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NCAA Basketball: Picks for Day 34 of the 2023-24 season

Dec 2, 2023; Tucson, Arizona, USA; Arizona Wildcats guard Kylan Boswell (4) dribbles the ball against the Colgate Raiders at McKale Center. Mandatory Credit: Zachary BonDurant-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 2, 2023; Tucson, Arizona, USA; Arizona Wildcats guard Kylan Boswell (4) dribbles the ball against the Colgate Raiders at McKale Center. Mandatory Credit: Zachary BonDurant-USA TODAY Sports /

After two light days on the NCAA Basketball schedule, Saturday is going to deliver in a big way.  It is rivalry Saturday with a ton of huge games between state rivals.

It has not been an eventful last two days in the college basketball universe. There have only been 14 games played over the last two days and nothing of significance has happened. Friday was a day where only one Power 5 team was in action. Boston College beat Holy Cross. Duquesne was the game of the night and they were able to win a game where the pace was slow and when the shots were not falling. The Dukes are deep and are going to be a factor in the Atlantic 10.

Yesterday on my picks I was 7-2. That gives me a 33 day total of 1,028-367. The Thursday and Friday schedule was light to bring us an amazing day of games today. It is rivalry Saturday with a ton of rivals playing in the non conference. It is also the start of the Holiday Hoopsgiving MTE. The Orange Bowl Classic, The Hall of Fame Series in Toronto, and the Jack Jones Showcase are all tomorrow as well. It is going to be a huge day of wall to wall hoops and I can’t wait for it. Picks for day 34 December 9, 2023 are below.

Mississippi State over Tulane

Syracuse over Georgetown

UConn over Pine Bluff

Kentucky over Penn

Tennessee over Illinois

Minnesota over Florida Gulf Coast

Virginia Tech over Valpo

East Carolina over South Carolina

Butler over California

UMass over UMass Lowell

Dayton over Troy

UMBC over Towson

Youngstown State over Western Michigan

American over VMI

Purdue over Alabama

Kansas State over LSU

Florida State over South Florida

Creighton over Central Michigan

Western Kentucky over Buffalo

Mercer over Georgia State

Delaware State over Longwood

DePaul over Louisville

Vermont over Colgate

Wofford over Coastal Carolina

Indiana State over Southern Indiana

Kent State over Cleveland State

La Salle over Lafayette

Davidson over Miami Ohio

Liberty over Grand Canyon

North Florida over Georgia Southern

Portland over North Dakota

Monmouth over Northern Illinois

Toledo over Northern Iowa

Auburn over Indiana

Maine over Central Connecticut

South Carolina State over Bethune

Binghamton over Le Moyne

Duke over Charlotte

Texas over Houston Christian

Hofstra over Saint Louis

Louisiana Tech over Louisiana

Southern Mississippi over Northwestern State

Arizona over Wisconsin

UAB over Arkansas State

Houston over Jackson State

Oklahoma over Arkansas

TCU over Clemson

Stephen F. Austin over Wyoming

Georgia Tech over Alabama A & M

Marist over Dartmouth

Incarnate Word over Northern Arizona

Western Carolina over UNC Asheville

Ohio over Marshall

Florida over Richmond

West Virginia over Drexel

Saint Bonaventure over Siena

Radford over NC Central

Texas A & M Corpus Christi over Omaha

Lindenwood over Kansas City

UC Davis over Milwaukee

Loyola MD over Mount St Mary’s

Fullerton over Sacramento State

Oregon State over Utah Valley

Santa Clara over New Mexico

San Jose State over New Orleans

Kansas over Missouri

Ohio State over Penn State

Air Force over Eastern Washington

George Washington over Coppin State

Pitt over Canisius

Sacred Heart over Fairfield

Colorado State over Saint Mary’s

Southern over Southeastern Louisiana

Cincinnati over Xavier

Bryant over Stony Brook

BYU over Utah

James Madison over Old Dominion

South Dakota over Bakersfield

Akron over Northern Kentucky

Green Bay over Western Illinois

South Carolina Upstate over Kennesaw State

Fort Wayne over SEMO

Illinois State over Norfolk State

Missouri State over Sam Houston

Wichita State over South Dakota State

UCLA over Villanova

Fresno State over Pacific

Austin Peay over Murray State

Drake over Nevada

Wake Forest over NJIT

Southern Utah over Idaho State

Seton Hall over Rutgers

Belmont over Middle Tennessee

Marquette over Notre Dame

Weber State over Cal Poly

Oregon over UTEP

Utah Tech over Idaho

Pepperdine over UC San Diego


San Diego State over UC Irvine

Arizona State over San Diego

Gonzaga over Washington

There are so many great games today that it is hard to pick the best ones. Arizona and Wisconsin is going to be a battle of two teams who are polar opposites. Arizona loves to play fast and score a lot and the Badgers play slow and try to prevent you from scoring.

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Nevada and Drake may be the best mid major game of the entire season. Those two teams are likely going to be in the NCAA tournament in March. Gonzaga and Washington tends to get heated. Rutgers and Seton Hall in the Battle of New Jersey. There is literally something for everyone today. Enjoy the games and see you tomorrow.