2021 college basketball picks, Feb. 6 predictions from proven model

The No. 23 Kansas Jayhawks will visit the No. 17 West Virginia Mountaineers on Saturday at WVU Coliseum. Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. ET on CBS. West Virginia is 12-5 overall and 5-2 at home while Kansas is 12-6 overall and 2-4 on the road. The Jayhawks have won nine of the last 10 head-to-head meetings and covered in seven of those 10 matchups.

a person on a court: Mar 20, 2019; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; General overall view of a basketball approaching the rim and net before the first round of the 2019 NCAA Tournament at Vivint Smart Home Arena.

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Mar 20, 2019; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; General overall view of a basketball approaching the rim and net before the first round of the 2019 NCAA Tournament at Vivint Smart Home Arena.

However, the Jayhawks have covered just twice now in their last seven games entering Saturday. The Mountaineers are two-point favorites, with the over-under for total points listed at 141.5 in the latest West Virginia vs. Kansas odds from William Hill Sportsbook. Before entering any Kansas vs. West

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College basketball picks, schedule: Predictions, odds for Kentucky vs. Tennessee and other key games

Saturday looks like it could be a big day for college basketball. And if it goes anything like this last few days have gone, we could see a wild day on the hardwood.

We’ve already seen 10 ranked teams — including five in the top-10 and eight in the top-16 — take losses this week in the sport. So with 17 ranked teams in action Saturday, there’s bound to be some high-profile teams stumble in similar fashion.

On tap for the day include ranked matchups in the SEC, Big 12 and Big Ten with real conference title implications at stake as the regular season slowly grinds to a halt.

Our staff has convened once again to lay out our picks for the day ahead, so keep scrolling to get against the spread and straight up advice to fade or follow as you wish.

Jonathan Coachman is joined by Mike McClure

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College football signing day headliners include Alabama, USC, Oklahoma

Want to win the national championship? Scratch that: Want to compete for the national championship? Then you’d better win on national signing day.

Decades of data and feedback — the wall-to-wall, yearlong coverage of recruiting began in earnest in the early 2000s — has established the obvious connection between recruiting success and on-field success. Those who win on the two signing days in December and February also win big in January.

And those who win big in the postseason then continue to own the recruiting trail, creating an almost unbreakable cycle of dominance.

As of early Wednesday afternoon, the nation’s best signing class belonged to defending national champion Alabama, according to the team rankings compiled by Following was Ohio State, which lost to the Crimson Tide last month in Miami. Georgia, LSU and Clemson rounded out the top five.

Combined, these national powers have gone 171-24 across the past

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Nick Saban’s Success at Producing Consensus All-Americans is Way Beyond Anything College Football Has Seen Before

When it comes to assessing talent on college football teams, two obvious barometers are recruiting rankings and the NFL draft. 

One that’s in between the coming and going is being named an All-American, the best at each position for a given season. 

As demonstrated once again this week, Alabama stands out in attracting top prospects, and its been dominating at the pro level for a while, so it shouldn’t surprise anyone that the Crimson Tide under Nick Saban has ruled the All-American selections as well.

But the level to which it has done so has been stunning.

For consistency and simplicity purposes, this discussion will be limited to consensus first-season All-American status. 

For that, a player must be named first-team by the majority of the services recognized by the NCAA: American Football Coaches Association, Walter Camp Foundation, The Associated Press, Football Writers Association of America and Sporting News.

A year

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