NCAA basketball picks from a handicapping perspective

College basketball picks basically fall into three categories: non-conference plays, conference plays and tournament plays. All three versions of college basketball picks need to be addressed differently from a handicapping perspective. Some college basketball teams build their schedule around tough non-conference opponents compared to others, and those schools are often rewarded for this with higher RPI and strength of schedule rankings. The very best teams in the country often play a difficult non-conference schedule in preparation for their conference schedule, so they will have already played some good teams going in. Handicapping a team's performance against non-conference opponents at the beginning of the season can help you make better college basketball picks because you will have great insight on how they will perform against other top teams in both conference and tournament action.