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NCAA Basketball: Picks for Day 69 of the 2023-24 season

Happy MLK Jr. Day to all of you. It is always a great basketball holiday. There are key games on today and nationally televised games all day. Today is going to be a great start to the basketball week.

Jan 12, 2024; Bloomington, Indiana, USA; Minnesota Golden Gophers forward Joshua Ola-Joseph (1)
Jan 12, 2024; Bloomington, Indiana, USA; Minnesota Golden Gophers forward Joshua Ola-Joseph (1) / Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports
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Another top 10 team lost yesterday, and it was one of the most head scratching losses of the season. Illinois lost to Maryland at home. Maryland was one of the worst road teams in the country and it was just the second time Maryland had won a Big Ten road game in their last 13 tries. Maryland now stands at 2-11 in Big Ten road games over the last few seasons. In other Big Ten action, Michigan State blew out Rutgers thanks to a 19-0 run in the second half.

UConn blew out Georgetown, Florida Atlantic beat UAB, Stanford beat Utah, and UCLA got back to winning with a 12 point win over Washington. Stanford has had a little resurgence and while they are a long way from the NCAA tournament they could be playing themselves into an NIT spot.

Yesterday I went 10-6 in my picks which brings my 68 day total to 1,962-743 overall. Today is Martin Luther King Jr Day which always brings about excellent games. There are also games on all day long. Conference games in the Big Ten, Big East, and ACC highlight the day but there are many other conferences in action as well. The MAAC, NEC, Atlantic 10, Ivy League, SWAC, Southland, Patriot League, and CAA are all also in action. Picks for day 69 January 15, 2024, are below.

Michigan over Ohio State

Niagara over Siena

Canisius over Fairfield

Wagner over Stonehill

George Washington over George Mason

Cornell over Penn

Princeton over Dartmouth

Harvard over Brown

Marquette over Villanova

Texas Southern over Mississippi Valley State

Northwestern State over Houston Christian

Saint Joseph’s over La Salle

Central Connecticut over Merrimack

Prairie View over Pine Bluff

Iowa over Minnesota

Boston College over Notre Dame

Stetson over Chicago State

American over Loyola MD

Sacred Heart over Le Moyne

Fairleigh Dickinson over St Francis PA

Yale over Columbia

Southeastern Louisiana over Texas A&M Corpus Christi

Alabama State over Alabama A&M

Nicholls over New Orleans

Southern over Bethune

Florida A&M over Grambling

McNeese over Lamar

Hampton over North Carolina A&T

There are a lot of games on today and there are a ton of games with NCAA tournament resume consequences. Ohio State needs to beat Michigan to not have the bad loss on their resume. No matter how bad each team is that game is always one that Michigan and Ohio State get ready for. It is a huge rivalry and the schools and fan bases do not like each other. Marquette gets another tough game at home against a Villanova squad that is inconsistent but is going to give Marquette a game.

Iowa and Minnesota is my game of the day. Iowa just came off a huge win over Nebraska in Iowa City, but the Hawkeyes play differently on the road. Minnesota is much better than they have been in the last two seasons and will give Iowa a game. Each team is loaded with offensive weapons. The Howard Bison get a game on National TV today when they take on Morehouse College. It is the fifth year in a row that Howard has hosted a game at Burr Gymnasium on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. They hosted Notre Dame last season.