Picks for Best Games on Saturday, January 19th

Picks for Best Games on Saturday, January 19th

It is Saturday and conference play has begun, which means that today’s slate of games is going to be fun and the day is stacked with big games. There will be great games taking place throughout the day, however, it is not until tonight that the best game takes place, as that is when Virginia travels to Durham to take on Duke. That game should be fun, although the day should be filled with fun matchups throughout the day. Here are my pick’s for each of today’s best games. 

North Carolina at Miami

Noon ET on ESPN2

Line: North Carolina -6

Pick: North Carolina

Against the Spread: North Carolina 

Final Score Prediction: North Carolina 87 Miami 70

Why this pick? The Tar Heels are going to win this game and I would even say they are more likely to win in blowout style as well.

Michigan at Wisconsin

Noon ET on ESPN

Line: Michigan -2.5

Pick: Michigan 

Against the Spread: Michigan 

Final Score Prediction: Michigan 69 Wisconsin 60

Why this pick? The Wolverines are unbeaten thus far, I think it would be wise not to bet against them remaining unbeaten, especially with such a small spread. 

Arkansas at Ole Miss

Noon ET on the SEC Network

Line: Ole Miss -6.5

Pick: Ole Miss

Against the Spread: Ole Miss 

Final Score Prediction: Ole Miss 76 Arkansas 60

Why this pick? The Rebels are likely going to rebound after a loss to a really good LSU team by beating Arkansas handily. 

Alabama at Tennessee

2 PM ET on ESPN2

Line: Tennessee -12.5

Pick: Tennessee

Against the Spread: Tennessee

Final Score Prediction: Tennessee 78 Alabama 62

Why this pick? Tennessee usually wins these types of games handily, I’ll pick them to do so here. 

West Virginia at Kansas


Line: Kansas -5.5

Pick: Kansas

Against the Spread: Kansas 

Final Score Prediction: Kansas 73 West Virginia 60

Why this pick? West Virginia isn’t playing well right now and has lost already at home to Oklahoma State, they probably will do the same against Kansas.

Indiana at Purdue

2 PM ET on FOX

Line: Purdue -7

Pick: Purdue

Against the Spread: Indiana

Final Score Prediction: Purdue 71 Indiana 65

Why this pick? Purdue is a good team but I don’t think they deserve to be seven point favorites, I think they win but it will be close.

Kentucky at Auburn


Line: Auburn -4.5

Pick: Kentucky

Against the Spread: Kentucky

Final Score Prediction: Kentucky 78 Auburn 70

Why this pick? The Wildcats enter as underdogs which seems about right but I think they get up for this one and pull off an upset. 

TCU at Kansas State

4 PM ET on ESPN2

Line: Kansas State -1

Pick: Kansas State

Against the Spread: Kansas State

Final Score Prediction: Kansas State 71 TCU 66

Why this pick? Give me the team that is on fire right now in this one. 


4 PM ET on CBS

Line: USC -2

Pick: UCLA

Against the Spread: UCLA

Final Score Prediction: UCLA 76 USC 66

Why this pick? I think UCLA sucks the least out of these two teams, that being said I wouldn’t recommend betting on PAC-12 basketball.

St. John’s at Butler

4:30 PM ET on FOX

Line: Butler -5.5

Pick: St. John’s

Against the Spread: St. John’s 

Final Score Prediction: St. John’s 75 Butler 70

Why this pick? The Bulldogs aren’t exactly dominant at home, I think the Red Storm come into Hinkle and pick up a big win. 

Texas Tech at Baylor

6 PM ET on ESPN2

Line: Texas Tech -2.5

Pick: Texas Tech

Against the Spread: Texas Tech

Final Score Prediction:  Texas Tech 67 Baylor 60

Why this pick? The spread is too small for me not to pick Texas Tech. 

Virginia at Duke


Line: Duke -2

Pick: Duke

Against the Spread: Duke 

Final Score Prediction: Duke 68 Virginia 62

Why this pick? Duke at home is usually a smart bet, especially when they are only two point favorites. 

Furman at Wofford

7 PM ET on ESPN+

Pick: Wofford

Against the Spread: Wofford

Final Score Prediction: Wofford 85 Furman 67

Why this pick? Furman has started to slow down as of late, while Wofford is getting better, I think the Terriors win this one handily.

Oklahoma at Texas

8 PM ET on the Longhorn Network

Line: Texas -4

Pick: Oklahoma

Against the Spread: Oklahoma

Final Score Prediction: Oklahoma 76 Texas 73

Why this pick? Oklahoma is the better team, I think they win in Austin against a streaky Texas team. 

Mississippi State at Vanderbilt

8:30 PM ET on the SEC Network

Line: Mississippi State -3

Pick: Mississippi State

Against the Spread: Mississippi State

Final Score Prediction: Mississippi State 79 Vanderbilt 65

Why this pick? I think the Bulldogs win a tough road game pretty handily.

Yesterday’s Picks: 1-2

Year to date: 201-160-12

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