College basketball picks, schedule: Predictions for Texas vs. Baylor and other big games on Saturday

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Saturday’s college hoops action list sparks intrigue from noon ET until well after midnight, starting with No. 1 Auburn’s 12 p.m. tip against Texas A&M and ending at No. 2 from Gonzaga at 10 p.m. with No. 22 from Saint Mary. In between will be several other key conference games as the race for league titles and NCAA tournament positioning heats up.

Among the early highlights of the day are a few Big 12 battles. The first comes at noon between No. 20 Texas and No. 10 Baylor as the Longhorns look to follow up their victory over No. 8 Kansas with a another win against a top-10 foe. Oklahoma will be looking for an equally great week as they travel to face the Jayhawks after eliminating No. 9 Texas Tech earlier this week.

The Big 12 has been full of chaos on Saturdays this season, and it could certainly continue. But there are upheavals and dramas across the national landscape. With Selection Sunday just four weeks away from this Sunday, life on the bubble becomes more perilous and the seed implications of each match seem more real.

Our experts have picks and predictions for the biggest matches of the day here.

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No. 20 Texas at No. 10 Baylor

Noon | ESPN2, fuboTV (Try for free) — Texas has won five of its last six, including a 79-76 thriller against No. 8 Kansas on Monday. Baylor is just 5-4 since leaving 15-0 and was crushed by those same Jayhawks last Saturday. But the Bears have home-court advantage and are closing in on full health. The Longhorns likely won’t be able to replicate the 18-point advantage in turnovers they enjoyed against Kansas. It would help if Baylor 3-point shooter LJ Cryer was available for the first time since Jan. 25, but even if he isn’t, the Bears are expected to retire late. Prediction: Baylor 70, Texas 63

Oklahoma at Kansas No. 8

1 p.m. | SCS, CBSSports.com, CBS Sports app (To free) — Oklahoma scored 45 second-half points against an elite Texas Tech defense in a huge win on Wednesday. The Sooners may not earn their first victory in Kansas since 1993, but they can certainly make it too close for consolation against a Jayhawks team that just lost to Texas. KU won the first encounter 67-64 on Jan. 18 and may have to fight until the end to secure a season sweep. Prediction: Kansas 73, Oklahoma 71

3:30 p.m. | Fox, fuboTV (Try for free) — Both of these teams have lost two games in a row and have major issues to deal with. Indiana coach Mike Woodson suspended five players, including starters Parker Stewart and Xavier Johnson, for IU’s loss at Northwestern on Tuesday. But Woodson did not say whether the five would immediately reprise their roles. Michigan State is coming off a 21-point loss to Rutgers and an eight-point home loss to Wisconsin. It would be truly amazing if Michigan State lost consecutive games at home. Look for the Spartans to play with an advantage. Prediction: Michigan State 77, Indiana 68

4 p.m. | ESPN, fuboTV (Try for free) — The Gators are back to “First Four Out” status in Jerry Palm’s Bracketology amid a four-game winning streak. But those four wins are all against teams that are .500 or worse. Playing Kentucky at Rupp Arena is going to be a huge step up. But the Wildcats have been tested against Mississippi State and Vanderbilt in their last two home games. Short of a 3-point play-off in the UK, the Wildcats are unlikely to wipe out a Florida team playing with confidence. Prediction: Kentucky 76, Florida 72

No. 22 Saint Mary’s at No. 2 Gonzaga

10 p.m. | ESPN2, fuboTV (Try for free) — The West Coast Conference is supposedly better than ever and supposedly deeper than Gonzaga in terms of real threats to advancing in the NCAA Tournament. But if that’s really the case, then St. Mary’s better prove it here. The Zags are 8-0 in WCC play and have won seven of those eight games by 25 points or more. The other win was a 16-point win over San Francisco. St. Mary’s has great quality in Matthias Tass that could make Drew Timme and Chet Holmgren sweat, but the Zags should still win easily. Prediction: Gonzaga 88, St. Mary’s 62

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