NCAA Basketball Odds: Thursday College Basketball Picks 12/21/11

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On Thursday, 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 Thursday!

College Basketball Matchup: Florida State Seminoles @ Florida Gators
Date: Thursday, December 21st, 7:00 ET
Location: O’Connell Center, Gainesville, FL
College Basketball TV Schedule: ESPNU

The Seminoles and the Gators have two totally different styles of play, and they are going to really clash with one another on this stage in Gainesville this year. Florida is going to try to run up and down the court and get this game in the 80s, but the Noles play fantastic transition defense, which causes even the fastest of teams to slow down. If FSU can keep this one in the 60s or low 70s, something that the Syracuse Orange proved that they could do against the Gators, it has the ability to pull off the upset in this game. Look for the Noles to go big and use their athletic forwards to frustrate the Florida guards. If Head Coach Billy Donovan’s crew can’t run four guard sets, the Gators are in some big time trouble. We’ll be getting a healthy sum of points on our side in this one, so we have to take the garnet and gold.

NCAA Basketball Pick: Florida State Seminoles

College Basketball Matchup: Memphis Tigers @ Georgetown Hoyas
Date: Thursday, December 21st, 7:00 ET
Location: Verizon Center, Washington DC
College Basketball TV Schedule: ESPN2, ESPN3.com

Memphis and Georgetown played a heck of a game the first time around this year, and it was really that game in Hawaii that turned the rest of the country on to just how good the Hoyas really are. That being said, we tend to think that everyone is forgetting about the Tigers. They have had a rough start to the season, losing four times to fantastic teams in a stretch of just 10 games. This is still a tremendously talented team, as was demonstrated the first time around. We wouldn’t be surprised if the Hoyas were handed their first failed attempt at a cover this year in this one. Memphis could be poised for an upset in a game that it badly needs. Quality losses won’t get the Tigers into the NCAA Tournament, and they know that they really need one of these big time wins to make it to March if they don’t snare the C-USA automatic bid to the dance.

NCAA Basketball Pick: Memphis Tigers

College Basketball Matchup: Illinois Fighting Illini @ Missouri Tigers
Date: Thursday, December 21st, 9:00 ET
Location: Scottrade Center, St. Louis, MO
College Basketball TV Schedule: ESPN2, ESPN3.com

The Tigers have been one of the surprising teams of this year, but we aren’t so sure that they really are going to be able to keep their perfect record intact for all that much longer. They really haven’t played much of anyone this year, as their best wins are against a down Villanova team and against both Cal and Notre Dame at neutral sites. This is a significantly better challenge against a game Illinois team that really wants to claim another big time scalp before going into the conference season. The Illini have the big time defense that can stuff up a team that runs at this pace, and we could really have a game that comes right down to the wire on Thursday night. It should be a great one at the Scottrade Center.

NCAA Basketball Pick: Illinois Fighting Illini

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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