Saturday college basketball schedule pairs well withIt airs at 12:30 p.m. on CBS. The early realism category means things are officially real. With just over three weeks left until Selection Sunday, the NCAA Championship picture is in focus, and a massive slate of games will bring us one step closer to sorting things out in the bubble and in the various conference races.
The Big Ten is a conference of strength with uncertainty at the top, and one of the most important confrontations of the day featuring two of the many teams still in the 19th-ranked league title mix. Michigan State Hosts No. 12 Illinois It’s 12 p.m. Eastern time. But there will be disguised action all day and into the night, when number 3 Arizona hosts Oregon At 10 pm the ducks are looking forward to a massive life-mid victory over the bubble.
And in between, there will be countless other major games and big moments, including the top 25 showdowns on CBS between the 25th place Alabama and number 4 Kentucky. With the NFL season winding down, the Winter Olympics wrapping up and the NBA all-star break, the floor belongs to college basketball.
Our experts have picks and predictions for today’s biggest games right here.
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No. 12 Illinois in No. 19 Michigan State
Featured game | Michigan Spartans vs Illinois Fighting Illini
nun | ESPN fuboTV (try for free)– This is a rematch of a match in which Illinois won by 56-55 on Jan. 25 after blocking a late rally from the Spartans. In fact, it was a meltdown for Illini, who failed to score during the 5:32 final. This time, Michigan State gets the court advantage at home as both teams look to stop their recent slip and stay in the Big Ten competition. Illinois are only 2-3 over their last five road games and Michigan State should be a source of inspiration after an ugly loss in Pennsylvania state Tuesday. Prediction: Michigan 66, Illinois 63
Featured game | Texas Longhorns vs Texas Tech Red Raiders
12:30 PM | ABC, fuboTV (try for free)– Texans attempt to tie Texas Tech in the league standings and secure revenge for their 77-64 loss at Texas Tech on February 1 as first-year coach Chris Bird looks to avoid a drift at his old school. The Reds took advantage of a completely untamed pitch in the first meeting and they’d realize how much it was worth in the rematch. Long centuries won kansas It’s their last home game and they must defend the home ground once again. Prediction: Texas 67, Texas Tech 63
No. 25 Alabama at No. 4 Kentucky
Featured game | Kentucky Wildcats vs Alabama Crimson Tide
1 m | CBS, CBSSports.comAnd the CBS Sports App (free) — It seems unlikely that Alabama would only fire 10% from the 3-point range as it did in the first meeting, which Kentucky won 66-55 just two weeks ago. with TyTy Washington The situation is also uncertain for wild cats, The Crimson Tide should give the UK a solid game. Look for Alabama to stay in until the end before the UK steals it to complete the sweep of the season. Prediction: Kentucky 79, Alabama 77
Featured game | Arkansas Razorbacks vs. Tennessee Volunteers
4 pm | ESPN2, fuboTV (try for free)– Arkansas has won 10 of the last 11 and Tennessee has won eight of its last nine as they both put themselves in good shape to secure a double win in the SEC Championship. It’s the first two meetings between the two teams over the course of the season and it seems destined to split. Arkansas must be able to ride a rowdy crowd and excel in frontcourt sports for a near victory. Prediction: Arkansas 79, Tennessee 75
Featured game | Virginia Tech Hawks vs. North Carolina Tar Heels
4 pm | ESPN2, fuboTV (try for free)– You would like to believe that UNC might go out and play with revenge after a heavy loss on its own soil Pittsburgh Wednesday. But Virginia Tech won six in a row to revive its NCAA Championship hopes and would have no problem scoring against a Tar Heel defense. Cassell Coliseum should provide plenty of backup as UNC’s first Quad 1 win was denied. Prediction: Virginia Tech 77, North Carolina 73
Oregon at No. 3 Arizona
Featured game | Arizona Wildcats vs Oregon Ducks
10 pm | ESPN fuboTV (try for free)– A win on the road over Arizona would solve a lot of problems for Oregon, which suffered a brutal 81-57 loss to a mediocre. Arizona On Thursday after entering the game as one of the “last four in”. But it’s hard to see the Ducks, who also lost by 14 at home to Cal last Saturday, outsmart a legitimate national title contender on the road. The Wildcats have won 11 of the last 12, and no one in the Pac-12 has come within number one from Arizona except University of California. Prediction: Arizona 96, Oregon 71
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