College basketball picks, schedule: Kansas vs Texas Tech predictions and other top games on Saturday
Saturday’s college basketball slate is packed with action involving ranked teams throughout the day. Considering the scheduling disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic over the past month, this is a good sign as we get into the thick of the conference game with teams looking for rhythm and normalcy .
Highlights of the day included a triple title on CBS that begins with an AAC showdown between Wichita State and No.12 Houston, followed by a Big 12 battle between No.14 Texas and Oklahoma State. The networking action ends with one of the country’s last three undefeated teams, the No.20 Colorado State, playing San Diego State in what could be the toughest test yet for the Rams.
Elsewhere, two matches oppose ranked teams. In the SEC, No.18 from Tennessee will travel to face No.21 LSU in a battle between two of the nation’s best defenses. And in the Big 12, the No.6 Kansas will hit the road to take on No.25 Texas Tech as the Red Raiders seek a trademark victory under freshman coach Mark Adams.
Here are CBS Sports’ expert picks for these games as we prepare for a full day of college hoops.
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No. 20 State of Colorado to State of San Diego
Featured Game | San Diego State Aztecs v Colorado State Rams
4 p.m. CBS, CBSSports.com, CBS Sports app (free) – This hastily organized encounter in Mountain West is an intriguing clash, as it pits a high-quality offensive team from Colorado State against one of the best defensive units in the country at San Diego State. The Aztecs are 6-0 this season and are the best defensive team Colorado State has faced. Expect the Aztecs to come out with a narrow victory in a low scoring game. Prediction: San Diego State 59, Colorado State 55
Kansas No.6 to Texas Tech No.25
Featured Game | Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. Kansas Jayhawks
4 p.m. ESPN2, fuboTV (Try for free) – Texas Tech’s top scorer Kevin McCullar remains questionable due to injury as the Red Raiders solve COVID-19 issues as well. A healthy Kansas team should be able to pick up the pace, exploit any depth or conditioning issues with TTU and come out with a nice win on the road. Prediction: Kansas 74, Texas Tech 67
No.18 Tennessee to No.21 LSU
Featured Game | LSU Tigers vs. Tennessee Volunteers
6 p.m. ESPN2, fuboTV (Try for free) – The Tigers rank first and the Volunteers second nationally in KenPom’s defensive efficiency rating, but that doesn’t mean we’re heading for a game in the 1950s. Both teams are at their best. offensively when playing at a rapid pace, which could escalate into a botched turnovers festival that features a depressing 3-point miss. With LSU having the home court advantage, expect the Tigers to build up momentum in the second half for a big conference win. Prediction: LSU 71, Tennessee 63
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Wichita State at No. 12 Houston
Featured Game | Houston Cougars vs. Wichita State Shockers
12h | CBS, CBSSports.com, CBS Sports app (free) – As AAC Preseason Player of the Year Tyson Etienne begins to kick off, Wichita State’s offense will intensify and the Shockers will find themselves in the upper half of the AAC. But hitting the Houston road is a tough place to start gaining momentum. Despite their injuries, the Cougars are still a serious defensive team that can stifle Wichita State. Prediction: Houston 73, Wichita State 64
# 14 Texas to Oklahoma State
2pm | CBS, CBSSports.com, CBS Sports app (free) – Oklahoma State enters after losing four of its last five games, including three at home. The Cowboys are always figuring things out offensively, which makes Texas a tough job. The Longhorns started the Big 12 holding both West Virginia and Kansas State under 60 double-digit winning points. Texas’ transfer-laden roster appears to be gelling, making them an obvious favorite in this game and a serious contender in the Big 12 race. Prediction: Texas 68, Oklahoma State 60