Louisville (-6.5) over Connecticut- Nobody has been harder to pick than UCONN this year, so we're going with the hometown Cardinals. After upsetting #1 two weeks ago, the Huskies have dropped two straight, and find themselves staring at the NCAA tournament bubble. Louisville is 11-3 at home this year, and consider this a must-win for their tournament hopes as well. They'll look to Samardo Samuels early and often.
Eastern Michigan (+13.5) over Akron- The Eagles have dropped four out of their last five contests and will be looking to rebound against the top team in the Mid-Atlantic Conference. EMU is led by versatile forward Brandon Bowdry (17PPG 10RPG) but he could be bottled up by a trio of Akron big men. EMU is 10-10 on the year, but only two of their losses have been by double digits. The conference leading Akron Zips will defend home court, but as usual, the Eagles won't go down easy.
Oklahoma State (+2.5) over Texas- Their string of shaky performances won't get any easier tonight as the Longhorns head into Gallagher-Iba Arena to take on OK State. James Anderson has been a dynamic scorer all year long for the Cowboys and he will fill it up tonight on Big Monday. A win would most likely launch OK State into the top 25 and help forge a tournament-worthy resume. In their last three losses, The Texas Longhorns have averaged only 74PPG, 11 points fewer than their season average. Their guard play must be good for them to pull it out in a hostile environment. Expect a dandy in Stillwater.