The country's most balanced conference kicks off my games to watch. OSU would be in the tournament relatively easily if it started today, however, K State has some work to do, despite their strong Big 12 start. Prediction: Kansas State 69, Oklahoma State 63.
Texas A&M (12-5) at Tennessee (12-5) 1PM, Knoxville, TN, ESPN3
On to the SEC for this one. Both of these teams are just a bit outside of the Tournament field right now, but they are well within striking distance and a win today would help their causes, particularly the home team Vols. Prediction: Tennessee 66, Texas A&M 64.
#12 Kansas (15-3) at #16 Texas (14-4) 2PM, Austin, TX, CBS
Both of these squads are comfortably in the field, so the stakes are higher. Believe it or not, Kansas is in 1st seed range at this early stage, while the Longhorns are not far behind, in the 3-5 seed range. Prediction: Texas 71, Kansas 67.
Miami (13-5) at Syracuse (14-5) 4PM, Syracuse, NY, ESPN2
The Cuse is barely on the outside looking in and a win today would be great for Boeheim and his young and battered team's cause. The Canes, on the other hand, have been playing well of late and trending upward from their current 11ish seed status. Prediction: Miami 70, Cuse 68.
#19 Oklahoma (12-6) at Baylor (13-4) 6PM, Waco, TX, ESPN2
The Big 12 gives us another solid match-up with two more pretty sure bet tourney teams. The Sooners are looking to prove they are top 3 seed caliber, while the Bears are looking to avoid that 8/9 seed territory. Prediction: Oklahoma 74, Baylor 70.
San Diego State (14-4) at Colorado State (16-2) 10PM, Fort Collins, CO, ESPNU
The Mountain West heats up as these two meet for league supremacy. The Aztecs are the more tested of the two and likely have a Tournament spot in good hands. CSU is still working on their resumé and this would be a huge win for their dancing prospects. Prediction: SDSU 66, CSU 65.
Other games of note:
#21 Iowa (13-6) at Purdue (11-8) 12PM, West Lafayette, IN, BTN
#1 Kentucky (18-0) at South Carolina (9-7) 12PM, Columbia, SC, ESPN
DePaul (11-9) at Xavier (12-7) 12PM, Cincinnati, OH, FS1
Michigan State (13-6) at Nebraska (11-7) 4PM, Lincoln, NE, ESPN
UCLA (11-8) at Oregon (12-6) 4PM, Eugene, OR, CBS
Florida (10-8) at Mississippi (11-7) 6PM, Oxford, MS, SECN
Other Top 25 games:
Florida State (10-9) at #10 North Carolina (15-4) 2PM, Chapel Hill, NC, ESPN
TCU (14-4) at #22 West Virginia (15-3) 2PM, Morgantown, WV, ESPNU
#25 Georgetown (13-5) at Marquette (10-8) 2:30PM, Milwaukee, WI, FS1
#13 Iowa State (14-3) at Texas Tech (10-9) 4PM, Lubbock, TX, ESPNU
Houston (7-11) at #24 SMU (14-4) 6PM, Dallas, TX, CBSS
#6 Wisconsin (17-2) at Michigan (11-7) 7PM, Ann Arbor, MI, ESPN
Pacific (7-10) at #3 Gonzaga (18-1) 8PM, Spokane, WA, ROOT
#7 Arizona (17-2) at California (11-8) 10:30, Berkeley, CA, P12N
Vegas Pick (5-4):
Kansas State -2.5 vs. Oklahoma State