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NCAA Basketball: Picks for Day 52 of the 2023-24 season

Conference play is in full swing and there have already been some great NCAA Basketball conference games. Friday is all about the upset. There are a lot of games that could get dicey if you are a power five fan.

Dec 21, 2023; San Diego, California, USA; San Diego State Aztecs forward Jay Pal (4) gestures after
Dec 21, 2023; San Diego, California, USA; San Diego State Aztecs forward Jay Pal (4) gestures after / Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

NCAA Basketball Conference play is in full swing. The Pac 12 got underway with wins for UCLA over Oregon State and Oregon over USC. The Big West had some of the best games of the night and saw Long Beach State, UC Davis, UC Irvine, Northridge, and UC San Diego all winners. The Big Sky also got underway yesterday with Montana State, Eastern Washington, Idaho, and Weber State all winning.

In the Ohio Valley Little Rock and UT Martin won games and Cleveland State won in the Horizon League. Just remember that if you had a bad start to the non-conference season the conference slate is where you can make things right again. The Basketball is just better in conference. 

Yesterday I went 14-5 in my picks. That gives me a 51 day total of 1,440-499 overall. There is wall to wall basketball today with the Horizon League conference season getting back into full swing. The number 1 team in the country is in action today and there are some games that are going to have the power schools on upset watch. Summit League play begins and conference play resumes in the Pac 12 and the Ohio Valley. Picks for day 52 December 29, 2023, are below.

IUPUI over Detroit Mercy

Wright State over Green Bay

Penn State over Rider

Elon over Valparaiso

Miami over North Florida

Indiana over Kennesaw State

Stony Brook over Brown

Purdue over Eastern Kentucky

Kentucky over Illinois State

Clemson over Radford

Stetson over Charlotte

Iowa over Northern Illinois

Fort Wayne over Northern Kentucky

Cincinnati over Evansville

Niagara over Buffalo

East Carolina over ETSU

Michigan over McNeese

South Florida over Alabama State

Minnesota over Maine

Saint Joseph’s over Loyola MD

UCF over Bethune

UMBC over American

Nebraska over South Carolina State

Stephen F. Austin over New Orleans

North Carolina over Charleston Southern

Texas over UNC Greensboro

Saint Mary’s over Kent State

UAB over UNC Asheville

MIlwaukee over Robert Morris

LSU over Northwestern State

Northwestern over Jackson State

Omaha over Denver

North Dakota over St Thomas

Oral Roberts over Kansas City

North Dakota State over South Dakota

Utah over Washington State

SIU Edwardsville over Eastern Illinois

Southeast Missouri State over Southern Indiana

Illinois over Fairleigh Dickinson

Gonzaga over San Diego State

Colorado over Washington

Boise State over Utah Valley

San Diego over Fresno State

LMU over Tarleton State

Arizona over California

Stanford over Arizona State

There is a lot to like today with the schedule. There are a lot of games with upset potential. McNeese and Michigan is one to watch and Radford and Clemson as well. Radford is very capable and already beat West Virginia this year. McNeese has a ton of talent and is well-coached. Michigan has not played well this year and that upset has about a 50% chance of happening. The game of the day is Gonzaga and San Diego State. The Bulldogs have been struggling to score with their normal fervor and San Diego State is still a talented team who gets after it on the defensive end. I love games with contrasting styles.

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My favorite mid major game of the day is UAB and UNC Asheville. UAB is well-coached and plays extremely fast all the time. Asheville started slow but has picked up their level of play over the last two weeks. That game may have a ton of points scored in it. North Dakota and St Thomas have sneaky potential to be a preview of two of the top teams in the Summit. Each team is capable and has talent that can win them the league.