|Texas A&M at Missouri
|Arkansas at Ole Miss
|South Carolina at Tennessee
|LSU at Alabama
The Arkansas Razorbacks are a 10-seed in Joe Lunardi’s latest Bracketology, so they’re probably not the kind of team that needs to go lose to the Ole Miss Rebels, even on the road. Of course, winning on the road has been a continuing problem: the Razorbacks are 1-6 in true road games this season. The real question now is what, exactly, Ole Miss will look like now that Andy Kennedy is officially done after the season; perhaps the players will respond negatively to that news, or they’ll play harder than they ever have.
Meanwhile, also at 7:00 PM ET, the red-hot Texas A&M Aggies go on the road to face the equally red-hot Missouri Tigers; both teams have won four in a row and are firmly in the tournament as of now, so a win would simply bolster either team’s resume. Texas A&M did just dismiss backup point guard J.J. Caldwell from the team and also lost another guard, Duane Wilson, for the season with a torn ACL. Of course, Missouri is dealing with a short bench themselves.
At 9:00 PM ET, the Alabama Crimson Tide host the LSU Tigers, and the Tennessee Volunteers host the South Carolina Gamecocks. In terms of intrigue, neither game is all that important: Tennessee and Alabama are likely NCAA Tournament teams, while LSU and South Carolina are NIT teams at best.
Bad Gambling Advice
Saturday: 5-2 ATS; Season to Date: 100-90-5 ATS
- Texas A&M (+1) at Missouri: Both teams are red-hot at the moment, so I’ll go with the (slightly) better team even on the road.
- Arkansas (+1.5) at Ole Miss: Ugh. While I hate picking Arkansas on the road, at the moment I also hate picking Ole Miss (losers of five straight) at all. Somebody has to win this game.
- LSU (+7.5) at Alabama: Alabama’s ability to get up for big games and more or less mail it in against lesser opponents is noted. LSU will hang around and lose by about 6.
- South Carolina at Tennessee (-12.5): I kind of hate laying 12.5 points, but I’ll do it mostly to fade South Carolina, whose season is slipping away very quickly.