We are simply three weeks away from Selection Sunday i, of us. Four! That’s 22 days from Saturday. Just over 500 hours. 32,000 minutes (and alter). But who’s counting, proper? That creeping deadline means convention races are coming all the way down to the wire throughout the nation as groups jockey for NCAA Tournament seeding, and the stakes for every recreation from right here on out get ratcheted up a notch. It’s why Saturday’s slate of video games, with March Madness almost upon us, must be a pleasant little appetizer to whet your faculty hoops whistle forward of subsequent month. On faucet are six top-10 groups taking the court docket, 4 of whom are on the street, together with vital showdowns within the Big 12, SEC, Big Ten, Big East and — OK, you get it: in every single place. So to get the juicing flowing for the large day forward, our employees has executed the leg work to make picks straight up and towards the unfold for Saturday’s massive video games beneath.
UConn at No. 10 Villanova
When: 1 p.m. | Where: Finneran Pavilion in Villanova, Pennsylvania TV: Fox | Live stream: fuboTV (Try without cost) UConn may actually use a win of this magnitude to soundly propel itself onto the best aspect of the event bubble. And after welcoming again James Bouknight this week, who returned from damage with a bang, I’m going to present the Huskies a vote of confidence on this spot. Villanova is the higher staff with the higher document, however UConn is a distinct staff with Bouknight and desires this one unhealthy. Could be likelihood to kick Nova whereas its down after it took a surprisingly lopsided loss by the hands of Creighton final Saturday. Prediction: UConn 78, Villanova 74. — Kyle Boone Kentucky at No. 19 Tennessee
When: 1 p.m. | Where: Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, Tennessee TV: CBS | Live stream: CBSSports.com, CBS Sports App (Free) OTT: CBS Sports App (Apple TV, Roku, Fire TV, Chromecast)
Prediction: Tennessee is the higher staff, however Kentucky is taking part in at the next degree than it was in the course of the first assembly simply two weeks in the past. The Volunteers ought to win, nevertheless it is likely to be nearer than most individuals assume. Prediction: Tennessee 71, Kentucky 67 — David Cobb No. 15 Texas Tech at No. 23 Kansas
When: 2 p.m. | Where: Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, KansasTV: ESPN | Live stream: fuboTV (Try without cost) During Kansas’ four-game successful streak, just one win — Oklahoma State — got here towards a staff that has received multiple recreation in Big 12 play. So that streak is a tad deceptive. Still, KU appears to be determining its protection because the season wears on. So if it is a defensive battle just like the final time these two groups met, I just like the Jayhawks to get the season sweep. And that is certainly how I believe this one may form up. Prediction: Kansas 71, Texas Tech 67. — Kyle Boone
No. 13 West Virginia at No. 12 Texas
When: 3 p.m. | Where: Frank Erwin Center in Austin, TexasTV: ABC | Live stream: fuboTV (Try without cost) Between COVID interruptions and unhealthy fortunes in shut video games, Texas’ 10-1 begin to the season has became a 13-5 document total after a rocky month. But every week layover after two consecutive wins must be time sufficient to assist propel it to one in every of its largest video games remaining within the common season. At full power, I just like the Longhorns right here to get the season sweep on the Mountaineers. Talented, deep and skilled sufficient to present West Virginia actual suits the place its strengths lie. Prediction: Texas 80, West Virginia 74. — Kyle Boone No. 5 Illinois at Minnesota
Illinois Fighting Illini
When: 3:30 p.m. | Where: Williams Arena in Minneapolis, MinnesotaTV: Fox | Live stream: fuboTV (Try without cost)
As a house staff this season, Minnesota is 9-4-1 towards the unfold and an ideal 4-0 ATS as a house canine. So, no, I can not convey myself to fade the Golden Gophers right here. Not even towards an Illini staff that is received six straight. Illinois, an upset alert has been issued. Norlander and I are driving Minnesota in an upset choose. Prediction: Minnesota 74, Illinois 71. — Kyle Boone No. 7 Virginia at Duke
When: 8 p.m. | Where: Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, North CarolinaTV: ESPN | Live stream: fuboTV (Try without cost) The lack of Jalen Johnson for Duke is a tricky blow, however the Blue Devils have seemed positive –even, dare I say, good! — throughout their current two-game win streak. Additionally, they completely want this one to protect any longshot likelihood of attending to the tourney. After UVA’s beatdown by the hands of Florida State, I’m satisfied Duke can provide the Cavaliers a recreation. Prediction: Duke 69, Virginia 67. — Kyle Boone
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