NCAA Basketball Odds: Saturday College Basketball Picks 2/18/12

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On Saturday, there are a handful of games on the college basketball television schedule that we have circled that should be good ones. Check out our NCAA basketball picks for Saturday!

College Basketball Matchup: Missouri Tigers @ Texas A&M Aggies
Date: Saturday, February 18th, 2:00 ET
Location: Reed Arena, College Station, TX
College Basketball Odds: Missouri -7.5
College Basketball TV Schedule: ESPN, ESPN3.com

The Tigers have rolled off six wins in a row, and they really are marching towards a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. They have played against teams that have tried to slow them down in the past, and the end result is just that the team playing slower ball just can’t keep up. A&M has scored 46 and 47 points in its last two games. Think that that might cause some problems against the ‘Zou?

NCAA Basketball Pick: Missouri -7.5

College Basketball Matchup: Ohio State Buckeyes @ Michigan Wolverines
Date: Saturday, February 18th, 9:00 ET
Location: Crisler Center, Ann Arbor, MI
College Basketball Odds: Ohio State -5.5
College Basketball TV Schedule: ESPN, ESPN3.com

This is an iffy game for the Buckeyes to say the least. Historically, they have at least remotely struggled with the Wolverines, and the hosts are a perfect 14-0 this year at the Crisler Center. Michigan knows that it really needs this game if it wants to be taken seriously as a legitimate Final Four contender. Though we aren’t so sure that Big Blue will be able to pull this one off, we do think that 5.5 is too big of a head start for Ohio State to be giving up.

NCAA Basketball Pick: Michigan +5.5

College Basketball Matchup: UNLV Runnin’ Rebels @ New Mexico Lobos
Date: Saturday, February 18th, 1:00 ET
Location: University Arena, Santa Fe, NM
College Basketball Odds: New Mexico -5
College Basketball TV Schedule: CBS

The Pit is one of the hardest places to play if you’re a road team, and we just don’t see how the Runnin’ Rebels are going to get the job done in this one. New Mexico knows that winning this game would legitimately put all three of the top teams in the MWC in the NCAA Tournament without any hesitations. There aren’t a lot of signature wins for Head Coach Steve Alford and company this year, but double-double machine Drew Gordon will help the Lobos get the job done.

NCAA Basketball Pick: New Mexico -5

College Basketball Matchup: St. Mary’s Gaels @ Murray State Racers
Date: Saturday, February 18th, 6:00 ET
Location: CFSB Arena, Murray, KY
College Basketball Odds: Pick ‘Em
College Basketball TV Schedule: ESPN, ESPN3.com

The oddsmakers definitely know what they are doing with this one. Murray State still really doesn’t necessarily have its ticket to the NCAA Tournament punched at this point even though it is ranked No. 14 in the nation. St. Mary’s is legit, and it is going to be embracing this opportunity to come across the country in BracketBusters and to prove that once again, it has a great chance of blowing your bracket to bits this year. Don’t mess with the Gaels. They’re clearly the better side in this one and have a heck of a lot more scoring options than the Racers do.

NCAA Basketball Pick: St. Mary’s Pk

College Basketball Matchup: Wichita State Shockers @ Davidson Wildcats
Date: Saturday, February 18th, 12:00 ET
Location: Belk Arena, Davidson, NC
College Basketball Odds: Wichita State -3
College Basketball TV Schedule: ESPN2, ESPN3.com

This is one of the more underrated games on the BracketBusters schedule on Friday night. It is clear that Wichita State is going to the NCAA Tournament after rolling off five straight wins. Davidson has probably lost its chance to go dancing without the SoCon title, but this could change all of that with a legit RPI Top 50 victory at home. There have been some issues for the Cats on the road, but this one is here at Belk Arena, where they have won and covered all seven games that they have played since the calendar turned to 2012. Upset City on Tobacco Road to kick off BracketBusters Saturday.

NCAA Basketball Pick: Davidson +3

College Basketball Matchup: Nevada Wolf Pack @ Iona Gaels
Date: Saturday, February 18th, 4:00 ET
Location: Hynes Athletic Center, New Rochelle, NY
College Basketball Odds: Iona -7
College Basketball TV Schedule: ESPN2, ESPN3.com

This is the last chance that Iona has of proving to the Selection Committee that it legitimately should be considered as an at large possibility for the NCAA Tournament if it doesn’t win the MAAC this year. The Gaels have won 14 games away from home this year, one of the best marks in the land, and you can bet that the New Rochelle faithful will be cheering them on to the nines in this rare nationally televised game. There are just too many scoring options here for Iona, and the combination of playing against one of the more efficient offenses in the nation and having to travel across the country just isn’t going to work for the Wolf Pack.

NCAA Basketball Pick: Iona -7

College Basketball Matchup: Long Beach State 49ers @ Creighton Blue Jays
Date: Saturday, February 18th, 10:00 ET
Location: Century Link Center, Omaha, NE
College Basketball Odds: Creighton -4.5
College Basketball TV Schedule: ESPN2, ESPN3.com

The Blue Jays only just stopped their three-game skid earlier this week with a road win over the Southern Illinois Salukis. Doug McDermott is one of the best players that you probably don’t know a heck of a lot about in the nation, but this Long Beach State team has the goods to come to the nation’s breadbasket and get the job done. Remember that the 49ers have the top ranked SOS in the nation out of conference, and that is going to bode well for them in all likelihood if they can find a way to win this game. Of course, the way that LBSU has dominated the Big West, there shouldn’t be any doubts about this team being in the dance or not. Still, the experienced 49ers wouldn’t back down from trips to some of the nastiest venues in college basketball this year, and though they didn’t win any of those games, they did at least compete in the mass majority of them. Don’t be shocked if they get the job done on Saturday to finally give them an RPI Top 50 scalp on their resume.

NCAA Basketball Pick: Long Beach State +4.5

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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