Time to see what we can come up with for Saturday's busy day
of college hoops. A humongous number of games so let's get right down to it; here
are my preferred NCAA basketball picks today.
Oregon State (16-13 SU, 11-13-1 ATS) vs. Colorado (19-10
SU, 13-12 ATS)
Tipoff at 4:00 PM EST
I believe Colorado has a great shot at covering the number on the NCAA basketball odds board against
Oregon State. They just let one get away against Oregon and I think they'll
bounce back today.
The Buffaloes' D really let them down in the loss to the
Ducks. They surrendered 90 points and allowed their opponents to shoot 54.4
percent from the floor. At least Colorado can take some comfort in the fact
they were hitting their shots (54.5 percent) as well.
It was a surprising effort from Colorado as they had really
looked good defensively leading up to that game. Even with that recent letdown,
the Buffaloes are giving up 63.8 PPG over their last five. I'd imagine Tad
Boyle tore into his team at practice, which I'm hoping leads to much more
cohesiveness on the defensive end in this one.
Moreover, Colorado's performances against the number have
left a lot to be desired, but Oregon State's been even worse in that respect.
The Beavers haven't covered ATS in six straight games.
Let's not forget about the first meeting of the season
between these two, either. Colorado dominated the Beavers from the opening tip
and went on to win by 22 points. The Buffaloes got double-digit scoring out of
five different players, with Andre Roberson (16 points, 15 boards, two blocks,
two steals) leading the way.
I feel the wrong team is favored today and therefore I'm
picking Colorado to cover as part of my college basketball picks for today.
PICK: Colorado Buffaloes +4.5
Kansas (25-5 SU, 15-13-1 ATS) vs. Texas (19-11 SU, 8-16-1
Tipoff at 9:00 PM EST
Finishing off the night I'm taking a total play to the
sportsbooks. It involves Big 12 leader Kansas as they play host to J'Covan
Brown and the Texas Longhorns.
KU has won seven in a row while Texas is 6-2 SU over their
previous eight. The Longhorns, however, haven't cashed ATS in four consecutive
matchups and are just 4-8 ATS on the road so far.
I like the OVER tonight mainly because of how efficient
Kansas has been at home. They're good for 81.2 PPG in Lawrence and it helps
that the Longhorns' have had a lot of trouble defensively on the road this
Tyshawn Taylor is playing as well as anyone in the nation right now and his
head-to-head battle with Brown should be fun to watch. The Texas guard is
averaging just shy of 20 PPG and there's no doubt he'll be the go-to guy as the
Longhorns look to keep pace with Bill Self's high-flying soldiers.
The OVER is 7-1 in Texas' last eight road games and is also
4-0 in the Jayhawks' last four matchups at Allen Fieldhouse. This season, the
OVER is 8-4 in the 12 games the Longhorns have played away from home. It's a
trend that's also gone 10-5 in Kansas' 15 home contests this season.
Put it all together and I fancy a lot of points being scored
in this one.
PICK: OVER 138