College Basketball Weekend Predictions: The Madness Begins

Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

After a weekend off, I hope to have some luck with some very interesting matchups. Let the madness begin.

SEC Action - Saturday (All times are Central)

Vanderbilt at Tennessee - 11 am on ESPN2

Who remembers what happened the last time these two schools met in a major sport in Knoxville? That's right, Vanderbilt won in the waning moments in football. Vandy is going to crush the hearts of Vol fan again Saturday. Winner: Vanderbilt.

Mississippi State at Missouri - 12:30 pm on ESPN3

The Bulldogs didn't win a game in February. A new month isn't going to change anything. Winner: Missouri.

Auburn at Alabama - 2 pm on ESPNU

The battle for the 11-13 seed in the SEC Tournament is on. I like the Tide. Winner: Alabama.

LSU at No. 1 Florida - 3 pm on CBS

Florida is going to win the game, but if anything, watch for the Patric Young/Johnny O'Bryant matchup. That's a lot of man going head-to-head. Should be a fun one. Winner: Florida.

Georgia at Arkansas - 4 pm on ESPN3

Sellout crowd. A former Razorback player-filled dunk contest for a halftime show. Coming off a win at Kentucky. The stars are aligning for Arkansas.

No. 17 Kentucky at South Carolina - 5 pm on ESPN (WHY?)

Why this game is on ESPN and not Arkansas-Georgia is beyond me. I like Kentucky in yet another underwhelming performance from the Wildcat youngsters. Winner: Kentucky.

Ole Miss at Texas A&M - 5 pm on ESPN

The Aggies may have the one player (other than Kikko Haydar) who has the energy to chase Marshall Henderson around the floor in Alex Caruso. I still don't believe he'll be enough to slow Ole Miss. Winner: Ole Miss.

Top Non-SEC Action - Saturday

No. 11 Cincinnati at UCONN - 11 am on ESPN

I'm really a fan of Cincinnati's style of ball. They may be one of the most physically imposing teams in the country. But they face the best duo of guards in the nation on their home floor. I still like Cincy to win on the road. Winner: Cinicinnati.

No. 7 Louisville at No. 21 Memphis - 1 pm on CBS

A duo of guards who would disagree with UCONN possessing the nation's best guards is on the road at Memphis this weekend. I'm still not sold on Louisville being national championship contenders, but they win in FedEx Forum Saturday. Winner: Louisville.

No. 24 Texas at Oklahoma - 3 pm on ESPN3

This is a matchup of two teams who have flirted with being relevant again this season. Texas' Javan Felix and Cameron Ridley won't be enough to win in Norman. The Red River Rivalry will carry over to basketball and Norman will be nuts Saturday. Winner: Oklahoma.

No. 4 Syracuse at No. 12 Virginia - 3 pm on ESPN

I debated flipping a coin to determine the winner of this one. Syracuse is one of my two national championship picks, but they're not playing their best ball on the road (or at home for that matter) and I'm skeptical they win at Virginia. Winner: Virginia.

No. 5 Kansas at Oklahoma State - 8 pm on ESPN

These two played a close one in Phog Allen early in conference play. Marcus Smart is back from suspension and playing extremely well, but they won't beat Kansas. Not this weekend. Winner: Kansas.

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