Last Updated Aug 30, 2021, 9:55 AM

Wednesday's Tip Sheet

College Hoops bettors can turn to pair of matchups in the Big 12 and one more showdown in the Big Ten as three of the more intriguing games on Wednesday night’s board.

First up, the No. 12 West Virginia Mountaineers head to Lubbock to tangle with the Texas Tech Red Raiders. The Indiana Hoosiers will be on the road to face the No. 24 Penn State Nittany Lions ahead of a matchup featuring the No. 1 Baylor Bears in a road game against the Iowa State Cyclones.

No. 12 West Virginia Mountaineers at Texas Tech Red Raiders
(ESPN+, 8 p.m. ET)

Opening Odds: Texas Tech -2.5, Total 129
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Betting Matchup

The Mountaineers drew first blood in the season series with a 66-54 home victory against Texas Tech on Jan. 11 as 4 ½-point favorites. That is part of a straight-up 4-2 record in Big 12 play while going 5-1 against the spread. West Virginia (16-3 SU, 12-7 ATS) beat the SEC’s Missouri Tigers 74-51 on Saturday to easily cover as a 12-point favorite at home. The total stayed UNDER 135 points in that game after going OVER in the previous three contests. The Mountaineer are holding opponents to 60.1 points per game on defense.

Texas Tech is an even 3-3 (SU and ATS) in conference play as part of an overall record of 12-7 (8-11 ATS). With Saturday’s 76-74 overtime loss to Kentucky as 3 ½-point home favorites, the Red Raiders are 2-4 ATS in their last six outings with the total staying UNDER in four of those games. There are four different players averaging at least 12 PPG as part of an overall scoring average of 72.7 PPG. Jahmi’us Ramsey leads the way with 14.9 points a game.

Betting Trends

-- The Mountaineers are an even 3-3 ATS on the road this season and the total has stayed UNDER in five of those six games.

-- The Red Raiders have won 16 of their last 18 home games SU. They have also won six of their last eight games SU on Wednesdays.

-- West Virginia holds the slight 6-4 SU edge over the past 10 meetings with a 7-3 record ATS. The total has stayed UNDER in four of the last five matchups.

Indiana Hoosiers at No. 24 Penn State Nittany Lions
(Big Ten Network, 8:30 p.m. ET)

Opening Odds: Penn State -6, Total 143
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Betting Matchup

Indiana came up just short in Sunday’s 77-76 loss at home to Maryland as a 2 ½-point favorite. The Hoosier (15-5 SU, 10-10 ATS) are 5-4 SU in the Big Ten with a 3-6 record ATS. The total went OVER 133 points on Sunday after staying UNDER in seven of their previous eight games. Freshman forward Trayce Jackson-Davis leads the team with 14.1 points and 8.0 rebounds a game. Indiana is averaging 74.7 PPG but it has only topped that number in two of its last nine games.

Penn State is an even 4-4 (SU and ATS) in Big Ten play as part of an overall record of 14-5 SU and 10-8-1 ATS. It is coming off back-to-back wins as an underdog against Ohio State at home and Michigan on the road. The total went OVER in seven of the Lions’ last 11 games behind their 77.6-point scoring average. Lamar Stevens has led the way with 16.7 PPG. The senior forward scored 24 points against the Buckeyes and 19 points in last Wednesday’s win against the Wolverines.

Betting Trends

-- The Hoosiers have lost seven of their last 10 road games SU and their record ATS in their last 16 games in January is 4-12.

-- The Lions are 14-1 SU in their last 15 games at home. They are 7-4 ATS in their last 11 home games but 4-8 ATS in the last 12 Wednesday games.

-- Indiana has won the last four meetings SU with a 3-1 record ATS. The Hoosiers have a SU 8-2 edge over the past 10 meetings but the series is tied 5-5 ATS. The total has gone OVER in four of the last six matchups.

No. 1 Baylor Bears at Iowa State Cyclones
(ESPNU, 9 p.m. ET)

Opening Odds: Baylor -5.5, Total 141
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Betting Matchup

Baylor tightened its grip on the top spot in the national polls with Saturday’s 72-61 road win against Florida. This was the Bears’ 16th SU win in a row as part of their 17-1 record overall. They have covered in six of their last season games to improve to 12-6 ATS overall. The total went OVER 132 points against the Gators after staying UNDER in five of their previous six outings. Both MaCio Teague and Devonte Bandoo ended Saturday’s game with 16 points. The Bears are fifth in the nation in points allowed (58.6).

Iowa State is 2-4 SU in conference play with a 3-3 mark ATS. It lost to Auburn 80-76 on Saturday as an eight-point road underdog in the Big 12/SEC Challenge. The total went OVER 146 ½-points in that game after staying UNDER in seven of the Cyclones’ previous 10 games. Iowa State is averaging 76.2 PPG with Tyrese Haliburton (15.7 points) and Rasir Bolton (15.1 points) leading the way. The defense is allowing an average of 72.5 points at the other end of the court.

Betting Trends

-- The Bears are a perfect 4-0 ATS in four previous road games this season and 6-0-1 ATS in their last seven on the road. They have an 8-6 record ATS in 14 games closing as favorites.

-- The Cyclones have a SU 8-3 record in 11 home games this season while going 7-4 record ATS. They have failed to cover in their last five Wednesday games.

-- Baylor won the first meeting 68-55 as a nine-point home favorite on Jan. 15. It is 7-3 SU over the last 10 meetings and 4-1 ATS in the last five. The total stayed UNDER 138 points in the first game after going OVER in previous four meetings.

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