Busting Brackets

NCAA Basketball: Picks for Day 64 of the 2023-24 season

After a night that saw a lot of upsets and the top two teams in the country losing. The Wednesday schedule should be quieter but there are still some games to keep an eye on from an upset perspective.

Drake senior forward Darnell Brodie (51) completes the no-look pass as the Missouri State Bears play
Drake senior forward Darnell Brodie (51) completes the no-look pass as the Missouri State Bears play / (photo taken by Lee Navin on 12-02-23) /

In the words of Billy Joel, Oh! What a Night! Last night had the makings of one of those nights when a lot of teams who were ranked and favored were going to lose. It was delivered in a big way. Houston went to Iowa State and lost. Hilton Magic was working again for the Cyclones as they finally got their signature win to justify their excellent metrics. Houston was the last undefeated team, now every team in America has a loss. Purdue went to Lincoln and was dominated by the Huskers. It was Nebraska’s first win over a top-ranked team in 41 years. That will also be the Huskers' signature win for their NCAA tournament resume.

Those were the big results last night but there were many other games with eye-popping results. Texas finally has a top 100 win as they beat Cincinnati in Ohio. Florida State upset Wake Forest, Rutgers got their first Big Ten win over Indiana, Boise State beat Colorado State, Notre Dame beat Georgia Tech and UNLV beat New Mexico. San Diego State escaped San Jose State and the Atlantic 10 conference season has been crazy over the first couple of games. Every road team won in the Atlantic 10 last night. Rhode Island beat Davidson, VCU beat George Mason, and Richmond beat Loyola Chicago. Perhaps the craziest start of the conference season goes to Western Michigan. They entered conference play at 3-9 and after beating Northern Illinois yesterday they now sit at 3-0 in the MAC, just like everyone predicted.

Yesterday I went 21-12 in my picks. That brings my 63 day total to 1,787-649 overall. I don’t know how the sport can follow yesterday but it is going to give it a heck of a try. Today is not a day that has nearly the upset potential that yesterday did but there are still a lot of quality games to watch. There are also some games to keep an eye on from an upset perspective just not nearly as many as yesterday. Picks for day 64 January 10,2024, are below.

Green Bay over IUPUI

Army over Loyola MD

Penn State over Northwestern

St. John’s over Providence

Youngstown State over Fort Wayne

Kansas over UCF

Mississippi State over Tennessee

Clemson over Virginia Tech

Miami over Louisville

Temple over East Carolina

Charlotte over Tulsa

Presbyterian over Winthrop

High Point over UNC Asheville

Gardner-Webb over Charleston Southern

Colgate over Lafayette

Holy Cross over Navy

Boston University over American

UMass over La Salle

Saint Joseph’s over Saint Louis

Lehigh over Bucknell

Wofford over Mercer

Western Carolina over ETSU

Furman over The Citadel

Wright State over Robert Morris

Oakland over Northern Kentucky

Chicago State over Fairleigh Dickinson

Marshall over Georgia Southern

Queens over Florida Gulf Coast

Kennesaw State over Stetson

Liberty over Jacksonville State

Belmont over Illinois State

Sam Houston over Western Kentucky

North Carolina over NC State

Memphis over UTSA

Southern Illinois over Valpo

Northern Iowa over UIC

Missouri State over Murray State

Drake over Indiana State

Bradley over Evansville

UConn over Xavier

Ohio State over Wisconsin

Troy over Louisiana

Oklahoma over TCU

Marquette over Butler

Syracuse over Boston College

Georgia over Arkansas

Ole Miss over Florida

USC over Washington State

Colorado over California

There are a lot of games today and there are a few to keep an eye on. Just remember that winning on the road, especially in the conference is hard. Just ask Houston and Purdue. UConn and Kansas are both on the road today in conference games. UConn is without their big man Donovan Clingan and with him out is has affected how the Huskies have had to play. Xavier is capable especially in their own building. Kansas should beat UCF by a lot, but Kansas has struggled with teams they should easily beat this year and have not been able to get on that dominant winning streak that they usually go one. Those games are one to watch for a possible upset.

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The best game of the day comes in the Missouri Valley with Drake and Indiana State. There is going to be a ton of scoring in that game and we are going to get to watch the two best players in the Valley square off. Tucker DeVries from Drake and Isaiah Swope from Indiana State are the frontrunners for the conference Player of the Year right now.