I went 6-4 in my last picks, moving me to 92-85-2 on the season. A winning record if I've ever seen one! Let's hope that continues on one of the most stacked schedules of the entire season.
This is truly a fantastic day of college basketball, and with 154 total games on the slate, you could go absolutely crazy trying to keep up with all of the action. We're going to stick to the Top 25 teams and a couple of other great matchups for our gambling purposes here, but I would encourage you to fire up ESPN3.com at random today and find a team that you've been meaning to watch all season but haven't yet.
As always, all times EST. Let's get it!
6:00pm ESPN: No. 1 Kentucky @ South Carolina (+12)
A battle of excellent defenses, and when that happens, I almost never take the odds on a double-digit win, no matter who the competitors are. This is no exception. The Wildcats are stacked to the max and playing extremely well, but this will be a slow slugfest and while the Gamecocks have lost 14 of their last 16 against Top 25 opponents, they don't get blown out very often.
2:00pm ESPN: No. 3 Ohio State @ No. 20 Wisconsin (+3.5)
First place is on the line and the Buckeyes haven't won on the Badgers' home floor since the year 2000.
9:00pm ESPN: No. 8 Kansas (+3) @ No. 4 Missouri
I'm worried about the Tigers' speed and their inside efficiency, but as a Jayhawks fan I can't live with myself picking Mizzou, and besides, Kansas has really surprised me with their consistency. I don't expect anything less as the two teams meet for the last time as conference rivals. I hate you, Mizzou, but I'm sad to see you go to the SEC.
Plenty more picks after the jump...
1:45pm ESPN3: No. 6 Baylor (-6.5) @ Oklahoma State
Too many weapons and the Bears won by 41 in their last meeting.
4:00pm ESPN: No. 6 North Carolina (-11.5) @ Maryland
Tar Heels take care of business and cure their recent shooting woes.
7:00pm ESPN3: No. 9 Murray State (-15.5) @ Tenn-Martin
1:00pm CBS: Vanderbilt @ No. 11 Florida (-6.5)
The Gators are rolling and won't let up at home.
5:00pm ESPN3: No. 12 Creighton (-1.5) @ Northern Iowa
Northern Iowa is a better team than they get credit for, but that's partly because they don't always play up to their full ability. That won't work against a Creighton team that is always, always on.
4:00pm MTN: No. 13 UNLV (-4.5) @ Wyoming
All three of the Rebels' losses have come on the road this season, and Wyoming has a defense that just might be able to slow their runnin'.
1:00pm CBS: No. 15 Marquette (-2) @ Notre Dame
Notre Dame plays a very slow, grinding game that I think will work well against the undersized Golden Eagles, but they have so much to play for with a chance to win the Big East that I don't see them dropping the ball here.
10:00pm MTN: TCU @ No. 17 San Diego State (-12)
Horned Frogs have dropped four straight road games by an average 17.5 points.
1:00pm ESPN3: No. 18 Virginia @ No. 24 Florida State (-5.5)
Virginia is stellar with their defense and shooting efficiency, but if the Seminoles can win the intangibles battle and catch a few breaks they'll gut this one out for a seventh-straight victory.
4:00pm ESPN3: Auburn @ No. 19 Mississippi State (-12)
The Bulldogs are well rested after a week-long gap between games - needed to recover from playing four games in 11 days that ended with a big loss to Florida - and face an Auburn team that's awful on the road.
7:00pm BTN: No. 20 Indiana @ Purdue (-3)
Personally, I think the talk about the Hoosiers' restored glory are all true, and that prominence has returned to our best basketball state. That doesn't mean they're going to win every game, though, and it doesn't mean they'll overcome major road issues to pull out a dogfight against Robbie Hummel.
7:00pm: Columbia @ No. 23 Harvard (-15)
Latey, I've been on this crusade to learn drinking songs. Ever since my sister-in-law showed us video from her trip to Germany, where a circus tent full of blasted Germans and tourists threw their arms around each other and joined in for some unintelligibly cheery song with smiles the size of the Rhine and 50 oz. steins. But even my friends that have been on drinking excursions through Ireland claim they don't know any. These people are clearly lying to me and are no longer my friends. Anyway, there have to be some good Ivy League drinking songs. Drop knowledge in the Comments section if you can help.
4:00pm ESPN3: Rutgers (+10.5) @ No. 25 Louisville
The Scarlet Knights won't win this swordfight, but they rarely fall by double digits.
3:00pm: Arizona @ Stanford (-3.5)
While California appears to be the best team in the Pac-12 - for like, the third time this season - these are the two contenders that not only pose the biggest threat but are probably fighting for the conference's only other Tourney bid. It's not always good basketball, but with so much on the the line, it will be entertaining basketball. My gut says take Arizona and my gut has failed me with Pac-12 games all season, so I'll take Cardinal.
9:00pm ESPNU: UC Santa Barbara (+2.5) @ Cal State Fullerton
Orlando Johnson and the Gauchos have been on a heat-seeking mission since their blowout loss to Long Beach State two weeks ago. Fullerton is full of no-nonsense, physical defenders but the Gauchos have them out-matched at every position.
10:00pm ESPN2: Indiana State (+15) @ Wichita State
I love me some Shockers, especially at home, but not by that many points against the Sycamores' three-game winning streak.