College Hoops Upset Picks Jan 29 - Feb 4

College Hoops Upset Picks Jan 29 – Feb 4

This past weekend we had our first weekend without football in six months and college basketball filled the pigskin sized hole in my heart with a two day NCAA hoop fest. That heart racing action continues this week with my weekly college basketball upset picks. Happy hunting!

College Hoops Upset Picks Jan 29 – Feb 4

Why do I believe Creighton has a shot versus the Villanova Wildcats? I’ve also got a couple of upset plays for this Saturday on Feb. 3. Why do I think Alabama is a tough out for the ranked Florida Gators? Also, why do I believe Texas keeps it close versus the Oklahoma Sooners? Keep reading to find out!

Creighton at #1 Villanova
When:  Thursday, Feb. 1 at 6:30 pm ET
Where: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
TV: Fox Sports 1

Analysis: Although Phil Booth is out, Villanova continues to remain one of the top teams in the nation. I expect things to start to get difficult for Nova this Thursday when they face an underrated Creighton squad.

The Blue Jays were horrible in two out of their last three road games. Xavier beat them 92 to 70. Providence beat them 85 to 71. But, Creighton might have put it all together in their last, an 85 to 77 win over Georgetown.

Creighton shoots over 50% from the field. That’s high enough of a percentage for me to believe they’ve got a chance to not only keep it close versus Villanova, but to possibly upset Nova on the money line.

Pick: Creighton

Alabama at #20 Florida
When:  Saturday, Feb. 3 at 4:00 pm ET
Where: Exactech Arena, Gainesville, FL
TV: ESPN

Analysis: Alabama heads to Gainesville to battle the Florida Gators. The Gators are a decent team. However, on Saturday they face one of the more underrated teams in college hoops. Alabama beat Top 15 ranked Oklahoma 80 to 73 on Jan. 27.

In that match, the Crimson Tide was en fuego from the field. Bama averages over 46% from the field on their way to 75 points per game. Alabama could play well enough to take down the Gators on the money line on Feb. 3.

Pick: Alabama

#12 Oklahoma at Texas
When:  Saturday, Feb. 3 at 6:15 pm ET
Where: Frank Erwin Center, Austin, TX
TV:  ESPN

Analysis: Arguably, the top player in college basketball this season is Oklahoma guard Trae Young. Young averages close to 30 points per game. He grabs over 4 boards and dishes over 9 assists per. Oklahoma should have no trouble taking down Texas on Saturday, right?

Not so fast. Young’s great, but the Longhorn defense holds opponents to less than 40% from the field. Opponents average 33% from the three-point line versus the Texas Longhorns.

The home squad plays great team defense. Since all the Longhorns must do is contain Young, it’s going to be difficult for Oklahoma to escape Austin with a straight up win.

Pick: Texas