NCAA Basketball Picks for Wednesday: Who Will Steal The Spotlight?

Matthew Jordan

Wednesday, January 6, 2016 12:10 PM UTC

Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016 12:10 PM UTC

Here are my top NCAA basketball picks for the night with BetOnline NCAA basketball odds. Join me and find out my reasons to bet on these matchups.

***2016 Super D's Of NCAA Basketball Betting***

Evansville vs. Wichita State (-8 In NCAA Betting)
These are likely the two best teams in the Missouri Valley Conference, although Northern Iowa might still have a say in things. Wichita State (8-5, 2-0) was the heavy preseason favorite but has had to battle through injuries and thus the five early losses. The Shockers also have the conference's two best players in likely future NBA guys Fred VanVleet and Ron Baker. WSU is healthy now and has won three straight, all by at least 20 points. It won at Bradley 85-58 on Sunday. VanVleet finished with 13 points and five assists, while Baker had seven points, six assists, two steals and just one turnover. WSU shot a season-high 55.1 percent from the field. The Shockers are 6-1 since VanVleet returned from a strained hamstring. Evansville (13-2, 2-0) won a sixth straight Saturday, 76-59 at Missouri State. Senior Egidijus Mockevicius became the third player in program history and the 14th player in conference history to reach 1,000 career points and 1,000 rebounds in the game. He was 21 shy of the boards mark but tied his career high with exactly that number. Wichita State has won a school-record 38 straight home games. Evansville is the last visitor to leave Charles Koch Arena with a win, defeating WSU 59-56 in the 2012-13 home finale.

WSU has won five straight in the series. Make it six and Wichita covers. WSU has done so in the past four meetings.

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Free NCAA Basketball Pick: Wichita State -10½
Best Line Offered: at BetOnline


Florida vs. Tennessee (+3.5 On NCAA Basketball Odds)
An SEC matchup between iffy NCAA Tournament teams. I don't think Tennessee has any chance to get to the Big Dance as that program is rebuilding. As for Florida? ESPN's Joe Lunardi certainly knows more than I do about Bracketology and he has the Gators as a No. 9 seed right now. That perplexes me considering Florida (9-4, 1-0) really doesn't have a signature win yet. All the good teams that UF has played -- Purdue, Miami (Fla.), Michigan State and Florida State -- it has lost to. The Gators opened SEC play Saturday with a 77-63 home win over Georgia. Freshman guard KeVaughn Allen followed up a 32-point game in a loss to FSU with 18 against the Bulldogs. Center John Egbunu had 12 points and 12 rebounds for his second double-double of the year. Forward Devin Robinson left the game after taking an elbow to the chest late in the first half. He's expected to be fine and is likely to play here. He's averaging 11.0 points and 7.0 rebounds per game. Reserve senior forward Alex Murphy (plantar fascia tear) will miss his third straight game. Tennessee (7-6, 0-1) is struggling under first-year coach Rick Barnes, formerly of Texas. Tennessee dropped its SEC debut Saturday, falling 83-77 at Auburn. Senior Kevin Punter Jr. matched his career high with 31 points to lead UT, the 10th time in 13 games that he has scored at least 20 points. Freshman Admiral Schofield scored a career-high 22 points. Tennessee shot just 3-for-28 from long range. All of UT's losses have come away from Knoxville, where the Vols are 7-0. UT hasn't played anyone of note at home yet, though.

For your NCAA basketball picks, go with Florida, which has won four straight vs. the Vols, including the last trip to Knoxville. UT has covered only five of its past 20 at home. UF is 4-0 ATS in the past four meetings.

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Free NCAA Basketball Pick: Florida -3
Best Line Offered: at Bookmaker


South Florida vs. Central Florida (-9 For NCAA Basketball Picks)
It's the battle of I-4 in central Florida -- the campuses are about an hour away on the highway -- as the Bulls and Knights square off in American Athletic Conference action. South Florida (3-12, 0-2) looks like the AAC's worst team. It comes off a 72-58 loss at No. 17 SMU on Saturday. The Bulls played pretty well for a while, trailing only by three midway through the second half but then they went scoreless for nearly nine minutes. SMU scored 13 points during that stretch. Freshman Jahmal McMurray led USF with 17 points. The Bulls had only 11 free-throw attempts to 26 for SMU. UCF (8-5, 1-0) won at East Carolina 71-68 on Saturday in its conference opener. A.J. Davis had 19 of his game-high 23 points in the second half as the Knights rallied from down nine with under six minutes left. Justin McBride had eight points, 13 rebounds and three blocks. UCF was shooting 6.7 percent from behind the arc before draining three from long range in the final minutes of the game. USF and UCF split last year, each winning at home. They have split each of the past three years. South Florida is 0-4 in true road games this year.

UCF will win, but the NCAA basketball odds board shows that that's too many points to give. USF's record a bit misleading as it has played a tough schedule. Plus it's a rivalry game. The Knights have covered only six of their past 21 vs. teams with a winning record. The underdog is 8-1 ATS in the past nine meetings. 

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Free NCAA Basketball Pick: South Florida +7
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

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