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NCAA Basketball: Picks for Day 88 of the 2023-24 season

This is a top 5 basketball scheudle of all time. There will not be another time when there are 3 top ten matchups in the confernece season. Some teams are going to earn their tournament spots today and others will miss a huge opportunity.

Jan 30, 2024; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels forward Armando Bacot (5) boxes out
Jan 30, 2024; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels forward Armando Bacot (5) boxes out / Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
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Last night was a fantastic primer for one of the best days of College Basketball we have ever had. Butler is now back in the NCAA tournament field after a win at Creighton. Dayton survived a scare from Saint Bonaventure. Iowa barely squeaked by Ohio State. There were some huge mid-major results as well. Yale beat Princeton. That is the Tigers second straight loss and their at-large hopes are dead. Akron took over first place in the MAC and the Zips remain undefeated in conference play after a big win over Toledo at the JAR. Nevada blew out San Jose State to keep their tournament hopes alive. 

Yesterday I went 11-4 in my picks that brings my 87 day total to 2,473-991 total. Welcome everyone to the biggest Saturday of the year. There is no football on TV and there are a ton of games that are going to have a huge impact on the NCAA tournament and tons of games between top five teams. There are games to watch in every time slot and almost every game will have an impact on seeding in the NCAA tournament. Picks for day 88 February 3, 2024, are below.

UConn over St. John’s

Miami over Virginia Tech

Indiana over Penn State

Colgate over Navy

LSU over Arkansas

UMass over George Mason

La Salle over Saint Joseph’s

Duquesne over Rhode Island

Memphis over Wichita State

Boston University over Lehigh

South Carolina over Georgia

Western Michigan over Ball State

Robert Morris over Detroit Mercy

Oakland over Cleveland State

Jackson State over Grambling

Marquette over Georgetown

TCU over Texas

Clemson over Virginia

Kansas State over Oklahoma State

Charlotte over East Carolina

Southern Illinois over Illinois-Chicago

Northern Iowa over Murray State

Missouri State over Belmont

Bradley over Illinois State

UNC Asheville over Winthrop

Longwood over Charleston Southern

Delaware over Monmouth

Charleston over William & Mary

Northwestern over Minnesota

Sacred Heart over Le Moyne

Wagner over Stonehill

Ohio over Miami Ohio

Mercer over VMI

Vermont over Binghamton

Sam Houston over FIU

Saint Louis over Fordham

Arizona State over California

UTSA over Rice

Merrimack over Central Connecticut

Appalachian State over Georgia Southern

Bryant over Maine

San Diego State over Utah State

Missouri over Vanderbilt

Arkansas State over Louisiana Monroe

Alabama State over Bethune

Kansas over Houston

UCF over Oklahoma

Howard over Hampton

South Carolina State over Morgan State

Southern over Alcorn State

Evansville over Valpo

Radford over South Carolina Upstate

North Carolina A&T over Elon

Michigan over Rutgers

Texas A&M over Florida

VCU over Richmond

American over Bucknell

Boise State over Air Force

Norfolk State over Delaware State

North Carolina Central over Coppin State

Eastern Michigan over Northern Illinois

Wofford over Western Carolina

ETSU over The Citadel

Morehead State over Tennessee Tech

James Madison over Old Dominion

Troy over Georgia State

Marshall over Coastal Carolina

Northwestern State over Texas A&M Commerce

Nicholls over Houston Christian

Queens over Bellarmine

Grand Canyon over Utah Valley

Northern Arizona over Idaho State

Chattanooga over Samford

Tennessee State over Southern Indiana

UT Martin over SIU Edwardsville

Eastern Illinois over Little Rock

Texas A&M Corpus Christi over Lamar

North Dakota over North Dakota State

McNeese over Southeastern Louisiana

Stetson over Central Arkansas

Western Illinois over Southeast Missouri

Utah over Colorado

Alabama A&M over Florida A&M

Loyola MD over Holy Cross

Lipscomb over Jacksonville

Bowling Green over Central Michigan

UMass Lowell over New Hampshire

New Orleans over Incarnate Word

Eastern Kentucky over Kennesaw State

Tarleton State over Stephen F. Austin

Utah Tech over UT Arlington

Southern Mississippi over Texas State

Austin Peay over North Florida

NC State over Georgia Tech

Michigan State over Maryland

Texas Tech over Cincinnati

Auburn over Ole Miss

Florida Atlantic over Tulsa

BYU over West Virginia

Lafayette over Army

Pittsburgh over Notre Dame

North Texas over South Florida

Indiana State over Drake

Towson over Hofstra

Dartmouth over Columbia

Princeton over Brown

UC Davis over Cal Poly

North Carolina over Duke

Stony Brook over Northeastern

Prairie View over Texas Southern

USC over Oregon State

Pine Bluff over Mississippi Valley State

High Point over Presbyterian

UNC Wilmington over Campbell

Santa Clara over San Diego

Long Island over St Francis PA

Yale over Penn

Harvard over Cornell

Albany over UMBC

UC San Diego over Long Beach

Portland State over Sacramento State

Wake Forest over Syracuse

Baylor over Iowa State

Florida State over Louisville

UNLV over Wyoming

Portland over Pepperdine

Louisiana over South Alabama

St Thomas over Kansas City

Oral Roberts over Denver

Cal Baptist over Seattle

Western Kentucky over Middle Tennessee

Northridge over Riverside

Northern Colorado over Weber State

Montana State over Idaho

North Alabama over Florida Gulf Coast

Tennessee over Kentucky

Alabama over Mississippi State

Southern Utah over UT Rio Grande Valley

Washington over Washington State

New Mexico State over Jacksonville State

Liberty over UTEP

Montana over Eastern Washington

Xavier over DePaul

UCLA over Oregon

Colorado State over Fresno State

San Francisco over Pacific

Bakersfield over Santa Barbara

UC Irvine over Hawaii

Gonzaga over Saint Mary’s

What a schedule there is too much to highlight here so let's do this in bunches. Here are the games against top ten opponents. Houston visits Lawrence Kansas and the Jayhawks, Tennessee goes to Rupp Arena to play Kentucky. North Carolina hosts Duke in Chapel Hill. Iowa State and Baylor is a top 20 matchup. UConn is the top team in the country and Auburn is in the top 10. They both play unranked bubble teams tomorrow on the road who could desperately use a win.

Next. Key 1st place battles for the weekend. Key 1st place battles for the weekend. dark

Finally, Gonzaga and Saint Mary’s is the nightcap. That game is always a ton of fun to watch and the Bulldogs get an undefeated Gaels team in Spokane first. That will be the game of the year in the West Coast conference. Tomorrow is one of the better slates I can remember this late into the season and it is going to be hard to catch your breath tomorrow. I am most looking forward to Duke and North Carolina and Kansas and Houston. Should be a fantastic day of hoops tomorrow.