College Basketball Picks and Predictions for Saturday February 21 Print
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Saturday, 21 February 2009 05:46

Saturday NCAAB Picks

Our team of writers and handicappers hand out their College Basketball picks and predictions for Saturday, February 21.

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Stanford at Oregon, 8:00PM ET

All games in this series since 1997

STANFORD is 17-7 against the spread versus OREGON since 1997

STANFORD is 20-4 straight up against OREGON since 1997

12 of 17 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL since 1997

Games over the last 3 seasons

STANFORD is 4-1 against the spread versus OREGON over the last 3 seasons 

STANFORD is 3-2 straight up against OREGON over the last 3 seasons 

4 of 5 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

All games played at OREGON since 1997

STANFORD is 7-4 against the spread versus OREGON since 1997

STANFORD is 7-4 straight up against OREGON since 1997

6 of 7 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL since 1997

Games played at OREGON over the last 3 seasons.

OREGON is 1-1 against the spread versus STANFORD over the last 3 seasons 

OREGON is 2-0 straight up against STANFORD over the last 3 seasons 

2 of 2 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

NCAA Free Pick: Stanford  View Game Matchup | Best Line: -5.5

Oklahoma at Texas, 9:00PM ET

After the teams' first meeting this season, Blake Griffin said he hoped Oklahoma's win over Texas would set the tone for the rest of the Big 12 season. That's certainly proven to be the case.

Coming off the best game of his career, Griffin leads the surging Sooners into the Frank Erwin Center on Saturday night to face a Texas team that's struggling but has won five straight at home against top 5 opponents.

Oklahoma (25-1, 11-0) pushed its winning streak to 13 last Saturday, defeating Texas Tech 95-74 behind Griffin's 40 points and 23 rebounds - both career highs. He became the third Sooner and first since Wayman Tisdale had 61 points and 22 boards against Texas-San Antonio on Dec. 28, 1983, to post a 40-point, 20-rebound game.

Griffin's performance was also the first 40-20 game in Big 12 history.

NCAA Free Pick: Texas View Game Matchup | Best Line: -1

Dayton at Saint Louis, 8:00PM ET

Dayton climbed as high as 14th in the AP poll last season before injuries sent it reeling. After breaking into the Top 25 for first time in 2008-09, the Flyers seem focused on avoiding a similar fate despite losing top reserve Rob Lowery for the season.

Dayton tries to maintain its spot in the poll as well as sole possession of first place in the Atlantic 10 on Saturday when it visits St. Louis.

The No. 25 Flyers (23-3, 9-2) broke into the rankings on Monday after recording two home wins last week, 71-58 over then-No. 14 Xavier on Feb. 11 and 69-63 over Richmond last Saturday.

Dayton has been idle since that game, in which its bench outscored Richmond's reserves 21-10 despite playing for the first time since losing Lowery to season-ending surgery for a torn knee tendon. Lowery, who got hurt in the first half versus the Musketeers, is third on the team with 7.5 points per game and second with 3.4 assists despite averaging the sixth-most minutes (18.2).

Helping make up for Lowery's absence last Saturday were sophomore Chris Wright, who had 17 points and 10 rebounds, and London Warren with 10 points and six assists. The Flyers never trailed after the opening two minutes.

NCAA Free Pick: Dayton View Game Matchup | Best Line: PK

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Posted: 2/21/09 10:46AM ET


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