I took a break from college basketball last week due to the Super Bowl, but I'm back this week. To make up for my absence from the game, I'm giving you guys TEN — yes, count em— TEN winners this week. Take it to the bank; these picks can not and will not lose. There's nothing like a college basketball Saturday in February. Let's get into some picks.
Burbs College Basketball Picks
LSU +2.5 vs. Tennessee
This is me just not being confident in the Tennessee Volunteers. Rick Barnes is a terrific coach and the Vols are a good team, but they can't score and that hinders them in games where they're matched in talent. Expect a huge game from LSU freshman Cam Thomas, who's cementing himself not only as one of the best players in the SEC, but one of the best in the country. LSU wins outright.
Iowa -4.5 vs. Michigan State
Iowa was finally able to get back on track after two straight losses to Ohio State and Rutgers. They look to pounce on a Michigan State team that they struggled to put away in the first game. Despite Tom Izzo being a great coach, this is a down year for Sparty. They're completely overmatched against the Hawkeyes and I expect a dominant win for Luka Garza and co.
Alcorn State -18 vs. Miss Valley State
First and foremost, I want to congratulate Mississippi Valley State on their first win of the season. They've been through a lot this year and I'm glad they were able to put one in the win column. That being said, it's still a good bet to fade them at this point. They're not going to play like they did on Monday. Expect them to come back down to earth and for Alcorn State to win by 20+ in this contest.
South Carolina -2.5 vs Mississippi
Ole Miss is coming off a huge win against a very good Missouri team. This is a huge letdown spot for them taking on a weaker South Carolina team. We see the letdown spot happen a lot in sports and I expect no different in this SEC contest. Give me the Gamecocks to handle their business against the fighting Kermit Davis's.
Texas Tech ML vs. Baylor
This is worth a small unit play. Tech is coming off a tough loss to West Virginia and will come out angry against a Baylor team that hasn't played since February 2. Over the course of the season, we've seen teams struggle a little bit coming off of Covid-19 breaks. Even if Texas Tech doesn't pull out the victory, I expect this to be a close game.
UCLA -9 vs. Washington
Washington has had a tough go at it this year. They've lost multiple key contributors and look a lot different than they did a few years ago. I expect the significantly more talented Bruins squad to take control early and win easily.
TCU +10 vs. Texas
Texas got off to an extremely hot start and looked like a sure-fire National title contender. Unfortunately, they've come back down to Earth recently and have looked like the typical Shaka Smart squad. TCU is sneaky talented and I believe that they'll keep this one close throughout. Ten is too much for Texas to cover, although I think they'll win by four to six points.
Houston Baptist-Lamar O154.5
If you love points, this game should be right up your alley. Both Houston Baptist and Lamar struggle on the defensive side of the ball, with Lamar giving up over 75 a game, while Houston Baptist allows nearly 82 a game. I expect a fast past contest where the first one to 80 will be victorious.
This is strictly a number pick. Both Alabama and Georgia have great offenses, but I think it's the defense of the Crimson Tide that will be the star of this game. The Tide have an underrated defensive unit and I think that will show against Tom Crean's Georgia Bulldogs.
Cuse -12.5 vs. Boston College
This simply comes down to the fact that Boston College has been ravaged by Covid-19. They've been shorthanded a good majority of the season and play a Syracuse team that's tough to beat with their zone defense. The Golden Eagles struggle from three, only shooting about 33% from there. You need to be able to make three's against the zone and I don't think BC will be able to do that.