First Four: Vermont vs Lamar

The name “Knight” returns to the NCAA tournament sidelines Wednesday night as Lamar takes on Vermont in a Midwest Regional play-in game.

The Patrick-led Cardinals, who got hot late and won the Southland Conference tournament, are favored by three points over the American East tournament champion Catamounts. Vermont is 15-1 SU in their past 16 games overall.

This game is being played at a neutral-site court (Dayton Arena).

The Cardinals will look to vanquish their hosts on Wednesday, as they are 5-1 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Catamounts are 3-1 ATS. Lamar is 3-3 against the total, while Vermont is 2-2 versus the number.


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MMA Odds: Bellator 61 Preview

MMA fans are happy to see Season 6 of the Bellator Fighting Championships underway, and this weekend’s Bellator 61 betting action features four Middleweight tournament fights and a Heavyweight main event.

Last season at Bellator 59 Eric Prindle and Thiago Santos fought to a no-contest following a low-blow. Now they will find out who gets the Bellator Heavyweight title shot later in the year, and oddsmakers at 5Dimes think Santos will dominate.


DAntoni Resigns: Knicks Prop Odds

Mike D'Antoni's sudden resignation as head coach of the New York Knicks today sparked a run on Knicks prop odds.

While the story was still unfolding, New York's slump and the greedy play of Carmelo Anthony surely have factored into this decision. But now what?

Is Jeremy Lin and Linsanity a thing of the past? Will Melo mellow out and share the leather?

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Kentucky vs WKU: South Bracket

Fresh off a loss in the SEC championship game Kentucky, the top overall seed in this NCAA tournament, begins its march toward the Final Four Thursday evening when it takes state rival Western Kentucky.

WKU won the South Regional play-in game with a rally past Mississippi Valley State Tuesday. Now they get the top seed in the bracket. 

Kentucky came within one win of going undefeated in SEC play this season, but lost the conference championship game Sunday to Vanderbilt.

The spread wasn't posted at press time but expect a double-digit line in favor of the Wildcats. It's significant because Kentucky is just 1-5 ATS in its past 6 games as double-digit favorite.

This matchup is a neutral-site affair being played at KFC Yum! Center.

The Wildcats sit at 32-2 (13-20 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Hilltoppers are currently 16-18 (18-15 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Kentucky is 12-18-2 OU, and Western Kentucky is 17-15-1 OU.


Bulls small chalk vs Heat

United Center features an NBA battle between the Chicago Bulls, boasting the league's second-best defense, and the visiting Miami Heat, boasting the leaue's second-best offense Wednesday.

The teams battled last month in Miami with the Bulls covering the 4.5-point road spread in the loss. This time, the scores prediction engine projects an even closer score and another cover for the road team.

The Bulls currently sports a record of 35-9, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 25-18-1 ATS. The Heat are 31-10 and 20-21 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Bulls post a 25-19 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Heat have gone 18-21-2 against the number.


Kansas vs Detroit Midwest Region

In a David vs. Goliath pairing perennial Final Four contender Kansas meets Detroit in the Midwest Regional 2-vs.-15 game Friday night.

The Jayhawks, who are appearing in the tournament for the 24th straight season, are favored by 15 points over the Titans. Detroit won the Horizon League tournament to earn their first Big Dance invitation since 1999.

Kansas is favored but not by a huge amount as Bovada had them at -15 Wednesday.

The game is being played at CenturyLink Center, which makes it technically a neutral site match.

This season, the Jayhawks are 27-6 overall and 16-15-1 ATS ATS, while the Titans are 22-13 and 13-19 ATS against the number. As for the totals, Kansas boasts a 13-18-1 on the OU, and Detroit is 16-16.


X marks spot for bracket bettors

Notre Dame takes on Xavier in an all-Catholic 7-vs-10 matchup Friday night in the South Regional.

And regular March Madness bettors know that Xavier has been by far the most profitable tournament team over the past decade, going 15-2-1 ATS in 18 games.

The Irish, who earned an at-large bid by finishing a strong third in the Big East, are favored by 2.5 points over the Musketeers, who earned their Big Dance invite by winning the Atlantic 10 tournament.

Greensboro Coliseum is the location for this game, which makes it a neutral-site matchup.

The Fighting Irish currently sports a 22-11 record overall in NCAAB action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 12-15 ATS. The Musketeers are 21-12 and 10-18-3 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Fighting Irish produce a 9-18 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Musketeers have gone 17-14 against the number.


Spartans vs Blackbirds: 1 vs 16 Pick

Michigan State, champions of the Big Ten tournament and the top seed in the West, takes on 16 seed Long Island, which won both the Northeast regular-season and tournament titles, Friday night.

The Spartans, who jumped from No. 8 in the polls to a No. 1 seed with their win over Ohio State Sunday, are favored by 20 points over the Blackbirds.

Nationwide Arena is the location for this game, which makes it a neutral-site matchup.

The Spartans currently sports a 27-7 record overall in NCAAB action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 22-10 ATS. The Blackbirds are 25-8 and 3-0 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Spartans produce a 15-15-2 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Blackbirds have gone 1-2 against the number.


Purdue dogs vs St Marys Gaels

St. Mary's takes on Purdue in the 7-vs.-10 game in the Midwest Regional Friday night that could be a high-scoring affair where the OVER is the best bet of the night.

The Gaels, who won both the WCC regular-season and tournament crowns, are getting a point and a half from the Boilermakers, who earned an at-large bid after finishing in sixth place in the Big Ten.

Purdue is 9-1 favoring the OVER in their past 10 games and they love the 3-ball. Both of St. Mary`s conference championship games were high-scoring OVER bets.

The game is being played at CenturyLink Center, which makes it technically a neutral site match.

The Gaels bring a 24-9 record (17-13 ATS) to this tilt against the 21-12 Boilermakers, who are 17-14 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed St. Mary's go 15-14-1 so far and the Boilermakers go 20-11.



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