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You have to wait until the weekend to cash in on my college basketball expert picks. Texas heads to Morgantown to battle #2 West Virginia in a huge Big 12 matchup. Can the Mountaineers hold off the rival Longhorns? #10 Xavier battles #13 Seton Hall in a big game on Saturday. Will Seton Hall protect its home court versus Big East rival Xavier? Also on Saturday, Baylor travels to Kansas to battle the Jayhawks. Will Kansas thump the Baylor Bears?

College Basketball Expert Picks Jan 15-21, 2018

Texas at #2 West Virginia
When:  Saturday, Jan. 20 at 2:00 pm ET
Where: WVU Coliseum, Morgantown, West Virginia
TV: CBS

Analysis: West Virginia is at the top of the Big 12 standings. Why? Jevon Carter. The 6’2” guard averages 16.8 points per game. He averages over 5 boards per while dishing 6.5 assists per. Carter is tough to stop.

I don’t believe the Texas Longhorns are good enough to stop Jevon Carter. The thing about Carter’s game is that if Texas spends too much effort stopping Carter, he’s just going to get his teammates involved.

There’s a good chance the Mountaineers blowout the rival Longhorns on Saturday.

Pick: West Virginia

#10 Xavier at #13 Seton Hall
When:  Saturday, Jan. 20 at 2:30 pm ET
Where: Prudential Center, Newark, NJ
TV: FOX

Analysis: The Big East is loaded with fantastic college hoops teams. That’s every college basketball season, right?

On Saturday, two of the best in the Big East throw down when Xavier travels to New Jersey to take on the Seton Hall Pirates. The Pirates average 80 points per game while shooting 47.8% from the field.

The last time the Pirates battled the Xavier Musketeers, they beat them 71 to 64. That was back on February 22, 2017. Seton Hall is better this season than they were last season. Forward Desi Rodriguez has scored in double-figures in every game save for one.

That’s why I like the Pirates. Xavier’s Trevor Bluiett is great. However, he’s a guard. I don’t believe the Musketeers can stop Rodriguez.

Pick: Seton Hall

Baylor at #12 Kansas
When:  Saturday, Jan. 20 at 6:00 pm ET
Where: Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, KS
TV:  ESPN

Analysis: There’s still hope for the Baylor Bears. The Bears started out the season ranked in the Top 20. Since then, they’ve lost 6 games. That’s left them out of the Top 25.

No worries. A win over ranked #12 Kansas should lead to another Top 25 ranking. Can the Bears do it? Can they go to Allen Fieldhouse and beat the mighty Kansas Jayhawks?

I believe they can. The Jayhawks always have an issue scoring against Baylor’s tough defense. Kansas is an up and down team. They average 85.8 points per game while allowing over 70 per.

Those averages should work in patient Baylor’s favor. I like the Bears to pull off the upset.

Pick: Baylor