NCAA Basketball Picks of the Day: Betting Dogs Ready to Bite

Matthew Jordan

Wednesday, December 9, 2015 11:53 AM UTC

Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015 11:53 AM UTC

The new top two teams in the nation, Michigan State & Kansas, are in action on Wednesday night for the first time since they ascended to those rankings. Check our NCAA basketball picks here.

Maryland-Eastern Shore vs. #1 Michigan State (-33 On NCAA Basketball Odds)
The Spartans were supposed to take a step back from last year's Final Four team after losing star guard Travis Trice and forward Branden Dawson off that club.  But Tom Izzo's unbeaten team, led by National Player of the Year candidate Denzel Valentine, has great wins over Kansas, Providence and Louisville and is No. 1 for the first time since December 2013 and fourth time in school history. MSU's rise from No. 13 in the preseason to No. 1 in Week 5 has been the fastest since 1987. The Spartans have yet to have one expected rotation guy in junior center Gavin Schilling as he hasn't debuted due to a turf toe injury. He's getting close but it's not expected to be Wednesday. Maryland-Eastern Shore is not a good team at 1-7 and 0-2 in the MEAC. The Hawks played Monday at North Carolina A& T and trailed by as many as 21 in the second half. UMES did get to within one twice but ended up losing 80-74. Dominique Elliott notched his first double-double of the season with 13 points and 11 rebounds for UMES. The All-MEAC selection is averaging 10.8 points and 6.3 rebounds on the season. Devin Martin leads the team in scoring at 15.4 ppg. The Hawks have played three big-time programs this season and haven't been too competitive, losing 80-53 at Kansas State, 73-55 at Missouri and 68-49 at Georgetown. UMES. Why? MSU probably looks past this team and toward the toughest non-conference test remaining, Saturday against Florida when MSU's 2000 national championship team will be honored. UMES is 4-0 ATS in its past four non-conference games.

NCAA Basketball Pick: UMES +33 at Bet365

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Nebraska vs. Creighton (-5.5 In NCAA Betting)
It's the battle of Nebraska here. The Cornhuskers (6-3) perhaps were looking ahead to this game on Saturday as they only beat Abilene Christian 73-63. Nebraska got a career-high 30 points from junior Andrew White III and 21 from Shavon Shields in a game the Huskers only led by two at halftime. White leads all Big Ten newcomers in scoring at 16.3 ppg. NU has faced three quality teams this season in ranked Villanova, Cincinnati and Miami (Fla.) and the Cornhuskers lost them all, although the latter two were close. Creighton (5-3) enters off back-to-back losses to Arizona State and Loyola (Chicago). And the Bluejays could be without starting forward Cole Huff here due to a shoulder injury suffered vs. Loyola. The 6-foot-8 Huff, who leads the team in scoring at 12.4 ppg, likely will be a game-time call. Coach Greg McDermott calls him doubtful. Creighton has won four straight in the series. The Huskers are 9-16 all-time against the Bluejays in Omaha. Nebraska because of Huff's injury. Creighton is 3-7 ATS in its past 10 non-conference games.

NCAA Basketball Pick: Nebraska +5.5 at 5Dimes

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UNLV vs. Wichita State (-6 For NCAA Basketball Picks)
The Shockers, who opened the season at No. 10 the AP Top 25, are one of the most disappointing teams in the nation at 3-4. But the good news is that one of the team's best players, senior guard Fred VanVleet, returned from a four-game injury absence on Saturday and Wichita State ended a three-game slid with a 68-53 win at St. Louis. VanVleet had 11 points and seven assists. The Shockers will add another player either this game or Saturday when Kansas transfer Conner Frankamp joins the backcourt. Whether he plays Wednesday is if his grades can be turned in, verified and posted before the tipoff. Frankamp hasn’t played in a game since March 23, 2014, in the NCAA Tournament against Stanford for the Jayhawks. WSU remains without injured senior forward Anton Grady (9.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg) and freshman guard Landry Shamet (8.7 ppg) due to injuries. WSU has won 34 straight home games, the third-longest active winning streak in the nation. WSU-UNLV is one of 10 Mountain West-Missouri Valley Conference Challenge series matchups. UNLV (7-1) is on the verge of being ranked and already has wins over ranked teams Indiana and Oregon. This will be the Runnin' Rebels' first true road game. Sophomore guard Patrick McCaw leads UNLV in scoring (18.4). McCaw also leads in steals (3.1 spg) and is fifth in the country in that category. This is the first  meeting between the schools since 2011. The Rebels are 7-1 ATS in their past eight vs. teams with a winning record. WSU is 1-5 ATS in its past six non-conference games. 

NCAA Basketball Pick: UNLV +7 at Bookmaker

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