NCAA Basketball Odds: High/Low Picks For Wednesday, January 18

Matthew Jordan

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 6:50 PM UTC

Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017 6:50 PM UTC

Oklahoma was a Final Four team last season behind superstar Buddy Hield, but he's in the NBA now and the Sooners are a mess without him. They have the highest spread against in the country on the opening NCAA basketball lines for Wednesday.

Oklahoma At No. 7 West Virginia (-16.5)

You can check out this Big 12 game on ESPN2. One reason that Oklahoma is 7-9 overall is because its best player, and the second-best guy on last year's team behind the All-American Buddy Hield, senior guard Jordan Woodard, missed four games with an  injury and the Sooners lost all four. They have played better in the past two games with Woodard back, losing by a respectable 11 to  No. 2 Kansas last Tuesday and then getting a first conference win of the season against Texas Tech, 84-75, on Saturday. Woodard, who averages 17.5 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.7 assists, had 27 points and seven rebounds against the Red Raiders and was 14-for-14 from the free-throw line. Oklahoma made 30 of 37 free throws, outscoring Texas Tech by 19 at the line. The Sooners had been off to their worst start in conference play in 60 years.

West Virginia has won three in a row since a one-point overtime loss at Texas Tech on Jan. 3. The Mountaineers crushed No. 1 Baylor last Tuesday and then were caught in a bit of a letdown game on Saturday at short-handed Texas and barely escaped with a 74-72 victory. The Longhorns, with leading scorer Tevin Mack out suspended, had a six-point lead with 10:40 remaining. It was WVU's first win in Austin since 2013. West Virginia's pressure defense forced 19 turnovers but WVU could only turn those into 21 points.

The Sooners have won three of the last four meetings in the series. The favorite is 6-2 ATS in the past eight.

NCAAB Free Pick: OU +16.5Best Line Offered: BetOnline

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South Dakota At Oral Roberts (+1)

This is the lowest opening spread on Wednesday's board. My guess is I'm about to tell you something you didn't know: South Dakota, of the Summit League, has been the best bet in the country thus far in 2016-17 with a spectacular 15-3 ATS record. The Coyotes are 6-2 ATS in true road games. Just to give you an idea if the team is actually good, it lost 102-65 at Gonzaga on Dec. 21. South Dakota's star is Air Force transfer Matt Mooney, who averages 16.2 points per game. Mooney, who left Air Force following his freshman season in 2014-15, has averaged 21 points over his past five games. He had a career-high 30 on Saturday, including his team's final five, to lead a 66-63 comeback win over Fort Wayne.

At 5-14 overall, Oral Roberts is pretty clearly the worst team in the Summit League -- although it lost by only four at Michigan State earlier this season. The Golden Eagles lost at home Saturday to IUPUI, which ended a 10-game losing streak in the series with a 91-85 victory. Kris Martin led the ORU attack with 25 points while Albert Owens fought through constant double teams to score 21. Oral Roberts shot 50 percent (30-for-60) from the field and 53 percent (9-for-17) from 3-point range but is a terrible defensive team, allowing 79.7 points, which is 324th nationally.

South Dakota won both meetings last year by at least 10 points. The Coyotes are 3-0-1 ATS in the last four vs. ORU.

NCAAB Free Pick: South Dakota -1Best Line Offered: SportsBetting

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