Wednesday’s Tip Sheet

NIT, CBI, CIT Betting Results

Wednesday night’s college basketball slate features a pair of quarterfinal pairings in the NIT starting with No. 4 Colorado squaring off against No. 2 Texas in a 8:00 p.m. ET tip in Austin. The other matchup at 9:00 p.m. pits No. 5 Lipscomb on the road against North Carolina State on the other side of the bracket in Raleigh.

National Invitation Tournament (NIT)

No. 4 Colorado Buffaloes at No. 2 Texas Longhorns (ESPN2, 8:00 p.m. ET)

Opening Odds: Texas -6 ½, Total 139

Betting Matchup

The Buffaloes will be on short rest for Wednesday’s contest coming off Monday night’s 76-60 victory against Norfolk State as heavy 14-point favorites. They started this tournament with a 78-73 victory against Dayton as 4 ½-point home favorites. Colorado has been able to cover in six of its last eight games, but it slides to 3-6 against the spread in its last nine road games. The total stayed UNDER 146 ½ points in Monday night’s win and it has stayed UNDER in seven of the Buffaloes’ last nine games.

Forward Evan Battey picked the prefect time to record his first career double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds against Norfolk State. Sophomore guard Tyler Bey has been Colorado’s leading scorer all season long with 13.4 points a game and he added 17 points and nine rebounds to the winning cause.

Texas made a quick exit in this year’s Big 12 Tournament with a 65-57 loss to Kansas as a 3 ½-point underdog. This capped off a SU 1-5 slide in its previous six games. With new life in the NIT, the Longhorns beat South Dakota State 79-73 last Tuesday before squeezing past Xavier 78-76 in overtime on Sunday. They failed to cover as home favorites in both games as part of a 0-5 record ATS in their last five games. The total went OVER 139 ½ points in Sunday’s victory after staying UNDER in their previous four outings.

Kerwin Roach II had the hot hand for Texas against Xavier with 21 points along with eight rebounds and six assists. The senior guard leads the Longhorns in scoring this season with 14.8 points a game. Dylan Osetkowski put up career-high 26 points in the NIT opener against South Dakota State.

Betting Trends

-- The Buffaloes are 4-0 ATS in their last four games against the Big 12 and they are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games following a SU win. The total has stayed UNDER in 19 of their last 26 road games.

-- The Longhorns have failed to cover in four of their last five nonconference games and they are 0-4 ATS in their last four games coming off an ATS loss. The total has stayed UNDER in 10 of their last 14 games against the Pac-12.

-- Colorado is a perfect 6-0 ATS in its last six games against the Longhorns and it is 4-1 ATS in its last five road games against Texas.

No. 5 Lipscomb Bison at No. 2 North Carolina State Wolfpack (ESPNU, 9:00 p.m. ET)

Opening Odds: NC State -3 ½, 163

Betting Matchup

The Bison have won six of their last seven games SU with the only loss coming against Liberty 74-68 as 6 ½-point favorites in the Atlantic Sun Tournament. They knocked off Davidson 89-81 as 2 ½-point road underdogs in the opening round of the NIT ahead of a 86-69 romp over UNC Greensboro on Saturday as slight 1 ½-point road underdogs. Lipscomb has been able to cover the closing spread in three of its last four games after failing to cover in its previous seven contests.

Rob Marberry has made his presence known in this tournament with 17 points against Davidson followed by a 24-point effort in Saturday’s win. Senior guard Garrison Mathews is the team’s leading scorer this season with 20.0 points and he added 23 points to Saturday’s winning cause.

NC State was left home for the Big Dance after going an even 9-9 SU in ACC play. It bowed out of the conference tournament with a 76-56 loss to Virginia as an 11 ½-point underdog. The Wolfpack are making the most of their time in the NIT with SU victories against Hofstra and Harvard at home. They failed to cover as nine-point favorites for each contest as part of a 2-4 record ATS in their last six games. The total went OVER 152 ½-points in Sunday’s 78-77 win against Harvard after it had stayed UNDER in NC State’s previous six contests.

Senior guard Torin Dorn has led the Wolfpack in scoring this season with 13.4 PPG and he opened this tournament with 19 points against Hofstra. Guard CJ Bryce had the hot hand on Sunday with 16 points while going 6-for-12 from the field.

Betting Trends

-- The Bison have gone 20-7-1 ATS in their last 28 nonconference games, but they fall to 2-6 ATS in their last eight games following a SU win. The total has stayed UNDER in seven of their last 10 road games.

-- The Wolfpack are 6-2 ATS in their last eight games coming off a SU win. The total has stayed UNDER in seven of their last 10 games at home and in four of their last five games played on a Wednesday.

-- In one previous meeting in 2008, NC State came out on top 78-58 with no posted betting lines.