Computer Picks Like Thurs Madness Dogs

The OddsShark prediction computer says Thursday will go to the dogs in the Round of 64 for March Madness bettors.

The computer predicts underdogs will go 12-4 ATS today, led by a handful of SU upsets of which last-minute bracket pickers should be wary.

The computer has Eastern Washington winning as a 13 seed and Stephen F. Austin also advancing as a 12 seed. Butler, Ole Miss and LSU are also pegged as upset winners at the NCAA Tournament for today.

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Hampton vs Kentucky NCAA Betting Odds

The undefeated and top-seeded Kentucky Wildcats are on an 8-1-2 ATS run in their last 11 NCAA Tournament games as they prepare to take on the No. 16 Hampton Pirates on Thursday as huge favorites in a Round of 64 betting matchup at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville.

Kentucky, sitting at 34-0 SU after sweeping through their regular-season schedule and winning the SEC Tournament, have also been profitable lately at 8-1-1 ATS in their last 10 games despite the big spreads they've been facing. On the season Kentucky went 19-13-2 ATS.

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Butler vs Texas March Madness Betting

Texas was supposed to contend for a Big 12 and even possibly an NCAA title this season; instead, it barely sneaked into the NCAA Tournament field. Butler, on the other hand, was supposed to struggle this season, but instead won 22 games. Now the Longhorns, who are 0-3-1 against the spread in their last four Round of 64 games, take on the Bulldogs, who are 8-1 in their last nine Round of 64 contests, in the Midwest Region on Thursday afternoon.

Texas went just 8-10 in the Big 12 this season, finishing in a tie for sixth place. The 'Horns lost four in a row in January, and four more in a row in February, but wins over Baylor and Kansas State to finish the regular season and a victory over Texas Tech in the conference tournament were apparently enough for an at-large bid to the Dance. Texas then blew a 10-point lead in the final minutes and lost to Iowa State last Thursday on a bucket at the buzzer, and in some minds enters this NCAA Tournament as one of the least-deserving teams to qualify.

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Harvard vs North Carolina Betting Odds

The fourth-seeded North Carolina Tar Heels will try to avoid the upset bug when they square off against the 13th-seeded Harvard Crimson in a second-round West Region game. Harvard opened last year’s NCAA Tournament by beating the Cincinnati Bearcats 61-57 as a No. 12 seed and 3-point underdog after topping the New Mexico Lobos 68-62 as a No. 14 seed and 10.5-point dog in 2013.

The Crimson won 11 of their last 13 games to make the Big Dance for the sixth straight year. However, they really struggled down the stretch against the spread, covering just one of six as favorites each time. Harvard has not been a dog since edging Yale – a 1.5-point home favorite – 52-50 back on February 7.

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Northeastern vs Notre Dame Round of 64

Notre Dame ended the season on a 7-1 run against the spread, while Northeastern finished with five covers in its last seven games. So two teams doing a nice job of making money as of late hook up when the ACC champion Irish and CAA champion Huskies play a Midwest Region game Thursday afternoon in Pittsburgh.

Notre Dame finished a strong third in the ACC this season, going 14-4 in its first campaign in its new conference, then won the conference tournament, beating Duke in the semifinals and North Carolina in the championship game. On the season the Irish own other victories over the likes of Michigan State, Purdue, the Tar Heels, the Blue Devils and Louisville. However, Notre Dame will be fighting demons of its recent NCAA Tournament past; it has lost four of its last six opening games, and is just 1-8 ATS in its last nine tournament contests.

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Biggest March Madness Spreads All-Time

- When oddsmakers posted Kentucky as a 32.5-point favorite against Hampton, folks wondered – is that the biggest Madness spread ever?

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Kentucky March Madness Props, Betting

Kentucky enters March Madness with more hype than any team in decades and that means plenty of talk and plenty of ideas at the sportsbooks for Kentucky props.

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Is being undefeated good for Kentucky?

Would the Kentucky Wildcats have been better off losing in the title game of the SEC Tournament? According to the March Madness trends a loss for the unbeaten Wildcats against the Arkansas Razorbacks in that tournament championship game could have been a blessing in disguise.

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Rockets are perfect SU & ATS vs Nuggets

The Houston Rockets are 3-0 both SU and ATS in their three games against the Denver Nuggets so far this season as those two Western Conference teams meet in NBA odds action at the online sportsbooks on Thursday night.

Houston and Denver last met on March 7, with the Rockets winning 114-100 as a 4-point road favorite on the NBA betting lines in that UNDER result. The UNDER, however, has paid off just twice for totals bettors at the sportsbooks in the last eight games between the teams.

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Bruins in Ottawa in key betting matchup

The Boston Bruins will be looking to pay off against the Ottawa Senators on the road for the second time in just over a week when the Eastern Conference clubs hit the ice together in NHL betting action at the books on Thursday.

Boston topped Ottawa 3-1 as a slight road favorite on the NHL moneyline when the teams last met on March 10 at the Canadian Tire Centre, with that game falling UNDER the night's posted total. The OVER/UNDER, however, had gone 5-0-4 in the previous nine games between the two teams.

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