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March Madness Sweet 16 Odds & Picks For Friday, March 25

Mar 31, 2022 4:38 PM

Gonzaga and Arizona are heading home and suddenly Kansas is the last No. 1 seed left standing for college basketball betting action ahead of tonight’s Midwest and East region Sweet 16 Matchups.

The No. 1 Jayhawks take on No. 4 Providence tonight, with the Jayhawks -7 favorites. We’ve also got our eyes on No. 4 UCLA as a -2 favorite over No. 8 North Carolina and No. 10 Miami as a -3 favorite over No. 11 Iowa State.


Friday’s College Basketball Betting Lines To Back

Kansas -7 over Providence

We were leaning Providence +7.5 early in the week, but Kansas is available without the hook now and we think it’s a good number for the Jayhawks. The Friars caught a massive break with Richmond taking out Iowa.

To their credit, they took advantage with a 79-51 win. But they caught a few lucky bounces in that game too. Richmond shot just 1 of 22 from 3-point range while Providence went scorched earth and hit 12 of 22 from downtown. That won’t happen against Kansas’ defense. Providence is a strong defensive team that excels on the perimeter, but Kansas isn’t reliant on the 3-point shot.

This is a balanced offensive team that can get to the rack, hitting 19 of 20 free throws in a second-round win over Creighton. Providence could struggle to keep up. We’re on Kansas -7 over Providence.


North Carolina +2.5 over UCLA

While we flipped our first pick from earlier in the week, we’ve been locked in on this one. North Carolina was incredibly impressive in wins over Marquette and No. 1 Baylor. No one seems to know how to handle the Tar Heels’ offense when it’s going like this, scoring 93 points or more in three of the last five games.

They needed overtime to do it against Baylor after blowing a 25-point lead, but we actually think the composure to regroup and drop the hammer in OT is a positive sign moving forward. UCLA will try to slow it down and make it ugly. That’s a tall order tonight. We’re on North Carolina +2.5.


Miami -3 over Iowa State

We can’t trust the Cyclones in this spot. The defense has been very impressive, no doubt. The point totals are alarming. Iowa State has been held under 60 points in four of the last five games, a stretch that includes a 53-36 loss to Oklahoma State and a 72-41 loss to Texas Tech. Credit Iowa State for making it work with tough wins over LSU and Wisconsin, but the 3-point numbers suggest they got away with a couple.

LSU shot just 4 of 19 from deep while the Cyclones were 12 of 37 – yes, they hit 12 threes and still scored just 59 points. The Badgers were even colder than LSU and hit just 2 of 22 from deep. The Hurricanes don’t overly-rely on the three, they have size and they can rip off quick scoring runs at any time. Iowa State is in deep trouble if it falls behind by a few possessions at any point. We’re on Miami -3.


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Dan Kilbridge,

Tags: North Carolina Tar Heels, Miami (FL) Hurricanes, Iowa State Cyclones, Kansas Jayhawks, Providence Friars, UCLA Bruins, NCAA, Gambling

March Madness Sunday Second-Round Odds & Best Bets

Mar 31, 2022 4:35 PM

We’re on to the fourth straight day of March Madness college basketball betting, with several electric second-round matchups and a spot in the Sweet 16 on the line.

Sunday’s best second-round matchups include No. 3 Wisconsin as a -4.5 favorite over No. 11 Iowa State at DraftKings Sportsbook. We’ve also got our eyes on No. 3 Texas Tech as a -8 favorite over No. 11 Notre Dame, as well as No. 2 Auburn as a -7 favorite over No. 10 Miami.

While we don’t have an official pick, Sunday also gives us a historic final meeting between Michigan State coach Tom Izzo and Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski, with No. 2 Duke posted as a -6.5 favorite over the No. 7 Spartans.


Sunday College Basketball Betting Lines To Back

Iowa State +4.5 over Wisconsin

The Cyclones are exactly the type of team that should be able to hang tough with Wisconsin. Iowa State is one of few teams in the country that defends better and with more effort than the Badgers, and there’s just enough to work with on offense. Wisconsin survived in a sloppy showing against Colgate, but this one should have the Badgers’ full attention. Iowa State is coming of an upset win over a very tough LSU squad and will be more than happy to grind it out with the Badgers. We’re on Iowa State +4.5


Notre Dame +8 over Texas Tech

Those First Four teams can be dangerous this time of year. We saw it last season with UCLA carrying the momentum from an overtime win over Michigan State in Dayton, eventually making the Final Four. Notre Dame has looked good enough early in the tournament to think a similar run is possible. The Irish took care of business against Alabama in the first round and will need to be on-point offensively to pull off the upset today. Texas Tech is the best defensive team in the nation, but the Raiders struggle to run away from teams in the second half. We expect the Irish to keep it close for the duration. We’re on Notre Dame +8.


Miami +7 over Auburn

We figured there would be a good opportunity to fade Auburn at some point this month. It looks like the time has come. The Tigers cruised to a first-round win over Jacksonville State, but the No. 2-seeded Tigers haven’t been playing like a top contender since early February. Miami is the slightly better offensive team and competes at a very high level. The Hurricanes have only lost one game by more than four points dating back to Dec. 1, and they’re getting an overrated Auburn team in a great spot. We love the points in this matchup. We’re on Miami +7.


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Dan Kilbridge,

Tags: Miami (FL) Hurricanes, Iowa State Cyclones, Texas Tech Red Raiders, Notre Dame Fighting Irish, Wisconsin Badgers, Auburn Tigers, NCAA, Gambling

March Madness First-Round Parlay: Your Best 3-Team Friday Play

Mar 31, 2022 4:34 PM

Thursday’s Round 1 college basketball betting didn’t disappoint, with upsets and comebacks galore on opening day in March Madness.

Looking at the betting sites for Friday’s first-round action, there are a few March Madness plays that catch our eye.

We’re going to compile those for a three-leg parlay on betting apps to take us into the weekend on a winning note.


Top NCAA Tournament Parlay for Friday

The Parlay: LSU ML (-190), Michigan State ATS (-110), Wisconsin ML

Odds: +274 at DraftKings


Leg 1: LSU Moneyline (-190) over Iowa State

There’s a reason this total is set so low at 128.5, and it should favor the Bayou Bengals. LSU is a top-five defensive team that held its own all season against some electric offensive players in the SEC. We should see another stellar effort on that end, which is big trouble for the Cyclones. Iowa State is a disaster on offense and has lost three straight, managing just 41 points in a loss to Texas Tech and 36 points in a home loss to Oklahoma State. We’re on LSU moneyline -190.


Leg 2: Michigan State -1 over Davidson

Michigan State was last seeded seventh in 2015, and the Spartans went all the way to the Final Four. We don’t expect a similar run with Duke waiting in the second round. But Tom Izzo’s Tournament savvy and a promising Big Ten tournament run should give the Spartans more than enough to take out Davidson as a slight favorite. They’re the far better defensive team and should keep the Wildcats in check on the perimeter. We’re on Michigan State -1.


Leg 3: Wisconsin Moneyline (-350) over Colgate

Colgate comes in riding a 15-game winning streak. It won’t continue tonight against a tough Badgers team. The Raiders cruised to a Patriot League Tournament title and might give Wisconsin all it can handle, so we’re weary of the point spread. But we’re more than confident Badgers guard Johnny Davis will have his way against a Colgate team that isn’t very strong on the defensive end. This is a nice one to cap the night. We’re going with Wisconsin moneyline.


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Dan Kilbridge,

Tags: Iowa State Cyclones, Michigan State Spartans, Wisconsin Badgers, Colgate Raiders, LSU Tigers, Davidson Wildcats, NCAA, Gambling