Picks for Best Games on Saturday, March 2nd
March is here and this is the first Saturday in March, meaning there are massive amounts of quality matchups to pick from. Whether looking for bubble games, to conference races, to seeding purposes, today’s games will have a huge impact on all those things. Promptly I have a bunch of against the spread picks for all of today’s biggest games.
LSU at Alabama
Noon ET on ESPN
Line: LSU -1.5
Against the Spread: LSU
Final Score Prediction: LSU 74 Alabama 69
Why this pick? This game could go either way but I think picking the team that is winning their games comfortably is a good decision.
NC State at Florida State
Noon ET on ESPN2
Line: Florida State -6.5
Pick: Florida State
Against the Spread: Florida State
Final Score Prediction: Florida State 76 NC State 56
Why this pick? The Seminoles are always good at home, NC State doesn’t show up a lot of times, the smart pick I think is Florida state.
Michigan State at Indiana
Noon ET on FOX
Line: Michigan State -6
Pick: Michigan State
Against the Spread: Michigan State
Final Score Prediction: Michigan State 78 Indiana 65
Why this pick? The Spartans lost at home to Indiana last month, I think they get their revenge in this game.
Ole Miss at Arkansas
1 PM ET on the SEC Network
Line: Arkansas -1
Against the Spread: Arkansas
Final Score Prediction: Arkansas 76 Ole Miss 67
Why this pick? I think coming off a tough loss to Tennessee, the Rebels might have a letdown game in this one.
Kentucky at Tennessee
2 PM ET on CBS
Line: Tennessee -2.5
Against the Spread: Tennessee
Final Score Prediction: Tennessee 78 Kentucky 65
Why this pick? I think Tennessee will have some extra motivation after the last Kentucky game and they will beat the Wildcats by double digits.
Ohio State at Purdue
2 PM ET on ESPN
Line: Purdue -12
Against the Spread: Purdue
Final Score Prediction: Purdue 76 Ohio State 56
Why this pick? Without their big man inside, the Buckeyes should struggle and fall big.
Wofford at Samford
2 PM ET on ESPN+
Line: Wofford -9
Against the Spread: Wofford
Final Score Prediction: Wofford 89 Samford 64
Why this pick? Wofford completes a perfect conference record by beating Samford handily.
Butler at Villanova
2 PM ET on FOX
Line: Villanova -7.5
Against the Spread: Villanova
Final Score Prediction: Villanova
Why this pick? The Wildcats might be in a slump right now but the last thing I want to do is pick them to lose in Philly.
Iowa State at Texas
2 PM ET on ESPN2
Line: Iowa State -1
Against the Spread: Texas
Final Score Prediction: Texas 73 Iowa State 68
Why this pick? The Longhorns desperately need a big win, I think they get it in this game.
Texas Tech at TCU
4 PM ET on ESPN2
Line: Texas Tech -3.5
Against the Spread: TCU
Final Score Prediction: TCU 76 Texas Tech 70
Why this pick? This is about the point in the season where Big 12 teams fall off and Kansas wins the Big 12 again.
Mississippi State at Auburn
4 PM ET on ESPNU
Line: Auburn -5
Pick: Mississippi State
Against the Spread: Mississippi State
Final Score Prediction: Mississippi State 75 Auburn 71
Why this pick? Auburn hasn’t won a game this season that at the time of the game was a Quadrant one opponent, that stays the same in this game.
UCF at Houston
4 PM ET on ESPN
Line: Houston -7.5
Against the Spread: UCF
Final Score Prediction: Houston 62 UCF 56
Why this pick? First one to 60 wins, I think Houston gets there first but they don’t win by eight.
North Carolina at Clemson
6 PM ET on ESPN
Line: North Carolina -4
Pick: North Carolina
Against the Spread: North Carolina
Final Score Prediction: North Carolina 78 Clemson 70
Why this pick? Clemson could really use a win in this one to get an at-large bid, I don’t see it happening though.
Seton Hall at Georgetown
6:30 PM ET on CBS Sports Network
Line: Georgetown -2
Against the Spread: Georgetown
Final Score Prediction: Georgetown 76 Seton Hall 70
Why this pick? Mac McClung and the Hoyas win this one at home, it would be a different story in a different venue.
Baylor at Kansas State
8 PM ET on ESPN2
Line: Kansas State -6
Pick: Kansas State
Against the Spread: Kansas State
Final Score Prediction: Kansas State 78 Baylor 67
Why this pick? Kansas state seems to have Baylor’s number in recent years, I’ll look for that to continue in this one.
Nevada at Utah State
8:30 PM ET on CBS Sports Network
Line: Nevada -1.5
Against the Spread: Nevada
Final Score Prediction: Nevada 74 Utah State 68
Why this pick? This is a big game, one of these teams is used to those, the other isn’t.
St. Mary’s at Gonzaga
10 PM ET on ESPN
Line: Gonzaga -9.5
Against the Spread: Gonzaga
Final Score Prediction: Gonzaga 93 St. Mary’s 68
Why this pick? The Bulldogs have won by 20 in this gym when they haven’t been this good, taking them here seems like an easy pick.
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