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College basketball handicapper Stephen Rodriguez gives us his top picks for Wednesday's games

All but one ranked team in action came out victorious on Tuesday - #22 Illinois losing to Michigan State, 70-69.

On Wednesday, the best of the Big East battle when #23 Creighton travels to #10 Seton Hall and #15 Villanova hosts #18 Marquette.

Here’s a look at today’s NCAA games:

BET OF THE DAY: 2u - Seton Hall Pirates (-6) @ -110

#23 Creighton Bluejays @ #10 Seton Hall Pirates, 6:30 PM:

  •  Seton Hall has won six of the last eight meetings against Creighton.
  •  The Pirates have the best ATS record in the Big East at (16-7). (Stats courtesy of Statschecker).

The reason we’re backing Seton Hall

#10 Seton Hall (18-5) won a second straight game on Saturday when defeating Villanova 70-64. 

The Pirates overcame a four-point halftime deficit and upset the then #10 ranked team at home.

Senior Myles Powell scored a game-high 19 points and junior Sandro Mamukelashvili added 17 points as both knocked down three made three-pointers.

#23 Creighton (18-6) got back on track in a high-scoring affair by taking down St. John’s 94-82. The Bluejays were on point, shooting over 60 percent from the field and 46 percent from three-point range.

All five Creighton starters scored in double figures, led by sophomore Marcus Zegarowski with 23 points and seven rebounds.

The Pirates have the best ATS record in the Big East and lost only one game at home this season and I don’t anticipate them suffering another one on Wednesday night.

1u - West Virginia (+1.5) @ -110

#3 Kansas Jayhawks @ #14 West Virginia Mountaineers, 7:00 PM:

  •  The home team has won 16 of the last 18 meetings between these teams.
  •  West Virginia has won 12 consecutive home games. (Stats courtesy of Statschecker).

The reason we’re backing West Virginia

#3 Kansas (20-3) won an eighth consecutive game after rolling past TCU on the road 60-46.

Senior big man Udoka Azubuike had himself a day, posting a double-double with 20 points, 15 rebounds and five blocks on 10-of-14 shooting.

Sophomore Devon Dotson was the only other Jayhawk to score in double figures and added a double-double, scoring 18 points with 11 assists and six rebounds.

#14 West Virginia (18-5) slipped up on the road when falling to Oklahoma 69-59.

The Mountaineers had a cold day, shooting 31 percent from the field.

Two starters scored in double figures in senior Jermaine Haley and freshman Oscar Tshiebwe.

Haley had a team-high 15 points and Tshiebwe nearly added a double-double with 12 points, nine rebounds and two steals.

These teams met earlier this season in Kansas and resulted in the Jayhawks winning by seven. The Mountaineers, however, matched up well and lead by six points at halftime on the road.

With West Virginia playing at home, I like them to pull the upset and continue the trend of the home team winning in this series.

1u - Villanova Wildcats (-4) @ -110

#18 Marquette Golden Eagles @ #15 Villanova Wildcats, 8:30 PM:

  •  The home team has won seven of the last eight meetings between these teams.
  •  Villanova has won 50 of the last 52 home games. (Stats courtesy of Statschecker).

The reason we’re backing Villanova

#15 Villanova (17-6) dropped a third straight game when falling to #12 Seton Hall at home 70-64. The Wildcats were outscored by 10 in the second half.

Sophomore Saddiq Bey went off for a game-high 22 points on 7-of-12 shooting, including four made threes. Freshman Jeremiah Robinson-Earl had a big day in the paint, scoring nine points with 14 rebounds.

#18 Marquette (17-6) picked up a third straight win by blowing out #19 Butler 76-57.

The Golden Eagles made it rain from outside, shooting over 45 percent from three-point range while knocking down 11 as a team.

The nation’s leading scorer Markus Howard was as good as advertised, scoring a team-high 17 points with three made three-pointers. Junior Koby McEwen added 16 points and six assists.

With the way these teams are trending, it’s tempting to ride the hot hand in Marquette.

Yet, I’m avoiding the recency bias and rolling with the overall trend by taking the home Wildcats to cover and win.


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