Weekly Picks: College basketball takes center stage!

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With another football season in the books, college basketball will take center stage this week and hopefully cure the football hangover for college fans.

Tonight the bowl season will end with the National Championship game. With the end of bowl season, it marks the end of a spectacular year of college football. It is just our luck that the college basketball season is in full swing and providing entertaining games. Last week the weekly picks gave us a couple of upsets including Colorado knocking off Oregon and San Diego State beating Kansas on the road, as well as a top five team in Wisconsin just squeaking out a win. The WCC also saw an upset with Pepperdine beating BYU, sending the Cougars on a four game losing streak. Now that the new week is here, and the Cougars have ended their losing streak, a tremendous slate of games are on tap.

The National Games:

#7 Baylor vs #9 Iowa State

On Tuesday at 7pm EST on ESPN2 #7 Baylor pays a visit to #9 Iowa State. In a game that Cougar fans will be interested in, as the Cougars played the Cyclones tough, the Bears will try to give Iowa State their first loss of the year. The game should be close, but I think the home court advantage continues for the Cyclones and they come out with the win.

Winner: Iowa State

#3 Ohio State vs #5 Michigan State

Later Tuesday night, at 9pm EST on ESPN the marquee matchup of the day matches #3 Ohio State and #5 Michigan State. The game will be played in front of the Spartan fans, but in another close game, I think the Buckeyes take the game on the road and give Michigan State its second loss.

Winner: Ohio State

#24 Memphis vs #12 Louisville

On Thursday at 7pm EST on ESPN the 24th ranked Tigers of Memphis will pay a visit to the 12th ranked Louisville Cardinals. This game is a key game for Memphis as they have already lost a game in the AAC but I think the home crowd will fuel the Cardinals to a home win.

Winner: Louisville

North Carolina vs #2 Syracuse

On Saturday at 12pm EST on ESPN North Carolina will travel to face #2 Syracuse as the Orange try to keep their undefeated season alive. With the talent and home crowd for Syracuse, this game could turn ugly early, but don't ever count out the Tar Heels. Syracuse should win by double digits.

Winner Syracuse

The WCC highlights:

Pepperdine vs BYU

The highlight game of Thursday night will be the rematch between Pepperdine and BYU. The Cougars beat up on San Diego to end their losing streak and look forward to welcoming Pepperdine into the Marriott Center. BYU is desperate for payback after being embarrassed by the Waves last week. The Waves are coming off a loss to San Francisco, so they'll be looking to avoid staring off 0-2 on the road in the WCC. The game will be on BYUtv at 9pm EST.

Winner: BYU

San Francisco vs Saint Mary's

On Saturday at 6pm EST the San Francisco Dons will travel to Saint Mary's to try and extend their surprising start to the WCC season. With a 3-1 record in WCC play, they are looking at knocking off a struggling Saint Mary's squad. Saint Mary's should take advantage of their home court and home fans, but it will be much closer than anticipated. Saint Mary's should win a nail biter.

Winner: Saint Mary's

Loyola Marymount vs BYU

In the final WCC highlight we get another rematch as Loyola Marymount travels to Provo to take on BYU. In another game where the Cougars will be looking for payback, the Cougars will also be trying to make their way back into the WCC race. This game shouldn't be a repeat of the first game as BYU's home court advantage will make the difference and give BYU the win.

Winner: BYU

With another great week of basketball on the schedule, what games did we miss and what will you be watching? Let us know in the comments below.

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