Wednesday's Top NCAA Basketball Picks of the Day

Steven Suarez

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 1:35 PM UTC

Wednesday, Mar. 12, 2014 1:35 PM UTC

Conference tournaments are in full swing and we've come up with two college basketball picks that we believe hold good value for tonight.

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Mississippi State Bulldogs vs. Vanderbilt Commodores

The Georgia Dome plays host to the 2014 SEC Championships, with the Commodores and Bulldogs set to face off as the #11 and #14 seeds respectively in the first round of the tournament.

As for the college basketball odds, Vanderbilt is currently trading as a seven-point favorite as most everywhere we look.

The Commodores enjoyed a relatively more successful season, going 15-15 SU and a profitable 15-12-2 against the spread. The Bulldogs limped their way through a 13-18 SU season, while going 10-12-1 ATS.

Recent performances haven't been kind to either of these teams. Mississippi State has lost 13 straight games, which includes a six-point loss to this Vanderbilt squad back in early February. The Commodores are on a four-game losing run, having lost to Florida and LSU at home and Tennessee and Ole Miss on the road.

Nonetheless, we look Kevin Stallings' boys to come out and control tonight's game and subsequently move on to the second round of the tournament.

Vanderbilt has the better defense and they've also managed to go 9-5 ATS in road and neutral-site games combined this season. On the other side you've got a Mississippi State team that's a poor 3-8-1 ATS away from home.

As bad as they've been lately, the Commodores hold the clear edge in this matchup and they should take care of business here. Back Vanderbilt for your college basketball picks.

College Basketball Pick: Vanderbilt Commodores -7


Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys

Ask practically anyone before the season, and even in the early stages of the year, if they thought the Cowboys would be a number eight seed in the Big 12 tournaments and you would have gotten some strange looks.

But here we are. Oklahoma State has gone through their fair share of adversity and now will have to play their way into the second round, with #9 Texas Tech standing in their way.

The Cowboys have gotten back on track since the return of Marcus Smart, winning four of their last five. Standout wins came at home over both Kansas (72-65) and Kansas State (77-61), though Oklahoma State couldn't close out the regular season with another victory, instead falling by four in overtime to Iowa State.

Texas Tech, meanwhile, was able to end on a positive note, beating Texas by six at home to end a worrisome six-game losing streak. The Red Raiders will lean on Jaye Crockett and Jordan Tolbert heavily this evening, especially since the Cowboys are without key big man Michael Cobbins.

The winner of this game will face off against #1 Kansas on Thursday, and while we do think Oklahoma State is likely to win straight up, we believe the points could certainly come in handy.

Texas Tech isn't a bad team by any stretch of the imagination and could give Smart and company some problems, particularly if Crockett and Tolbert get going early inside.

The Red Raiders did indeed get blown out in the second head-to-head meeting in Stillwater, but that was a terrible spot for them. It was Smart's first game back since suspension and Oklahoma State desperately needed a confidence-boosting win. Just look at the first meeting (a 65-61 win for Texas Tech) and you'll see why the underdogs could indeed be worth a play. We're recommending the underdog in this college basketball betting spot.

College Basketball Pick: Texas Tech Red Raiders +9.5


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