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NCAA Basketball: Picks for Day 81 of the 2023-24 season

There were only 8 games on Friday but the Saturday schedule brings us over 150 games on the day.

Illinois v Northwestern
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Yesterday was a day that only saw eight games get played and only one of them had significance in the overall NCAA tournament picture. Wisconsin beat Michigan State in Madison. The Badgers are inching closer to a one seed and they have a showdown coming up with Nebraska on Thursday night in Lincoln. The Spartans are still in search of another signature win but have a bunch of games coming up that they should win and will improve their overall record which will help their tournament resume overall. St. Bonaventure bounced back and beat Saint Joseph’s. California gets a huge win over Stanford. The Bears are much improved this season.

Yesterday I went 6-2 in my picks. That brings my 80 day total to 2,252-877 overall. Today is going to be a huge slate of games. There are over 150 games on the schedule and there are games in every window that have huge NCAA tournament implications. There are a few bubble teams who are looking to hold serve at home, some are looking to pick up key road victories, and some are looking for their signature wins to solidify their NCAA tournament resume. It is going to be a huge day of games. Picks for day 81 January 27,2024 are below.

Nebraska over Maryland

Houston over Kansas State

Boston College over Notre Dame

Virginia over Louisville

Northeastern over William & Mary

Holy Cross over Lehigh

Florida over Georgia

New Hampshire over Albany

Providence over Georgetown

Duquesne over Fordham

Marquette over Seton Hall

South Carolina over Missouri

Navy over Loyola MD
Bucknell over Army

Central Connecticut over Wagner

Akron over Miami Ohio

Western Michigan over Central Michigan

Green Bay over Detroit Mercy

Iowa State over Kansas

Florida State over North Carolina

Oklahoma over Texas Tech

BYU over Texas

Oklahoma State over West Virginia

Murray State over Southern Illinois

Evansville over Illinois State

Delaware over Towson

Drexel over North Carolina A&T

Monmouth over Hofstra

Hampton over Elon

Charleston over Campbell

Lafayette over Boston University

Stetson over Lipscomb

Le Moyne over Long Island

Fairleigh Dickinson over Sacred Heart

Columbia over Penn

Toledo over Bowling Green

Ball State over Northern Illinois

Chattanooga over The Citadel

Cornell over Princeton

Yale over Harvard

Coastal Carolina over Georgia State

Maine over Binghamton

Texas A&M Commerce over Nicholls

Brown over Dartmouth

Miami over Pitt

Illinois over Indiana

Texas Southern over Alabama A&M

Butler over Villanova

Grand Canyon over UT Arlington

Stephen F. Austin over Cal Baptist

Louisiana Tech over New Mexico State

Mississippi State over Auburn

Eastern Michigan over Buffalo

Morehead State over Western Illinois

Duke over Clemson

Baylor over TCU

Boise State over Utah State

Colorado State over Wyoming

Maryland Eastern Shore over North Carolina Central

Delaware State over South Carolina State

Tulane over Charlotte

South Florida over UTSA

Missouri State over Valpo

Winthrop over High Point

Gardner-Webb over South Carolina Upstate

Stony Brook over UNC Wilmington

Florida A&M over Alcorn State

Colgate over American

George Mason over Rhode Island

Norfolk State over Coppin State

St Francis Pa over Merrimack

Samford over ETSU

Milwaukee over Oakland

Little Rock over Southeast Missouri State

Marshall over Southern Mississippi

Bryant over Vermont

Denver over Omaha

Northwestern State over Texas A&M Corpus Christi

Jacksonville over Bellarmine

Eastern Kentucky over North Florida

Kennesaw State over Central Arkansas

Abilene Christian over Southern Utah

Long Beach over UC Riverside

Northern Colorado over Idaho

Eastern Washington over Northern Arizona

Howard over Morgan State

Radford over Presbyterian

SIU Edwardsville over Tennessee Tech

UT Martin over Lindenwood

Eastern Illinois over Tennessee State

Washington State over Colorado

Grambling over Mississippi Valley State

Virginia Tech over Georgia Tech

Belmont over Illinois-Chicago

Michigan over Iowa

Rider over Mount St. Mary’s

Western Carolina over VMI

Troy over South Alabama

McNeese over New Orleans

Tarleton over Utah Tech

Liberty over Jacksonville State

UC Davis over UC San Diego

Oregon over Arizona

UNC Asheville over Charleston Southern

Sam Houston over UTEP

Tennessee over Vanderbilt

Kentucky over Arkansas

Richmond over Dayton

Indiana State over Bradley

Drake over Northern Iowa

George Washington over La Salle

Wofford over Furman

Appalachian State over James Madison

Incarnate Word over Houston Christian

Middle Tennessee over FIU

Southern over Pine Bluff

Penn State over Minnesota

Alabama State over Prairie View

Creighton over DePaul

Oregon State over Arizona State

Syracuse over NC State

Cincinnati over UCF

Fresno State over Air Force

UNC Greensboro over Mercer

Old Dominion over Georgia Southern


Lamar over Southeastern Louisiana

North Alabama over Queens

Florida Gulf Coast over Austin Peay

Portland State over Montana State


Rice over Tulsa

Alabama over LSU

UMass over Saint Louis

Davidson over VCU

San Francisco over Portland

Pepperdine over San Diego

Kansas City over South Dakota

Oral Roberts over South Dakota State

St Thomas over North Dakota

Northwestern over Ohio State

Texas A&M over Ole Miss

San Jose State over UNLV

Fullerton over Bakersfield

Sacramento State over Montana

Weber State over Idaho State

Washington over Utah

Saint Mary’s over LMU

Gonzaga over Pacific

UC Irvine over Northridge

Hawaii over Cal Poly

There are so many games today. Nebraska looks for their first Big Ten road win against Maryland. Ed Cooley returns to Providence after leaving to go to Georgetown. There are some games that have extreme upset potential. Richmond and Dayton play in Virginia for the outright Atlantic 10 lead.

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Vermont and Bryant are both undefeated in America East play and the winner of that game remains undefeated and is in the driver's seat for the conference tournament. Can Oregon State make it two in a row against the state of Arizona as they welcome Arizona State to town? Illinois welcomes Indiana and they should be playing with a chip on their shoulder after losing to Northwestern.