Picks for Best Games on Saturday, January 5th

Picks for Best Games on Saturday, January 5th

Today is going to be a full slate of games as this is really the first weekend with conference play, as a result there are lots of games to track and a ton of picks to be made. No game stands out as a blockbuster game but there are multiple Top-25 teams on the road, 

Michigan State at Ohio State

Noon ET on FOX

Line: Michigan State -3

Pick: Ohio State

Against the Spread: Ohio State

Final Score Prediction: Ohio State 67 Michigan State 64

Why this pick? I don’t think either team wins this one by more than 7, so I think it is probably smart to take the points and I may as well take Ohio State in the process. 

Syracuse at Notre Dame

Noon ET on the ACC Network

Line: Syracuse -2

Pick: Syracuse

Against the Spread: Syracuse

Final Score Prediction: Syracuse 67 Notre Dame 61

Why this pick? Both teams haven’t been good, Notre Dame has had about a billion injuries this year, Syracuse doesn’t run good offense. I’ll take Syracuse but I’m not sure they win. 

Creighton at Butler

Noon ET on Fox Sports 1

Line: Butler -3 

Pick: Creighton

Against the Spread: Creighton 

Final Score Prediction: Creighton 78 Butler 67

Why this pick? Yes Butler is actually favored in this game, I would have taken Creighton if they were favored by three. 

North Carolina at Pittsburgh

Noon ET on the ACC Network

Line: North Carolina -8.5

Pick: North Carolina

Against the Spread: North Carolina

Final Score Prediction: North Carolina 99 Pittsburgh 76

Why this pick? I’ve liked what I have seen out of Pittsburgh this year, I’ve been disappointed by North Carolina this year, that being said it is pretty clear which team is better. 

Kentucky at Alabama


Line: Kentucky -4

Pick: Kentucky 

Against the Spread: Kentucky

Final Score Prediction: Kentucky 76 Alabama 64

Why this pick? Kentucky appears to be on a roll of late, I think that continues as they roll Alabama. 

St. John’s at Georgetown

1 PM ET on CBS

Line: St. John’s -1.5

Pick: St. John’s

Against the Spread: St. John’s 

Final Score Prediction: St. John’s 87 Georgetown 79

Why this pick? I get that this could be a tough environment for the Red Storm to play in but their past two games have shown that they are really good, I think they continue to play well as they win this game on the road. 

Oklahoma State at Oklahoma

2 PM ET on ESPN3

Line: Oklahoma -11

Pick: Oklahoma

Against the Spread: Oklahoma State

Final Score Prediction: Oklahoma 73 Oklahoma State 66

Why this pick? This rivalry is always close, Oklahoma has kept games close against worse teams than Oklahoma State already this year, I will take Oklahoma to win but Oklahoma State to cover. 

Villanova at Providence

2 PM ET on FOX

Line: Villanova -3

Pick: Villanova 

Against the Spread: Villanova

Final Score Prediction: Villanova 78 Providence 65

Why this pick? The Friars have already lost at home against teams like Umass and Creighton, losing to Villanova by more than 3 shouldn’t be an issue. 

Kansas State at Texas Tech


Line: Texas Tech -11

Pick: Texas Tech

Against the Spread: Texas Tech 

Final Score Prediction: Texas Tech 57 Kansas State 34

Why this pick? This game is going to be ugly, so shield your eyes and maybe watch another game. As for the result of the game, Texas Tech should roll to a blowout win over an injured Kansas State team. 

Florida State at Virginia

3 PM ET on ESPN2

Line: Virginia -8

Pick: Virginia

Against the Spread: Virginia 

Final Score Prediction: Virginia 67 Florida State 55

Why this pick? This one should be close but the killer trio of Kyle Guy, Ty Jerome, and De’Andre Hunter should lift Virginia to a comfortable win. 

Kansas at Iowa State

5 PM ET on ESPN2

Line: Iowa State -1

Pick: Kansas

Against the Spread: Kansas

Final Score Prediction: Kansas 74 Iowa State 70

Why this pick? Kansas has struggled of late but they have a history of winning close games in Big 12 play, I will act on that history and pick the Jayhawks to pick up a road win at Iowa State. 

Clemson at Duke


Line: Duke -16

Pick: Duke

Against the Spread: Clemson

Final Score Prediction: Duke 76 Clemson 65

Why this pick? Duke will win this one comfortably but I think Clemson will at least keep this one close. 

West Virginia at Texas

9 PM ET on ESPN2

Line: Texas -7

Pick: Texas

Against the Spread: West Virginia

Final Score Prediction: Texas 70 West Virginia 67

Why this pick? Texas has had a tendency to keep games close, especially at home. I think Texas wins but West Virginia closed. 

Yesterday’s Picks: 1-1

Year to date: 162-122-11

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