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Selection Sunday is only five weeks away and we’re only 31 days away from the start of the First Four games, we’re officially in that sweet spot of the college basketball season.
Let’s take advantage of some of the great games left on the schedule as the regular season winds down. We’ve circled three games we like on Saturday’s slate.
Last week’s record: 1-1-1
Ole Miss vs. Kentucky
Ole Miss +9.5
Ole Miss has very quietly won three straight games, and they haven’t just been wins, they’ve been beatdowns. The Rebels have won their last three games by an average of 18.6 points.
This Ole Miss squad goes as guard Breein Tyree goes as he leads the SEC in scoring averaging 20 points per game. While Kentucky has an elite group of guards, Tyree enters the game fresh off of a 40 point outing against Mississippi State and has averaged 33.6 points per game during the Rebels’ winning streak.
The Wildcats are also winners of three straight and have made things look rather easy themselves as of late, but Ole Miss is one of the hotter teams in the SEC right now still looking for that signature win to get themselves back on the NCAA Tournament bubble.
Kentucky will likely win the game, but it’s going to be much tighter than most people think.
Maryland vs. Michigan State
College Gameday is on-site for this one, retro jerseys will be worn and the Spartans’ new football coach Mel Tucker is set to be introduced during the game. A lot of things point to this being an ‘all things falling in the right place’ game for Michigan State, but let’s not forget this Maryland team is the No. 9 team in the country for a reason.
The Terps have won seven straight, four of which came on the road, but dropped the first meeting between these two teams in their home building by 14 points. So, revenge is in the air in this one as well for Maryland and those 10.5 points are just too many.
This one will be the Anthony Cowan – Cassius Winston show and Maryland does enough to keep it within 10 when it’s all said and done.
Colorado vs. Oregon State
Colorado enters this one fresh off of a disappointing loss at Oregon after leading the game by nine at the half. The loss snapped a three-game losing streak and slotted them into a tie atop the Pac 12 standings alongside the Ducks.
The Beavers, on the other hand, have put together back-to-back quality wins after dropping five of six prior to the winning streak. Oregon State also went on the road and beat Colorado earlier in the year by eight, so this game is sort of all over the place.
The story for Colorado is its defensive and rather slow place of play. If the Buffs can control this game they should have no problem against this Oregon State squad.
Tres Tinkle could be a problem for Colorado as he sits fourth in the conference in scoring, but at the end of the day, the road team gets revenge in this one and gets a huge win for the Pac 12 title race.