Every weekend seems to bring a new slate of great in-conference games and the occasional big name non-conference games. We've got all the picks you're interested in right here, and SFBE will be blogging all afternoon during this college hoops feast.
Rutgers @ Seton Hall(-6):Take Seton Hall- It's been a nightmarish year for the Pirates, but they finally have Jeff Robinson, Jeremy Hazell, and Herb Pope all playing together again. This team is too talented offensively to not win some Big East games down the stretch, and they'll start today against rival Rutgers.
Villanova @ Syracuse(-6):Take Syracuse- Both teams coming off losses to UCONN and PITT respectively. Even in a loss though, Syracuse got valuable minutes from reserves Southerland, Waiters, and Fair. That trio won't get quite the burn today because injured star Kris Joseph WILL suit up and start in front of a record crowd at the Carrier Dome. The Orange will make Villanova shoot three's, something that the Wildcats, with the exception of Corey Stokes, struggle at. It should be a great ball game with Syracuse holding serve in the end.
Kansas State @ Texas A&M(-5.5):Take Texas A&M- After getting stomped in Austin, the Aggies will be glad to return to their ugly home court at College Station. They'll also be glad that a dejected Kansas State team will be coming to town. Beyond being an NCAA rule breaker, Jacob Pullen is a pouter which inherently means he's an awful leader. This Wildcat team is lost, and Khris Middleton is one of the top scorers nobody knows about for A&M.
Tennessee @ Connecticut(-6.5):Take Connecticut- Tennessee must be feeling pretty good about themselves after two comeback victories and being courted all day at ESPN yesterday. They're in for a wake- up call in the form of Big East basketball. Kemba Walker is having a historic year for the Huskies, and UCONN is one of the best rebounding teams in the nation. They'll not only box out Brian Williams, they won't let him go over the back for rebounds either.
Clemson @ Maryland(-6.5):Take Maryland- A 1-3 record in the ACC for the Terps is very misleading. This is a good basketball team with stats comparable to any top team in the nation...they're just highly inconsistent. When Maryland plays through Jordan Williams in the post, they are at their best, but when they allow their mediocre guards to launch three after three, they really struggle. I see Maryland topping a limited Clemson team.
Cincinnati @ St. John's(-2.5):Take St. John's- Basketball in 'da City' has been revived this year, thanks to Amare Stoudamire and the St. John's Red Storm. The Johnnies got smoked out of Louisville earlier this week and will be ready to bounce back at MSG, where they've played their best ball this year. Cinci' has finally been exposed after starting the season 15-0- they've lost three of four and it will be four of five after today.
Texas @ Kansas(-7):Take Texas- Kansas has let good teams hang around at Phog Allen this year. Texas is loaded with potential. Their Jordan Hamilton/Tristan Thompson combo will cause problems for the Jayhawks. This game will go down to the wire with Josh Selby being the difference maker for Kansas.
BYU @ Colorado State(+7):Take BYU- The Cougars have been on fire of late, averaging 89PPG over their last seven contests. Surprisingly, Colorado State has a team to be reckoned with this year. As a team, the Rams are shooting 49% from the field, fifth best in the country. This game is setup perfectly for a Fredette explosion...on the road...against a team that thinks they are good.
Michigan State @ Purdue(-6):Take Purdue- The Boilermakers are undefeated at home. The Spartans have lost two of their last three on the road. JaJuan Johnson is having the best year of his career and is unquestionably the top post player in the country. As the year drags on, we keep waiting for Michigan State to turn it around and start building toward March. Maybe they've got a little Kansas State in them. Whatever the case, they're underachieving- teams like that don't win in West Lafayette.