Here is a College Basketball Midweek Preview Week 12 of the best games of the week. This includes Big 12 matchups of Texas at Texas Tech, SEC game of Alabama at Auburn and a PAC-12 clash of Auburn at Alabama.
(23) Texas at (14) Texas Tech
Texas will want to go on the road for their head coach Chris Beard to get a win in his return to Texas Tech. Now, the foundation of their ability to win this game will be on the defensive end. The ability for Texas to disrupt the flow of their offense will be vital especially against Bryson Williams. Also, the offensive consistency for Texas will be important going against another team with a stingy defense. The backcourt of Texas must lead the way offensively with Marcus Carr and Courtney Ramey. Timmy Allen as well must be a effective offensively with his versatility on the offensive end.
Texas Tech will have all of the energy from the home environment with the return of Chris Beard. The success of Texas Tech in this game will start defensively and control the tempo of the game, as well as having Bryson Williams continue to emerge as the offensive presence. The health of Terrance Shannon Jr. will be a key factor in this game and will determine his overall role within this game. Additionally, Adonis Arms has been a steady force on the offensive end for Texas Tech and will need to continue to do so.
Texas Tech will get the much-wanted win in the return of Chris Beard to Lubbock.
Matchup to Watch: Bryson Williams vs Christian Bishop
Prediction: Texas Tech 60 Texas 56
Alabama at (1) Auburn
Alabama has shown its low point and ultimate potential with marquee wins and disappointing losses all season. Now, this is another opportunity for Alabama to get a massive resume-building win against Auburn. The most important factor in this game will be the play of Jahvon Quinerly and his ability to be efficient offensively off Alabama. Also, the shot-making ability of Jaden Shackleford is vital for Alabama to have an opportunity to win on the road. The ability for Alabama to slowdown Auburn in transition will be a crucial part in potentially winning this game.
Auburn has another opportunity to establish its dominance in the SEC by playing Alabama who has beaten multiple top-ranked opponents. First off, K.D. Johnson is the tone-setter for this Auburn team and will have major responsibilities in defending Jaden Shackleford. Also, Walker Kessler must continue to be a force offensively with his skill level and dominant presence around the basket. The depth of Auburn is tremendous with Wendell Green and Devan Chambridge coming off the bench bringing consistency and scoring. Auburn’s toughness defensively will be the key in this matchup.
Auburn is going to continue its dominance in the SEC with the win over Alabama.
Matchup to Watch: K.D. Johnson vs Jaden Shackleford
(3) UCLA at (7) Arizona
UCLA will be looking to go on the road and get another win over Arizona. The ability for UCLA to defend Arizona at the same level in the previous matchup will be key throughout. The point guard play of Tyger Campbell is vital in setting up others and getting after it defensively. Also, the scoring ability of Johnny Juzang and Jaime Jaquez will be necessary in this game. The X factor for UCLA is Jules Bernard and when he plays at a high-level UCLA as a team goes to that next level. The consistency on the defensive end and getting out in transition will be important for them in this game.
Arizona will be attempting to get the win over UCLA this time around at home and establish themselves at the top of the PAC-12. Now, Arizona will need to get back into their offensive flow in this game against UCLA. This starts with Kerr Kriisa and his shot-making needs to be more on point for Arizona in this game. Also, Benedict Mathurin will need to be dynamic on both ends for Arizona to win this game. The interior presence of Christian Koloko needs to be more productive to give Arizona that interior scoring. Arizona’s consistency on the offensive end will be the difference-maker in this game.
UCLA is going to get another massive win in the matchup against Arizona.
Matchup to Watch: Benedict Mauthrin vs Johnny Juzang
Prediction: UCLA 75 Arizona 70
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