Twenty-one of the teams currently ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 poll are scheduled to take the court Saturday, with college basketball schedules clashing in late January. Immediately after Boise State takes on San Diego State in Mountain West action on CBS, Alabama will put its undefeated SEC record on the line when it takes on No. 6 Tennessee. The Crimson Tide are significant underdogs on the road despite being one of only three teams in the Big Six conference yet to lose a conference game this season.
No. 13 Auburn also hasn't lost a conference game. The Tigers are off to a 4-0 start in conference play and will next play at home against No. 22 Ole Miss. The other team that hasn't lost a conference game is No. 4 North Carolina, which will play the Tar Heels. Boston College on the road Saturday.
Other notable matchups include a Pac-12 showdown between No. 12 Arizona and UCLA, a matchup between No. 24 Iowa State and No. 19 TCU, and a road matchup between reigning national champion No. 1 UConn and Big East rival Villanova. Includes matches played.
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#1 UConn at Villanova
8pm | Fox, fuboTV (free trial) — UW made a statement earlier this week while playing as the nation's No. 1 team for the first time in nearly 15 years. The Huskies defeated Creighton 62-48, improving to 5-2 against Quad 1 opponents and cementing their status as the top-ranked team in the nation. Donovan Clingan, the college's star big man, played 15 minutes in his first game back from a foot injury, and his minutes should continue to increase. Prediction: UConn -2
No. 22 Ole Miss at No. 13 Auburn
8:30pm | SEC Network, fuboTV (Free Trial) — Since losing on the road to Appalachian State on Dec. 3, Auburn has looked like a different basketball team. The Tigers have won 10 straight games since then and are still three of the Big Six undefeated in conference play. Ole Miss, meanwhile, was one of the most surprising teams in the country under first-year coach Chris Beard, starting 14-0 before losing to Tennessee. The X factor of this? Auburn freshman guard Aiden Holloway. This seems like a repeat of the Ole Miss vs. Tennessee game from a few weeks ago. The Vols won the game 90-64. Prediction: Auburn -13
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San Diego State University Boise State University
1pm | CBS, CBSSports.com, CBS Sports App (Free) — Matchup within a featured matchup: Boise State's Tyson Degenhart vs. San Diego State's Jadon Rudy. Both players should eventually be named to the all-conference first team and will be key to the team's success. The Broncos are one of the best teams in the country at home and should have home court advantage against SDSU. After a disappointing loss a few days ago, this is the perfect place for the Broncos to put in a bounce-back performance. Mountain West State also hopes to potentially become a five- or six-bid league, adding another big victory to Boise State's blockbuster lawsuit. Prediction: Boise State +1
Alabama, 6th place Tennessee
2pm | ESPN2, fuboTV (Try it for free) — If you haven't heard or seen Tennessee's Dalton Knecht yet, now is the perfect time to start. The Northern Colorado transfer is one of the top players in the sport this season and should be watched.Won SEC Player of the Year Award. Tennessee will be the Crimson Tide's toughest test yet in conference play, with wins over Vanderbilt, South Carolina, Mississippi State and Missouri. Alabama will keep this game close, but the Vols will get it done at home. Prediction: Tennessee -5.5
24th Iowa State, 19th TCU
2pm | ESPNU, fuboTV (Try it for free) — TCU could go 4-0 in Big 12 play at this point. The Horned Frogs lost a close game to Kansas in their conference opener and recently lost to Cincinnati in overtime. TCU could have won that game in the final moments of regulation, but missed a one-on-one at the free throw line and ultimately lost in the overtime period. Iowa State is also 2-2 in Big 12 play after wins over Houston and Oklahoma State and losses to Oklahoma State and BYU. TCU has already won two ranked games in conference play and should be able to pick up a third win since this game is at home. Prediction: TCU -1
UCLA ranked 12th in Arizona
4pm | ESPN2, fuboTV (Try it for free) — The last four weeks of the season have been a roller coaster for Arizona State. During that span, the Wildcats had big wins over Colorado, Utah and USC, and big losses to FAU, Stanford and Washington State. Meanwhile, UCLA got off to its worst start in the Mick Cronin era, losing by 46 points on the road to Utah before winning back-to-back games against Washington State and Arizona State. The combination of Arizona's struggles and UCLA's resurgence makes this a line the Bruins can cover. Prediction: UCLA +19