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College Basketball Odds, Picks: 4 Best Bets for Wednesday’s List

College Basketball Odds, Picks: 4 Best Bets for Wednesday’s List

Zero-ranked teams work Wednesday night in college hoops, but that doesn’t mean we can’t make some money before Friday’s loaded roster.

Our team has four target games, including Shaheen Holloway’s debut with Seton Hall and an interesting mile between South Dakota State and Boise State.

Dive below and craft your college basketball betting card.


Wednesday’s Best College Basketball Bets

The team crests in the table below represent each of the games the college basketball team is targeting from today’s roster. Click on the team logos for one of the matches below to go to a specific bet discussed in this article.


Davidson vs Wright State

by Shane McNicol

Wright State would have brought back one of the top midfield majors in the country, with two 18+ points per game scorer eligible for another season.

But the transfer gate lured Tanner Holden to Ohio State and Grant Basile to Virginia Tech, leaving Wright State looking for someone to pick up the slack in the scoring shaft.

That hole should be filled by senior Trey Calvin, who scored 15 points in every game last season, including a match-winning bucket to seal the Horizon League title match.

In February and March of last year, Calvin played only one game in which he failed to double in scoring. He is ready to take a step towards stardom.

Joining Calvin defensive guard Tim Fink and Mizu Amari Davis, who lost 17 points per game in the Horizon League before trying his hand at the Conference Powers competition, is joined.

The Raiders are set up once again to be one of the top three teams in the Horizon League, making them a formidable opponent against Davidson’s retooling under head coach Matt McKillop in their first year.


IUPUI vs. Drake

by Tanner McGrath

Editor’s note: Per Jeff Goodman of Stadium, Garrett Sturtz, DJ Wilkins and Tucker DeVries will all play tonight with “various restrictions.” Roman Ben will not play and still day by day.

I’m looking forward to buying Drake in general. It’s a top-tier Valley team that brings back four freshmen and five of the top seven, and its main rival has left for another conference.

Things come true in Des Moines.

Roman Penn, DJ Wilkins and Garrett Sturtz return for their fifth season with the Bulldogs, and have been coached by Valley Coach of the Year three times throughout their careers. This team has the experience and is ready to win the first MVC title for DeVries (regular season or tournament).

Plus, none of those three are Drake’s best players. The coach’s son, Tucker Davies, is the MVC Player of the Year after losing 14 points in every game last season. It’s a placeless 6-foot-7 bucket that he fills from all three levels.

This team will score in groups. KenPom has predicted she is among the top 50 attackers this season behind four double-digit scorers. I don’t see it having any issues with a significant difference.

Meanwhile, IUPUI only brings back three players and should continue to falter at the bottom of the Horizon League. Coach Matt Crenshaw plans to play 10 players with no experience in Division One, including a batch of JUCO transfers.

The Jags showed just how much work needs to be done on Monday, losing on 49 points to Iowa State while turning the ball more than 30 times.

My concern is that IUPUI has pulled some steep money to push this streak below 26.

However, we do buy Drake at the bottom of the barrel, and I think there is now some buyback value on Bulldogs. KenPom still predicts a 30-point win, while EvanMiya is predicting a 31-point win.

Plus, I don’t expect Drake to sleepwalk through this game. This is the opening game at Bulldogs Stadium to a season where expectations are higher than they have been in years. Knapp Center should be ready for this.

Therefore, I expect the DeVries and Bulldogs to score a 40-point win.



Monmouth vs Seton Hall

by DJ James

The Hawks went 21-13 in 2021-2022, but now they’re moving to the CAA in a classic series of conference reruns.

King Rice went on to race with the Hawks in his time as a coach, competing on the NCAA show in four of the past six seasons.

This season, that team will be much smaller, with George Pappas moving in, along with a lot of production from last year. Miles Foster will lead this team, along with a string of lower tier men.

The Hawks have historically had a top 160 adjusted defensive efficiency, per KenPom, so Rice will impose the same things on his young team.

On the other hand, Seton Hall looks like a completely new program. Holloway handles coaching duties. It’s funny that he led the St. Peter’s Cinderella team that beat the Hawks in the MAAC Finals last season. He must have a proper defensive strategy in this.

The Buccaneers wouldn’t have had three top scorers last season, but they added Prince Dawes of Clemson, Femi Oducalli of Pitt and KC Ndivo of St Peter’s.

Given the forward talent, it would be nearly impossible for the Hawks to find inside opportunities in their first game of the year with such an initial group of players.

Pair this with Pirates that will slow down and play through their big guys, and it would be hard to see this game go on. Monmouth won’t be able to get into the buckets, and Seton Hall will play at its own pace.

Take this under between the all-new Monmouth Slate and the all-new Seton Hall Pirates. Run it from 135.5 to 133.5.

picking Under 135.5 (Play until 133.5)


South Dakota vs Boise State

by Kyle Rimmillard

The Jackrabbits relied on an attack that averaged 86 points per game last season. But the main flaw in the program was its lack of defense.

The group ranked 244th nationally in efficiency last season and struggled in defense both at home and on the periphery.

This lack of defense was fully demonstrated in his first match against Akron. Zipps shot 36% from behind the arc and overcame a six-point delay in the first half to score a victory.

Last season, South Dakota State was the best 3-point shooting team, scoring 44% from behind the arc. But that wasn’t the case against Akron, where group 4 of 15 (27%) hit from depths.

Now the Jackrabbits are competing against the Boise State Defense which ranked 20th in the state in the 2021-22 Proficiency Ranking. The Broncos caught opponents with only 60 points per game. This defense will be fully displayed in this match.

The Boise State Crime belongs to Marcus Shaver Jr. , who initially entered his name in the NBA draft, but ended up making a comeback. He and the Broncos would be able to expose a lackluster South Dakota State defense in a comfortable win to open the season.


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