Free NCAA Basketball picks for a few of today's biggest matchups. Where do we believe that the best NCAAB betting value lies today?

The college basketball season is in full swing and the contenders are starting to separate themselves from the rest. With conference play starting, let's see if we can take advantage of some weak spots on the NCAA Basketball odds boards.

Indiana Hoosiers vs. Iowa Hawkeyes

Image previewThe Hawkeyes have enjoyed a 11-2 SU (6-3 ATS) start and are still unbeaten (9-0) at home this season, but the start of Big Ten play should bring with it some challenges.

Today they're thrown right into the fire with a matinee home game against Indiana. And, despite Iowa's strong start, we're adding the Hoosiers to our NCAA Basketball picks, expecting them to win and cover.

Iowa has only lost twice (Virginia Tech and Wichita State), but their record may be padded by the fact they've already played nine times at home and have yet to really face the toughest of competition. As of now their strength of schedule rank is #62.

The only senior that is getting any type of legitimate playing time for Iowa is Eric May, and even he has hardly factored in. These Hawkeyes, while talented, are still extremely young and may not be ready for the experience and overwhelming efficiency of the Hoosiers.

Indiana, which has a #18 ranking in strength of schedule, has been destroying teams left and right since their first loss of the season, an overtime letdown against crosstown rival Butler. Since that setback, the Hoosiers have won by an average margin of 36.3 points.

We talked about Iowa's inexperience, because that's something Indiana knows nothing of. The Hoosiers have upperclassmen galore, including seniors Christian Watford and Jordan Hulls and juniors Victor Oladipo and Will Sheehey. Plus, we haven't even gotten to seven-footer Cody Zeller, who's averaging a team-best 16.4 points and 7.9 rebounds as a sophomore.

With boatloads of experience and five players who average in double figures, we think Indiana can handle this tough environment and will therefore be too much for Iowa.

Pick: Indiana Hoosiers -6.5 at Bovada

Michigan State Spartans vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers

Though Tom Izzo is one of the best in the business, we can't help but feel his Spartans are going to fall short against an extremely steady Minnesota team this afternoon.

Image previewMichigan State's two losses this season have been away from home, a 66-62 loss to Connecticut in the opener and a 67-59 defeat against Miami (FL). The only other time the Spartans were on the road, they had trouble getting past Bowling Green (5-7 SU).

What we're getting at is they may not be the best play with your college basketball picks today.

Minnesota's 12-1 SU (7-4 ATS) record isn't a fluke. This is an experienced and well-coached team that's already played the likes of Duke, Memphis, Stanford and Florida State. With a #10 ranking in SOS, the Golden Gophers should be more than prepared for this visit of Michigan State.

With multiple scoring options, including Rodney Williams, Andre Hollins and Austin Hollins, Joe Coleman and Trevor Mbakwe, Minnesota has numerous ways they can beat you.

Williams and Mbakwe give the Golden Gophers that necessary toughness and experience, while Andre Hollins is shooting 39.7 percent from three. This team is ranked in the top 25 in both rebounds per game (41.0) and assists per game (16.5), so a lot of things are going right.

At first peruse, these NCAA basketball betting lines may jump out at you and make you want to take the Spartans, but give that idea a second thought. Minnesota is looking like the real deal and we think they'll finally be able to get past the hump and beat Izzo's squad.

NCAA Basketball Pick: Minnesota Golden Gophers -6 at Bookmaker