On Wednesday in college basketball, we have five ranked teams hitting the road to take on an unranked opponent.
Meanwhile, we have two intriguing in-state rivals and 25 Big East games between them Providence and Marquette in Milwaukee.
Three men weave Jim Root And Matt Cox They team up for the best of three bets, including one of the in-state rivalry games.
Dive below for the top college basketball odds and picks for Wednesday.
Three Man Weave’s best basketball bets on Wednesday
The team logos in the table below represent each of the matches that Jim and Matt are targeting from Wednesday’s game roster. Click on the team logos for a match below to go to a specific bet discussed in this article.
Auburn vs. LSU
by Jim Root
The SEC gives us our fair share of tiger-vs-tiger violence. One of those meetings is happening tonight in Baton Rouge on behalf of Auburn Tigers visit LSU Tigers.
Although this has been wagered (opening +6 at Caesar And Kings), some value remains on the (home) Tigers.
In a similar setting against Arkansas two weeks earlier, LSU won outright as a home dog by four points. Matt McMahon’s Tigers can thwart Auburn in a similar way: changing defenses, attacking the glass, and getting to the free throw line.
The key to LSU is finding surrounding production. Auburn is one of the best shot-blocking teams in the country thanks to Johnny Broom and Dylan Cardwell, so scoring on the edge is a challenge.
Luckily, LSU has shot the ball well this year, especially superstar KJ Williams and guards Adam Miller and Cam Hayes.
Auburn’s athleticism has forced hard jumpers all season, and Bruce Pearl’s defensive scheme leads enemies to the paint. However, LSU could find enough success from behind the arc — especially since Auburn must struggle to generate points itself.
Auburn scores more efficiently than its defense: generating steals, running in transition and scoring before the opposition defense is set. This transitional attack is often scaled back down the road, where tiger pressure has less of an effect.
LSU has the guards to take care of the ball and they will force it into their half court. Auburn’s shot selection often degenerates into a mayhem of “my turn, your turn” when forced into the half court, allowing LSU to hang around or even win.
I wouldn’t go below +4 on this one, but given the already heavy market action, it won’t unless a major hit is announced in Auburn.
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Oklahoma vs. Oklahoma State
by Matt Cox
Oklahoma And Oklahoma State Arena in Stillwater late tonight at Despair Battle. In this unforgiving Big 12 scene, wins are valuable stops, especially considering the current standings — the Sooners are 2-3 in league play, while the Pokes are 1-4.
A big reason for the Pokes’ slippage is the absence of Moussa Cisse. Cisse played sparingly in a home win against West Virginia on January 2 but has had his last three contests. OSU is 0-3 explicitly and against the number in this range.
With Cisse, the Cowboys offense can overcome long droughts with a thunderous fly swatter at the heart of their defence.
However, that stingy defense suddenly looks more permeable without Sissy ruling in the middle, and the OSU offense just can’t seem to pick up the slack. In fact, it has gone the other way.
Last time out, OSU notched 58 points on 65 possessions against Baylor, which is currently the worst defense in the Big 12, according to KenPom’s adjusted defensive efficiency ranks.
Amidst a spotty offense and an even more feeble defense, the question arises of what this team’s current identity is.
Cisse is officially a game time decision tonight, but early money suggests he’s likely to be out tonight for the fourth game in a row.
However, even with a worse number, the Sooners are the better team and are a road-tested bunch. They will not be intimidated by the raucous Gallagher-Iba Arena.
Oregon vs Cal
by Matt Cox
Yes, that is not a typo. We advise legitimate bet on the humble Cal Bears Tonight.
Not looking now, Cale calmly came over. From non-conference laughing stock to conference fork, bears need to be taken seriously — well, sort of.
They’ve survived countless illnesses and injuries throughout the non-conference schedule, crippling an already devoid of talent.
As a result, you can effectively buy Cal for a share price in the current betting markets.
The brutal November-December stretch was a value setup. The Bears hit rock bottom on December 18, dropping to 257th in KenPom’s overall standings. That’s 100 more than the 146th expected preseason position.
However, Cale is quickly playing catch-up. It has made up half that floor in the past few weeks and now sits at #205 in Mr. Pomeroy’s forecast ratings.
There are plenty of reasons to believe this Cal uptick is no accident. The recent debut of DeJuan Clayton — who took over point guard duties from an injured Devin Askew — sparked a flat slate.
The Bears are now 3-1 against the spread in their last four contests, coinciding directly with Clayton’s inclusion in the starting lineup.
On the other side, Oregon He will be walking in the sleepiest, creepiest, most giddy and confused place you will see all year. After dominating Arizona at home over the weekend, the Ducks now travel to Cal’s wasteland with everything to lose and nothing to gain.
Yes, Oregon is getting healthier, but the discrepancies are far from resolved. The swing-of-loss pattern during a Pac-12 game is a bad omen for tonight, leaving the Ducks ready for a situational fading.