College basketball picks, schedule: Duke vs. Clemson predictions and more Saturday’s top 25 games

We hope you have multiple monitors and streamers close at hand, because we’ve already got a wild start to a day immersing yourself in wall-to-wall college basketball. From the ET noon slate all the way through the late window, a slew of games may be vying for your attention.

Later in the afternoon, expect more fireworks and drama in both the Big Ten and Big 12. Indiana, on a three-game sledge, is desperate to go home against a struggling Wisconsin team as well. Kansas State is looking to assert itself as a true Big 12 contender with an important road test against TCU. Then, of course, there’s Kansas welcoming Iowa State to Allen Fieldhouse to take on two teams that have gone undefeated in league play.

Drama, drama, drama.

Prior to the event, our team put their heads together to make selections for each game of interest either directly or against the spread.

Odds via Caesars Sportsbook | All times are oriental

Featured game | Clemson Tigers vs Duke Blue Devils

5 m | ACC Network, fuboTV (try for free) – Jeremy Roach’s injury hampered an already struggling Duke team and cost him some growth and momentum as the young core developed. And outside of Kyle Filipovski, the five young Duke stars have been hit or miss. But Dariq Whitehead is coming through, Filipowski is playing at a high level and Ryan Young (!) is giving important minutes now to a team that I think can get out of this way. Roach isn’t expected to be there, but Therese Proctor can get the job done. Pick: Duke +1 (Pun)

Kentucky at No. 5 Tennessee

Featured game | Tennessee Volunteers vs Kentucky Wildcats

12 m | ESPN, fuboTV (try for free) – Every time it feels like Kentucky has hit a new low this season, it’s a surprise to fall another rung down the ladder and find the new Little. But losing on the road here wouldn’t qualify. Tennessee is the favorite and expected to win by double digits behind its No. 1 ranked defense. We expect it to be a little closer than that as Kentucky fights for its life, but the Vols are right up there with the play. Prediction: UK +14 (Bonn)

No. 18 Wisconsin at Indiana

Featured game | Indiana Hoosiers vs. Wisconsin Badgers

1pm ET | CBS, CBSSports.comAnd CBS Sports app (free) — Indiana is a defensive mess as injuries battle to veteran rookies Xavier Johnson and Race Thompson. The Hoosiers allowed three consecutive foes to exceed 80 points and lost all three games. Wisconsin is dealing with its own injury issue as leading scorer Tyler Wahl is rehabbing an ankle injury. But the Badgers have enough firepower elsewhere on the list to keep this guy close and maybe even steal a victory down the road.. Pick: Wisconsin +4.5 (cup)

No. 11 Kansas State at No. 17 TCU

Featured game | TCU Horned Frogs vs. Kansas State Wildcats

2 m | ESPN2, fuboTV (try for free) – TCU has lost two straight points by six combined in the vaunted Big 12 while K-State is 15-1 and gaining traction as a legitimate competitor. But I’m going to build on the reverse of the recent momentum and take UC here. The Horned Frogs are playing well despite recent stumbles behind Mike Miles Jr. and Emanuel Miller and Damion Baugh. Pick: TCU -3.5 (Bonn)

No. 14 Iowa at No. 2 Kansas

Featured game | Kansas Jayhawks vs Iowa State Hurricanes

4 m | ESPN+ – Kansas looked completely dead in the water twice this season at home before reviving itself and rolling for the wins against the Jayhawks minions. Picking against them at home sounds silly, but this season they’ve allowed teams to keep things close at home in league play, and this ISU team is equipped inside and out to keep the trend rolling with a lid on the lag. Choose: ISU +8 (bon)

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