NCAA Basketball Iowa State Cyclones vs Iowa Hawkeyes Preview

December 5, 2018

Preview: Iowa State at Iowa Iowa State faces its first true road test of the season when it visits 19th-ranked Iowa on Thursday in the annual Cy-Hawk series. The Cyclones have won four consecutive games, including an 81-59 victory against North Dakota State on Monday, to move on the cusp on the national rankings after receiving the second-most votes (33) outside the Top 25, and hope to continue their upward…

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NCAA Basketball Maryland Terrapins vs Purdue Boilermakers Preview

December 5, 2018

Preview: Maryland at Purdue No. 24 Purdue looks to recover from back-to-back losses when it hosts 23rd-ranked Maryland on Thursday in Big Ten play. The Boilermakers dropped a 73-72 decision to No. 11 Florida State in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge before they were routed 76-57 by fifth-ranked Michigan on Saturday to slide down the national polls and hope to avoid their fourth straight loss to a ranked opponent in the…

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NCAA Basketball Ohio State Buckeyes vs Illinois Fighting Illini Preview

December 5, 2018

Preview: Ohio State vs. Illinois Any concerns that No. 17 Ohio State might struggle after losing freshman Luther Muhammed to a dislocated shoulder were eased with a Big Ten-opening victory over Minnesota on Sunday. The Buckeyes will try to win their second straight conference game when they travel to Chicago to face Illinois on Wednesday night. To play this game at FanPicks…click here Muhammed was averaging the second-most minutes on…

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NCAA Basketball Oklahoma Sooners vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish Preview

December 4, 2018

Preview: Oklahoma vs. Notre Dame Two 6-1 teams face off in the Jimmy V Classic as Oklahoma and Notre Dame meet on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The Sooners enter the week winners of two straight, while the Fighting Irish are aiming for a fifth consecutive win. To play this game at FanPicks…click here With Trae Young moving on to the NBA, Oklahoma has become…

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NCAA Basketball Iowa Hawkeyes vs Michigan State Spartans Preview

December 3, 2018

Preview: Iowa at Michigan State Michigan State looks to stay unbeaten in Big Ten Conference play when it hosts Iowa on Monday. The eighth-ranked Spartans won their league opener Friday night at Rutgers 78-67, while 15th-ranked Iowa comes into the contest looking for its first Big Ten victory after falling to No. 22 Wisconsin 72-66 Friday at home. To play this game at FanPicks…click here The Hawkeyes have a balanced…

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NCAA Basketball Wisconsin Badgers vs Iowa Hawkeyes Preview

November 29, 2018

Preview: Wisconsin at Iowa No. 15 Iowa looks to keep its perfect record intact when it hosts 22nd-ranked Wisconsin in the Big Ten opener for both teams on Friday. The Hawkeyes, who were picked to finish ninth in the preseason Big Ten media poll, edged Pittsburgh 69-68 in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge on Tuesday to improve to 6-0 for the first time since 2013-14, and hope to continue their encouraging…

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NCAA Basketball Purdue Boilermakers vs Florida State Seminoles Preview

November 28, 2018

Preview: Purdue at Florida State It may only be November, but No. 18 Purdue and No. 14 Florida State are ready to be tested Wednesday in Tallahassee in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Both schools went on rolls to start the season but ran into trouble in their biggest games, as the Boilermakers fell to No. 12 Virginia Tech 89-83 in the championship game of the Charleston Classic in their only…

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NCAA Basketball North Carolina Tar Heels vs Michigan Wolverines Preview

November 28, 2018

Preview: North Carolina at Michigan Fifth-ranked Michigan looks to stay unbeaten when it hosts No. 13 North Carolina in one of the marquee matchups of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Wednesday. The Wolverines have shot up the national rankings on the strength of their defense, holding five of their six opponents to 55 or fewer points, including then-No. 8 Villanova in a 73-46 road win on Nov. 14, and hope…

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NCAA Basketball Michigan State Spartans vs UCLA Bruins Preview

November 22, 2018

Preview: Michigan State vs. UCLA Michigan State has won preseason tournaments in three of the last five seasons including the Victory Bracket of the prestigious PK80 Invitational in Portland, Ore., last season, rolling past North Carolina in the championship game. The 11th-ranked Spartans are focused on bringing home another trophy this week, but it won’t be easy as they open the Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic with a semifinal game…

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NCAA Basketball Marquette Golden Eagles vs Kansas Jayhawks Preview

November 21, 2018

Preview: Marquette vs. Kansas Kansas is ranked second in the nation and undefeated through three games entering Thursday’s matchup with Marquette in the NIT Season Tip-Off in Brooklyn, N.Y., but coach Bill Self wants to see more from his squad. The Jayhawks have allowed 77 points per contest so far and needed 33 points from Lagerald Vick Friday to hold off Louisiana 89-76, and Self noted Monday the need for…

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NCAA Basketball Syracuse Orange vs Connecticut Huskies Preview

November 15, 2018

Preview: Syracuse vs. Connecticut No. 14 Syracuse and Connecticut renew acquaintances when they face off on Thursday in the opening round of the 2K Empire Classic at New York’s Madison Square Garden. The former Big East rivals met in New York last season as well with the Orange posting a 72-63 victory. To play this game at FanPicks…click here First-year UConn coach Dan Hurley is concerned about the patented Syracuse…

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NCAA Basketball Michigan Wolverines vs Villanova Wildcats Preview

November 14, 2018

Preview: Michigan at Villanova Villanova and Michigan are ready for their national championship rematch, but most of the familiar faces from that April showdown have moved on to the professional ranks. Still, there will be excitement in the air when the eighth-ranked Wildcats host the 18th-ranked Wolverines on Wednesday as part of the Gavitt Tipoff Games. To play this game at FanPicks…click here In last season’s NCAA Tournamen title game,…

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NCAA Baskeball 2018-19 Season Preview

November 6, 2018

10 Reasons to Be Excited for the 2018–19 College Basketball Season Get started today! Join FanPicks and play NCAA Basketball 2018-19 season all the way to the National Championship 1. Duke’s Fab Freshmen By now, you’ve heard the hype. If you’re not familiar with the Blue Devils’ freshman class—five-stars R.J. Barrett, Cam Reddish, Zion Williamson and Tre Jones (brother of Tyus, who led Duke to the 2015 national championship), plus…

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