Today is the first Saturday of 2023. That means college basketball Saturdays packed with conference games. So grab your remote, fluff those cushions, check your pantry to make sure your popcorn stash is fully supplied, and prepare yourself physically and mentally for this weekend. Please. Saturday is the day you want to be glued to the college exam tube.
There’s a lot of action set as 19 ranked teams take to the court, and adding to the drama is the trickle-down effect these games have on conference races across the country.
I called the staff and selected a few doozies on both straight-up and spread-slate dials.
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Featured games | | Wyoming Cowboys vs. San Diego State Aztecs
4:00 PM | CBS, CBSSports.com, CBS Sports App (Free) — Wyoming got off to a frustrating start after being voted second in the Mountain West behind San Diego. The Cowboys are missing star big man Graham Ike through injury and have yet to play this season. They’ll have their hands full with the Aztec sniper tandem of Darrion Trammell and Matt Bradley. The Aztecs should be able to use that defense to pull away in the second half. Pick: San Diego State -8 (Cobb)
Featured games | | Auburn Tigers vs. Arkansas Razorbacks
8:30 PM | SEC Network, fuboTV (try it free) — Arkansas being two studs short of Trevon Brazil and Nick Smith Jr., especially considering this is the Tigers’ home game, will likely push bettors to Auburn’s side. But I’m turning here to roll with Musbas and Arkansas. This team is capable enough and deep enough to win without going all out. A 1-2 scoring combo between Ricky Council IV and Anthony Black is enough for the Hoggs to win a great road his win. Prediction: Arkansas +1.5 (boone)
Featured games | | Connecticut Huskies vs. Clayton Blue Jays
Noon | Fox, fuboTV (try it for free) — UConn came into the game injured after losing their last two games after a 14-0 start, while Clayton was out after a six-game skid over several weeks from late November to mid-December. , it looks like he finally got off the mat on a three-game winning streak. I like the one with momentum now. The Bluejays are a formidable test for any team and now that Ryan Kalkbrenner is back in the lineup, I think they will match his UConn very well. Pick: Clayton +8 (Boone)
Featured games | | Missouri Tigers vs. Vanderbilt Commodores
12:00 PM | CBS, CBSSports.com, CBS Sports App (Free) — Missouri’s lack of interior size could be a problem against Vanderbilt Center’s Liam Robbins, who finished with 22 points, 7 rebounds and 6 blocks in a victory over a similarly small South Carolina team earlier this week. There is. Robbins is a true 7-footer who challenges the Tigers’ defense. Missouri should win straight at home, but it could be closer than expected. Pick: Vanderbilt +9 (Cobb)
Featured games | | Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Kentucky Wildcats
1 PM | ESPN, fuboTV (try it free) — Alabama won, Kentucky narrowly covered. It’s hard to see how Kentucky’s offensive slogans can keep pace with Alabama’s well-oiled offensive machine, led by Brandon Miller. Nonetheless, it always seems to find a way to keep things close.If Oskar Zibwe can maintain his paint dominance, Alabama will be terribly frightened, but that’s not enough. Pick: Kentucky +6 (Boone)
Featured games | | Mississippi State Bulldogs vs. Ole Miss Rebels
2:00 PM | CBS, CBSSports.com, CBS Sports App (Free) —Oddly enough, the final four games between Mississippi State and Ole Miss were decided in double digits, with each team winning two contests. But that trend should come to an end on Saturday in a battle between two defensively oriented teams. The Rebels and Bulldogs are both struggling in scoring and every possession should be a fight as both teams try to avoid starting 0-3 league play. look for Pick: Olemis +5 (Cobb)
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