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NCAA Basketball: Game picks for opening day of 2023-24 season

Oct 28, 2023; Fayetteville, AR, USA; Purdue Boilermakers center Zach Edey (15) reacts during a game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Bud Walton Arena. Arkansas won 81-77. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 28, 2023; Fayetteville, AR, USA; Purdue Boilermakers center Zach Edey (15) reacts during a game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Bud Walton Arena. Arkansas won 81-77. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports /

There are a ton of games on opening day of the 2023-24 NCAA Basketball season. But who’ll win each one? Here’s a prediction of every matchup.

Over the last few seasons I have supplied Picks of the Day for every NCAA Basketball game being played. I used to provide these on X, formerly Twitter, and it was a great way for me to interact with a lot of college basketball fans. This year I have decided to put these picks for the day on the Busting Brackets site. Check back every day for my picks for that day of all of the Division 1 vs Division 1 teams only.

As a recap, I do not gamble on any games and these picks are based on the teams that I think will win the games that day. There is no account for the point spread and these are all going to be straight up winners. Every day as a new article is posted there will be a running tally from the day before. You may use these picks as you see fit. Here are the picks for the first set of games on Monday November 6th.

Oregon over Georgia

Purdue over Samford

UConn over Northern Arizona

Tennessee over Tennessee Tech

Miami over NJIT

North Carolina over Radford

Penn State over Delaware State

Delaware over Bucknell

Siena over Holy Cross

Duquesne over Cleveland State

Temple over Maryland Eastern-Shore

South Carolina over SC Upstate

Howard over Hampton

Bowling Green over Chicago State

Rutgers over Princeton

Rhode Island over Central Connecticut

Clemson over Winthrop

George Mason over Monmouth

NC State over The Citadel

UMBC over Louisville

Notre Dame over Niagara

Marshall over Queens

Western Michigan over North Dakota State

Providence over Columbia

Toledo over Detroit Mercy

Colgate over Brown

Charleston over Iona

Ohio State over Oakland

Charlotte over Maine

Pittsburgh over NC A&T

Saint Joseph’s over Lafayette

Dayton over SIU Edwardsville

McNeese over VCU

Missouri State over West Virginia

Virginia over Tarleton State

Saint Bonaventure over Longwood

Richmond over VMI

Syracuse over New Hampshire

Villanova over American

Bryant over Manhattan

Cornell over Lehigh

Georgia Tech over Georgia Southern

Buffalo over Fairleigh Dickinson

Colorado over Towson

Seton Hall over Saint Peter’s

Fordham over Wagner

Vermont over Merrimack

Wichita State over Lipscomb

Belmont over Georgia State

Kansas over NC Central

Houston over UL Monroe

Arkansas over Alcorn State

Texas A&M over Texas A&M Commerce

Kentucky over New Mexico State

Texas over Incarnate Word

Alabama over Morehead State

Illinois over Eastern Illinois

Saint Louis over Southern Indiana

Little Rock over Texas State

Navy over Campbell

Nebraska over Lindenwood

Oral Roberts over UT Arlington

Ole Miss over Alabama State

Missouri over Pine Bluff

Northeastern over Boston University

Western Illinois over UTSA

Miami Ohio over Evansville

Bradley over UAB

Wisconsin over Arkansas State

LSU over Mississippi Valley State

Marist over Army

Oklahoma over Central Michigan

Virginia Tech over Coppin State

Memphis over Jackson State

Butler over Eastern Michigan

Wake Forest over Elon

George Washington over Stonehill

Xavier over Robert Morris

Boston College over Fairfield

Florida over Loyola MD

UCF over FIU

Iowa State over Green Bay

Minnesota over Bethune-Cookman

Northwestern over Binghamton

Tulsa over Central Arkansas

Michigan State over James Madison

Marquette over Northern Illinois

Middle Tennessee over Northern Kentucky

Youngstown State over Louisiana

Duke over Dartmouth

Oklahoma State over Abilene Christian

BYU over Houston Christian

Grand Canyon over SEMO

Tulane over Nicholls

California over St Thomas

TCU over Southern

Cincinnati over Illinois-Chicago

Akron over South Dakota State

Arizona over Morgan State

Air Force over Portland State

Utah over Eastern Washington

New Mexico over Texas Southern

Kansas State over USC

Bakersfield over Southern Utah

Colorado State over Louisiana Tech

Sam Houston over Pacific

San Diego State over Fullerton

UC San Diego over Denver

Long Beach State over Portland

Stanford over Northridge

Washington State over Idaho

Washington over Bellarmine

UCLA over St Francis (Pa)

Next. Each team's toughest November matchup. dark

These are the teams I believe will win on opening night. Again, I pick the straight up winners with no spread involved. All of these games are between Division 1 vs Division 1 opponents. Check back tomorrow for Tuesday’s picks.