Tonight's Picks

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West Virginia (-5) over Villanova- WVU Coliseum in Morgantown might be the toughest road game in the nation right now. Not only do visitors have to deal with the swarming defense of Bob Huggins' Mountaineers, they also hope to dodge the debris, coins, and flagrant obscenities that have become the norm at West Virginia basketball games. Led by Da'Sean Butler and his 17PPG, WVU has ripped off six wins in a row, and they'll host a Wildcat squad fresh off Saturday's beatdown at Georgetown. There will be matchup problems all over the court tonight- 'Nova has superior guard play while the strength of the Mountaineers is their super-athletic forwards Butler, Devin Ebanks, and Kevin Jones. Also, keep an eye out for Deniz Kilicli, West Virginia's new addition from Serbia. The 6'9'' Kilici has scored 14 points in the 14 minutes he has played this season.

Texas (+2.5) over Kansas- With seven players averaging over 8 PPG on a team that puts up 84 PPG, one would think the Longhorns can score at will. However, their problem of late has been finding a second go-to scorer after Damion James. Coach Rick Barnes goes with a ten player rotation, which has led to inconsistent playing time as players struggle to find a rhythm. Has the emphasis on fresh legs prevented Texas from hitting its stride with a consistent rotation? They'll have their hands full and will need all ten hitting on all cylinders to take down the nations top-ranked Kansas Jayhawks. Kansas has pushed their winning streak to eight and their record to 22-1. Texas has lost four of six, and desperatly needs to right the ship. Bouyed by a packed house tonight in Austin, the Longhorns will pull off the upset.

James Madison (-1) over Towson- Due to all the hype surrounding rivalry week and that football game, you might have missed the news about Saturday's JMU/Towson game being postponed to tonight. Lucky for you, we've got it covered. The Dukes are led by Texas A&M transfer Denzel Bowles. While the 6'10'' forward has only played in 15 of the 23 games this season, he's been dominant in those appearances averaging over 20PPG and 9RPG. Towson is last in the Colonial Athletic Conference which automatically means they are one of the worst teams in the country. Bowles dominates in a JMU victory.

 

Overall: 64-57-1
Saturday: 4-2

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