Last Updated Aug 30, 2021, 10:00 AM
Wednesday's Tip Sheet
Some of the top college basketball teams in the nation are on Wednesday night’s betting board across a trio of different conferences. Starting in the AAC, the Houston Cougars go on the road to square off against the Temple Owls.
Later that night in the ACC, Virginia heads north to face Boston College. At the same time in the Big 12, TCU and Kansas battle it out in a head-to-head matchup between two nationally ranked programs in the latest AP Top 25.
No. 17 Houston Cougars at Temple Owls (ESPN News, 7:00 p.m. ET)
Opening Odds: Houston -1 ½, Total 135
Houston opened conference play with a pair of double-digit romps at home against Tulsa and Memphis. The Cougars remain perfect on the year straight-up at 15-0 and, with three covers in a row, they are 10-4-1 against the spread. The total has stayed UNDER in nine of those 15 games. As the only ranked team in the AAC, Houston is averaging 75.5 points per game while holding teams to just 59.2 points on defense.
The Owls came up short against Central Florida in last Wednesday’s AAC opener with a 78-73 loss on the road that ended as a PUSH. They redeemed themselves on Sunday in an 85-81 road upset against Wichita State as one-point underdogs. Temple is 11-3 SU overall with a scattered 5-7-2 record ATS. It has failed to cover in any of its first five home games this season.
-- The Cougars are a perfect 6-0 ATS in their last six road games and the total has stayed UNDER in their last four games played on the road.
-- The Owls have failed to cover in seven of their last eight games at home with the total staying UNDER in four of their last five Wednesday games.
-- The road team in this matchup has covered in six of the last seven meetings and the total has stayed UNDER in five of the last six games between the two.
No. 4 Virginia Cavaliers at Boston College Eagles (ESPNU, 9:00 p.m. ET)
Opening Odds: Virginia -12, Total 127 ½
At No. 4 in the AP Top 25 and No. 1 in the USA Today’s Coaches Poll, the Cavaliers are shaping up to be Duke’s toughest competition in the ACC this season. Heading into this game, they have successfully navigated their way through their first 13 games SU while going a profitable 10-3 ATS. Virginia opened play in the conference on Saturday with a 65-52 win against Florida State as a 9 ½-point home favorite. The Cavaliers rank first in the nation in points allowed (51.5).
The Eagles opened ACC play on Saturday with a 77-66 loss to Virginia Tech, but they covered the hefty 15-point spread on the road. This followed a very disappointing 79-78 loss to Hartford on Dec. 31 as 11 ½-point favorites at home. Boston College is 9-4 SU and 6-7 ATS, including a dismal 2-7 record against the closing number at home this season. The total has gone OVER in four of its last six games overall.
-- The Cavaliers have gone 6-1-1 ATS in their last eight games played on Wednesday and the total has stayed UNDER in five of their last six games following a SU win.
-- The Eagles are 0-5 ATS in their last five home games and the total has gone OVER in their last eight Wednesday games.
-- The underdog has covered in eight of the last 11 games between these two teams with the total staying UNDER or ending as a PUSH in the last four meetings.
No. 25 TCU Horned Frogs at No. 7 Kansas Jayhawks (ESPN2, 9:00 p.m. ET)
Opening Odds: Kansas -6, Total 150 ½
TCU only lost one game in its 12 nonconference matchups SU, but it was to Lipscomb on Nov. 20 as a 12 ½-point favorite. The Horned Frogs were able to win and cover in their next eight games following that loss until Saturday’s Big 12 opener. They beat Baylor 85-81 at home, but failed to cover as 6 ½-point favorites. The total went OVER 138 ½ points in that game and it has gone OVER in five of their last six outings.
The Jayhawks opened play in the Big 12 with a 70-63 win against Oklahoma as 8 ½-point home favorites and they followed that up with a 77-60 loss to Iowa State as 2 ½-point road underdogs on Saturday. This was their second SU loss in four games after dropping an 80-76 decision against Arizona State on Dec. 22 as three-point favorites. They are just 2-5 ATS in their last seven games.
-- The Horned Frogs are 7-1 ATS in their last eight games coming off a SU win and the total has gone OVER in 20 of their last 28 conference games.
-- The Jayhawks have failed to cover in five of their last six games against a team with a SU winning record and the total has gone OVER or ended as a PUSH in five of their last six games following a SU loss.
-- TCU has a 4-1 edge ATS in its last five road games against Kansas and the total has gone OVER in four of the last five meetings overall.