Ole Miss Rebels 18-4 (7-2 SEC) at #21 Missouri Tigers 16-6 (5-4 SEC)
2/9 1:00 PM ON CBS
Spread: Missouri -6 1/2
Missouri has played five true road games this season, losing all of them in straight-up fashion by a total of 54 points. Even coach Frank Haith has called the team “soft” on the road.
But in Columbia, the Tigers have been nothing short of outstanding, a perfect 13-0 at home this season. At Mizzou Arena, the Tigers’ frontcourt of Laurence Bowers, Alex Oriakhi and Tony Criswell has caused opponent’s nightmares on the offensive glass. It’s something the Tigers will need to do again if their home winning streak is to remain intact.
Rebels sharpshooter Marshall Henderson was held to nine points below his season average of 20 per contest the last time these teams met. Ole Miss still won the game by 15 thanks to Mizzou’s horrible 2-for-18 shooting from 3-point range and 19 turnovers. Expect a different level of playing from the home team Saturday.
The pick: Missouri
#5 Kansas Jayhawks 19-3 (7-2 BIG 12) at Oklahoma Sooners 14-7 (5-4 BIG 12)
2/9 4:00 PM ON ESPN
spread: Kansas -3
Since the calendar turned to Febuary, Bill Self’s team has a grand total of 0 wins, Yes 0. After, winning 18 straight and a perfect8-0 in 2013. Things are looking good right? wrong!
Kansas is coming off back-to-back straight-up losses a 5 point heart breaker to Oklahoma State and a 7-point loss at 1-8 Big 12 team TCU the first ever big 12 win in TCU history and it’s against the #5 Jayhawks?. That’s clearly a wake-up call, coach even said following the loss to the Horned Frogs: “It was the worst team that Kansas has ever put on the floor since Dr. Naismith was there.”
Oklahoma was smacked the first time these two teams met, a 13-point Jayhawks victory . When forward Romero Osby(13.8 PPG) doesn’t play well, the Sooners aren’t winning as many games. Expect a strong revenge effort win the game for the sooners.
The pick: Oklahoma
#11 Louisville Cardinals 19-4 (7-3 BIG EAST) at #25 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 18-5 (6-4 BIG EAST)
2/9 9:00 PM ON ESPN
spread: Louisville -5
Louisville’s three-game losing streak in January appears to have paid off long-term for the Cardinals. The Cardinals are a focused team now, with talent that is capable of beating anyone in the Big East by 7 on any floor. Oh yes I just did.
Notre Dame was held below 36 percent shooting when these teams met in the Big East tournament last March and shot less than 32 percent from the floor in its double-overtime win at Louisville last January.
The pick: Louisville
#3 Michigan Wolverines 21-2 (8-2 BIG 10) at Wisconsin Badgers 16-7 (7-3 BIG 10)
2/9 12:00 PM ON ESPN
spread: Michigan -3
The Badgers played horrible in their only game against the Wolverines last season, losing by 18 in Ann Arbor against a weaker Michigan team than this one.
The problems that lost the game for Bo Ryan’s club in that matchup are likely to plague them again today: — only six assists and two made free throws for the entire game. And 0 of the Badgers’ top five scorers hits more than 70 percent from the charity stripe.
Michigan is back to full health with forward Jordan Morgan (ankle) and forward Nik Stauskas (flu) back in the lineup.
The pick: Michigan
Stanford Cardinal 14-9 (5-5 PAC 12) at Arizona State Sun Devils 18-5 (7-3 PAC 12)
2/9 7:00 PM ON ESPNU
spread: Arizona State – 2 1/2
Stanford is a great 3-point shooting team, hitting almost 45 percent from beyond the arc in Pac-12 play. Guards Chasson Randle and Aaron Bright and 6-foot-10 forward John Gage are all capable of making it consistently from downtown. Josh Huestis joining Dwight Powell as a low-post force, the Cardinal aren’t short on talent in the paint or from downtown
But last season’s NIT champs are a bubble team and their loss at Arizona was nothing short of devastating to their at-large bid chances. Arizona State is also fighting to hang on to one of the last 4 tourney spots. but the Sun Devils had a different expectation level coming into the season, they were projected as the 11th-best team in a 12-team conference.
The pick: Arizona State
Illinois State Redbirds 14-10 (5-7 MVC) at #16 Creighton Bluejays 20-4 (9-3 MVC)
10:00 PM ESPN2
spread: Creighton -10
The Redbirds just came smashing back from a 17-point deficit to win by 8 at Drake on Wednesday, their fifth victory in their last six games. In December, the Redbirds won at Dayton and took Louisville to the wire in a three-point road loss, showing the type of guts I like to see from road underdogs. But when these two teams played in January Creighton won by 5 and I don’t see anything to change that.Bluejays by 7
The pick: Creighton
Texas A&M Aggies 14-8 (4-5 SEC) at Georgia Bulldogs 11-11 (5-4 SEC)
2/9 5:00 PM ON ESPNU
Projected point spread: Georgia -2
Hot off a win vs #21 Missouri the aggies now face Georgia. The Bulldogs have won four straight and five of their last six, with the lone loss coming against mighty Florida. Sophomore guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is a nightmare for defense’s, leading Mark Fox’s squad in points, rebounds and steals. The Bulldogs beat the Aggies by seven as eight-point road underdogs just two weeks ago. both teams are hot. tie goes to the home crowd. Bulldogs by 3.
The pick: Georgia
Saint Joseph’s Hawks 13-8 (4-4 A10) at Massachusetts Minutemen 15-6 (5-3 A10)
2/9 2:00 PM ESPN2
Projected point spread: UMass -3 1/2
UMass is a great 3-point shooting team, loaded with tall, athletic wingers like Freddie Riley and Terrell Vinson. point guard Chaz Williams ranks in the top 10 nationally in assists per game. St. Joe’s has beaten Notre Dame and took VCU and Butler down to the wire. On the other hand Umass got blown out 94-76 by NC state. The home team has won each of the last five meetings between these two teams. But i’m going with the road underdog.
The pick: St. Joe’s