NCAA Basketball Picks: Cash In With Our Top Value Wednesday Plays

Matthew Jordan

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 11:19 AM GMT

Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016 11:19 AM GMT

We preview the top three matchups of the day based on the current college basketball odds. Don't miss our betting analysis and get the best NCAA basketball picks for Wednesday.

No. 14 Iowa State vs. Texas Tech (+2.5 On NCAA Basketball Odds)
The Cyclones (17-6, 6-4 Big 12) will face Texas Tech (13-9, 3-7) on Wednesday night again without starting forward Jameel McKay. He was suspended by ISU first-year coach Steve Prohm last Thursday during practice. Prohm wouldn't say what that was about or when McKay might return, but it won't be for this game. McKay is averaging 12.4 points and 9.0 rebounds. He has blocked 37 shots and is the reigning Big 12 Conference Defensive Player of the Year. Iowa State ended a two-game losing streak without McKay on Saturday with a 64-59 win at Oklahoma State. The Cyclones went with a three-guard starting lineup by inserting Deonte Burton in for McKay. Burton had 11 points, four steals and three rebounds. It was ISU's third straight Big 12 road win. A victory here would give ISU the third-longest road conference win streak in school history. TTU lost Saturday 69-59 at Texas. The Red Raiders were going for their first regular-season sweep of Texas since 1995-96. Keenan Evans tied a season high with 14 points in the loss. TTU was only 19-for-49 from the field. On Jan. 6, Texas Tech visited Iowa State and lost 76-69. McKay had 19 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks. Georges Niang scored all of his 14 points in the second half for the Cyclones. Toddrick Gotcher had 12 points and eight assists for the Red Raiders. Iowa State has won seven of the past nine meetings.

The Cyclones are 8-2-1 ATS in their past 11 road games. TTU is 1-8 ATS in its past nine after a loss. It has failed to cover its past four at home.

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Free NCAA Basketball Pick: Iowa State -2½
Best Line Offered: at BetOnline

 

Michigan vs. Minnesota (+7 In NCAA Betting)
The Wolverines (17-7, 7-4) may have moved onto the NCAA Tournament bubble with back-to-back double-digit losses. UM was clobbered at home 89-73 by rival and No. 10 Michigan State on Saturday. The Wolverines played their 10th straight game with senior captain and best player Caris LeVert with a lower leg injury, but there's a chance the likely NBA first-round pick could play here. Coach John Beilein called LeVert a "possible game-time decision." LeVert was averaging 17.4 points a game when he was injured late in the Big Ten opener at Illinois. He has been medically cleared and has no pain. LeVert practiced Tuesday and will travel with the team to Minneapolis. His minutes no doubt would be limited. This is the worst remaining team on Michigan's schedule so it can't afford a loss here. Minnesota is 0-11 in the conference and 6-17 overall. The team has lost 12 straight overall. Included in that was a 74-69 loss at Michigan on Jan. 20. Derrick Walton had 22 points and Zak Irvin 19 points and 11 rebounds for the Wolverines. Nate Mason scored 25 points to lead Minnesota. The Gophers have lost eight straight in the series, five in a row at home. 

The Gophers are 6-14 ATS in their past 20 games. Michigan is 4-1 ATS in the past five meetings, and with an offering of -7 in the NCAA basketball odds boards, back Michigan with your NCAA basketball picks.

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Free NCAA Basketball Pick: Michigan -7
Best Line Offered: at Bookmaker

 

Saint Joseph's vs. George Washington (-2.5 For NCAA Basketball Picks)
The Hawks (19-4, 8-2) are one game out of the Atlantic 10 lead and George Washington (18-5, 7-3) is two out. Saint Joseph's bounced back from a home loss to St. Bonaventure with an 82-60 blowout at Fordham on Saturday. Sophomore Shavar Newkirk set a career high with 17 points and so did freshman Lamarr Kimble with 13. DeAndre' Bembry was everywhere with 16 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists. Saint Joseph's is the only team in Division I with an unbeaten road record (8-0). That's something the NCAA Tournament selection committee would love. The Hawks have lost at home to Villanova, VCU and St. Bonaventure and to Florida at a neutral site. They are off to the school's best start since the 2003-04 squad ran the table in the regular season. George Washington pulled off a 72-69 win at VCU on Saturday for its third straight win. GW had never won there before. Patricio Garino led GW with a career-high 27 points. Joe McDonald put the Colonials ahead on a 3-pointer with 1:12 remaining. VCU's 12-game winning streak had been the second longest in the nation. This is the only scheduled meeting between the Hawks and Colonials. SJU has lost the past two in the series and hasn't won at GW since February 2012.

The Colonials are 9-3-1 ATS in their past 13 at home. 

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Free NCAA Basketball Pick: George Washington -3
Best Line Offered: at Heritage

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