NCAA Basketball Odds: Wednesday College Basketball Picks 2/29/12

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On Wednesday, there are a handful of games on the college basketball television schedule that we have circled that should be good ones. Check out our NCAA basketball picks for Wednesday!

College Basketball Matchup: Maryland Terrapins @ North Carolina Tar Heels
Date: Wednesday, February 29th, 7:00 ET
Location: Dean Smith Center, Chapel Hill, NC
College Basketball Odds: North Carolina -18.5
College Basketball TV Schedule: ESPN, ESPN3.com

No one is really talking about the prospects of Maryland getting into the NCAA Tournament, but there has to at least be a chance as long as it can get to 20 wins. There’s a fat chance of that happening, but Terrell Stoglin and the crew aren’t going to be giving up easily. Tyler Zeller and the rest of the Carolina bigs should have their way in this one, but that doesn’t mean that they are going to be able to win this one by darn near 20 points. Take an underrated Maryland team to at least keep this one close for a bit in what might become a scary game for the Tar Heels at home.

NCAA Basketball Pick: Maryland +18.5

College Basketball Matchup: Marquette Golden Eagles @ Cincinnati Bearcats
Date: Wednesday, February 29th, 7:00 ET
Location: Fifth Third Arena, Cincinnati, OH
College Basketball Odds: Cincinnati -2
College Basketball TV Schedule: ESPN2, ESPN3.com

Not only is this the case of a ranked team as an underdog to an unranked team, but this is also a case of a Top 10 team in the land and a Top 20 RPI team going up against an unranked team that is outside of the RPI Top 75! That being said, we just don’t think that the Bearcats should be favored in this game. Though we know that UC badly needs another win like this one to get into the dance once and for all, Marquette is very quietly a team that is gunning for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Everyone that was benched for the West Virginia game (a game that was still won on the road, mind you) is going to be back for the Golden Eagles, and in the end, we think that they are going to make the Bearcats sweat just a bit more going into the Big East Tournament next week.

NCAA Basketball Pick: Marquette +2

College Basketball Matchup: Oklahoma Sooners @ Texas Longhorns
Date: Wednesday, February 29th, 9:00 ET
Location: Frank Erwin Special Events Center, Austin, TX
College Basketball Odds: Texas -9.5
College Basketball TV Schedule: ESPN2, ESPN3.com

To say that the Longhorns need this game is a bit of an understatement. A loss would probably mean that Texas has to go on a heck of a run in the Big XII Tournament just to even think about sitting on the bubble for the dance. Oklahoma is a competent team that has the ability to pull off this type of an upset. In the end, we just don’t trust UT and its overstated 18-11 record. That 8-15-1 ATS mark looms large to us, and there is no way that we are going to be laying nearly double digits with a team like this one. The Longhorns will likely survive, but it isn’t going to be easy.

NCAA Basketball Pick: Oklahoma +9.5

Lou Palumbo is the founder and part owner of the Cappersinfo.com Sports Handicapping Community. He's been writing and posting free picks and sports handicapping strategies on the Cappersinfo forums and website for 15 years now. He enjoys handicapping just as much as he did from the very first day he built the original Cappersinfo website.

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