College basketball Top 25 expert picks, odds, lines, top Saturday underdogs (2024)

We’re getting closer to Selection Sunday and there is plenty of action this weekend that you won’t want to miss.

The biggest game of the weekend is No. 3 Kansas at No. 4 Baylor, which can be seen on CBS and streaming live for free on and the CBS Sports app at 1 p.m. ET on Saturday.

On Sunday, you can check out No. 23 Maryland at No. 1 Wisconsin on CBS and streaming live for free on and the CBS Sports appat 1 p.m. ET.

There’s more to watch and Matt Norlander gets you ready with the top storylines in his weekend preview.

Gary Parrish

Baylor -1.5 vs. Kansas

The public is going to be on Kansas because the public is always on Kansas. But Baylor is legit, still playing for a top seed in the NCAA Tournament and clearly capable of beating the Jayhawks in Waco. This spread should be at least two points higher. So lay the number and feel smart doing it.

Gonzaga -30 vs. Pacific

This is such a big number. But do you realize Gonzaga is 19-4-1 against the spread this season? It’s true. So let’s ride that trend, lay the points and see if the Zags can win and cover for the fifth consecutive time.

Marquette -3.5 vs. Xavier

Marquette is still playing for an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, which suggests a Saturday night crowd at the Bradley Center should be wild. Can Xavier keep it within four points at a place where Villanova already lost? I would bet against it.


NC State +5.5 vs. Notre Dame

Wouldn’t it be hilarious if Mark Gottfried, two days after being fired, beat a nationally ranked team? I can’t promise it’ll happen. But I promise that I would love it if it happened, if only because it would make for a fun podcast.

Matt Norlander

Miami (Fla.) -3 vs. Clemson

The Hurricanes are among the longest and biggest teams in the ACC. I’ve been a seller on Clemson all season. The Tigers need this game to have a shot at an at-large bid, but I don’t see it. I think Miami wins this by 6-8 points, with Clemson getting beat big on the boards.

West Virginia -11.5 vs. Texas Tech

This is a revenge game for WVU, which fell 77-76 in OT at Texas Tech on Jan. 3. TTU is walking into a hornet’s nest here, I think. The Mountaineers are likely to run the Red Raiders ragged, and though Tech is fighting for an NCAA bid, this will not end well. ‘Eers earn some pride back.

Iowa State -7 vs. TCU

Another Big 12 game for me. TCU is still young, and Iowa State -- though unpredictable -- is set up to have a really good game here. TCU did beat the Cyclones back in January, but Iowa State should be able to get a really good home crowd to push it to a comfortable win. Monte Morris double-double alert (points/assists) is in play.


Seton Hall +6.5 vs. Villanova

The Pirates are on the bubble’s edge, in terms of being in or out. They have a tremendous big man in Angel Delgado, the second-best bruiser in the sport to Caleb Swanigan. Villanova is so good, but the Pirates are getting disrespected with this line. They should be able to finish within six points of the Wildcats. An outright win wouldn’t shock me whatsoever.

Kyle Boone

Oklahoma State -11 vs. Oklahoma

Oklahoma State barely edged the Sooners in the first round of Bedlam this season thanks to a last-second 3-pointer from Phil Forte. Since that game, OSU has won three of four, including two wins on the road over Big 12 foes. Meanwhile, OU has lost seven of eight and just lost starting point guard Jordan Woodard for the season. I think OSU takes Round 2 by 20-plus.

Notre Dame -5.5 at NC State

Even at home, I don’t think the Wolfpack stand a chance to keep this one close. Not only did NC State just fire Mark Gottfried, but it has lost its past three games by a combined 78 points. I think that trend continues against a Notre Dame team that has won three straight and still has an outside shot at an ACC regular-season crown.

Louisville -12.5 vs. Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech lost its leading rebounder for the season, and Louisville has the talent and length to more than exploit it. The Cardinals have only taken one home loss in ACC play -- and I think that stays the same after Saturday. Look for Donovan Mitchell to continue his hot streak and lead his team to a big win over the Hokies.


Mississippi State +11 vs. Florida

After seven straight wins, I think this is a bit of a trap game for the Gators. Ben Howland has notched some nice wins in Starkville this season, including over Texas A&M, Arkansas and Tennessee. Bulldogs guard Quinndary Weatherspoon has the ability to drop 25 points on any given night. I think he’ll have a huge game and the Bulldogs will upset Florida to shake up the SEC race.

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