NCAA Basketball Picks: Saturday Tournament Picks

Steven Suarez

Saturday, March 16, 2013 1:22 PM GMT

The pressure is building even more as we reach the final stages of conference tournaments across the entire country. Here are two plays that are standing out for our sports picks.

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Kansas State Wildcats vs. Kansas Jayhawks

Is the third time going to be the charm for the Wildcats? They get yet another chance to beat their in-state rivals when Kansas and Kansas State go head-to-head in the Sprint Center in Kansas City. Whoever wins tonight will be crowned the Big 12 champions.

Current NCAA basketball odds list the Jayhawks as four-point favorites. This season they're 18-14 ATS, while the Wildcats are at 15-13-1 ATS.

The Jayhawks are scoring with ease right now, dropping 91 on Texas Tech and 88 yesterday against Iowa State. Over their previous five, they're averaging 81.4 PPG on 53.0 percent shooting.

It should be noted though that those first two opponents are hardly known for their defense, meaning Kansas could have much more difficulty putting points on the board tonight.

We know it's more than challenging to beat the same team three times in one season, but the Jayhawks, that game against Baylor aside, have been unstoppable lately.

Kansas State has made a great account of themselves and continue to prove doubters wrong. However, we think Kansas is the correct play here.

This Jayhawks team has, amazingly enough, covered in nine of their last ten games, a run that includes quite a few double-digit spreads. This chalk is a lot more manageable and we believe Kansas does enough to cash.

Pick: Kansas Jayhawks -4

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Oregon Ducks vs. UCLA Bruins

To round out our college basketball picks, we are selecting Shabazz Muhammad and the Bruins to cover as underdogs in the Pac-12 championship tilt against Oregon.

UCLA has been dealt a tougher road in the tournament, as they had to top both Arizona State and Arizona. Jordan Adams was the hero in the W over the Wildcats, scoring 24 points on 6-of-13 shooting in 37 minutes of action.

Unfortunately, Adams was hurt on the last play of the game and will miss the rest of the season with a broken foot. That's a significant blow, but UCLA has fought through adversity before and that should serve them well tonight.

In both tournament wins, the Bruins have mustered comebacks in the second half, showing the necessary toughness it takes to be successful in this type of environment.

The Ducks needed overtime to beat Washington and then were lucky to play Utah in the semi-finals, a game they easily won 64-45. Still, Oregon is just 3-11-1 ATS over their last 15 games overall and 1-5 ATS in their past six neutral-site matchups.

The Bruins meanwhile have shown a great resolve throughout this tournament, making numerous comeback runs to get to where they are now.

Even without Adams out there, UCLA has enough talent in the form of Muhammad, Kyle Anderson, Larry Drew II and the Wear brothers. At the end of the day, we feel as if the Bruins will lock up the championship in Las Vegas.

Pick: UCLA Bruins +1.5

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