College Basketball Preview, 2/10

The only College Basketball preview you need to prepare for the weekend is right here. Today, we will watch both bubble teams and the nation’s best look to make a splash in mid-February.  I’ll go ahead and tell you who will win these games.

Butler @ 1 Villanova, 12:00 PM

The number one team in the land just lost its first home game of the season to a very bad St. John’s team which is 1-11 in Big East play (yes, their one Big East win was against ‘Nova). Look for the Wildcats to avenge their only other loss against the Butler Bulldogs at home in the highly-anticipated rematch. Villanova- 78, Butler- 70

Oklahoma State @ 19 West Virginia, 12:00 PM 

West Virginia is on a two-game winning streak after taking out Trae Young and co. on Monday. Oklahoma State is in the bottom four of the Big-12, so look for the Mountaineers’ momentum to continue at home. West Virginia- 66, Oklahoma State-58

10 Kansas @ Baylor, 2:00 PM

Kansas faces a very sad Baylor team which is 4-7 and second-to-last place in the conference. The Jayhawks are making a late push to win their 14th consecutive Big-12 regular season title. Baylor is awful–I don’t think this game will ever be close. Kansas-73, Baylor-56

17 Oklahoma @ Iowa State, 2:00 PM 

After suffering their first home loss to Buckwild University on Monday, Trae Young and company travel to face the renowned Cyclones of Iowa State University, which currently sit at 12-11 overall and 3-8 in conference play.  I predict Iowa State will shake up the College Basketball landscape this weekend, beating the up-and-down, Young-dependent Oklahoma Sooners in a tight one.  Iowa State- 78, Oklahoma- 71

21 North Carolina @ North Carolina State, 2:00 PM

UNC just defeated the Duke Blue Devils in what is, according to many, “the best rivalry in sports.” (It’s not).  I think the fatigue from an emotional Thursday night carries over for UNC, giving the edge to a remarkably average NC State team.  I’ll take NC State in a close and very boring game that no one should waste his or her time with. NC State-80, North Carolina- 77

5 Xavier @ Creighton, 2:30 PM

Two of the top three teams in the Big East are set to face off in Omaha in Saturday’s afternoon slot. Creighton has not been bested at home, so expect a tight one in what should be a classic Big East matchup. Xavier is on a mission to claim a 1-seed come March and will head back to Cincy with the dub. Xavier- 86, Creighton- 74

8 Auburn @ Georgia, 3:30 PM

The Auburn Tigers, who have established themselves as an SEC powerhouse, look to solidify themselves as a “basketball school” against a poorly-coached Georgia squad in Athens.  But Auburn has the x-factor in this one: the “Pearl Effect.”  Yes, the magic will revive an Auburn team coming off its second SEC loss in a stunner to Texas A&M. They won’t lose two in a row. Auburn- 74, Georgia- 60

3 Purdue @ 4 Michigan State, 4:00 PM

In the best matchup of the day, these Big-10 juggernauts are set to go full send in their journey toward a Big-10 Championship. MSU has been on a roll lately (except Larry Nassar), but Purdue is 7-0 on the road and just suffered its first Big-10 loss of the year. I predict the Boilermakers will take down the Spartans in East Lansing.                       Purdue- 72, Michigan State- 65

15 Tennessee @ Alabama, 6:00 PM

Roll Tide University is 4-2 against ranked teams this season. They are quite inconsistent, but look for Coleman Coliseum to be loud and rowdy for this game. If their success against ranked teams (66% winning percentage) is any indication of their performance in this game, expect the Collin Sexton-led Tide to Roll over the Volunteers. Alabama- 83, Tennessee-72

Connecticut @ 22 Wichita State, 6:00 PM

Other than its 2014 National Title, UConn has been a shell of themselves since the Jim Calhoun days. They just simply haven’t been relevant the past few seasons. And Gregg Marshall is one of the great mid-major coaching prospects, leading Wichita State to six straight NCAA Tournament berths. Look for his team’s success to continue against the Huskies on Saturday. Wichita State-76, UConn-63

Iowa @ 14 Ohio State, 6:00 PM 

Ohio State hasn’t missed a beat in the post-Thad Matta era.  There’s no reason to believe they’ll falter in this matchup against the Hawkeyes.  Last time I checked, JT Barrett isn’t leading the Buckeyes; expect them to win decisively in Columbus.Ohio State-69, Iowa-57

Virginia Tech @ 2 Virginia, 6:15 PM

Admin Tam’s brother (and the honorary intern of Icy Schemes) attends the Thomas Jefferson-founded prestige that is THE University of Virginia, so you can guess which side the Schemes team will be rooting for in this heated in-state rivalry. Expect a UVA series sweep over the forgettable Hokies. UVA- 64, V. Tech- 59

San Diego State @ 23 Nevada, 8:00 PM

I had the pleasure of watching the Nevada Wolfpack score a hundred-piece on Fresno State in late January in a high-scoring, Mountain West basketball matchup.  Expect the same in this game against a mediocre SDSU team. Nevada- 93, SDSU- 70

7 Texas Tech @ Kansas State, 8:00 PM

Texas Tech is in first place in the Big-12 and will win this game by quite a bit.  But who cares. Texas Tech- 86, Kansas State- 65

24 Kentucky @ Texas A&M, 8:15 PM

This game has become a must-watch in SEC play. It feels like every game in the series is decided in the last minute of regulation, if not overtime. Kentucky’s recent offensive play gives no reason to believe they might come out of College Station with a win. However, I don’t want to live in a world where UK loses 3 straight games. Look for the Cats to steal one on the road.  Kentucky- 74, Texas A&M-71

12 Gonzaga @ 11 Saint Mary’s, 10:00 PM

I’m actually looking forward to watching the next episode of the only series worth watching in the West Coast Conference. Saint Mary’s impressive 19-game win streak and 13-0 record in the WCC will come to an end: look for Gonzaga to control the tempo on the road and tie the season series 1-1. Gonzaga- 85, Saint Mary’s- 79

10:15 PM Southern California @ 13 Arizona

Two of the Pac-12’s best tip-off in what could be the better of the late night Saturday night games. Surprisingly, Arizona is looking to get things back on track after a two game losing streak; Sean Miller and gang will fight to keep the Wildcats of the West in the lead of the Pac-12.  And I think it’ll be close, but the talent disparity in favor of Arizona will be too much for the Trojans to withstand. Arizona- 83, USC-75

-IceBurg (@AJBurgess54)

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