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College Basketball Weekend Predictions: Movin' On Up

Last weekend's prediction results: 8-3

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I am relatively proud of myself for calling the Oklahoma win at Baylor, but I should have known better than to go against Kansas in Phog Allen, although OSU almost went into KU and stole one for the second straight year.

SEC Action - Saturday

Vanderbilt at Texas A&M - Noon CST on ESPNU

The Alex Caruso and Jamal Jones combo in College Station has been one of the conference's early surprises. Arkansas could sure use Jones' scoring ability right now. Winner: Texas A&M.

Georgia at No. 14 Kentucky - 12:30 pm CST on ESPN3

There is absolutely no chance Georgia keeps this close. I see Julius Randle having a 20-15 type of game. Winner: Kentucky.

Tennessee at No. 6 Florida - 3 pm CST on ESPN

As crazy as this sounds, Tennessee has won three straight in this series. I expect Tennessee to give Florida a test at home, but for the Gators to win. Winner: Florida.

Mississippi State at Ole Miss - 3 pm CST on ESPN3

Ole Miss can become of the top teams (record-wise) in the conference with a win. I think they get it done. Winner: Ole Miss.

South Carolina at Missouri - 3 pm CST on ESPN3

This game seems like the perfect opportunity for a Frank Haith letdown. Does it happen, though? Probably not. Winner: Missouri.

Auburn at Arkansas - 5 pm CST on ESPN3

Auburn is in the midst of snatching the SEC record for consecutive conference losses. Sitting at 15 straight L's, if they can't win in Bud Walton Arena Saturday, they will have to beat rival Alabama to avoid the record on the night the Iron Bowl trophy is presented.

LSU at Alabama - 7 pm CST on ESPN2

Remember when I wrote earlier in the week about coaches that over-coach their philosophy? That's Anthony Grant. All of the athletes on his squad and he wants to play games in the 60s. I'm not impressed by the Tide. Winner: LSU.

Top Non-SEC Games - Saturday

Florida State at No. 18 Duke - 11 am CST on ESPN

The winner of the game puts themselves in good position in the conference standings, the loser could possibly fall out of the race. And I can't go against Duke in Cameron Indoor. Winner: Duke.

Texas at No. 24 Baylor - 12:30 pm CST on ESPN3

Texas is playing well of late, Baylor isn't, but I have to go with Brady Heslip and Baylor in a rebound effort. Winner: Baylor.

No. 22 Kansas State at No. 16 Iowa State - 12:45 pm CST on ESPN3

DeAndre Kane needs to spark this Cyclones team and bring back some of the Hilton Magic. In the rough and tough Big 12, the Cyclones can't afford another loss. They bounce back in a big way. Winner: Iowa State.

No. 21 Michigan at No. 3 Michigan State - 6 pm CST on ESPN

I'm concerned the Spartans health will be an issue, especially with my guy Branden Dawson and big man Adreian Payne being out. I think I have to go with the Wolverines with the Spartans somewhat depleted due to injury. Seems like Izzo's team is never 100 percent. Nick Stauskas and Glenn Robinson III get it done. Winner: Michigan.


California at UCLA - 7 pm CST on ESPNU

UCLA and Cal fall into a tie with a UCLA win, but at this point, everyone is just chasing Arizona. I really like Cal's team this year after watching them play Arkansas in Maui, and I'm taking them to get a win in Hollywood. Winner: California.