Thirty-seven games involving Division I teams highlight am action-packed mid-week college basketball slate, and we have you covered with our daily college basketball player props and best bets for Wednesday based on the best college basketball odds.
There is just one AP top 25 team in action tonight as No. 19 Texas hosts in-state rival Rice. And after plenty of high-profile Gavitt Tipoff Games between Big East and Big Ten teams took place on Monday and Tuesday, the only one on Wednesday’s slate is from New Jersey as Rutgers hosts Georgetown. The Big East leads the challenge, 3-2, after sweeping all three tilts yesterday.
Here are our college basketball player props and best bets for Wednesday (odds via our best March Madness betting sites; pick confidence based on a 1-to-5-star scale).
(Odds via DraftKings)
- Campbell vs. Virginia Tech (-18.5)
- Richmond vs. Boston College (-3.5)
- Merrimack vs. Ohio State (-20.5)
- Georgetown vs. Rutgers (-9.5)
- Rice vs. Texas (-18.5)
- Pacific vs. Nevada (-12.5)
Wednesday’s college basketball best bets
- Pacific race to 10 points in 1st half vs. Nevada (+215 via DraftKings) ⭐⭐⭐
- Texas to beat Rice by 21-25 points (+550 via DraftKings) ⭐⭐⭐
- Stony Brook-Nebraska Under 140.5 (-110 via FanDuel, Caesars, DraftKings, bet365) ⭐⭐⭐⭐
- Rutgers -8.5 vs. Georgetown (-112 via DraftKings) ⭐⭐⭐
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Wednesday’s college basketball props
Pacific race to 10 Points in 1st half vs. Nevada (+215 via DraftKings) ⭐⭐⭐
Nevada is a rightful 12.5-point favorite in this matchup, especially since it won 14 of its 15 home games a year ago. And while the Wolf Pack won impressively 83-76 on the road at Washington on Sunday, we are not overvaluing them too much based on that win, as the Huskies are still getting used to playing exclusively man-to-man defense instead of the usual 2-3 zone under head coach Mike Hopkins.
Pacific can do some things early to surprise Nevada, especially with its ability to space the floor against a typically compact Wolf Pack defense.
The Tigers have two terrific guards in Moe Odum and Tyler Beard, who are adept at getting into the lane, and Pacific ranked in the 99th percentile in catch-and-shoot efficiency, per Synergy, last year. The Tigers are an undersized backcourt, and Nevada’s perimeter length should eventually disrupt their rhythm. Still, we expect Pacific to come out swinging tonight, especially since it defends the 3-point line so well (23.1% allowed through two games).
bet365 offers a “Race to 20 Points” wager at +265 odds for Pacific, but it is more difficult for the underdog to lead for that long, and we instead find more value in comparable odds for the Tigers to be the first to score 10 points.
Texas to beat Rice by 21-25 points (+550 via DraftKings) ⭐⭐⭐
DraftKings offers many different winning margin wagers, and this particular one can be found under the “Winning Margin - 12 Way” option.
Texas is a 20.5-point favorite over Rice in this game, so if the oddsmakers are on the money with this line, as they so often are, we could be looking at a massive payday if the Longhorns cover.
The Longhorns trailed at halftime against Rice last year and had to squeak out an 87-81 win in overtime. However, we are taking that result with a grain of salt, as interim head coach Rodney Terry was unexpectedly thrust into that role for his first game following Chris Beard’s arrest.
Rice is coming off a 13-point home loss to Harvard, and its lack of depth showed (the Owls rank 313th with just 23.2% of its minutes from the bench) as it was outscored by seven points over the final 10 minutes. Look for Texas to use its size and athleticism to get Rice’s key players in foul trouble and eventually wear down the Owls en route to a cover.
We are getting plenty of value making this wager at DraftKings compared to bet365, as the latter offers a much smaller payout (+400) for the same bet.
Wednesday’s college basketball game picks
Stony Brook-Nebraska Under 140.5 (-110 via FanDuel, Caesars, DraftKings, bet365) ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Nebraska got a huge lift offensively with the return of Keisei Tominaga, a preseason All-Big Ten nominee who averaged 13.1 points per game last season. Tominaga missed the first two games of the season with an ankle injury and he was rusty, going 3-for-13 from the field on Monday against Rider. If Tominaga is not consistently stretching the defense, Nebraska’s offensive ceiling is much lower, and it will need to continue to hang its hat on defense to win games early.
In the Cornhuskers’ first-ever 3-0 start under head coach Fred Hoiberg, they have had double-figure scoring runs in each game and held their toughest opponent to date (Rider) scoreless for over nine minutes in the second half Monday. Thus, Stony Brook does not figure to get much off the offensive glass tonight, especially after Nebraska out-rebounded a Rider team that ranked in the top 40 last year in rebounding margin by 13.
Stony Brook has allowed an average of 87.5 points in its two games against D-I competition this year (St. John’s and Duquesne). Still, Nebraska ranks just 175th in effective field goal percentage, and it should keep this game low-scoring on the strength of a top-four effective field goal percentage defense.
Rutgers -8.5 vs. Georgetown (-112 via DraftKings) ⭐⭐⭐
If you have not watched Rutgers play at home at Jersey Mike’s Arena (formerly known as the RAC), it is one of the most intimidating venues that goes largely under the radar. The Scarlet Knights have knocked off a slew of ranked opponents at home over the last several years, and they have covered the spread in 61.9% (13-8 ATS) of their home games since the start of last season.
Georgetown has a different face on the sidelines in new head coach Ed Cooley. However, its last result was reminiscent of Patrick Ewing’s regime, where the Hoyas went 75-109 in six years, as the team blew an 11-point lead in a loss to Holy Cross. Georgetown is securing its own misses at a 38.7% clip (45th-best in the country), but Rutgers has out-rebounded its last two opponents by 20 and 17 and should negate one of the Hoyas’ biggest early strengths. The Scarlet Knights have not topped 69 points in any game this season, but we expect them to grind out a low-scoring win on their home floor.
The line movement has gone slightly away from the Scarlet Knights, whose spread was -9 or -9.5 last night. However, we do not see this line plummeting much further and are taking advantage of the best price at DraftKings, as FanDuel comparatively charges -120 odds to back the favorites at -8.5.
College basketball best bets made 11/15/2023 at 6:41 a.m. ET
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