We know there will be at least a handful of upsets around college basketball Saturday; the trick is to pick 'em beforehand. Here's our take on a couple of potential point-spread upsets for Saturday.
Revenge for Baylor?
Baylor's Bears, who lost a tough one a few weeks ago at home to Kansas, look to return the favor when they visit Lawrence Saturday afternoon.
Baylor had won three games in a row, each by at least 20 points, but had its winning streak snapped Monday night by a 74-65 home loss to Oklahoma State. The Bears made just three of 15 three-point attempts, 16 of 24 free-throws and committed 16 turnovers in losing outright as six-point favorites.
At 18-6 SU Baylor is looking good as far as an NCAA tournament bid goes, with some nice computer figures, but at 6-5 in Big 12 play the Bears don't have a lot of room for error. A loss Saturday would drop Baylor to 6-6 in conference play, with at least four tough games left to play. And going 8-10 in the Big 12 isn't exactly a resume enhancer.
Kansas, meanwhile, bounced back from a loss at Oklahoma State last week to win at Texas Tech Monday 73-51, pulling away for the cover as an 11-point favorite. The Jayhawks lead the Big 12 at 9-2, a game and a half ahead of second place Oklahoma.
Kansas won at Baylor a month ago 56-55 as a three-point underdog. The Jayhawks hit seven shots in a row down the stretch, while the Bears shot just 34 percent from the floor on the night. And still Baylor had a chance to win late, missing twice from close range in the last 10 seconds.
These teams played a grinder the last time they met, and it wouldn't be surprising is they played another one Saturday. With a break or two, and a little better shooting, Baylor could win this game outright, so all this should be taken into consideration when making your college basketball picks.
As of early Saturday morning the Bears could be found at +7 on NCAA basketball odds board.
A Rally for the Champs?
Connecticut's Huskies, scrambling to make it back to the NCAA tournament after winning it last season, visit AAC-leading SMU.
The Huskies are coming off one of their best performances of this season, a 70-45 win over Tulsa Thursday night. UConn jumped out to a 10-0 lead and never let the Hurricane back in the game. For the night the Huskies shot 51 percent from the floor, and held the Hurricane to 32 percent.
At 14-9 overall and 7-4 in AAC play UConn probably would not make the NCAA tournament if the field were decided today. But there's just enough time for the defending national champs to make a run.
SMU lost a home game to Cincinnati last week that snapped an eight-game winning streak and for the moment seemed to put a damper on its chances of winning the AAC. But the Mustangs then knocked off first-place Tulsa on its home court last Saturday 68-57, then won at Houston Thursday night 75-69. So after just missing the NCAA tournament last season SMU is almost assured of an invitation this season. Winning the AAC wouldn't hurt.
It's nearing last-gasp time for the Huskies and their tournament hopes, but they've been playing some pretty good ball as of late. Perhaps they can catch SMU feeling a little full of itself, after taking over the lead in the conference.
In the early betting Connecticut was getting +6 points at Pinnacle Sports