Picks for Best Games on Saturday, February 23rd

Picks for Best Games on Saturday, February 23rd

It is Saturday, meaning there is a full slate of games on to pick. Starting early in the day and ending late at night there will be plenty of good games to watch, pick and react to. There are great headliner games throughout the day, with conference races hanging in the balance in some instances. With all this great action taking place, I have plenty of against the spread picks for today’s best games. 

Tennessee at LSU

Noon ET on ESPN

Line: Tennessee -1

Pick: LSU

Against the Spread: LSU

Final Score Prediction: LSU 73 Tennessee 67

Why this pick? The Tigers are coming off a tough loss to Florida, plus they match up well up front with the Tennessee front court, I think all eyes point to the Tigers winning this game. 

Virginia at Louisville

Noon ET on the ACC Network

Line: Virginia -5.5

Pick: Virginia

Against the Spread: Virginia

Final Score Prediction: Virginia 67 Louisville 59

Why this pick? I don’t know if the Cardinals have still recovered from that Duke loss, I think this points to a Virginia win.

Texas at Oklahoma

Noon ET on ESPNU

Line: Oklahoma -3.5

Pick: Oklahoma

Against the Spread: Oklahoma

Final Score Prediction: Oklahoma 73 Texas 66

Why this pick? The Sooners nearly picked off Texas in Austin earlier in the season, I think they win this game and move into a comfortable position for getting an at-large. 

Marquette at Providence

Noon ET on FOX

Line: Marquette -3

Pick: Marquette

Against the Spread: Marquette 

Final Score Prediction: Marquette 78 Providence 71

Why this pick? Markus Howard had 51 at Providence last year, he may not score 51 this time but they will probably win. 

Auburn at Kentucky

1:30 PM ET on CBS

Line: Kentucky -7

Pick: Kentucky

Against the Spread: Kentucky 

Final Score Prediction: Kentucky 83 Auburn 68

Why this pick? I will not pick Auburn to win a big game until they actually will.

Ohio State at Maryland

2 PM ET on ESPN

Line: Maryland -6.5

Pick: Maryland

Against the Spread: Ohio State

Final Score Prediction: Maryland 70 Ohio State 66

Why this pick? The Buckeyes keep this one close but Maryland wins it. 

Purdue at Nebraska

2 PM ET on the Big Ten Network

Line: Purdue -4.5

Pick: Purdue 

Against the Spread: Purdue

Final Score Prediction: Purdue 76 Nebraska 65

Why this pick? The Boilermakers are rolling, Nebraska isn’t, I’ll take Purdue to win this one. 

Iowa State at TCU

2 PM ET on ESPN2

Line: Iowa State -1.5

Pick: Iowa State

Against the Spread: Iowa State

Final Score Prediction: Iowa State 76 TCU 64

Why this pick? The Cyclones are going to get revenge for a tough home loss two weeks ago by beating TCU handily. 

Florida State at North Carolina

3:45 PM ET on CBS

Line: North Carolina -7 

Pick: North Carolina

Against the Spread: North Carolina

Final Score Prediction: North Carolina 84 Florida State 65

Why this pick? The Tar Heels are rolling right now, I don’t think I would want to pick against them right now. 

Wofford at Furman

4 PM ET on ESPN3

Line: Furman -1

Pick: Wofford

Against the Spread: Wofford

Final Score Prediction: Wofford 74 Furman 70

Why this pick? First off I would like to say that it is a disgrace that this game is on ESPN3 and not something else, these two teams are too good for this network. As for the game, Wofford wins a close game. 

Oklahoma State at Kansas State

4 PM ET on ESPN2

Line: Kansas State -10

Pick: Kansas State

Against the Spread: Kansas State

Final Score Prediction: Kansas State 81 Oklahoma State 59

Why this pick? The Wildcats won handily at Oklahoma State, they’ll do the same at home. 

Duke at Syracuse 

6 PM ET on ESPN

Line: Duke -4.5

Pick: Duke

Against the Spread: Duke

Final Score Prediction: Duke

Why this pick? No Zion, No problem, I think Duke wins a big primetime game. 

Seton Hall at St. John’s

8 PM ET on Fox Sports 1

Line: St. John’s -4

Pick: St. John’s

Against the Spread: St. John’s

Final Score Prediction: St. John’s 76 Seton Hall 65

Why this pick? The Red Storm should have won in Newark but they got screwed by the refs, this will be a game they get against Seton Hall.

Kansas at Texas Tech

8 PM ET on ESPN

Line: Texas Tech -5.5 

Pick: Kansas

Against the Spread: Kansas

Final Score Prediction: Kansas 67 Texas Tech 65

Why this pick? It is late in the season and the Big 12 is up for grabs, now is when Kansas steps up and picks up a big road win. 

BYU at Gonzaga

10 PM ET on ESPN

Line: Gonzaga -20

Pick: Gonzaga

Against the Spread: Gonzaga

Final Score Prediction: Gonzaga 92 BYU 66

Why this pick? Gonzaga at home, usually that means a double digit win for Gonzaga. 

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