College basketball odds, expert picks for January 14: Back Rutgers vs. Ohio State

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Matt Norlander thinks Rutgers will be a tough out for Ohio State. USATSI

College hoops season rolls on Sunday, January 14 with another full day of games. Virginia is favored by 15 against NC State, Ohio State is favored by six on the road against Rutgers, and USC is favored by 6.5 at home against Utah.

Before you make any picks, you need to see what SportsLine college basketball expert Matt Norlander has to say.

Norlander is a national award-winning writer for CBS Sports who has covered college basketball since 2007. From insightful features to weekly game analysis, Norlander covers the sport from every angle. Every year, he gives out the Internet's most thorough ranking of all 351 Division I college basketball teams.

Now, Norlander, who is 9-6 in his last 15 picks, has evaluated Sunday's entire slate and revealed his three best bets. You can find these only at SportsLine.

We can tell you Norlander loves Rutgers (+6) at home in a 7 p.m. ET tipoff against Ohio State.

The Scarlet Knights are holding opponents to just 61.7 points per game, good for 10th in the country. And despite losing four of its past five games, Rutgers is 12-4 in its last 16 games at home.

Norlander knows Ohio State is hot right now, but he believes you should back Rutgers getting six on its home floor against a team that's closer to 35th-best in the country than 25th.

Ohio State, meanwhile, has won nine of its past 10 games, including an impressive 16-point victory over fourth-ranked Michigan State.

But just because Ohio State enters Sunday's matchup against Rutgers on a streak doesn't mean it can cover the spread.

The Buckeyes are 5-12 against the spread in their last 17 games on Sunday, while Rutgers is 4-0 against the spread in its last four games at home and 5-1 against the spread in its last six games overall.

Norlander has also released a strong pick for two other games, including the Pac-12 showdown between USC and Utah. And he's sharing them over at SportsLine.

So who else is Norlander backing? Visit SportsLine now to see his top picks for Sunday's action, plus see which side of USC-Utah you should be all over, all from the award-winning analyst who has covered college basketball for over a decade.

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