High/Low Picks For Wednesday, March 8

Matthew Jordan

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 6:50 PM UTC

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The biggest opening spread on the NCAA basketball board for Wednesday was a Pac-12 Tournament game between Oregon State and California, while the smallest number was a Southland matchup featuring Lamar and SE Louisiana. Here are my picks.

Oregon State Vs. California (-13.5)

This is the second Pac-12 Tournament game of Wednesday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Oregon State is the 12th seed and Cal the No. 5. The winner faces No. 4 Utah on Thursday. The Beavers (5-26, 1-17) might be the worst Power 5 Conference team in the country this year, although they have been gutted by injuries. Sophomore star Tres Tinkle, the head coach's son, broke his right wrist against Fresno State on Nov. 25. Center Cheikh N'diaye has missed 22 games with a shoulder injury. The Beavers’ lone conference victory was 68-67 at home over Utah on Feb. 19 – a loss that probably cost the Utes any shot at an at-large NCAA Tournament berth. OSU’s other wins are over powerhouses such at Prairie View A&M, UT San Antonio, Southern Oregon and Kent State. Oregon State enters on a three-game skid, losing all by at least 13 points. It was crushed 80-59 at home by No. 6 Oregon on Saturday. That gave the Ducks the No. 1 seed in this tournament.

Cal (19-11, 10-8) is listed among ESPN’s “next four out” for the Big Dance, so the Bears can probably make NIT plans if they lose this game. They would have to beat Utah on Thursday as well at a minimum to have an at-large NCAA shot. There’s also talk that Cal coach Cuonzo Martin could be interested in leaving for the open Missouri job as he’s from that part of the country. Cal’s Ivan Rabb was named first-team All-Pac-12, and he should be a first-round pick in this year’s draft if he declares as expected. Rabb has 16 double-doubles this season and is averaging 14.3 points and a conference-best 10.6 rebounds. Cal leads the league in scoring defense and field-goal percentage defense, holding opponents to 62.4 points and 39.4 percent shooting.

Oregon State was 0-2 vs. Cal this year, losing by 11 at home and 30 in Berkeley. The Bears are 4-1 in the Pac-12 Tournament against the Beavers all-time.

NCAAB Free Pick: Cal -13.5Best Line Offered: BetOnline

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Lamar Vs. Southeastern Louisiana (Pick’em)

It’s a Southland Conference Tournament first-round game from Katy, Texas. The winner faces third-seeded Stephen F. Austin on Thursday. The Cardinals are in the Southland Conference championships for the first time since the 2012 season. Lamar (18-13, 10-8) is the No. 6 seed and looking for its first NCAA Tournament berth since 2012. The Cardinals, who happened to win at Oregon State back on Nov. 16, have won three of their past four games. Junior Colton Weisbrod was named first-team All-Southland. He led Lamar and finished sixth in the league in scoring (15.8 ppg) and was second in the Southland in rebounds (8.4 rpg). Weisbrod finished tied for third in the league with 10 double-doubles.

No. 7 Southeastern Louisiana (16-15, 9-9) won at New Orleans last Thursday 63-58 to earn a spot in the Southland Tournament – only the top eight teams make it. The Lions finished with their first winning regular season since 2010-11.  They lead the conference in scoring defense (67.9 ppg) and are second in field goal percentage defense (42.9 percent). Southeastern is 7-11 all-time in the tournament and will be looking for its first title since the 2004-05 season. That’s the lone season the school made the NCAA Tournament.

Lamar won the lone regular-season matchup between the two teams, 74-54 on Jan. 7 in Texas. Weisbrod had 34 points.

NCAAB Free Pick: Lamar At Pick’emBest Line Offered: Heritage

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