College basketball has the NCAA universe all to itself now that the College Football Playoff National Championship has come and gone, and Saturday's schedule brings a solid slate of action on the hardwood. The early afternoon window will be particularly loaded as No. 18 Kentucky hosts No. 22 Tennessee and No. 15 Iowa State hosts No. 21 Texas in a pair of critical early-season conference battles.
It will be past midnight ET when the last ranked team is done as No. 3 UCLA and No. 5 USC start league contests at 10:30 and 11 p.m. ET, respectively. In between, there will be plenty of action, including a bounce-back opportunity for No. 1 Baylor as the Bears look to recover from their first loss by hosting Oklahoma State at 5 p.m.
Another of the day's appealing Big 12 contests pits No. 9 Kansas against West Virginia in a battle of teams with identical 13-2 (2-1 Big 12) records.
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8:30 p.m. | SEC Network, fuboTV (Try for free) -- With No. 1 Baylor suffering its first loss this week, Auburn could have a case to be the nation's new top-ranked team if it can take care of business here. The Tigers are already No. 1 in Gary Parrish's Top 25 And 1 and have been wildly impressive during a 12-game winning streak. In theory, they should crush an Ole Miss team that just lost by 16 at Texas A&M. But the Rebels soundly beat a decent Mississippi State team at home just a week ago and should keep this one closer than many expect. Prediction: Auburn 75, Ole Miss 70
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