March Madness Bracket Contests Roundup

Do you play your March Madness bracket game like a lottery, hoping a few bucks can turn into $1 million, or do you handicap it like a sports bettor, grinding out wins and trying to claim the smaller, guaranteed prize?

This is the main difference in March Madness bracket contests that pop up by the dozen - and maybe the answer to the question above is this: I like to play them all!


March Madness: Crimson vs. Bearcats

The UNDER is on a 9-1 run in the past 10 games where Harvard was listed as the underdog as they prepare to go up against favored No. 5 Cincinnati in East Region action on Thursday.

Cincinnati is just 1-4 ATS in its past five games but earns the nod from oddsmakers at Bovada at -3.5. The total was low at 125 over at TopBet.

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March Madness: Panthers vs. Buffaloes

Pittsburgh is an ugly 2-8 ATS in its past 10 games at the NCAA Tournament as they play in the 9 vs. 8 matchup against eighth-seeded Colorado in South Region action on Thursday.

Its the biggest point spread faced by a 9 seed against an 8 seed in recent memory. The line was -6 at Wednesday and the total was 128.5 over at

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Thunder on the road against Cleveland

Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder will be looking to pick up a victory on the road over the Cleveland Cavaliers when those teams hit the hardwood together on Thursday night.

The Cavaliers upset the Thunder 114-104 as a big 15-point road underdog on the NBA odds when those teams last met on February 26 in an OVER result. The Thunder and Cavaliers split their two meetings last season 1-1 both SU and ATS.

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Sharks get a visit from the rival Ducks

The Anaheim Ducks will be looking to get the better of the San Jose Sharks once again on Thursday night as those Western Conference rivals meet in marquee NHL betting action.

Anaheim doubled up on San Jose by a 6-3 score on the NHL odds at the sportsbooks when those teams last met back on December 31 in an OVER result.

The Sharks had been 4-0 in their previous four games against the Ducks since last season.

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First Four Betting: Iowa vs Tennessee

Iowa has an ugly 0-7 ATS record in its seven most recent games, but they'll get a shot at a March Madness victory on Wednesday night when they take on Tennessee in First Four play-in game betting action at the University of Dayton Arena.

The winner earns an 11 seed and would play UMass at Raleigh on Friday. The game is near a PK, with books like 5Dimes offering Iowa at -1.5. The total was 142.5 over at

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Play In Odds: Cal Poly vs Texas Southern

After breaking up a 2-9 SU run and pulling off three upset victories to win the Big Sky Tournament last week Cal Poly will get back on the hardwood on Wednesday as they take on Texas Southern in play-in game betting at the NCAA Tournament.

Cal Poly had lost nine of 11 games before three upset wins in the Big Sky tourney and they are surprise favorites on the betting line over at Bovada today. The total was 130 over at 5Dimes.

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Ohio State vs. Dayton tips off Madness

Ohio State is on an 0-6 ATS skid for their supporters at the sportsbooks as they open their NCAA Tournament run on Thursday with a South Region betting matchup against No. 11 Dayton.

Dayton finished on a 10-2 SU run, but lost to St. Joe’s in the Atlantic 10 playoffs. They were 6-point underdogs in early betting at TopBet with the total 131 at Bovada. The total is intriguing because OSU has played OVER in eight of their past nine tournament games.

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Pacers battle the Knicks in New York

The Indiana Pacers will roll into Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night looking to pick up a SU and ATS victory over the New York Knicks in NBA odds action at the sportsbooks.

Indiana blasted New York 117-89 and easily covered the 9.5-point spread at home on the NBA betting lines when those teams last met on January 16. The Pacers are 7-3 both SU and ATS in their 10 most recent games against the Knicks.

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Blues set to take on rival Blackhawks

The St. Louis Blues have won four straight games against the Chicago Blackhawks as those Central Division rivals hit the ice together in NHL betting action on Wednesday night.

St. Louis and Chicago last met back on December 28, with the Blues winning 6-5 as a -126 home favorite on the NHL odds in an OVER result for totals bettors. That broke up a string of four straight UNDER results in games between the two teams.

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