Wednesday NCAAB Picks
Our team of writers and handicappers hand out their College Basketball picks and predictions for Wednesday, February 4.
Missouri at Texas, 9:30PM ET
Texas' defense faltered in a rare home loss last week. Leo Lyons and Missouri are primed to keep the pressure on their Big 12 rival.
After a humbling defeat, the 16th-ranked Longhorns look to keep Lyons and the Tigers' high-scoring offense in check when the teams meet at the Frank Erwin Center on Wednesday night.
Texas (15-5, 4-2) appears vulnerable after an 85-81 overtime loss Saturday to Kansas State and Denis Clemente, who matched Michael Beasley's Big 12 single-game record with 44 points.
The Longhorns had been giving up 61.6 points per game and had won 19 in a row at home, including 14 straight in Big 12 play.
Texas has won four straight home games against Missouri since a 54-47 loss on Feb. 27, 1999. The Longhorns lead the series 11-8.
Notre Dame at Cincinnati, 7:35PM ET
All games in this series since 1997
NOTRE DAME is 3-0 against the spread versus CINCINNATI since 1997
NOTRE DAME is 3-0 straight up against CINCINNATI since 1997
1 of 2 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL since 1997
Games over the last 3 seasons
NOTRE DAME is 2-0 against the spread versus CINCINNATI over the last 3 seasons
NOTRE DAME is 2-0 straight up against CINCINNATI over the last 3 seasons
1 of 2 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons
All games played at CINCINNATI since 1997
NOTRE DAME is 1-0 against the spread versus CINCINNATI since 1997
NOTRE DAME is 1-0 straight up against CINCINNATI since 1997
1 of 1 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL since 1997
Games played at CINCINNATI over the last 3 seasons.
NOTRE DAME is 1-0 against the spread versus CINCINNATI over the last 3 seasons
NOTRE DAME is 1-0 straight up against CINCINNATI over the last 3 seasons
1 of 1 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons
West Virginia at Syracuse, 7:00PM ET
Competing with the top offenses in the Big East appears to have brought out the worst in Syracuse's defense.
The 20th-ranked Orange seek improvement in that area and try to avoid their worst losing streak in three years as they host West Virginia on Wednesday night.
Syracuse (17-5, 5-4) posted a 13-1 record versus non-conference opponents, limiting those teams to an average of 67.9 points on 38.7 percent shooting.
But the Orange haven't been as stingy in nine Big East contests, giving up 74.6 points per game while opponents have shot 43.3 percent. Among the six ranked teams in the conference, Syracuse is the only one giving up more than 68.0 points per game (70.2).
The Orange have allowed three of their last five opponents to shoot at least 53.0 percent from the field, most recently in last Wednesday's 100-94 loss at Providence. It was the first time in 51 contests that an opponent reached the century mark against Syracuse.
Posted: 2/4/09 11:29AM ET