NCAA Basketball Picks: Two Dangerous Late Night Valuable Dogs

Ross Benjamin

Wednesday, January 13, 2016 5:10 PM GMT

Our NCAA basketball odds analyst has two underdog picks on Wednesday that possess hidden value. Find out which ones and maximize your profits tonight.

Oregon State vs. Colorado 11:00 PM ET
Colorado got off to a terrific start but has hit the proverbial wall in recent games. They’re just 2-3 in their last five contests, and the two victories each came by a single point. Colorado has struggled offensively during that aforementioned stretch, shooting a miserable 37.5% from the field, and averaged only 62.4 points scored per game.

Oregon State has flown a bit under the radar considering their current record of 11-3. The Beavers are a very good three point shooting team that’s converted on 38.4% of their attempts. This will be their first game against Colorado since the Buffaloes eliminated them from 2015 PAC-12 Tournament. You can never underestimate the revenge factor, and especially so when it involves a team with a better than .666 win percentage in the second half of the season.

According to current NCAA basketball odds provide me with a best combination of number and price for this specific wager.

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NCAA Basketball Pick: Oregon State +4.5
Best Line Offered: at Heritage

 

USC vs. UCLA 11:00 PM ET
There’s not a lot of college basketball betting advocates who would’ve predicted before the season started, that when these two teams met on January 13th for the first time, UCLA would be only a 2.0 point home favorite. However, that’s exactly the case, and I can almost guarantee there will be numerous bettors who will jump all over UCLA in this contest without looking inside the numbers. Quite simply, and with no disrespect intended, I envision this as a trap game for novice or uneducated bettors.

There’s no question about the talent level on this UCLA roster. The problem as I see it is what UCLA team will show up? The one that upset Kentucky at home and Gonzaga on the road or a club that lost to Monmouth, Wake Forest, and was blown out against Kansas and North Carolina. The moral to the story, they’ve been too erratic a team for me to fully trust versus a quality opponent like they’ll face tonight.

This has been a resurgent USC basketball program under the guidance of former Florida Gulf Coast head coach Andy Endfield. The Trojans have gone 9-1 in their last ten games, and their lone defeat in that sequence was by 2 points at Washington. Enfield has brought an exciting brand of basketball with him to Southern California. The Trojans average 84.3 points per game. During their last five outings, USC has made 49.3% of their field goal attempts, and converted on an excellent 47.9% of its three point tries.

I like the road team in this matchup, and one of my NCAA basketball picks on Wednesday will echo that sentiment.

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NCAA Basketball Pick: USC +3
Best Line Offered: at Bovada