College basketball picks, schedule: Predictions for Kentucky vs. Tennessee and more key top 25 games Saturday

Hopefully you’ve gotten a number of screens and streaming units shut by, as a result of Saturday goes to be a dandy of a day to drench your self in wall-to-wall faculty basketball motion. From the midday ET slate all over the late window, a plethora of games could rightfully be competing for your consideration.

The drama begins early Saturday at midday with what can solely be described as appointment viewing as Kentucky and Tennessee — John Calipari vs. Rick Barnes — is at all times must-see tv. But this one has some fascinating stakes Kentucky floundering. A street loss to the Vols would give UK its third-ever shedding streak in SEC play of three or more games underneath Cal’s watch and would additional sink a ship in Lexington, Kentucky, that’s more and more underneath misery. Matched up towards Tennessee and its No. 1-rated protection is not precisely a really perfect get-right spot for the Wildcats.

Later within the afternoon, we’re anticipating more fireworks and drama in each the Big Ten and the Big 12. Indiana, on a three-game skid, desperately must get proper at dwelling towards an also-struggling Wisconsin group. Kansas State seems to be to claim itself as a real contender within the Big 12 with an essential street take a look at vs. TCU Then, in fact, there’s Kansas welcoming Iowa State to Allen Fieldhouse for a showdown that includes two unbeaten groups in league play.

Drama, drama, drama.

Ahead of the motion, our group put their heads collectively to make picks for each recreation of significance each straight up and towards the unfold.

Odds by way of Caesars (*25*) | All occasions Eastern

Kentucky at No. 5 Tennessee

Featured Game | Tennessee Volunteers vs. Kentucky Wildcats

12 p.m ESPN, fuboTV (Try for free) — Every time it looks like Kentucky has hit a brand new low this season, it surprises by falling one other rung down the ladder and discovering a new low But a loss on the street right here wouldn’t qualify. Tennessee is a heavy favourite and anticipated to win by double digits behind its No. 1-ranked protection. Expecting it to be barely nearer than that as Kentucky fights for its life, however the Vols on this spot straight up is the play. Prediction: UK +14 (Boone)

no 18 Wisconsin at Indiana

Featured Game | Indiana Hoosiers vs. Wisconsin Badgers

1 p.m. ET | CBS, CBSSports.com, CBS Sports App (Free) — Indiana is in a defensive funk because it grapples with accidents to veteran starters Xavier Johnson and Race Thompson. The Hoosiers have allowed three straight Big Ten foes to surpass 80 factors and misplaced all three games. Wisconsin is coping with its personal damage problem as main scorer Tyler Wahl rehabs an ankle damage. But the Badgers have sufficient firepower elsewhere on the roster to maintain this one shut and even perhaps steal a victory on the street.. Pick: Wisconsin +4.5 (Cobb)

no 11 Kansas State at No. 17 TCU

Featured Game | TCU Horned Frogs vs. Kansas State Wildcats

2 p.m ESPN2, fuboTV (Try for free) — TCU’s misplaced two-straight by a mixed six factors within the vaunted Big 12 whereas Ok-State is 15-1 and selecting up steam as a legit contender. But I’m going to lean the alternative means of latest momentum and take TCU right here. The Horned Frogs are taking part in nicely regardless of the latest stumbles behind Mike Miles Jr., Emanuel Miller and Damion Baugh. Pick: TCU -3.5 (Boone)

no 14 Iowa State at No. 2 Kansas

Featured Game | Kansas Jayhawks vs. Iowa State Cyclones

4 p.m ESPN+ — Kansas has seemed fully lifeless within the water twice this season at dwelling earlier than resurrecting itself and rolling to wins in entrance of the Jayhawks devoted. Picking towards them at dwelling appears foolish, however this season they’ve let groups hold issues shut at dwelling in league play, and this ISU group is supplied inside and out to maintain that development rolling with a canopy of the unfold. Pick: ISU +8 (Boone)

Featured Game | Clemson Tigers vs. Duke Blue Devils

5 p.m ACC Network, fuboTV (Try for free) — Jeremy Roach’s damage has hamstrung an already-struggling Duke group and price it some development and momentum because the younger core develops. And exterior Kyle Filipowski, Duke’s younger five-stars have been a bit hit-or-miss. But Dariq Whitehead is approaching robust, Filipowski is taking part in at a excessive degree and Ryan Young (!) is giving essential minutes proper now for a group that I believe can pull off this street upset. Roach is not anticipated to be on the market, however Tyrese Proctor can get the job executed. Pick: Duke +1 (Boone)

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