataway, NJ
College Basketball Odds: Rutgers -1.5
College Basketball TV Schedule: ESPN2, ESPN3.com

This is sort of the dud of the four pack of games on ESPN and the deuce on Wednesday, but it should still be an awfully entertaining game. Rutgers is going to want to do well in this one, especially after Head Coach Mike Rice was chucked from the weekend’s game at Louisville. At home this year, the Scarlet Knights have played well, taking out three teams already that could be dancing. Seton Hall needs a lot of help to get back into the dance picture, and a win in this one almost seems like it is mandatory, but with Herb Pope still nursing injured ribs and the Pirates on the skids with a 1-5 ATS and 0-6 SU mark in their last six games, we just don’t see them winning this one.

NCAA Basketball Pick: Rutgers -1.5

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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