I went 4-6 in my picks last night, eating crow after my adamant prediction that Kansas wouldn’t cover 8.5 points over K-State, and moving me to 52-51-1 on the season. Tonight we’re treated to a Big Ten showdown and, for better or worse, the entire PAC-12 in play. We’ll follow that up with some Big West competition in a toast to the left coast! All times Eastern.
9:00pm ESPN2: No. 13 Michigan (+7.5) @ No. 12 Indiana
This game already makes me so happy. Regardless of the outcome, it’s fantastic to see two storied programs simultaneously relevant and ready to slug it out with conference, and national, implications on the line. I think Indiana takes the win because Michigan isn’t strong enough inside to contain Cody Zeller and Christian Watford, opening up the inside-out game for the Hoosiers. But it’s a conference battle and the Wolverines have been playing impressive ball on their seven-game winning streak, so this one stays close.
10:00pm: California (+2.5) @ Oregon State
As close as we’ll get to an exciting PAC-12 match for the foreseeable future. Cal is unquestionably the conference’s most talented team and I absolutely love Allen Crabbe and Richard Solomon, former high school teammates who form an imposing athletic frontcourt. Oregon State is this year’s darling but they’ve pulled a PAC-12 lately and dropped games to Washington and Washington State. Yuck. I am very eager to see the potent Beavers offense in action, though.
Plenty more picks after the jump...
11:00pm: Arizona (+1) @ UCLA
Zona is one of my under-the-radar teams nationally and UCLA… well, you know about UCLA.
9:00pm: Washington State (-11.5) @ Utah
9:00pm: Stanford (-1) @ Oregon
9:00pm: Washington (-2.5) @ Colorado
The thumping of Oregon State did a lot to inspire confidence in Washington behind Tony Wroten and C.J. Wilcox, who matched his career high with 24 against Oregon on Saturday. The Huskies are looking good against much better competition than Colorado has faced.
10:30pm: Arizona State (+7) @ USC
Yeah, sure, I guess. Whatever. USC has the No. 338 offense in the country. Trent Lockett FTW.
10:00pm: Fullerton (+10) @ UC Santa Barbara
Try to tune into this one, if you can (the Big West sometimes posts free live feeds online). Fullerton is talented and they always play like bulldogs in conference play. If you haven’t seen cold-blooded Orlando Johnson suit up for UCSB yet, do yourself a favor.
10:05pm: Cal Poly SLO (+10.5) @ Long Beach State
Long Beach hasn’t been impressive lately and Cal Poly SLO is dead last in the nation in tempo, and they’ll basically slow the game down to a molasses-like crawl to counter the 49ers’ athleticism.
7:00pm ESPN2: Pittsburgh @ DePaul (+4.5)
This one’s hard to call. Pitt has such a tougher Strength of Schedule but they’re on an awful roll after losing to Wager (really?), Notre Dame and Cinci. DePaul is on a nice run but it’s come against very weak competition. Let’s call this a toss-up and I’ll take the home team getting points.
8:00pm: Purdue (-5) @ Penn State