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College hoops handicapper Stephen Rodriguez gives his top picks for today's games

#5 Florida State snapped a 10-game winning streak when falling on the road to Virginia 61-56.

On Wednesday, bitter rivals Alabama and LSU clash and #1 Baylor hits the road to take on Iowa State.

Here’s a look at today’s NCAA games:


Alabama Crimson Tide (+4.5) @ #22 LSU Tigers, 7:00 PM:

  • Alabama holds a slight 8-7 W/L edge in the series with LSU since 2011-12.
  • The Crimson Tide has won the first half in each of the last eight night games. (Stats courtesy of Statschecker).

#22 LSU (15-4) outlasted a late rally from the Longhorns and picked up an eighth win in a row, defeating Texas 69-67.

Freshman forward Trendon Watford scored a game-high 22 points with six rebounds and three assists.

The Alabama Crimson Tide (12-7) have found their groove, winning a fourth straight game by edging out Kansas State 77-74.

All five Alabama starters scored in double figures as the team shot nearly 50 percent from the field.

Team-leading scorer Kira Lewis Jr. led the way, scoring a game-high 26 points on 8-of-12 shooting with seven rebounds, two steals and three blocks.

Each of LSU’s last six games have been decided by four points or less, four of them by two points or less.

Based on the Tigers’ recent trend, and the Crimson Tide’s recent string of winning, I’m rolling with the Tide to keep this close enough to at least cover the (+4.5) spread.

2u - Alabama Crimson Tide (+4.5) @ -110

Indiana Hoosiers @ #24 Penn State Nittany Lions (-6), 8:30 PM:

  • Penn State has won each of the last eight night games at home. (Stat courtesy of Statschecker).

Indiana (15-5) snapped a two-game winning streak after falling short at home to #17 Maryland 77-76.

The Hoosiers lost despite shooting over 50 percent from the field and 47 percent from three-point range.

Senior Devonte Green came off the bench and contributed a team-high 16 points while freshman Trayce-Jackson Davis led the starters with 13 points and eight rebounds.

Penn State (14-5) won a second consecutive game after taking down Michigan on the road 72-63.

Seniors Lamar Stevens and Curtis Jones carried the load for the Nittany Lions - Stevens lead the team with 19 points and nine rebounds and Jones came off the bench to contribute 18 points on 3-of-4 shooting from three-point range.

This matchup has been decided by five points or less in seven of the last eight meeting, which is a bit alarming for the home favorite Penn State.

However, having only lost two games at home this season, I’m confident the Nittany Lions will find a way to pull away late and cover the spread.

1u - Penn State Nittany Lions (-6) @ -110

# 1 Baylor Bears (-4.5) @ Iowa State Cyclones, 9:00 PM:

  • Baylor has won 16 games in a row, including a 68-55 win over the Cyclones nearly a week ago. (Stat courtesy of Statschecker).

#1 Baylor (17-1) kept the wins coming and improved their best-in-the-nation resume with an underdog road win against Florida 72-61.

The Bears used the three-ball to keep their distance from the Gators, shooting over 47 percent (9-of-19).

Junior MaCio Teague and senior Devonte Bandoo both contributed a team-high 16 points - Teague added six rebounds and three assists while Bandoo knocked down 3-of-4 three pointers with four rebounds.

Iowa State (9-10) fought tough and battled back but fell just short on the road to #16 Auburn 80-76.

Sophomore Rasir Bolton scored a game-high 23 points on 6-of-19 shooting and junior Solomon Young came off the bench and totaled a near double-double with 10 points and nine rebounds.

Baylor is the best team in the nation and I like them to keep rolling on the road and cover the spread (-4.5).

1u - Baylor Bears (-4.5) @ -110


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