Picks for Best Games on Saturday, March 9th

Picks for Best Games on Saturday, March 9th

It is the last Saturday of the regular season, meaning that there are all sorts of great games to pick from. The headline game is Duke at North Carolina, although my eyes will be on Belmont-Murray State and Michigan-Michigan State. All of these games, plus a bunch of other great games makes today a big day. Here are my against the spread picks for all of the days best games. 

Villanova at Seton Hall

Noon ET on FOX

Line: Villanova -2.5

Pick: Villanova

Against the Spread: Villanova

Final Score Prediction: Villanova 72 Seton Hall 65

Why this pick? This is a coin flip game but I will rely upon Villanova to win a big game. 

Tennessee at Auburn

Noon ET on ESPN

Line: Tennessee -1.5

Pick: Tennessee

Against the Spread: Tennessee

Final Score Prediction: Tennessee 73 Auburn 65

Why this pick? Auburn hasn’t beat a Top-20 team yet this year, they aren’t going to get their first of the season against this Tennessee team. 

Syracuse at Clemson

Noon ET on CBS

Line: Clemson -5

Pick: Syracuse

Against the Spread: Syracuse

Final Score Prediction: Syracuse 69 Clemson 68

Why this pick? This will be close, I just think it is more likely that Syracuse wins this game, as Clemson blows another game. 

TCU at Texas

Noon ET on ESPN2

Line: Texas -6

Pick: Texas

Against the Spread: Texas

Final Score Prediction: Texas 76 TCU 65

Why this pick? I don’t think TCU has the bodies to stay up with Texas, the Longhorns just are too physical and they are playing well.

Florida at Kentucky

2 PM ET on CBS

Line: Kentucky -10

Pick: Kentucky

Against the Spread: Florida

Final Score Prediction: Kentucky 68 Florida 60

Why this pick? This game will be close and low-scoring, the Wildcats win but not by double-digits. 

Baylor at Kansas

2 PM ET on ESPN

Line: Kansas -7.5

Pick: Kansas

Against the Spread: Kansas 

Final Score Prediction: Kansas 78 Baylor 65

Why this pick? Picking against Kansas in Allen Fieldhouse is a bold strategy, I’m not being bold with this game. 

Texas Tech at Iowa State

2 PM ET on ESPN News

Line: Texas Tech -2

Pick: Texas Tech

Against the Spread: Texas Tech

Final Score Prediction: Texas Tech 76 Iowa State 64

Why this pick? With the way these two teams are playing right now, picking Texas Tech is the easy choice. 

Louisville at Virginia

4 PM ET on ESPN

Line: Virginia -13

Pick: Virginia

Against the Spread: Virginia

Final Score Prediction: Virginia 76 Louisville 54

Why this pick? Virginia on senior day should put on a show, they win this one handily. 

UCF at Temple

4 PM ET on ESPN2

Line: Even

Pick: Temple

Against the Spread: Temple

Final Score Prediction: Temple 72 UCF 59

Why this pick? The Knights are playing well as of late but I think they have a down game and they lose to a desperate Temple team. 

Arizona State at Arizona

4 PM ET on CBS

Line: Arizona -1

Pick: Arizona

Against the Spread: Arizona

Final Score Prediction: Arizona 84 Arizona State 76

Why this pick? Picking Arizona State to win a big road game for their at-large stakes is going to be a no from me. 

St. John’s at Xavier

5 PM ET on FOX

Line: Xavier -2.5

Pick: Xavier

Against the Spread: Xavier

Final Score Prediction: Xavier 78 St. John’s 72

Why this pick? The Musketeers won at the Lou Carnesecca Center a couple weeks ago, I think they should be able to win a home game. 

Duke at North Carolina

6 PM ET on ESPN

Line: North Carolina -3.5

Pick: North Carolina

Against the Spread: North Carolina 

Final Score Prediction: North Carolina 76 Duke 70

Why this pick? Likely no Zion in this game, plus North Carolina is playing at home. This is the best time to pick Duke to lose. 

Oklahoma at Kansas State

6 PM ET on ESPN2

Line: Kansas State -7

Pick: Kansas State

Against the Spread: Kansas State 

Final Score Prediction: Kansas State 76 Oklahoma 64

Why this pick? Oklahoma is coming off a big win against Kansas, plus the Wildcats know that they win the Big 12 with a win, they will probably show out for this one. 

Belmont vs. Murray State

8 PM ET on ESPN2

Line: Belmont -2

Pick: Belmont

Against the Spread: Belmont

Final Score Prediction: Belmont 83 Murray State 76

Why this pick? This will be an entertaining game that will probably go back and forth, I think Belmont is able to make the last push to win this game.

Michigan at Michigan State

8 PM ET on ESPN

Line: Michigan State -3.5

Pick: Michigan

Against the Spread: Michigan 

Final Score Prediction: Michigan 

Why this pick? I think the Wolverines win this game as payback for the game a Michigan State won two weeks ago. 

Yesterday’s Picks: 5-3

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