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NCAA Basketball: Picks for Day 71 of the 2023-24 season

There is a huge slate of games today and almost all of them have huge implications. Could we see the number 1 team fall two weeks in a row to a team from Nebraska?

Jan 13, 2024; Omaha, Nebraska, USA;  Creighton Bluejays guard Trey Alexander (23) dribbles against
Jan 13, 2024; Omaha, Nebraska, USA; Creighton Bluejays guard Trey Alexander (23) dribbles against / Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports
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Last night was a huge night in the sport with a ton of teams bolstering their resumes and some hurting them. In addition to that it was a night for the officials. They lost control of one game leading to a ton of ejections and then in another game, the last five minutes were full of blown calls. That game you must feel for Duquesne as they were the recipient of numerous horrendous calls in that game and just flat-out blown calls.

Wisconsin is no longer undefeated in the Big Ten after losing to Penn State in State College. Purdue blew out Indiana at Assembly Hall. Xavier beat Butler, Cincinnati beat TCU. Samford has now won 16 games in a row after a win against Western Carolina. Kansas State got a huge win over Baylor to put them firmly in the NCAA tournament discussion. Dayton beat Saint Louis and BYU blew out Iowa State. Finally, New Mexico has now gotten their second huge win in their last two games with a win over Utah State.

Yesterday I went 21-10 in my picks. That brings my 70-day total to 2,002-761 overall. There is another packed day of games today and we are yet again on the Number 1 team in the country upset day. Outside of that game, there are a ton of games that are going to have NCAA tournament impacts especially in the Big East, Big Ten, Mountain West, and SEC. The ACC, Patriot, Southern, Sun Belt, American, Big South, Atlantic 10, Horizon League, Big 12, Missouri Valley, and Pac 12 are also in action tonight. Picks for day 71 January 17, 2024, are below.

Colgate over Army

Furman over VMI

Appalachian State over Georgia State

Creighton over UConn

Kentucky over Mississippi State

Nebraska over Rutgers

LSU over Ole Miss

Virginia over Virginia Tech

Miami over Florida State

East Carolina over North Texas

Longwood over SC Upstate

Presbyterian over High Point

Radford over Gardner-Webb

Holy Cross over Lafayette

Navy over Lehigh

Fordham over Davidson

Loyola Chicago over UMass

St Bonaventure over Rhode Island

Boston University over Bucknell

Wofford over ETSU

UNC Greensboro over The Citadel

Chattanooga over Mercer

Oakland over Youngstown State

Fort Wayne over IUPUI

Robert Morris over Detroit Mercy

Oklahoma over West Virginia

Texas over UCF

UAB over Tulane

Tulsa over UTSA

Illinois Chicago over Murray State

Southern Illinois over Bradley

Evansville over Valpo

Texas State over Louisiana

Southern Mississippi over Arkansas State

North Carolina over Louisville

Houston over Texas Tech

Auburn over Vanderbilt

Arizona State over UCLA

Belmont over Northern Iowa

Northwestern over Maryland

Providence over DePaul

Arizona over USC

San Diego State over Nevada

There are a lot of quality games today with huge NCAA tournament implications. Can Nebraska figure out their road woes and beat a Rutgers team that is a good matchup for the Huskers?  That game is in Piscataway which will be a challenge for Nebraska.

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Creighton has never lost to UConn when both teams are members of the Big East. Can the No. 1 team go down to a team from Nebraska two weeks in a row? That game is in Storrs. Creighton and UConn is the game of the day and most of the eyes will be on that game. The best mid-major game is the final game of the night between San Diego State and Nevada. The Aztecs are coming off a tough loss to New Mexico and Nevada needs to win to likely stay in the NCAA tournament field. A lot is going on today.