NCAA Basketball Odds: Thursday College Basketball Picks 2/9/12

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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: St. Mary’s Gaels @ Gonzaga Bulldogs
Date: Thursday, February 9th, 11:00 ET
Location: McCarthey Athletic Center, Spokane, WA
College Basketball Odds: Gonzaga -3
College Basketball TV Schedule: ESPN2, ESPN3.com

The Bulldogs have pulled off some nice victories this year, but when they ran into St. Mary’s on the road, they were absolutely dominated from start to finish. We just don’t know if the Zags are really good enough to win this game more often than not. In fact, we think that the wrong team is favored in this one. Sure, the Gaels have never had the best of luck playing here at the Kennel, but that probably all changes, as arguably the best team that they have put together, perhaps even in school history, will win its biggest game of the season.

NCAA Basketball Pick: St. Mary’s +3

College Basketball Matchup: Ole Miss Rebels @ Mississippi State Bulldogs
Date: Thursday, February 9th, 7:00 ET
Location: Humphrey Coliseum, Starkville, MS
College Basketball Odds: Mississippi State -7.5
College Basketball TV Schedule: ESPN2, ESPN3.com

The Bulldogs might be the ranked team in this matchup, but there is no doubt that both of these teams are going to need wins like this one just to make sure that they get into the NCAA Tournament. Ole Miss is the consummate bubble team right now, and it has really played well of late. Since January 11th, the Rebs have a 4-3 SU and 5-2 ATS record, and those losses came at Alabama in OT, vs. Florida, and at Auburn in OT. This is a winnable fixture for the visitors.

NCAA Basketball Pick: Ole Miss +7.5

College Basketball Matchup: Wisconsin Badgers @ Minnesota Golden Gophers
Date: Thursday, February 9th, 7:00 ET
Location: Williams Arena, Minneapolis, MN
College Basketball Odds: Wisconsin -1
College Basketball TV Schedule: ESPN, ESPN3.com

Another bubble team is involved in a big time duel on Thursday night, but we just don’t know if the Golden Gophers are good enough to get the job done. Sure, they are 12-2 at home this year, but they are taking on a Wisconsin team that has already won seven times away from the Kohl Center on the campaign. The Badgers play great defense, and they are allowing less than 50 points per game. We don’t think that Minnesota will be held that low, but we don’t think that it is going to see 60 points either. If the Badgers get there, they’ll win another one on the road this week.

NCAA Basketball Pick: Wisconsin -1

College Basketball Matchup: Colorado Buffaloes @ Arizona Wildcats
Date: Thursday, February 9th, 9:00 ET
Location: McKale Center, Tucson, AZ
College Basketball Odds: Arizona-7.5
College Basketball TV Schedule: ESPN, ESPN3.com

Blah. Pac-12 basketball is atrocious. Colorado and Arizona are both teams that are sitting right there on the verge of the NCAA Tournament, but both know that they are going to need at least six or seven more wins to think about getting into the field without the conference’s automatic bid. This is the type of game that the Wildcats lose, just as we at home against both Washington and Oregon this year. The Buffs won the first go around between these two by a single point. We wouldn’t be surprised if they get the job done again in this one.

NCAA Basketball Pick: Colorado +7.5

College Basketball Matchup: Virginia Tech Hokies @ Miami Hurricanes
Date: Thursday, February 9th, 9:00 ET
Location: Bank United Center, Coral Gables, FL
College Basketball Odds: Miami -6.5
College Basketball TV Schedule: ESPN2, ESPN3.com

Miami earned its signature victory over the weekend when it marched into Cameron Indoor Stadium and took down the Dookies. That being said, the team is still on the wrong side of the bubble in all likelihood, and losing a game like this one would be devastating. It’s a little early in the year for the Hokies to already have double digits worth of losses, and they are going to have to get hot in a hurry if they want to go dancing this year. Miami will come into this one overhyped. These two teams are relatively evenly matched, and we think that in this case, the Canes are going to end up losing this one due to a lack of focus after one of the biggest wins that the school has had in decades.

NCAA Basketball Pick: Virginia Tech +6.5

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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