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Champ Week’s Saturday College Hoops Expert Picks

Hear that noise? It’s the sound of a freight train of awesome Saturday college hoops expert picks backing in to your lap courtesy of yours truly. Below are the best games on Saturday’s college basketball betting board listed by order of awesomeness.

Enjoy and check the book for all the game lines, total and sides that you need to make the most or this weekend!

Saturday College Hoops Expert Picks  

Tabacco Road Showdown In Durham

#14 UNC Tar Heels over #4 Duke Blue Devils
The UNC Tar Heels men’s basketball gears for second clash with the Blue Devils of Duke on Saturday.
Starts: 03/08/2014 9:00PM
Cameron Indoor Stadium, 301 Whitford Dr.
Durham, North Carolina

 

Does it get any better than this? The most storied rivalry in all of college hoops kicks off the ACC tournament and gives us one of the most difficult expert picks to sift through on the board. UNC has been a monster down the stretch, going 10-0 SU and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games. Marcus Paige and James Michael McAdoo have been an unreal force of nature as UNC fought their way back in to the big picture. Don’t forget that these Tar Heels own a dominant 74-66 win over Duke from just a few weeks ago.

The Blue Devils are also reeling lately after a strange ten-point loss to the Demon Deacons this week. They’ve also been a horrifyingly bad team to back in the past month, going 1-4-1 ATS in their past 6 games. Jabari Parker is one of my favorite college players because he’s going to be an excellent pro once he figures his body out, but he simply doesn’t have the supporting cast to get him over the hump (and he’s awful on defense…like putridly bad). Duke is still a great team, but UNC is charging hard as the team to beat in the conference. Demolishing their greatest enemy will get their post season started off right.

 Who Will Reign In the Southeastern Conference?

#1 Florida Gators over #25 Kentucky Wildcats
The top team in the nation, the Florida Gators, take on the Kentucky Wildcats this Saturday in a SEC matchup that will set the tone for the madness.
Starts: 03/08/2014 12:00PM
Stephen OConnell Center, 2020 West University Avenue
Gainesville, Florida

 

Kentucky has been an outright disaster this season on the court and in the sportsbook. A 7-3 SU stretch to the end the year isn’t as bad as you might think unless you realize who they lost those games against. Two of those were against Arkansas and South Carolina and the third was a 59-69 drubbing at the hands of these Gators.

Neither team has been that great against the number overall, but Kentucky’s awful 1-5 ATS run over the last 6 games tells me that they’re not ready for the big time. For once, Calipari’s recruiting tactics have completely backfired on him. Senior Patric Young and the veteran Gators will put this underachieving freshmen class in their place.

Does Pitino Have Any Magic Left?

#19 Connecticut Huskies over #11 Louisville Cardinals (2pm EST)
The Connecticut Huskies take on the defending national champions, the Louisville Cardinals in Kentucky.

Starts: 03/08/2014 2:00PM
KFC Yum Center, 1 Arena Plaza
Louisville, Kentucky

 

With all due respect to the defending national champions, I am all about Shabazz Napier. This may be a one man army with Shabazz dominating almost every stat category for the Huskies, but this is how UConn wins games. They’ve been a disaster as a betting team, going just 2-4 ATS in their last 6 games but they’re also peaking at the perfect time with a glorious 8-2 SU run over their last 10 staging a massive catch-up effort in the conference.

This is going to be an outstanding battle between Russ Smith and Napier, and while Louisville is touted for their 21st ranked defense Connecticut is ranked 30th. The Cardinals won the last game handedly, but that was back in January. This is a different Huskies team and the AAC should be downright nervous about the dangerous Shabazz Napier.

 Can The Ducks ‘Just Do It’ Vs. The Wildcats?

#3 Arizona Wildcats Vs. Oregon Ducks
The Arizona Wildcats and Oregon Ducks fight for a leg up in the Pac-12.
Starts: 03/08/2014 4:00PM
Matthew Knight Arena, 1776 East 13th St
Eugene, Oregon

 

People seemed to doubt the Wildcats after a couple tough losses but they’ve been unbelievable down the stretch. They ended the year 5-0 SU and 4-1 ATS and though they struggled against the sharp shooting Ducks the last time they met, the Wildcats were still reeling from their first loss of the season against Cal. This time around, they won’t leave anything to doubt. Expect Arizona to make the defensive adjustments on the perimeter to shoot these birds out of the sky.

Listen, it kills me to write that. Oregon has been a gold mine lately with a 6-1-1 ATS fire sale that has lined pockets with profits for the past six weeks. But this is a huge statement game for the championship contending Wildcats. I can’t lean away from Arizona just because they nearly lost to Oregon the last time they played back in early February. Not this Saturday when college hoops expert picks rely more so on how great teams respond to big pressure. And this Arizona team is great . Familiarity with Oregon’s perimeter offence will allow the Wildcats to shut them down.

OSU To Bring The Wild Wild West To Iowa

Oklahoma State Cowboys over #15 Iowa State Cyclones
A Big 12 battle between the Oklahoma State Cowboys and the Iowa State Cyclones takes to the hard-court on Saturday in College Basketball.
Starts: 03/08/2014 4:00PM
Hilton Coliseum, 1700 Lincoln Way
Ames, Iowa

 

The Cyclones have been spiraling down the drain as a commodity for the last little bit, going just 4-3 SU and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games. That includes two recent load losses to Baylor and Kansas State. The Cowboys have scared a lot of teams off lately, but this is a great matchup for them personnel wise.

While Oklahoma State has endured its fair share of turmoil this entire season, they’re also ending the year on a 4-0 SU and ATS run and have won all of those games by double-digits. They’re the better take in Saturday’s college hoops expert picks despite the rankings. I’m not sold on Marcus Smart as a pro, but in the college ranks he can completely take over games.

Aztecs/Lobos To Heat Up The Hard-Court

#10 San Diego State Aztecs over #21 New Mexico Lobos
The San Diego State Aztecs and the New Mexico Lobos hit the hard-court for a late Saturday night college basketball matchup.
Starts: 03/08/2014 10:00PM
Viejas Arena, 5500 Canyon Crest Drive,
San Diego, California

 

Believe it or not, but New Mexico has been crazy against the number. I’ve loved them in my college hoops expert picks throughout the second half of the season and their 9-1 SU and 8-2 ATS record has been awesome to root for. But New Mexico has this nasty habit of completely vanishing in big pressure games. The Aztecs are one of the best defensive teams on the market and boast a cagey scorer in Xavier Thames who will be looking to lead his team in to the big dance. The Aztecs, as usual, are always prepared for war. I don’t ever trust New Mexico in elimination games.

Classics Are Classics For A Reason

#12 Michigan Wolverines over Indiana Hoosiers
The Michigan Wolverines meet the Indiana Hoosiers in a Big Ten classic.
Starts: 03/08/2014 6:00PM
Crisler Arena, 333 E. Stadium Blvd.
Ann Arbor, Michigan

 

Indiana has held a tiny bit of a value as a spot play, and pint sized Kevin Ferrell is one of the most enjoyable players to watch live. They also own a win over these very same Wolverines. But this is simply too much for the Hoosiers. Michigan is coming off a huge Big Ten title clinching game against Illinois and is roaring in to March Madness with a head full of steam and vinegar. The Wolverines will use that momentum to bury Indiana and avenge a loss from earlier this year.

Big East Originals Take To The Hard Court

#6 Villanova Wildcats over Georgetown Hoyas (2pm EST)
The #6 Villanova Wildcats and Georgetown Hoyas meet in the Big East.
Starts: 03/08/2014 2:00PM
Wells Fargo Center Philadelphia, 3601 S. Broad St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

 

The Hoyas have actually been a mild delight in the Big East, going 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games. Unfortunately the success they’ve provided as a college hoops expert pick hasn’t translated in to enough actual wins to make a difference in a season gone wrong. The Wildcats are one of the least celebrated teams in the country for no apparent reason and until they face Creighton – which they hopefully will in the finals – they deserve your backing.

WVU Mearly Speed Bump On The Way To Selection Sunday

#8 Kansas Jayhawks over WVU Mountaineers (12pm EST)
The Kansas Jayhawks and the WVU Mountaineers take to the hard court this weekend.
Starts: 03/08/2014 12:00PM
WVU Coliseum, Monongahela Blvd.
Morgantown, West Virginia

 

Kansas still has plenty of potential despite what the naysayers want to believe, and there’s a reason that they’ve hovered in the top-10 this entire season. I pretty much abandoned them halfway through the season in my own college hoops expert picks, but this Saturday they’re a great take against a sketchy WVU squad in the opening round of the Big 12 Tourney. The Jayhawks hammered the Mountaineers by +14.0 points in their last meeting.

Saturday’s Red Headed Step Child

Illinois Illini over #24 Iowa Hawkeyes
The Illinois Illini and the Iowa Hawkeyes clash in a less than exciting matchup.
Starts: 03/08/2014 12:00PM
Carver Hawkeye Arena, 1 Elliot Drive,
Iowa City, Iowa

 

In the least interesting matchup of the day involving ranked teams, I expect Illinois to do what it’s been doing lately – registering huge upsets. They trampled Minnesota 62-49 as +7.5 dogs and then ran right past Michigan State on the road in a 53-46 win with a +12.5 handicap. Of course, they ended the regular season poorly as Michigan slammed on the gas pedal and trounced them 53-84 but the circumstances of that game were different since the Wolverines had the conference title at hand.

Iowa has been one of the most uneven teams in the college hoops expert picks because it’s been impossible to get a proper gauge on them and their recent 1-4 SU and 0-4 ATS run has me running as far away from them as humanly possible.