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NCAA Basketball: Picks for Day 41 of 2023-24 Season

After a light week, Saturday gives us one of the best regular season days in a long time. This Saturday schedule could be the best day of games we will see all year.

Dec 5, 2023; Waco, Texas, USA; Baylor Bears guard Langston Love (13) scores a basket against the
Dec 5, 2023; Waco, Texas, USA; Baylor Bears guard Langston Love (13) scores a basket against the / Chris Jones-USA TODAY Sports

Yesterday was the final day of finals week for most schools and that means that the schedule is going to pick up in a big way the next few days. Yesterday we had some great games even with the lighter schedule. New Mexico used a layup in the waning seconds to beat rival New Mexico State in Las Cruces. Bradley lost at home to Cleveland State. The Braves have now lost 4 in a row after starting off 6-0. UConn beat Gonzaga by double digits in Seattle. The Bulldogs didn’t play that bad. That is how good the Huskies are this year. 

Yesterday I went 6-3 in my picks. That gives me a 40 day total of 1,150-420 overall. Today is arguably the best schedule of the season. There are so many games between ranked teams. The schedule is like something you would see on the second weekend of the NCAA tournament but just with a lot more games. Picks for Day 41 December 16 2023 are below.

Texas over LSU

Miami over La Salle

Penn State over Georgia Tech

Lindenwood over IUPUI

Kanas over Indiana

Niagara over NJIT

Rutgers over Long Island

Providence over Sacred Heart

Indiana State over Ball State

Michigan State over Baylor

James Madison over Hampton

Le Moyne over Dartmouth

Tulane over Southern

Mercer over Florida Gulf Coast

Hofstra over Norfolk State

Kennesaw State over Presbyterian

Towson over Bryant

Monmouth over Rider

Drexel over Albany

Bowling Green over Kansas City

Washington State over Santa Clara

Illinois-Chicago over Western Michigan

Pitt over South Carolina State

VCU over Temple

Georgetown over Notre Dame

Houston over Texas A&M

Michigan over Eastern Michigan

Memphis over Clemson

Western Kentucky over Austin Peay

Wilmington over Georgia Southern

Rice over Northwestern State

UCLA over Ohio State

Tulsa over Missouri State

Samford over Belmont

Radford over Bucknell

St. John’s over Fordham

Florida Atlantic over Saint Bonaventure

Utah State over San Francisco

Chicago State over Valpo

Murray State over Southeastern Louisiana

Bellarmine over Evansville

Utah over Utah Valley

Northern Arizona over Southern Utah

Virginia Tech over Vermont

Appalachian State over Gardner-Webb

South Florida over Loyola-Chicago

Purdue over Arizona

Iowa over Florida A&M

Santa Barbara over LMU

Rhode Island over Delaware

Western Carolina over South Carolina Upstate

UMass Lowell over Central Connecticut

UT Arlington over Air Force

UC Davis over Pacific

North Carolina over Kentucky

Northwestern over DePaul

Georgia over High Point

Virginia over Northeastern

Arkansas over Lipscomb

South Carolina over Charleston Southern

George Mason over Loyola MD

UMass over West Virginia

Saint Mary’s over UNLV

Richmond over Charlotte

UNC Greensboro over Marshall

Wichita State over Southern Illinois

Saint Joseph’s over Iona

Cincinnati over Dayton

Fort Wayne over Bethune

Ole Miss over California

Texas Tech over Vanderbilt

Xavier over Winthrop

Creighton over Alabama

Louisiana Tech over Saint Louis

Cal Baptist over Riverside

Alabama A&M over Chattanooga

Florida State over SMU

Oklahoma over Green Bay

BYU over Georgia State

Wyoming over Weber State

Utah Tech over North Dakota

Grand Canyon over Portland

Texas Southern over North Carolina A&T

Tennessee over NC State

TCU over Arizona State

UC Irvine over South Dakota

Howard over Jackson State

There is so much there. Every time slot has fantastic games. The best game of the day goes to Purdue and Arizona. The number 1 team who scores points really fast against Zach Edey and his teammates. Number 1 vs Number 3 in that game. Michigan State and Baylor is a great game as well. Something tells me that Michigan State is going to bounce back in a big way and upset Baylor. Houston and Texas A&M is another great game. Houston is a national title contender again and Texas A&M may have the best point guard in the country.

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There is something for everyone today. The best mid major games today are Howard and Jackson State in the Chris Paul HBCU classic. Utah State and San Francisco is another good game with great individual players. Finally, can Chicago State win a game against Valpo and make it two wins in a row?