College Basketball Top 25 Fearless Predictions: Saturday, January 26

College Basketball Top 25 Fearless Predictions: Saturday, January 26

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College Basketball Top 25 Fearless Predictions: Saturday, January 26


Fearless predictions for all of the top 25 college basketball games for Saturday, January 26

Fearless Predictions Results So Far

SU: 46-16
ATS: 34-26-3
O/U: 26-33-1

Georgia Tech (11-5) at Duke (16-5)

Game Time: 12:00 ET
TV Network: ACC Network

It should be the Duke show against a Georgia Tech team without the scoring pop to keep up. However, the Yellow Jacket defense is just good enough to be annoying. With nothing happening on the offensive boards, and no three point shooting, Georgia Tech will struggle to do anything to get back in the game after the Blue Devils go on an early run.

Prediction: Duke 80, Georgia Tech 64
Line: Duke -22, o/u: 148

Illinois (5-14) at Maryland (16-4)

Game Time: 12:00 ET
TV Network: BTN

The hot mess of an Illinois team is now getting blown out. On a streak of seven losses in the last eight games, the season is all but over, but it gets a Maryland squad coming off a big loss to to Michigan State. The Terps won’t have any problems on the boards – they’ll come up with at least ten more than the Illini will – but they’ll give up just enough turnovers to keep this from being a total wipeout … at least in the first half.

Prediction: Maryland 84, Illinois 68
Line: Maryland -9, o/u: 145.5

Iowa State (14-5) at Ole Miss (14-4)

Game Time: 12:00 ET
TV Network: ESPN

With losses in two of the last three games, Ole Miss has struggled, especially offensively. Iowa State’s defense is just good enough to keep that going, but the Rebels are at home – they’re due. The offense that’s been great from the field and excellent from three when it needs to be has to keep the turnovers to a minimum against the aggressive Cyclones. Iowa State will stay in the game from three, but Ole Miss will sweat it out late on the free throw line.

Prediction: Ole Miss 70, Iowa State 66
Line: PICK, o/u: 146.5

Virginia (17-1) at Notre Dame (11-5)

Game Time: 1:00 ET
TV Network: CBS

The Cavaliers bounced back from the loss to Duke to lay waste to Wake Forest, but now it has to deal with a desperate Notre Dame win that has to get a big, big win to keep its season alive. Lose, and with Duke up next, it’s uh-oh time for the Blue Devils. The Irish can shoot from three, but overall, they’re awful from the field. That’s a slight issue against this crushing Cavalier defense.

Prediction: Virginia 74, Notre Dame 62
Line: Virginia -11.5, o/u: 123.5

Marquette (17-3) at Xavier (11-9)

Game Time: 2:00 ET
TV Network: FS1

On a six-game winning streak, Marquette has been steady, and it’s been able to clamp down defensively in a slew of tight games. Xavier’s defense has been a problem, losing four of its las six. The Musketeers don’t force enough easy baskets, but they attack the boards well enough to stick around at home. They’re not going to get rolled like they did two weeks ago in a 70-52 loss, but they won’t be able to keep up the pace.

Prediction: Marquette 74, Xavier 67
Line: Marquette -2, o/u: 144.5

Clemson (11-7) at NC State (15-4)

Game Time: 2:00 ET
TV Network: ACC Network

Losers of four of its last five games, Clemson has to do something in a big hurry to change its season around – playing a shaky NC State team might do it. The Wolfpack have lost three of their last five, alternating wins and losses – they’re due, in the pattern, for a loss. However, Clemson just doesn’t score enough. It’s not good from three, and it can’t defend from beyond the arc. At home, the Pack scoring punch will open things up early, and the defense that’s great at forcing turnovers will put it away.

Prediction: NC State 77, Clemson 67
Line: NC State -6, o/u: 149.5

Pitt (12-7) at Louisville (14-5)

Game Time: 2:00 ET
TV Network: ACC Network

Louisville is on a roll winning four straight, but the last loss was on the road to Pitt in overtime. Since then, the Panthers have lost three of the last four with the offense having problems cranking it up. Pitt will stay alive on turnovers – its defense comes up with them, and Louisville’s doesn’t – but the offense won’t be able to keep up from three in the second half.

Prediction: Louisville 75, Pitt 64
Line: Louisville -10.5, o/u: 141

West Virginia (9-10) at Tennessee (17-1)

Game Time: 4:00 ET
TV Network: ESPN

Tennessee survived one game at No. 1, but now it has to get by a West Virginia team that stunned Kansas last Saturday. The Mountaineers are plucky and will provide a bit of a push, but unlike Wednesday against Alabama, the Vols will start to look the part. They can hit shots, the Mountaineers can’t, and the game will slip away in the last five minutes.

Prediction: Tennessee 90, West Virginia 72
Line: Tennessee -14.5, o/u: 153

Kansas (16-3) at Kentucky (15-3)

Game Time: 6:00 ET
TV Network: ESPN

Both teams are flawed, and they’re a little bit more about their brand name than their talent, but there’s still a whole lot more season to go. Winning this game doesn’t put anyone in the Final Four, but it’ll be a big moment at around the midway point in the season.

At home, the Wildcats have to own the boards against a Kansas team that shouldn’t generate too many second chance points. The Jayhawks, though, are terrific at shooting from the field. Can Kentucky put together a full 40 minutes? At home, the Cats are going to get by in a fun up-and-down game that will come down to free throws – UK will be better at them than KU.

Prediction: Kentucky 83, Kansas 80
Line: Kentucky -6, o/u: 144.5

Arkansas (11-7) at Texas Tech (15-4)

Game Time: 6:00 ET
TV Network: ESPN2

Arkansas pulled up out of its nosedive with a win over Missouri to break a four-game losing streak, while Texas Tech has lost three in a row after starting out 4-0 in Big 12 play. The Red Raiders don’t do anything from three, but the defense is good enough to keep the mediocre Arkansas offense from taking over. Texas Tech will be better on the boards and will be at least a +7 on the free throw line.

Prediction: Texas Tech 68, Arkansas 63
Line: Texas Tech -10, o/u: 136

LSU (15-3) at Missouri (10-7)

Game Time: 6:00 ET
TV Network: SEC Network

On an eight game winning streak, LSU has caught fire at the right time going unbeaten so far in SEC play. Missouri has lost four of its last five games with the offense sputtering, but the defense has been solid. LSU won’t do enough from three, and it’ll turn it over a bit too often, but Mizzou can’t hit a free throw and it doesn’t move the ball around well enough to get the O going.

Prediction: LSU 74, Missouri 69
Line: LSU -4.5, o/u: 142

Syracuse (14-5) at Virginia Tech (15-3)

Game Time: 8:00 ET
TV Network: ESPN

Virginia Tech has lost two of its last three with the defense struggling against Virginia and North Carolina, but it should be able to hang around against a red-hot Syracuse team whose defense is suffocating just about everyone. Both teams play D, and the Orange do it better, but the Hokies will do just enough from the outside to get by at home.

Prediction: Virginia Tech 69, Syracuse 65
Line: Virginia Tech -6, o/u: 135.5

Auburn (13-5) at Mississippi State (14-4)

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

Both teams come limping into this, and partly because they both lost to both Kentucky and South Carolina over the last few games. Auburn is still terrific on the boards – despite losing two straight – and it’s still not giving the ball away enough to be a problem. Mississippi State isn’t good enough at grabbing the defensive rebound, but it’ll be able to stay close at home from three.

Prediction: Auburn 77, Mississippi State 71
Line: Mississippi State -1.5, o/u: 149.5


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