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March Madness Betting Trends: Saturday

Two of the fiercest underdogs in recent memory are in action Saturday for March Madness betting.

UAB and NC State both boast some awesome money-making trends as the Round of 32 tips off.

The Blazers face No. 11 UCLA riding a nine-game ATS win streak when getting points. They have also won six of their past seven games outright when sportsbooks disrespect them by giving them points.

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NC State, a steep 9.5-point dog to top-seeded Villanova, has covered eight straight as dogs of nine or more points. Even more impressive is the fact they have won outright five of past seven games as dogs of nine or more.

A pair of 1 vs 8 matchups happen Saturday and top seeds have pulverized 8 seeds with a 7-1 ATS run recently.

Xavier rides a handful of hot trends into its battle with No. 14 Georgia State. The Musketeers are 19-3-1 ATS, the best mark in Madness since 2004, and they have covered six straight Round of 32 games. Also, 6 seeds are 5-0, 4-0-1 ATS vs 14 seeds since 1999.

Also, 4 seeds have dominated 5 seeds and 3 seeds have beaten up 6 seeds at the sportsbook payout window over the years, so check out those matchups.

UAB (14) vs UCLA (11)
UCLA 11-3 ATS past 14 games
UCLA covered six in a row as an underdog
UAB covered nine straight as underdogs since January
UAB won outright six of past seven games as underdog
UCLA 26-4 SU past 30 games as favorites
UCLA 1-5 ATS past six games in Round of 32
Only two 11 vs 14 matchups have happened since 1996, No. 11 easily won and covered both (Tennessee 2014, Washington 1998)

Cincinnati (8) vs Kentucky (1)
Kentucky defeated Cincy in MM of 2005
Top seeds 7-1 ATS past eight games vs 8 seeds
Cincy just 2-6 ATS as double-digit dog since 2008
Kentucky 8-1-1 ATS past 10 as double-digit favorite (lost Thursday)
Cincy just 2-8 ATS in Round of 32 since 1997
Kentucky 11-5 ATS in Round of 32 since 1996

Georgia State (14) vs Xavier (6)
Georgia State on 14-2 SU run, including upset of Baylor
Georgia State 1-5 ATS past six as underdog
Xavier 19-3-1 ATS, best mark in Madness since 2004
Xavier covered six straight Round of 32 games
6 seeds are 5-0, 4-0-1 ATS vs 14 seeds since 1999

NC State (8) vs Villanova (1)
Top seeds 7-1 ATS past eight games vs 8 seeds
Villanova 15-5 ATS this season when double-digit favorites
Villanova on 16-0 SU, 14-2 ATS run
NC State 12-4-2 ATS past 18 games as underdog
NC State covered eight straight as dogs of 9 or more points
NC State won outright five of past seven games as dogs of 9 or more
Villanova 0-4 ATS vs 8 seeds (but three times, Nova was a 9 seed)

Ohio State (10) vs Arizona (2)
Arizona ended season on 12-0 SU, 9-3 ATS run
Arizona 13-4 ATS past 17 games as a favorite
Ohio State is 1-7 SU, 1-6-1 ATS past 8 as underdog
Ohio State won five straight Round of 32 games (all OVERs)
Arizona 8-1 SU and ATS past nine Round of 32 games
Arizona won and covered twice vs 10 seeds (2001, 1997)
10 seeds have covered four in a row vs 2 seeds since 2011

Arkansas (5) vs North Carolina (4)
UNC 8-3 ATS past 11 games overall
UNC destroyed Arkansas 108-77 in 2008 tourney
4 seeds are 7-1 SU and ATS past eight games vs 5 seeds
Arkansas 0-3 in Round of 32 play since advancing in 1996

Butler (6) vs Notre Dame (3)
Butler played 9 straight UNDERs to end the season
UNDER is 13-3 past 16 games when Butler an underdog
Notre Dame just 1-4 SU in Round of 32 since 1996
Butler 0-3 SU and ATS vs 3 seeds since 1996
3 seeds are 9-3 ATS past 12 games vs 6 seeds

Utah (5) vs Georgetown (4)
4 seeds are 7-1 SU and ATS past eight games vs 5 seeds
Utah 5-2 ATS past seven Round of 32 games

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