College Basketball Picks: Saturday’s Must-See Games

    College basketball picks for five must-see games on Saturday, Feb. 20, including West Virginia at Baylor and North Carolina at Duke.

    March 4, 2016

    College basketball picks for the must-see games on Saturday, March 5, including West Virginia at Baylor and UNC at Duke.

    It’s the last weekend of the regular season, and there still are conference battles to be won. But whether or not a league crown is on the line, there are major seeding implications both for the conference tournaments and beyond with this weekend’s games, which includes a number of rivalries.

    Here’s a look at the five games this weekend you simply have to make time to see.

    No. 10 West Virginia at No. 19 Baylor

    Neither West Virginia nor Baylor can win the Big 12 title, but this one can certainly have an impact on where they land in the NCAA Tournament. Building momentum for the Big 12 Tournament is key, too, and the Mountaineers better be ready to battle on the Bears’ Senior Day. WVU won the first meeting 80-69, but Baylor has knocked off the likes of Iowa State and Texas in recent weeks, and the Bears have taking Kansas and Oklahoma to the wire to boot. Still, inconsistency has been an issue for Baylor, which has looked fatigued of late.

    Pick: West Virginia

    No. 21 Iowa State at No. 1 Kansas

    The top team in the land looks to close out another successful Big 12 season by knocking off Iowa State in Allen Fieldhouse, and four seniors, including forward Perry Ellis, will be making their last appearance. Kansas lost to Iowa State earlier this year, dropping an 85-72 decision in Ames, and the Jayhawks will be looking to avenge that loss. That was the last time KU fell, by the way, and paying back the Cyclones would be sweet. ISU, meanwhile, hasn’t won a road game in almost a month.

    Pick: Kansas

    No. 8 North Carolina at No. 17 Duke

    North Carolina needs to win to keep pace in the ACC, and Duke would LOVE to keep the Tar Heels from earning a share of the conference title by sweeping them this year. The first battle between these two clubs was a classic, and Brice Johnson was dominant through the first three-quarters of the game. He was shut down late, and UNC can’t afford for him to anything less than a superstar this time around. Duke has been up-and-down this year, but the Blue Devils don’t get up for anyone quite like North Carolina. Look for the Blue Devils to complete the sweep in a close one.

    Pick: North Carolina

    No. 11 Louisville at No. 4 Virginia

    Louisville plays its last game of the season at Virginia, and we all know the Cardinals have not thrown in the towel. They still can be disruptive in the ACC race, and that’s as good a reason as any for a team to get up when it plays with a chip on its shoulder. Virginia handled the Cards pretty easily in Louisville a few weeks back, winning 63-47 and basically frustrating U of L with its physical play. Virginia still dreams of a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, and beating Louisville could go a long way toward grabbing that.

    Pick: Virginia

    No. 14 Maryland at No. 12 Indiana

    This one is on Sunday, but it couldn’t be left off.

    The Hoosiers took the drama out of this one by beating Iowa earlier in the week, but this is the only meeting of the regular season between these two teams, and the Hoosiers are still feeling a lack of respect. It’s Senior Night for Yogi Ferrell, and he’s going to want to go out on a high note while also outplaying his Terps counterpart, Melo Trimble, who got a lot of attention last season. IU is at its best when it’s playing with an edge, and Maryland is going to have a tough time slipping past Indiana.

    Pick: Indiana

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