Could Auburn get tripped up by Arkansas?
The Auburn Tigers have been a little vulnerable lately, making their trip to Arkansas on Tuesday one of the best college basketball picks of the week.
The pressure is beginning to mount on college basketball teams dreaming of reaching the NCAA Tournament. Every conference game, especially on the road, is a battle and finding ways to win those games can make all the difference in standings or just standings.
The Villanova Wildcats were upset victims last week, swept aside by Marquette as their path to a Big East title became immensely more difficult. Let’s take a look at five more teams that make sense this week as college basketball’s upset drafts begin tonight with Kansas.
Upset alert: Upset college basketball picks in Week 14
Note: All matches listed below were on the schedule as of the departure date. COVID-19 issues may result in schedule changes at any time.
No. 8 Kansas at No. 20 Texas – Monday
Kansas put up a dominating effort on Saturday as it smashed Baylor to take command of the Big 12 title race. A quick turnaround for a road trip to Austin on Monday against Texas has disappointment potential if the Jayhawks don’t make their better against the Longhorns. Texas has won two of its last three home meetings against Kansas and swept the season series a year ago.
No. 15 Villanova at St. John’s – Tuesday
The Wildcats are coming off a win, but there are injury concerns for Villanova with Collin Gillespie and Justin Moore both suffering from ankle sprains. That could be a problem against St. John’s, which played competitively against Villanova in a 73-62 loss and needs to pick up wins to climb back into the bubble.
No. 1 Auburn at Arkansas – Tuesday
The SEC is a ridiculously strong league, and the chances of Auburn making it through conference play undefeated are extremely slim, as evidenced by the Tigers’ recent struggles on road trips to Missouri and Georgia. Tuesday night’s trip to Arkansas is a big challenge since the Razorbacks have won eight straight games and need a win like this to really boost their NCAA tournament resume.
Texas Tech No. 9 at Oklahoma – Wednesday
The Red Raiders are in full swing, winning five of their last six with the lone double-overtime loss to Kansas. There are no easy games in the Big 12 either, and Texas Tech’s trip to Norman on Wednesday is dangerous since the Sooners are a desperate team in need of a marquee win. Oklahoma has lost seven of its last eight games and is slipping into the bubble, making this place a potential circle of the wagon-type game for Porter Moser’s team.
No. 16 Ohio State at Michigan – Saturday
Some of the most dangerous road games to win in the conference are against talented teams that have underperformed because there is a chance that everything will click for 40 minutes against you. Ohio State will have to deal with that issue against Michigan on Saturday, as the Wolverines were a preseason Top 10 team that went just 11-9 this season to fall into the bubble mix. A huge rivalry game against the Buckeyes could get the best out of Michigan, making it an awkward place for Ohio State.
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