Pick: Kansas (+6) @ Texas Tech
Reasoning: The Jayhawks have been surviving conference play so far this season without two starters. As Udoka Azubuike is sidelined for the year with a wrist injury, and leading scorer Lagerald Vick has taken a personal leave of absence from the team. Although this has left the Jayhawks in a tough position, as always, they still have a chance to win the BIG12 title once again. Today, Kansas travels to take on a tough opponent in Texas Tech. The 14th ranked Red Raiders have won six of seven and are also trying to make a surge towards the top of the conference standings. I expect Kansas to keep this close, and ultimately have a chance to win at the end of the game. Six points seems like a massive spread for a Kansas team that always seems to win BIG12 games late in the year. I get it, this Kansas team is different, but still talented enough to pull off an upset or at least cover the spread today in Lubbock.
Pick: Tennessee ML @ Louisiana State
Reasoning: Here we go again, backing the Volunteers after just one week ago they let me and fellow bettors down with an extremely disappointing showing at Kentucky. Today, Grant Williams and the Vols bounce back. A prime time matchup against an LSU team that is currently ranked #15 in the country. Tennessee embarrassed LSU in their last meeting, drubbing the Tigers by a margin of 23 points. With two dominant post presences in Schofield and Williams of Tennessee, I expect the big men to prove to be too much for the Tigers to handle once again. Although the Tigers are hot and trending upwards, expect the Vols to get back on track with a resume building road win behind the play of their posts.