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Bet on Notre Dame, Utah and California: College Basketball Picks for January 5th 2013

College Basketball Picks: January 5th 2013
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Pick: Notre Dame -10
Both of these Big East teams have played a select hand=picked group of tomato cans. The Hall is 12-2 vs the No.329th ranked schedule, the Irish are 12-1 vs the No.312th ranked schedule. That’s where most of the similarity ends as the Notre Dame is 3-1 vs the Top 100 while the Pony Pirates are just 1-1 owning a one-point win over Stony Brook. Notre Dame is 9-1 over the last 10 in the series with the last three wins all coming by 12+ points. Not overly enamored with the line but this is one of the toughest home venues in college basketball and the Irish are worth a look. -Dennis Macklin

Pick: Utah +18.5
Wildcats are likely to overlook the Utes here after winning 5 of the last 6 meetings including a sweep of the season series a year ago. This is a major sandwich game for Arizona after beating Miami Florida and San Diego State before the very fortunate win over Colorado on Thursday. They held off the Aztecs by a single point and then survived the Buffaloes with a very controversial call. The Wildcats play three straight on the road after this one including a very tough trip to visit Oregon. Arizona hasn’t been a very good big favorite in this building and the Utes could very well keep this one close. With narrow defeats the last two times on the road against BYU and Arizona State Utah won’t be intimidated. -Bryan Leonard

Pick: California +1
On Saturday the free play is on California. Game 629 at 11:00 eastern. The Bears have some amazing numbers here in this one. They are 15-0 vs teams under .500 and 10-1 vs teams who score 65 or less points per game. In games off a conference loss they have covered 10 of the last 15 and are 3-0 with 1 or less day of rest, as well as 15-5 on Saturday. They do have 2-3 players that are questionable for this one, so we will revisit this one when their status is determined. Last season they won here 75-49. USC has lost 6 of 9 vs team over .500 and are 11-25 ats in conference play. As a home favorite of 3 or less they have lost 3 of 4. They are 1-3 with 1 or less day of rest and 7-21 when the total is 120 to 130. The come in off a home dog win over Stanford in overtime and could be flat here. Looking at the RPI Numbers USC is ranked 138 and California is ranked 72. Look for California to win this one. On Saturday there are 7 Big plays up with a 6* NFL Side with 4 Perfect systems + 5* Double Perfect Compass Bowl winner,The NBA 100% Revenge Game of the Month, PAC 12 Game of the Month, 21-0 Blowout side and 18-1 NCAAB Road warrior in NCAAB Action. Last night we cashed outright dog winner on Memphis in NCAAB. Jump on and Cash this Big Power card for Saturday. For the free play take California. -Rob Vinciletti