College Basketball Top 25 Fearless Predictions: Saturday, January 19

College Basketball Top 25 Fearless Predictions: Saturday, January 19

Fearless Predictions

College Basketball Top 25 Fearless Predictions: Saturday, January 19


Houston (17-1) at USF (12-5)

Game Time: 8:00 ET
TV Network: ESPNU

On a run of three losses in the last four games, USF is managing to lose close, tight games. Houston bounced back from its only loss with two straight easy wins. Now it’s on the road for the third time in four games.

The Bulls are way, way too sloppy with the ball, there isn’t a foul they don’t seem to like to commit, and they don’t shoot well enough from the outside, But they should be able to match up well with the Cougars on the boards. Houston will win, but USF will keep this close in a low-scoring battle.

Prediction: Houston 72, Houston 66
Line: Houston -6.5, o/u: 131.5

Mississippi State (13-3) at Vanderbilt (9-7)

Game Time: 8:30 ET
TV Network: SEC Network

Can Vanderbilt do anything to turn this around? It was a rocky start, and then things fell off the map with four straight losses to begin the SEC season winless. Mississippi State took a nosedive with two straight losses, only to pull up with a much-needed win over Florida on Tuesday.

The Commodore defense doesn’t force mistakes and doesn’t pressure enough to take the ball away, but the offense can hit from the outside. Rebounding is an issue, and there isn’t enough consistency, but it can defend the three well. Mississippi State will survive on the road, pulling away late after a nip-and-tuck game.

Prediction: Mississippi State 80, Vanderbilt 71
Line: Mississippi State -3, o/u: 146

Gonzaga (17-2) at Portland (7-12)

Game Time: 10:00 ET

Gonzaga should be able to call its shot, even on the road. The Bulldogs are coming off a blowout win over Loyola Marymount on Thursday, and they should be able to go through the motions to put away the punchless Pilots in a hurry. Portland can’t rebound, can’t score, and won’t be able hold up once Gonzaga goes on an early second half run to coast the rest of the way.

Prediction: Gonzaga 89, Portland 60
Line: Gonzaga -27.5, o/u: 151

Air Force (7-10) at Nevada (17-1)

Game Time: 10:00 ET
TV Network: ESPNU

Nevada overcame its loss at New Mexico to win three straight including road victories over Fresno State and Boise State. Air Force cranked up the offense to rock UNLV at home, but it’s having problems on the road going 0-5 in true road games. The Wolf Pack will destroy a bad-shooting Falcon team on the boards – there won’t be any second-chance Air Force points. Nevada pulls away with ease in the second half.

Prediction: Nevada 77, Air Force 60
Line: Nevada -22, o/u: 140

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