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College basketball picks: Best bets for New Year’s Day

We’ve got plenty of games on the slate for New Year’s Day. Here are some of our favorite college basketball picks to help you cash in.

Baylor Bears guard Dale Bonner dunks the ball against the Northwestern State Demons during the second half at Ferrell Center. Chris Jones-USA TODAY Sports

While most college sports fans will have their eyes on one of five New Year’s Day bowl games this year, there’s a few really good college basketball ones to watch as well.

Here are some of our favorite college basketball picks and bets to make for New Year’s Day. Any odds are from DraftKings Sportsbook.

Baylor vs. Iowa State Over 131

Yes the Bears will try and drain the clock here, and ISU does have the seventh-best adjusted defense in college basketball. But the difference here will be when the Cyclones try to score, as they turn the ball over on 19.9% of possessions against a mediocre schedule. Baylor forces a giveaway on 26.5% of possessions, including a steal in 15.2% of them. This should lead to runout opportunities and transition baskets for the No. 1 team in the country.

Villanova vs. Seton Hall Under 134.5

Is Villanova good? Be honest, you’re not really sure either. But while they’re taking the air out of the ball in the Jay Wright Burn Offense style, Seton Hall won’t be able to push the pace and play in transition as they’d like That should be enough to get under this number, as both teams have combined to go 9-13 vs. the over this season.

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