Wednesday College Hoops Odds
The Coaches vs. Cancer Classic tourney continues with more NCAA hoops betting matchups on Wednesday, with the Terrapins the favorites in one of the games.
Maryland rolled Seattle in its opener on Monday, winning 105-76. Bovada expects the Terrapins to cruise past their next opponent, Charleston, as well, favoring them by 14 points (7:00 p.m. ET).
Maryland’s offense clicked against Seattle; four different Terrapins had at least 16 points. But the Cougars won’t necessarily go quietly against them on Wednesday, as they won 22 games last year and have a solid trio of go-to guys in Andrew Goudelock, Jeremy Simmons, and Donavan Monroe. Bovada has set the over/under for this matchup at 157.5.
Pittsburgh, a top-five candidate to win the NCAA championship this year according to the polls, is a 23.5-point favorite at Bovada over Illinois-Chicago (7:00 p.m. ET). Brad Wanamaker led the Panthers to an 83-75 victory on Monday night; the Panthers didn’t cover the 11-point spread.
Could Illinois-Chicago be the second straight Pitt opponent to rain on bettors’ parade? The Flames don’t carry a ton of momentum into their opener after going 8-22 a year ago, but they at least have leading scorers Robo Kreps and Zavion Neely back.
Another title contender, the Illinois Fighting Illini, hosts Toledo at 8:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday. Both Bovada and Bovada have the home team favored by 29.5 points. Illinois romped past UC Irvine 79-65 on Monday; Mike Tisdale was a force, scoring 12 points, grabbing eight boards, blocking three shots, and notching two steals.
Don’t be surprised if the spread gets bigger as bettors pound Illinois’ line close to game time. The Fighting Illini have a cupcake matchup on their hands; Toledo lost 25 games last year and was one of the country’s biggest whipping boys.
Following the trend we’re seeing across all the Wednesday matchups, Texas is another 1-0 team playing at home as a massive favorite. Bovada and Bovada have the Longhorns favored by 20 points at home to Louisiana Tech, with the total set at 143.5 points.
Texas rolled over a defensively deficient Navy team on Monday, winning 83-52. Jordan Hamilton was a force for the Longhorns, scoring 26 points. But will the Bulldogs make for a different challenge on Wednesday? Fresh off a 24-11 campaign last year, Louisiana Tech could’ve had NCAA Tournament aspirations this year, but the Bulldogs lost their top three scorers from a year ago.
They’ll need DeAndre Brown, who led the team in assists last year, and Olu Ashaolu to step up in the backcourt. Texas will definitely put them to the test at home on Wednesday night.