NCAA Basketball Picks: Wednesday Night Locks

Joe Catalano

Wednesday, February 6, 2013 1:45 PM GMT

Free NCAA Basketball picks for a few of Wednesday's biggest games. Find out where our handicappers believe that the best value lies for college basketball bettors tonight.

With eleven out of the top 25 teams in action and a whole host of other games, Wednesday night wreaks of opportunity. I’ve gotten back on the right track with my sports picks, and I look to continue my success tonight.

Connecticut (15-5, 5-3) at St. John’s (14-8, 6-4)

This game will be played at Madison Square Garden, and just the overall emotion that’s saturated throughout that crowd will benefit the Red Storm. This game is a virtual toss-up, with the NCAA Basketball odds favoring Connecticut as a 1 point betting favorite.

Perfect Timing

After a loss to Georgetown and with the last 5 out of its next 8 games having been played against top 25 teams, it’s vital that St. John’s come away with a victory if they’re to have a legitimate shot at the NCAA tournament. They appear to have caught UConn at an opportune time.

Connecticut has 3 consecutive wins attached to their resume, but their last two games needed an extra sessions each to decide the outcome. Providence and South Florida, who are each .500 teams, gave UCONN plenty of problems, and while the Huskies managed to win both games, it didn’t come easy. The Huskies are a team riding the coattails of Shabazz Napier, and the squad is not as good as their record indicates they are.

The Red Storm need to have a big game out of leading scorer, D’Angelo Harrison. Harrison is coming off of an awful 0 for 9 display against Georgetown in where he managed just 2 points. Jakarr Sampson played well and I expect both Sampson and Harrison to have big games at the Garden against a UConn team that’s been feeding off of .500 teams and barely surviving.

NCAA Basketball Pick- St. John’s +1

[gameodds]14/219750/43/us[/gameodds]

#5 Kansas (19-2, 7-1) at TCU (9-12, 0-8)

The Kansas Jayhawks are an 18.5 point favorite and basically the question in this game is “will it be enough to cover the spread?”

TCU has done absolutely nothing in Big-12 inter-conference play and they’re currently riding an 8 game losing streak. The Horned Frogs were getting beaten soundly by good teams. Kansas isn’t just good; they’re a great basketball team. The only thing that can save TCU are the cheers of their home town fans.

The Big Ticket?

I hate to take a nickname away from Kevin Garnett, but that’s what I think of when thinking about freshman phenom, Ben McLemore.

McLemore doesn’t play like KG, but he’s burst upon the scene like Garnett; Garnett by skipping college and to the pros and young Ben by leading Kansas to a number 5 ranking. McLemore is coming off of a 23 point, 5 rebound, and 2 block effort against OSU. He also shot 3 of 6 from 3 point range. I don’t expect McLemore to sit too much in the 2nd half; Kansas likes to run up the score.

Closed Lid on the Bucket

TCU’s offense is a flatout mess. They average 54.1 points per game while shooting 40.9 % shooting from the field. There is absolutely no redeemable quality about this team as leading scorers, Garlon Green and Kyan Anderson, manage to just shoot 40% from the field. Both players are also coming off of single digit efforts against Texas in their last game. This has blowout written all over it.

NCAA Basketball Pick- Kansas -18.5 at 5 Dimes

[gameodds]14/219766/43/us[/gameodds]