College basketball picks, schedule: Predictions for Baylor vs. Oklahoma State and other top 25 games Saturday

Sat, Jan 15, 2022
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College basketball picks, schedule: Predictions for Baylor vs. Oklahoma State and other top 25 games Saturday

College basketball has the NCAA universe all to itself now that the College Football Playoff National Championship has come and gone, and Saturday's schedule brings a solid slate of action on the hardwood. The early afternoon window will be particularly loaded as No. 18 Kentucky hosts No. 22 Tennessee and No. 15 Iowa State hosts No. 21 Texas in a pair of critical early-season conference battles.

It will be past midnight ET when the last ranked team is done as No. 3 UCLA and No. 5 USC start league contests at 10:30 and 11 p.m. ET, respectively. In between, there will be plenty of action, including a bounce-back opportunity for No. 1 Baylor as the Bears look to recover from their first loss by hosting Oklahoma State at 5 p.m.

Another of the day's appealing Big 12 contests pits No. 9 Kansas against West Virginia in a battle of teams with identical 13-2 (2-1 Big 12) records. That one will be broadcast live on AP and is among the big games that our experts have picked below.

Here is the full breakdown of the day's biggest tilts from the AP Sports squad.

Odds via Caesars Sportsbook | All times Eastern

Oklahoma State at No. 1 Baylor

Baylor Bears vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys Moneyline Spread Total BAYLOR -1100 BET NOW -14 -115 BET NOW o141.5 -110 BET NOW OKLAST +700 BET NOW +14 -105 BET NOW u141.5 -110 BET NOW

5 p.m.| ESPN, fuboTV(Try for free) -- Baylor should be amply motivated after suffering its first loss of the season at home against Texas Tech on Tuesday. The Cowboys pose a similar type of challenge as a gritty, defense-oriented squad. OSU actually forces more turnovers and blocks more shots than Texas Tech. But offense has been a struggle for the Cowboys, and their guards aren't quite as physical as Texas Tech's. Baylor should be able to stifle Oklahoma State and get back in the win column without too much drama. Prediction: Baylor: 77, Oklahoma State 68


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No. 4 Auburn at Ole Miss

Ole Miss Rebels vs. Auburn Tigers Moneyline Spread Total MISS +285 BET NOW +7.5 -110 BET NOW o139.5 -110 BET NOW AUBURN -360 BET NOW -7.5 -110 BET NOW u139.5 -110 BET NOW

8:30 p.m.| SEC Network, fuboTV(Try for free) -- With No. 1 Baylor suffering its first loss this week, Auburn could have a case to be the nation's new top-ranked team if it can take care of business here. The Tigers are already No. 1 in Gary Parrish's Top 25 And 1 and have been wildly impressive during a 12-game winning streak. In theory, they should crush an Ole Miss team that just lost by 16 at Texas A&M. But the Rebels soundly beat a decent Mississippi State team at home just a week ago and should keep this one closer than many expect. Prediction: Auburn 75, Ole Miss 70


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