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NCAA Basketball: Picks for Day 63 of the 2023-24 season

Now that college football is over, basketball welcomes a new group of fans for the duration of the season. They all picked a great day to start watching the games as there looks to be a lot of upsets today.

Jan 3, 2024; Tallahassee, Florida, USA; Florida State Seminoles forward Baba Miller (11) reacts
Jan 3, 2024; Tallahassee, Florida, USA; Florida State Seminoles forward Baba Miller (11) reacts / Melina Myers-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome College Football fans to the greatest show on the hardwood. I mentioned yesterday that it was a reset day in the world of college basketball, and I also forgot that there were no premier games on yesterday because there was the college football National Championship game on last night. Sticking to the sport that I cover, there were some interesting results in the MEAC and SWAC games last night. North Carolina Central beat Norfolk State in a matchup of the MEAC’s best two teams. Texas Southern beat Grambling and Southern beat Prairie View. Texas Southern and Southern are the two teams I believe will be at the top of the SWAC at the end of the year. McNeese won again and continues to look like a team that may get an at-large.

Yesterday I went 10-3 in my picks. That brings my 62 day total to 1,766-637 overall. There is a great schedule of games today with most of the power conferences in action today. The number 1 team in the country travels to a hostile environment to play a game they can lose and may lose. Big East conference play continues. Big Ten, SEC, ACC, and the Big 12 all have huge conference games today. The Atlantic 10, MAC, Southland, and Mountain West continue their seasons as well. The Ivy League continues today as well. Picks for day 63 January 9,2024, are below.

Cornell over Columbia

Seton Hall over Georgetown

Houston over Iowa State

Kentucky over Missouri

Cincinnati over Texas

Florida State over Wake Forest

Kansas State over West Virginia

Indiana over Rutgers

Alabama over South Carolina

Davidson over Rhode Island

George Mason over VCU

Eastern Michigan over Central Michigan

Akron over Ball State

Northern Illinois over Western Michigan

Kent State over Toledo

Buffalo over Miami Ohio

Bowling Green over Ohio

Yale over Brown

Nicholls over Southeastern Louisiana

Texas Tech over Oklahoma State

Loyola Chicago over Richmond

Pittsburgh over Duke

Baylor over BYU

Auburn over Texas A&M

Boise State over Colorado State

Utah State over Wyoming

Creighton over DePaul

Georgia Tech over Notre Dame

LSU over Vanderbilt

Nebraska over Purdue

Nevada over Air Force

UNLV over New Mexico

San Diego State over San Jose State

Today feels like a day that could be upset-heavy. Purdue, Colorado State, Duke, and Wake Forest are all on my upset watch today. Purdue heads to Lincoln where it will be a sell out and the Huskers are not your ordinary Huskers. They are a team that plays much better at home, hits a ton of threes, and has the depth and talent to pull off the upset. Duke and Colorado State are also going into raucous environments against teams who are more than capable of beating them. Wake Forest and Florida State is the one that would be surprising. The Seminoles are playing a lot better now than they were at the start of the year and winning on the road in college basketball is extremely hard.

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George Mason and VCU is the underrated mid major game of the day. George Mason is off to a great start and do look like a legitimate contender in the Atlantic 10 and VCU is going through a coaching change, but they are still VCU and anytime you can beat them it’s a good win.