Feb 16th, 2022
5 games on the slate on Wednesday night. And a lot of games featuring those wanting to play spoiler roles against teams at the top of the WAC. All lines are from Draftkings Sportsbook.
Chicago State at SFA -19 O/U 138 5:30 pm MT on ESPN+
Jacks won the first contest on Feb. 10 81-61 at the Jones Convocation Center. SFA is on a 4-game winning streak where they have been red hot from the field, averaging 80+ points in the four games. Only one of the four wins has been within single digits and that was a road win at CBU. Chicago State has been fading lately. The Cougars have lost six straight and four of those losses were by double figures. SFA has been really good at home as the Jacks are 5-1 in league play at Johnson Coliseum. Arguably the hottest team in basketball right now has had a week off to prepare for this contest.
The Bet: SFA -19, U138
Utah Valley -1.5 at Tarleton O/U 126.5 6 p.m. MT ESPN+
Utah Valley won the first matchup on opening weekend of WAC play by 22. The Texans were short-handed and coming off a big win over Dixie State two nights earlier. Tarleton will have its full roster on Saturday as Tahj Small didn’t play in the first meeting. The Texans love to turn teams over and Utah Valley is a team prone to turning it over. The big question is how will the Texans match up against Utah Valley’s size? The other question is how will Utah Valley respond after coming off a big win over New Mexico State on Saturday at home? This really feels like a game that could go either way. I am going to stay away from the line for that reason. I think there is going to be a lot of transition buckets in this contest.
The Bet: O126.5
Seattle U -6.5 at UTRGV O/U 151.5 6 p.m. MT ESPN+
How will Seattle handle being on top once again in a road game? When the Redhawks were all alone atop the WAC standings, they went on the road and lost a pair of games at GCU and at New Mexico State. And now they get to face a scrappy UTRGV squad that likes to get up and down the floor. The bigger question is can the big 3 from Seattle in Riley Grigsby, Darrion Trammell and Cameron Tyson shoot better than they did this past weekend in a pair of home wins? UTRGV likes to attack and take people off the dribble. They also like to get out in transition and use a smaller lineup. A long trip on a short week to South Texas is a tough one. And it could be a trap game for Seattle. There are a lot of things are playing against Seattle on Wednesday night.
The Bet: UTRGV +6.5, ML
Dixie State at New Mexico State -16 O/U 144 7 p.m. MT ESPN+
Yes, Dixie State hung with New Mexico State last Thursday in St. George. And Yes, Dixie State beat GCU on Saturday night at Burns Arena. But, the Aggies don’t lose in back-to-back games under Chris Jans very often. The last time the Aggies lost a game, they returned the favor with a 14-point win at SFA. However, the largest margin of victory for the Aggies in WAC play was 17 over Chicago State on opening weekend. And NMSU has to go to GCU on Saturday so this could be somewhat of a trap game at home. The Aggies will win but Dixie State will cover.
The Bet: Dixie State +16
GCU -4 at CBU 8 p.m. MT O/U 135.5 8 p.m. MT ESPN
The Seattle/UTRGV game has some intrigue to it. But this might be the game of the night. The Lopes are coming off a 61-60 road loss at Dixie State on Saturday. CBU did exactly what it should have done against Lamar and UTRGV and got back to the old school Lancers by throwing up a lot of 3-pointers. Tre Armstrong knocked down 10 combined 3-pointers in the two wins for the Lancers. The matchup is there as these are two guard-heavy teams. The first meeting was an ugly offensive showing for both teams that GCU was able to win 56-50 at GCU Arena on Feb. 5. I love Jovan Blacksher Jr. and Holland Woods and when they are on, they are really good. But it seems like it is a struggle for GCU on the road. And the CBU Events Center will be rocking on Wednesday night. This is another one of those games that is a trap game.
The Bet: CBU +4, ML
Another big night of WAC Hoops with a lot on the line as we continue to move toward WAC Vegas. Road trips are not easy in this league. But it will be a very entertaining Wacky Wednesday. Enjoy the games and good luck in your betting choices.