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NCAA Basketball: Picks for Day 60 of the 2023-24 season

After a light schedule on Friday, there is a huge day of Saturday games for the first full day of NCAA Basketball conference play.

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Dec 16, 2023; San Antonio, Texas, USA; Mississippi Rebels forward Jamarion Sharp (3) rebounds the / Daniel Dunn-USA TODAY Sports

There was not much quantity yesterday but a ton of quality, especially in the power five ranks. Purdue and Illinois were as advertised and came down to the wire. Zach Edey didn’t play well, and the Boilers still found a way to win. Illinois has cemented itself as one of the top three teams in the Big Ten. UConn struggled in the first half but was able to pull off the seven-point win at Butler. Saint Peter’s beat MAAC favorite Iona and Boise State beat San Jose State. It was a competitive night for basketball even if there were not many games.

Yesterday I went 6-4 in my picks which gives me a 59-day total of 1,655-576 overall. There is a huge schedule of games today. There is no football to interfere with the schedule and there is wall-to-wall basketball on TV all day long. It is going to be a great day for any college basketball fan. They will be able to find something to watch and it will likely be a competitive game. The Big 12 starts conference play today. The SEC starts conference play today as well.

There are a lot of mid-major conferences that start their conference season as well. The MEAC, America East, Ivy League, Southland, Conference USA, and the SWAC all start their conference seasons as well. Most of those are one-bid leagues so it will be very important to get the one seed in the league tournament. Picks for day 60 January 6, 2024, are below.

Marquette over Seton Hall

Clemson over North Carolina

NC Central over Howard

Pitt over Louisville

Iowa over Rutgers

Georgetown over DePaul

South Carolina over Mississippi State

Fordham over La Salle

New Hampshire over UMass Lowell

Kentucky over Florida

Holy Cross over Army

Villanova over St. John’s

Colgate over Navy

Boston University over Lafayette

Missouri over Georgia

Wagner over St Francis PA

VMI over Mercer

The Citadel over Samford

Fort Wayne over Wright State

Milwaukee over Detroit Mercy

UMBC over Bryant

Kansas over TCU

Houston over West Virginia

Creighton over Providence

Arkansas over Auburn

NC State over Virginia

North Texas over Tulane

Evansville over Murray State

Asheville over Presbyterian

High Point over Gardner-Webb

UNC Wilmington over Towson

Drexel over William & Mary

Hofstra over Delaware

Hampton over Campbell

Stetson over Jacksonville

Bucknell over American

Fairleigh Dickinson over Le Moyne

Long Island over Stonehill

Penn over Dartmouth

Buffalo over Western Michigan

Ball State over Central Michigan

Ohio over Northern Illinois

Princeton over Harvard

Vermont over Maine

NJIT over Albany

McNeese over Texas A&M Commerce

Miami over Wake Forest

Wisconsin over Nebraska

Baylor over Oklahoma State

James Madison over Southern Mississippi

Rice over UTSA

Longwood over Charleston Southern

Merrimack over Sacred Heart

Oakland over Green Bay

Morehead State over Tennessee State

Northern Arizona over North Dakota

UL Monroe over Georgia Southern

Arkansas State over Old Dominion

Stephen F. Austin over UT Arlington

Alabama over Vanderbilt

Kent State over Eastern Michigan

Jackson State over Alcorn State

Nicholls over Houston Christian

FAU over Charlotte

Stanford over USC

Eastern Shore over Morgan State

Georgia Tech over Boston College

Florida State over Virginia Tech

Bradley over Missouri State

SC Upstate over Winthrop

San Diego State over UNLV

Duquesne over Loyola Chicago

St Bonaventure over Richmond

VCU over George Washington

Norfolk State over South Carolina State

Delaware State over Coppin State

UNC Greensboro over ETSU

Western Carolina over Wofford

Little Rock over Eastern Illinois

South Alabama over Georgia State

Bellarmine over Lipscomb

Bethune over Florida A&M

Utah Valley over Southern Utah

UC Irvine over UC Davis

Western Illinois over Lindenwood

Troy over Appalachian State

Grambling over Prairie View

Loyola MD over Lehigh

Eastern Washington over North Dakota State

Texas State over Marshall

New Orleans over Southeastern Lousiana

Kennesaw State over Queens

Jacksonville State over Florida International

South Dakota State over Montana State

Sam Houston over Louisiana Tech

Tennessee over Ole Miss

Oklahoma over Iowa State

Duke over Notre Dame

Washington over Oregon State

Kansas State over UCF

Incarnate Word over Texas A&M Corpus Christi

Abilene Christian over UT Rio Grande Valley

Seattle over Cal Baptist

Liberty over Western Kentucky

Southern over Texas Southern

Stony Brook over Charleston

Pine Bluff over Alabama A&M

Illinois State over Southern Illinois

Nevada over Fresno State

Elon over North Carolina A&T

Alabama State over Mississippi Valley State

Chattanooga over Furman

Lamar over Northwestern State

Florida Gulf Coast over North Florida

Eastern Kentucky over Austin Peay

Long Beach over Riverside

Arizona over Utah

Texas over Texas Tech

Arizona State over Colorado

UIC over Valpo

Indiana over Ohio State

Portland over Pacific

Omaha over Idaho State

Louisiana over Coastal Carolina

Portland State over Kansas City

Northern Colorado over Denver

Weber State over Oral Roberts

St Thomas over Sacramento State

Northridge over Hawaii

North Alabama over Central Arkansas

Texas A&M over LSU

Southern Indiana over Tennessee Tech

Colorado State over Utah State

Gonzaga over San Diego

Saint Mary’s over LMU

Montana over South Dakota

Grand Canyon over Utah Tech

Fullerton over UC San Diego

BYU over Cincinnati

Washington State over Oregon

UCLA over California

New Mexico over Wyoming

Santa Clara over Pepperdine

Santa Barbara over Cal Poly

There are a lot of games today. The headliners are in the SEC with Tennessee and Ole Miss. That is the best game of the day. Will Ole Miss still be undefeated after tomorrow?  Clemson and North Carolina is another great game between two teams who have already separated themselves from the pack in the ACC. The battle between PJ Hall and Armando Bacot in the middle is going to be a good one. Nebraska has won 5 in a row and now head on the road to the Kohl Center to take on Wisconsin?  Are the Huskers for real and can they keep this one close?  Can they win?  We will see.

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There are too many good mid-major games to count but Colorado State and Utah State is going to be a battle between two 13-1 teams the Rams have one of the best point guards in the country, whereas the Aggies have one of the best big men in the country this year. That will be a great game that could be very high-scoring.