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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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