Picks for Best Games on Saturday, March 16th

Picks for Best Games on Saturday, March 16th

It is Championship Saturday, meaning there will plenty of great games taking place throughout the day to watch. A lot of NCAA Tournament bids are up for grabs in smaller conferences, while the big conferences unleash a great night of Championship games as well. I also should mention that there are some decent non-Championship games taking place as well. I have against the spread picks for all of today’s best games. 

UMBC vs. Vermont

11 AM ET on ESPN2

Line: Vermont -10.5

Pick: UMBC

Against the Spread: UMBC

Final Score Prediction: UMBC 65 Vermont 63

Why this pick? This game will be close throughout and I will pick the Retrievers to pull off the upset.

Wisconsin vs. Michigan State

1 PM ET on CBS

Line: Michigan State -5.5

Pick: Michigan State

Against the Spread: Michigan State

Final Score Prediction: Michigan State 78 Wisconsin 68

Why this pick? The Spartans probably will win this game by 10 like they usually do.

Florida vs. Auburn

1 PM ET on ESPN

Line: Auburn -3

Pick: Auburn

Against the Spread: Auburn

Final Score Prediction: Auburn 74 Florida 68

Why this pick? I think the Tigers are the better team, I’ll pick them to win by more than three.

North Carolina Central vs. Norfolk State

1 PM ET on ESPN2

Line: Norfolk State -5

Pick: Norfolk State

Against the Spread: Norfolk State

Final Score Prediction: Norfolk State 76 North Carolina Central 65

Why this pick? This is a scenario in which I see the one seed bringing out their best performance in a Championship game.

Memphis vs. Houston

3 PM ET on ESPN2

Line: Houston -8

Pick: Houston

Against the Spread: Memphis

Final Score Prediction: Houston 71 Memphis 68

Why this pick? This game will come down to the wire, I’ll take Houston to win but the pro-Memphis crowd keeps it close.M

Tennessee vs. Kentucky

3:30 PM ET on ESPN

Line: Kentucky -1

Pick: Kentucky

Against the Spread: Kentucky

Final Score Prediction: Kentucky 73 Tennessee 68

Why this pick? The Wildcats struggled without Reid Travis but with him back in the lineup I like the Wildcats to win this one.

Kansas vs. Iowa State

6 PM ET on ESPN

Line: Kansas -1.5

Pick: Kansas

Against the Spread: Kansas

Final Score Prediction: Kansas 72 Iowa State 67

Why this pick? It would only be fitting that the Jayhawks win the Big 12 Tournament after not winning the regular season title.

San Diego State vs. Utah State

6 PM ET on CBS

Line: Utah State -6

Pick: Utah State

Against the Spread: Utah State

Final Score Prediction: Utah State 76 San Diego State 67

Why this pick? The Aggies have been the best team in the Conference all year long, they win this handily.

Texas Southern vs. Prairie View A&M

6 PM ET on ESPNU

Line: Texas Southern -1

Pick: Texas Southern

Against the Spread: Texas Southern

Final Score Prediction: Texas Southern 76 Prairie View A&M 65

Why this pick? Texas Southern always wins this conference, it won’t change in this one.

Seton Hall vs. Villanova

6:30 PM ET on FOX

Line: Villanova -4

Pick: Seton Hall

Against the Spread: Seton Hall

Final Score Prediction: Seton Hall 76 Villanova 74

Why this pick? I’ve been backing Seton Hall since this tournament began, I’ll take the Pirates in this game.

Bowling Green vs. Buffalo

7:30 PM ET on ESPN2

Line: Buffalo -10.5

Pick: Buffalo

Against the Spread: Buffalo

Final Score Prediction: Buffalo 77 Bowling Green 69

Why this pick? Buffalo wins another close game in this one to win the MAC auto bid.

Eastern Washington vs. Montana

8 PM ET on ESPNU

Line: Montana -6

Pick: Montana

Against the Spread: Montana

Final Score Prediction: Montana 76 Eastern Washington 67

Why this pick? The Grizzlies will repeat and win the Big Sky.

Florida State vs. Duke

8:30 PM ET on ESPN

Line: Duke -8

Pick: Duke

Against the Spread: Duke

Final Score Prediction: Duke 78 Florida State 67

Why this pick? I think Florida State used their best performance yesterday, this will be a letdown game for them.

Western Kentucky vs. Old Dominion

8:30 PM ET on CBS Sports Network

Line: Western Kentucky -1

Pick: Western Kentucky

Against the Spread: Western Kentucky

Final Score Prediction: Western Kentucky 76 Old Dominion 71

Why this pick? The Hiltoppers have more talent, that will play out in this game.

New Orleans vs. Abilene Christian 

9:30 PM ET on ESPN2

Line: Abilene Christian -5

Pick: Abilene Christian

Against the Spread: Abilene Christian

Final Score Prediction: Abilene Christian 84 New Orleans 75

Why this pick? Abilene Christian has been the better team throughout the season, I’ll take them over a New Orleans team that just pulled off an upset.

Grand Canyon vs. New Mexico State

10 PM ET on ESPNU

Line: New Mexico State -3.5

Pick: New Mexico State

Against the Spread: New Mexico State

Final Score Prediction: New Mexico State 72 Grand Canyon 62

Why this pick? The Aggies always seem to win the WAC, that shouldn’t change tonight.

Washington vs. Oregon

10:30 PM ET on ESPN

Line: Oregon -1.5

Pick: Oregon

Against the Spread: Oregon

Final Score Prediction: Oregon 65 Washington 68

Why this pick? The Ducks won at Washington about a week ago, same result holds in this one.

Cal State Fullerton vs. UC Irvine

Midnight ET on ESPN2

Line: UC Irvine -9.5

Pick: UC Irvine

Against the Spread: Cal State Fullerton

Final Score Prediction: UC Irvine 76 Cal State Fullerton 73

Why this pick? UC Irvine has been really good all year but asking any team to win by 10 in a Championship is hard to do.

Yesterday’s Picks: 8-6

Year to date: 389-326–17 

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