NCAA Basketball Picks of the Day for Wednesday

Steven Suarez

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 2:41 PM UTC

Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014 2:41 PM UTC

After analyzing all of the college basketball betting lines, we've come up with two picks that look to have a good shot of cashing. Which sports picks stand out most?

Vanderbilt Commodores vs. South Carolina Gamecocks

There's no way around it: the Gamecocks have been absolutely terrible in conference play, taking up the last spot in the standings at 1-9 SU. Their only win in SEC action so far came at home against Texas A&M.

Since that victory though, South Carolina has dropped three straight, losing at home to Auburn and on the road against Mississippi and Tennessee.

Tonight they hope to get on the winning side of things again when they host Vanderbilt. The college basketball odds show the Commodores favored by two points on the road, while the total had not been released at time of writing.

Vanderbilt saw winning streak end at four games over the weekend in a 75-77 home loss to Arkansas. Before the loss, the Commodores had pulled off consecutive wins over Tennessee, Mississippi State, Georgia and Texas A&M.

Tonight we see value in taking the road team. Vanderbilt has the advantage inside, with Rod Odom (15.2 PPG and 5.8 RPG) and Damian Jones (11.0 PPG and 5.3 RPG) likely to make the biggest impact. James Siakam is a highly athletic big as well. 

Away from Nashville, the Commodores have been solid, going 6-3 ATS in road and neutral-site contests combined.

What's more, the Commodores have won five straight games in this head-to-head series and have covered the spread in four of those wins. We'll be adding Vanderbilt as our first pick of the night as they aim to start fresh and begin a new winning streak.

College Basketball Pick: Vanderbilt Commodores +2


Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. Oklahoma Sooners

Wrapping up our college basketball picks, we will be making a pick in Oklahoma's home contest against Texas Tech.

Currently, sportsbooks have the Sooners favored by either 9.5 or 10 points. They're 18-6 SU and 12-9-1 ATS on the season, with Texas Tech at 12-11 SU and 12-8 ATS.

Oklahoma has enjoyed a fine overall year so far. They're 7-4 SU in conference play, with losses to Kansas, Kansas State, Iowa State and West Virginia, yet they'll enter tonight's game on the heels of a dominant 88-72 home win over Baylor.

The Red Raiders have put together two solid performances in a row, beating TCU and then Oklahoma State at home on consecutive weekends. They're getting terrific production out of Jaye Crockett, who's averaging 14.7 PPG and 6.5 RPG so far this season.

However, Oklahoma won the first meeting of the year by nine points last month, covering easily as one-point underdogs. Cameron Clark, Buddy Hield and Jordan Woodard combined for 50 of the Sooners' 74 points.

And, we reckon the Sooners will cover once more tonight. We just don't think Texas Tech will be able to keep pace with an Oklahoma team that's averaged 82.2 points over its last five matchups – in that same span the Red Raiders have been good for only 65.8 PPG. Oklahoma has five different players who have double-digit scoring averages, with Hield (17.0 PPG) and Clark (15.8 PPG) leading the way.

So while it's a lot of points to lay, we look for the Sooners to pull away eventually and win this thing by double digits. Take the hosts to cover.

College Basketball Pick: Oklahoma Sooners -9.5


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