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College basketball picks, schedule: Predictions for Tennessee vs. Alabama and more Top 25 games on Saturday

Twenty-one of the Top 25 teams in the country will be in action Saturday during a loaded college basketball slate. Shortly after Boise State takes on San Diego State in a Mountain West battle on CBS, Alabama will put its unbeaten SEC record on the line when it faces No. 6 Tennessee. The Crimson Tide is a heavy underdog on the road despite being one of three teams from Big Six conferences that have yet to lose a conference game this season. 

No. 13 Auburn also hasn’t lost a conference game. The Tigers are off to a 4-0 start in conference play and the next challenge will be at home against No. 22 Ole Miss. No. 4 North Carolina is the other team that hasn’t lost a conference game and the Tar Heels face Boston College on the road Saturday.

Other notable matchups include a Pac-12 showdown between No. 12 Arizona and UCLA, No. 24 Iowa State facing off against No. 19 TCU and reigning national champion No. 1 UConn facing Big East rival Villanova on the road.

Odds via SportsLine consensus | All times Eastern

San Diego State at Boise State

1 p.m. | CBS, CBSSports.com, CBS Sports App (Free)   The matchup within the matchup to watch: Boise State’s Tyson Degenhart vs. San Diego State’s Jaedon LeDee. Both players should be first-team all-conference selections when it’s all said and done and they’re the key to victory for their teams. The Broncos are one of the best teams in the country at home and should have a nice homecourt advantage against SDSU. After a disappointing loss a few days prior, this is the perfect spot for a bounce-back performance for the Broncos. It would also add another big win to Boise State’s at-large case as the Mountain West hopes to become a potential five or six-bid league. Prediction: Boise State +1

Alabama at No. 6 Tennessee

2 p.m. | ESPN2,  fuboTV (Try for free) — If you haven’t heard of or watched Tennessee’s Dalton Knecht yet … now…


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Author : Cameron Salerno

Publish date : 2024-01-20 01:36:47

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