Could Alabama be tripping?

Alabama and Kansas have tough matchups, making them one of the most intriguing college basketball upset picks this week.

The art of avoiding upheaval in college basketball is hard enough without trying to factor COVID pauses into the equation. Omicron’s surge adds yet another unstable element to the season as teams can be forced to miss games due to positive tests within their own program or their opponents, leading to dismissals which can create rust. , which in turn leads to upheaval.

Seton Hall learned that lesson the hard way last week, going 17 days between games due to COVID breaks before losing back-to-back contests to Providence and Villanova. Let’s take a look at five other college basketball upset picks for this week, starting with the Alabama Crimson Tide.

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Note: All games listed in this article were on the schedule at the time of publication. COVID-19 breaks can impact the college basketball schedule at any time.

No. 15 Alabama at Florida – Wednesday

The Crimson Tide have produced monster results this season, including wins over Gonzaga and Houston, but have also added questionable losses to teams like Iona and Davidson to their resume. Nate Oats’ team has yet to win a real game on the road, and their SEC opener is against a dangerous Florida team that has already spent time in the Top 25 this season. Don’t be shocked if the Gators regain their form by tripping Alabama.

No. 13 Ohio State at Indiana – Thursday

A COVID break left a lot of rust for Ohio State on Sunday as they needed overtime to pass Nebraska, one of the worst teams in the Big Ten. The Buckeyes will need to find their groove ahead of a dangerous road game against a desperate Indiana team that is coming off a tough loss to Penn State. The Hoosiers are undefeated at Assembly Hall this season, and Ohio State will be hard pressed to leave Bloomington with a win.

Michigan State No. 10 Michigan – Saturday

Tom Izzo’s side had their own COVID issues this week and managed to go 2-0 despite being shorthanded in both games, an impressive achievement with a real road game at Northwestern in the mix. However, records are disappearing in traditional Big Ten rivalry games, and Michigan State is on the road Saturday to face a talented but underachieving Michigan team. The Wolverines started the season in the Top 10 but lost five games, making this game against the Spartans a potential redemption game in Ann Arbor.

No. 6 Kansas vs. No. 25 Texas Tech – Saturday

Sometimes a difference in pace can be all it takes to generate an upheaval in college basketball. Kansas’ high-flying offense will be put to the test in Lubbock on Saturday as Texas Tech’s stingy defense tries to put the Jayhawks in check. The Red Raiders are allowing just 58.2 points per game and can put the ball in the basket themselves, making it a very tough competition for Kansas to win on the road.

No. 11 Iowa State at Oklahoma – Saturday

The good news for Iowa State is that the Cyclones proved they were a legitimate Big 12 contender by giving Baylor all they could handle in Ames on Saturday. The problem for the state of Iowa is that the Big 12 is a certified meat grinder that can lead to lost footage quickly if you’re not careful. Saturday’s game against Oklahoma is a very tricky place as the Sooners have been a dominant home team that have already beaten two SEC-ranked teams (Florida and Arkansas) at home.

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