College Basketball Weekend Predictions

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Last week's prediction record: 9-2

Last weekend I recorded my best record yet with a final mark of 9-2. Cincinnati let me down at SMU, and Nik Stauskas couldn't score enough for the Wolverines to keep up with Roy Devyn Marble.

But nonetheless, picking nine games right has me feeling good heading into the weekend. Here is your weekend college hoops slate:

SEC Action - Saturday

Mississippi State at Auburn - 12:30 pm on ESPN3

Auburn impressed me enough against Kentucky to definitely give them the edge over a bad Mississippi State team. Classic #SECBasketballFever. Winner: Auburn.

Texas A&M at Vanderbilt - 12:30 pm on ESPN3

It's a shame that a Texas A&M team that is for the most part healthy would lose to an 8-man team, but that is exactly what is going to happen this weekend. Vandy won't drop two straight home games. Winner: Vanderbilt.

No. 3 Florida at No. 14 Kentucky - 2 pm on ESPN

I don't think Florida can make it through the conference schedule unscathed. I like Kentucky in the Rupp in front of a HOSTILE ENVIRONMENT. But even if Florida loses, I think they're still the best team in the league. UF will get their revenge in Gainesville. On a neutral floor, I like Florida. But this one is in Lexington. BBN gets it done. Winner: Kentucky.

Alabama at South Carolina - 3 pm on ESPN3

Shield your eyes or else they may bleed out. Winner: Alabama.

Tennessee at Missouri - 3 pm on ESPN2

This is a very interesting game, and could really go either way. The Vols have the talent to win a game in Columbia, but Missouri's crowd gets amped for big home games. Both teams are fighting to get into the NCAA Tournament discussion, and both need the win. Winner: Missouri.

Ole Miss at Georgia - 3 pm on ESPN3

Usually, I wouldn't go against Georgia at home, but I feel like making a change this week in favor of my guy Marshall Henderson. I like the Rebels to steal one on the road. Winner: Ole Miss.

LSU at Arkansas - 4 pm on ESPNU

Arkansas has to win at home when the program is honoring its Final Four teams, right? It just wouldn't be right. Plus, LSU isn't exactly tearing it up on away from the PMAC recently. They have lost their last three road games to Alabama, Georgia and Texas A&M. I think you get where I'm going with this.

Top Non-SEC Action - Saturday

No. 20 Memphis at No. 24 UCONN - 11 am on ESPN

It's hard to go against UCONN at home, especially with Shabazz Napier (RIP, Bazz's rattail) and Ryan Boatright. Memphis recently logged a nice non-conference home win over Gonzaga, and will come into Storrs looking for a fight. I like UCONN to win that fight, though. Winner: UNCONN.

No. 25 Pittsburgh at North Carolina - Noon on CBS

Raise your hand if you would be surprised if UNC were to knock off Pitt, after the Panthers were better than Syracuse for 39:56 of the game. Didn't think so. Winner: UNC.

West Virginia at No. 19 Texas - 7 pm on THE LONGHORN NETWORK

This game should be on national television, people. Huggy Bear has WVU playing fantastic ball, beating the likes of Baylor, Kansas State, Oklahoma and Iowa State recently. And the Longhorns are finally relevant again, winning eight of nine and cracking the top 20. I like Texas in a close ball game. I also wouldn't be shocked if Eron Harris and Juwan Staten took one from Rick Barnes in his own building. Winner: Texas.

Sunday's Action

No. 21 Wisconsin at No. 15 Michigan - Noon on CBS

Michigan taking one from THE Ohio State was just the way the Wolverines needed to start a brutal three-game stretch before Wisconsin and Sparty come to Ann Arbor. I lost out on my Michigan pick last weekend, but I'm sticking with them. I don't know if the Badgers have a player to match up with Glenn Robinson III or Nik Stauskas. Winner: Michigan.

No. 6 Villanova at No. 18 Creighton - 4 pm on Fox Sports 1

Creighton made all of the threes in the first matchup, setting a Big East record with 21 made threes en route to blowing out Villanova on their own floor. I like Creighton again, but the Jays better prepare for Villanova. They'll come in angry. Winner: Creighton.

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