Record ATS: 41-27
#19 Wisconsin vs. #7 Michigan (-6)
This game at the ass crack of noon could shape up to be the best matchup of the day besides Duke vs. Virginia. The Badgers are riding a 6-game heater, and I really like the way they’ve been playing lately. Michigan hasn’t looked the way they once did at the beginning of the season. Wisconsin won the first game between these two powerhouses, but it will be tough for them to repeat as they are on the road for this one. I think Wisconsin has a good chance at pulling off the upset, but I see them at least covering. Wisco +6.
#5 Kentucky (-4.5) vs. Mississippi State
Kentucky has been trending up since they got their doors blown off by Duke a couple months ago. They’ve been about as under the radar as a Kentucky team can be. They are on a 9-game winning streak, and I really like the style of basketball they are playing this year. They have skill on the perimeter and the team as a whole doesn’t have to rely on freak athleticism like recent Kentucky teams. The Wildcats have been playing lockdown defense, allowing 58 ppg on their recent tear. I’m all blue in this matchup. Take Kentucky -4.5.
#14 Villanova vs. #10 Marquette (-1.5)
My eyes will be glued to the TV for the Big East game of the day. St. John’s has been the only team to figure out Marquette this year, losing both of their conference games to them. Villanova has won their last eleven which has been a huge turnaround since their 8-4 start. Paschall and Booth are both experienced players. It’s not surprising they have finally figured out how to play with the young guns. The best player on the court will be Markus Howard for Marquette. I expect him to drop 30 and the Housers to light it up from the perimeter. Villanova hasn’t passed my eye test yet, but Marquette certainly has. I like Marquette -1.5.
#16 Texas Tech (-1) vs. Oklahoma
Texas Tech hasn’t taken advantage of the wide open Big 12. They have had good and bad games, like all teams this year. The Red Raiders have beaten who they should win against but struggled against their tough opponents. Luckily for the them, Oklahoma is a team who they should beat. They’re on a three-game slide against the likes of Iowa St., West Virginia, and Baylor. Oklahoma stinks on ice, and I don’t think their home court can mask their odor for this one. Tech -1 is the play here.
Kansas State vs. Baylor (-3)
After a win against rival Kansas, K-State is coming into Waco with their chests puffed out and a little pep in their step. A win today should shoot them into the top-25, which is pretty impressive when you share a state with the most storied program in CBB history. I like both of these teams, but Kansas State has proven they can win on the road. They’re 3-2 in Big 12 play away from home. Any time you have a record above .500 on the road, that’s enough to impress me. This will be a close game all 40 minutes, but the Wildcats are going to end up on top. K-State +3 is the move.
Washington vs. Arizona State (-1)
The Pac-12 continues to disappoint in football and in basketball this season. Those west coast left-leaners have forgotten how to play sports in recent years it seems. The Huskies possess a 19-4 record and that isn’t even enough for them to sniff the Top 25. Arizona State has been more volatile than the stock market this season. I don’t have a lick of faith in them. Washington is essentially the Syracuse of the west, controlling the game with a matchup zone that they will fall back in no matter what. Somehow the Huskies are not favored in this one, which gives them my bid for Chatter Brain’s lock of the day. Get this line while you can. Huskies +1.