Hopefully you have multiple screens and streaming devices by your side, because Saturday will be Playboy’s day to immerse you in college basketball. Starting at noon EST and continuing until later in the day, a ton of games could be vying for your attention.
The show, which kicks off at noon on Saturday, can only be described as an appointment viewing in Kentucky and Tennessee — John Calipari vs. Rick Barnes — always must-see TV.But this one has some interesting stakes. A road loss to the Vols would put England on track for its third straight loss in three or more SEC games under Cal’s watch and would further sink a ship in Lexington, Kentucky. The ship, the ship is increasingly in trouble. Playing against Tennessee and its No. 1 defense isn’t an ideal correct position for the Wildcats.
We look forward to more fireworks and drama in the Big Ten and Big Twelve later in the afternoon. Indiana is on a three-game skid and desperately needs to host Wisconsin, which is also struggling. Kansas will look to prove itself a true Big 12 contender with an important road test with TCU. Then, of course, there’s Kansas, which welcomes Iowa to Allen Fieldhouse for a matchup between two league undefeated teams.
Drama, drama, drama.
Before action is taken, our team works together to make selections for every important game, whether it is direct or against the spread.
Odds by Caesars Sportsbook | All Time East
No. 18 Indiana, Wisconsin
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1 p.m. ET | CBS, cbs sports network, CBS Sports App (free) – Indiana is in a defensive panic as it grapples with injuries to veteran starters Xavier Johnson and Les Thompson. The Indians have had three straight Big Ten opponents by more than 80 points, losing all three games. Wisconsin is dealing with its own injury issues, as leading scorer Tyler Varr is rehabbing from an ankle injury. But the Badgers have enough firepower elsewhere on the roster to keep that going, and maybe even win on the road. Pick: Wisconsin +4.5 (Cobb)
Kansas 11th, TCU 17th
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2 p.m. | ESPN2, fuboTV (free trial) – TCU is on a two-game losing streak by six points in the proud Big 12, while K-State is 15-1 and is gaining momentum as legitimate contenders. But I’m going to lean in the opposite direction of the recent momentum and bring TCU here. Despite recent stumbles behind Mike Myers Jr., Emmanuel Miller and Damien Borg, the Horned Frogs are still doing well. Pick: TCU -3.5 (Boone)
No. 14 Iowa No. 2 Kansas
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4 p.m. | ESPN+ — Kansas has looked completely dead in the water twice at home this season, then revived and won in front of the Jayhawks faithful. Playing them at home might seem silly, but this season they’ve allowed the team to maintain home-court advantage in the league, and this ISU team is equipped inside and out to keep that going and cover the spread. Select: ISU +8 (Boone)
featured games | Clemson Tigers vs. Duke Blue Devils
5 p.m. | ACC Network, fuboTV (free trial) — Jeremy Roach’s injury has crippled an already struggling Duke team and lost some of its growth and momentum as its young core developed. Outside of Kyle Filipowski, Duke’s young five-star players are a bit hit and miss. But Dariq Whitehead is strong, Filipowski is playing at a high level, and Ryan Young (!) is now providing significant minutes for a team that I think can get off this path. Roach isn’t expected to play, but Tyrese Proctor can get the job done. Pick: Duke +1 (Boone)
Kentucky Tennessee #5
featured games | Tennessee Volunteers vs. Kentucky Wildcats
12pm | ESPN, fuboTV (free trial) — Every time it feels like Kentucky hits a new low this season, it’s a surprise to drop down the rung again and find a new low. But losses on the road here don’t qualify. Tennessee is the favorite and is projected to win by double digits against its No. 1 defense. Expect it to be a little closer than when Kentucky was fighting for its life, but the Vols at this position are the key. Prediction: UK +14 (Boone)
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