School basketball picks, schedule: Predictions, odds for Texas vs. West Virginia, different key prime 25 video games


Saturday within the vast world of school basketball will grant us infinite alternatives to see how a number of the finest groups and largest manufacturers within the sport stack up. Six top-10 groups and a complete of 15 ranked groups can be in motion, and in the meantime, the likes of Duke and Kentucky — each off to sluggish begins to the season — discover themselves arrange in large spots to doubtlessly seize some actual and much-needed momentum.

Among the many video games we have circled embrace a giant one within the Large 12 between No. 4 Texas and No. 14 West Virginia, No. 6 Kansas vs. Oklahoma on CBS and Kentucky dealing with Florida earlier than a late recreation between Pac-12 rivals Arizona and UCLA. Buckle up.

To rejoice the day forward and prep accordingly, our specialists have made picks each straight up and towards the unfold for Saturday under.

When: 1 p.m. | The place: WVU Coliseum in Morgantown, West Virginia
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After preseason All-Large 12 large man Oscar Tshiebwe stepped away from West Virginia and in the end transferred, Mountaineers coach Bob Huggins — considerably controversially — declared that the results of the choice for his program could be that it will “win extra video games.” The workforce 1-1 since, but it surely has seemingly discovered one thing with a guard-heavy lineup that operates round large man Derek Culver. And successful a giant one on the highway over Oklahoma State final week in a dramatic comeback, they’ve some actual momentum coming again house to take out a surging Texas workforce that might realistically win the league. I like WVU by a hair right here and can gladly take the factors with them at house. Prediction: West Virginia 75, Texas 71 — Kyle Boone

When: 4:30 p.m. | The place: Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kansas
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Getting smacked at house by the Longhorns seems to have been a get up name for this Kansas workforce. With Garrett anticipated to be again within the lineup for this recreation with Oklahoma, search for the Jayhawks to stymie Oklahoma’s perimeter assault and draw back within the second half. Prediction: Kansas 74, Oklahoma 64 — David Cobb

When: 5 p.m. | The place: Exactech Enviornment in Gainesville, Florida
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It is a large take a look at to see simply how actual Kentucky’s latest turnaround is. Florida’s 5-2 and has an upperclassmen-laden roster that performs sensible and laborious. Kentucky, in the meantime, is younger and inexperienced — however nonetheless has a great deal of expertise and enters the sport on a two-game successful streak. With UK set to welcome a vitally essential participant again for this recreation, I am sensing that the tide is slowly shifting in Kentucky for the higher, so I am going to take UK to win this one straight-up in an upset. Prediction: Kentucky 71, Florida 70 — Boone

Georgetown at Syracuse

When: 7 p.m. | The place: Provider Dome in Syracuse, New York
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It has been a dreadful begin to the season for Georgetown and, odds are, it’s going to solely worsen Saturday because it faces Syracuse on the highway. The Hoyas are 3-7 with their lone Large East win of the season to date coming in additional time to St. John’s by three factors … a month in the past. Since then, they’ve fallen flat in 4 consecutive video games. Syracuse then again enters the sport 6-2 (1-1 in ACC play) having simply barely missed on a house win over Pitt earlier within the week. It needs to be a enjoyable rekindling of an previous Large East rivalry as the 2 applications meet up, however I am betting that Syracuse will particularly get pleasure from this one given Georgetown’s severe struggles of late. Prediction: Syracuse 75, Georgetown 58 — Boone

When: 9 p.m. | The place: McKale Middle in Tucson, Arizona
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Save for a meltdown at house Thursday evening towards USC, Arizona’s been aggressive — and persistently fairly good — for the higher a part of the season. So I will flip a blind eye and faux it did not simply get blown out as a house favourite and belief the bigger pattern. And the bigger pattern tells me UA is the higher workforce that has in any other case been nails at house this season within the win column. Good little bounce-back spot to get proper towards a UCLA workforce nonetheless looking for its identification with out Chris Smith, even with consecutive wins with out him. Prediction: Arizona 79, UCLA 72 — Boone

So who wins each faculty basketball recreation immediately? And which underdogs pull off beautiful upsets? Go to SportsLine now to get picks for each recreation, all from the unbiased mannequin that simulates each recreation 10,000 instances, and discover out.



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