A full 18 of AP’s top 25 college basketball teams are in action on January 29, and 19 would have been if Marquette and Providence hadn’t delayed things one day. But the highlight of the day’s schedule includes some great games in the Big 12-SEC Challenge, where conferences play full 10 matches against each other from morning till night last Saturday in January.
The 19th LSU Tigers are in Fort Worth to take on the TCU Horned Frogs in a game that may be closer than expected. Both Xavier Pinson and Darius Days are in question for tigers, who will be favored but not so much. LSU dropped three of the last four, with only a 70-64 win over Texas A&M on Wednesday in breaking the series.
The Oklahoma Sooners drew the short straw and earned the No. 1 team in the country the Auburn Tigers on the road. Advanced scales don’t like Auburn (19-1, 8-0 SEC) as much as ratings do, and a 55-54 scale above Tuesday’s modest Mizzou could be cause for concern. But the Sooners (13-7, 3-5 Big 12) couldn’t find a better chance of a decisive win for their NCAA Championship hopes if they could find a way to escape.
Finally, the standout game on the board is the Kentucky Wildcats #12 against the #5 Kansas Jayhawks at the legendary Allen Fieldhouse. TyTy Washington is in question for the Wildcats as he recovers from an ankle injury, and his condition may be key to figuring out the winner. The UK has been perfect indoors, but already has losses on the roads at Notre Dame, LSU and Auburn this season.
Here’s the full schedule for the top 25 college basketball teams on Saturday, January 29, with odds from DraftKings Sportsbook:
Top 25 College Basketball, Jan 29
|12:00 pm||#9 Duke||Louisville||ESPN||Duke -6.5||140.5|
|12:00 pm||#19 LSU||TCU||ESPN2||LSU -2.5||125.5|
|12:00 pm||don’t ask||#25 Davidson||USA Net||Davidson -15||138.5|
|12:30 pm||Michigan||#10 Michigan State||CBS||Michigan Street -3.5||138|
|02:00||Oklahoma||#1 Auburn||ESPN||Auburn -9.5||137|
|02:00||#21 Xavier||Creton||FS1||Xavier -1.5||137.5|
|02:00||Missouri||#23 Iowa||Spino||Iowa Street -10.5||131|
|2:30 pm||Arizona||#3 Arizona||CBS||Arizona -21.5||146.5|
|4:00 pm||#4 Baylor||Alabama||ESPN||Baylor -3.5||150.5|
|4:30 pm||St. John’s||#14 Villanova||Fox||Vilanova -12.5||139.5|
|4:30 pm||#24 Illinois||northwest||BTN||Illinois -3||139.5|
|6:00 pm||#12 Kentucky||#5 KS||ESPN||KS-5||152|
|6:00 pm||Mississippi||#13 Texas Tech||ESPN2||Texas Tech -7.5||133.5|
|7:00 pm||California||#15 USC||Buck 12||USC -12||129|
|20:00||#7 Houston||UCF||ESPN2||Houston -7||137.5|
|20:00||#18 Tennessee||Texas||ESPN||Texas -3||127.5|
|9:00 pm||Portland||#2 Gonzaga||To be announced||Gonzaga-32||157|
|9:30 pm||stanford||#7 UC||Buck 12||UCLA -13||137|
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