Kentucky -14 vs. UCLA:
Take it from a UCLA fan, this is the absolute hardcore lock of the weekend. UCLA scores points, against the Cal State Northridge’s of the world. Kentucky is one of the longest, most athletic teams, in the country. UCLA plays absolutely no defense and has no ability to impact Kentucky’s scorers. At the end of the day, too many easy buckets for the Wildcats is the problem. Kentucky wins 85 – 62.
SMU +1.5 @ Michigan:
Something is seriously wrong in Ann Arbor. The Wolverines aren’t just in a funk, they aren’t even competitive right now. You’re looking at a team that got blasted by 30 against a good Arizona team. They can’t even beat Eastern Michigan at home. SMU is riding a 5 game win streak, granted against lesser competition, but until Michigan can beat the New Jersey Institute of Technology, how can we logically pick them over a Larry Brown SMU squad? SMU 63 – Michigan 54.
Louisville -12.5 vs. Western Kentucky:
Yeah, finals week means absolutely jack shit to a team like Louisville. These guys are here to play basketball not study. You’re looking at a Western Kentucky team that got blasted by Minnesota by 20 + points. Louisville has had a week to prepare for this one. It’s been sort of an every other game type thing for the Cardinals. They didn’t show up last week, we love Montrezl Harrell and Terry Rozier to show up with authority. Louisville blasts Western Kentucky 75 – 50.
Ohio State +1 @ UNC:
Ohio State is proving early on that they’re a contender to win the Big Ten Title. OSU has length, quickness, and athleticism all over their back court. UNC is too much of a one man team right now. This game should be back and forth with Carolina getting more from Tokoto and Meeks at home, than usual. But we’ll take the team that plays more physical defense. Ohio State win 70 – 68 on in Chapel Hill.
Syracuse +11.5 @ Nova:
There’s no logical reason to take the Orange with the way they’ve played this season. Syracuse is one of the worst 3 point shooting teams in the country and Villanova defends at an incredible clip. Both teams have had a week to prepare for this one and Syracuse knows everything about how Villanova plays, as does Nova about the ‘Cuse. We think the Syracuse zone turns this into one heck of an ugly basketball game. Nova wins 56 – 49 in a struggle.
Indiana +3 @ Butler:
One win over North Carolina, a team that’s really inconsistent, and everybody’s back riding the Butler train. The last loss to Tennessee was not impressive. College Basketball games are won in the back court. We get Yogi Ferrell and James Blackmon Jr. , as the more athletic back court. Butler at home is always tough, and we’re sure Kellen Dunham will shoot well, but there’s too much for the Bulldogs in this one. Hoosiers win 75 – 63.
Notre Dame -2.5 vs. Purdue:
The Irish are one of the hottest shooting teams in the country, led by Jerian Grant. Purdue has all the talent in the world, but they haven’t put it together to date this season. We’ll go with the team that’s reached their potential versus the team that’s blown a few games they shouldn’t have. Irish make less mistakes and that’s the difference. Irish 85 – Purdue 78.
Xavier -5 vs. Auburn:
Xavier’s been playing together and playing well all season. Now Bruce Pearl’s finally starting to get some of his boys back, but not in time to have the chemistry and pure shooting Xavier has, yet. It’s hard to pick an Auburn team that can’t beat Tulsa or Coastal Carolina. Xavier 74 – 60.
Northern Iowa +2 @ Iowa:
The one thing we know about Ben Jacobsen teams is they play the more disciplined brand of basketball. UNI is off to one of the best starts in the country, whereas Iowa can’t shoot from the outside and they play inconsistent defense, at best. We’ll take the smarter, more cohesive, team. UNI pulls the road upset 74 – 70.
West Virginia -1.5 @ NC State:
The Mountaineers defense is too stifling for an up and down Wolfpack squad. West Virginia is our surprise team of the year in the Big 12. We think they’re on their way to a top 4 finish behind ISU, Kansas, & Texas. West Virginia gets a big road win 68 – 62.
Oklahoma -6 vs. Washington:
Washington’s a solid team, at home! Just like Okahoma’s a terrible team, on the road! At home the Sooners are world beaters, and they’ve got the athleticism to prove it. Time and place is everything in sports. Boomers sooner at home, with a huge travel day for the Dawgs, we’ll take Buddy Hield and Boomer Sooner. Okie wins 83 – 72.
BYU -3.5 vs. Stanford:
Stanford really hasn’t show anything all season, or given us any reason to believe they’ll go on the road and get a big win. BYU is fantastic at home, as usual. Their loss to Utah doesn’t hurt, as Utah is one of the best teams in the country this season. BYU handles their business at home 85 – 77.