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Hoyas vs NC State Midwest Preview

Georgetown hooks up with North Carolina State in third-round Midwest Region action Sunday in Columbus.

The third-seeded Hoyas, who dumped Belmont Friday 74-59, are favored by four points over the 11th-seeded Wolfpack, who knocked off San Diego State 79-65.

The Hoyas are 24-8 so far on the season, and 16-11 ATS vs. the number. The Wolfpack, meanwhile, are 23-12 and 16-14-1 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Georgetown go 13-14 and the Wolfpack go 19-12 on the totals.

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Michigan vs Ohio: Midwest Bettiing

In a Midwest Regional border battle Michigan clashes with an Ohio team Friday night that they should have an easier time with than the last Ohio team.

The third-seeded Wolverines, who received an at-large bid after finishing in a three-way tie atop the Big Ten, are favored by six points over the 14th-seeded Bobcats, who won their way in by taking the MAC tournament.

Michigan was defeated by Ohio State in the Big Ten tournament last week.

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

The Wolverines sport records of 24-9 and 17-13 ATS heading into this battle, while the Bobcats have 27-7 and 14-13 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 15-14-1 for the Wolverines and 11-16 for the Bobcats.

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Duke Favored over 15 seed Lehigh

Perennial power Duke goes against Lehigh in the 2-vs.-15 game in the South Region Friday evening.

The Blue Devils, an at-large invitee after finishing second in the ACC, are favored by 12.5 points over the Mountain Hawks, who upset Bucknell to win the Patriot League tournament.

Duke had been doing much better as a March team in recent years, but they are 0-5 ATS in their past 5. They have also struggled recently as a double digit favorite, going just 3-10 ATS in that role.

This game is being played at a neutral-site court (Greensboro Coliseum).

The Mountain Hawks will look to vanquish their hosts on Friday, as they are 7-1 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Blue Devils are 13-20 ATS. Lehigh is 5-2 against the total, while Duke is 20-12-1 versus the number.

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Cinderella Watch: Saturday Round of 32

Only two lower seeds pulled off wins on Thursday, leaving VCU and Colorado as the contenders for the NCAA Tournament's Cinderella title set to play on Saturday's March Madness betting slate.

The Rams are making a habit of picking up unlikely wins at the Big Dance, having bounced team after team at last year's NCAA Tournament and making it all the way to the Final Four - and making loads of cash for their supporters on the betting lines.

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Cincinnati vs Texas: 6 vs 11 Betting

The Big East meets the Big 12 when Cincinnati messes with Texas in the East Regional 6-11 game Friday afternoon.

The Bearcats, who got an at-large bid after tying for fourth place in the Big East, are favored by two points over the Longhorns, who only went 9-9 in the Big 12 this season but still made the tournament for the 14th consecutive season.

The OVER is 7-1 in the past 8 tournament games for Texas.

This matchup is a neutral-site affair being played at Bridgestone Arena.

The Bearcats are 24-10 so far on the season, and 15-13 ATS vs. the number. The Longhorns, meanwhile, are 20-13 and 10-18 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Cincinnati go 13-15 and the Longhorns go 14-14 on the totals.

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Bracket Betting: Underdogs Seek Upsets

Many a high seed in NCAA Tournament history has come into the round of 64 with high hopes at deep runs only to see those hopes shattered by a surprising upset from a live underdog.

 

How many of Friday’s top seeds can avoid these potential land mines?

With a win over Lamar in the first round play-in game Wednesday night, the Vermont Catamounts earned the No. 16 seed and a shot at the No. 1 North Carolina Tar Heels.

 

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Bracket Odds: Key Friday Matchups

The middle-seed games on Friday not only make or break the tournament for 16 teams, but also for many bettors across the country.

 

Friday’s tough middle of the pack matchups give brackets that blew up on Thursday a chance at redemption; or, on the flip side, can break those brackets that were looking so good. Here’s a preview of these key tough matchups on Friday.

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Baylor vs Colorado: South Region Odds

Bears and Buffs butt heads for big stakes when Baylor battles Colorado Saturday in South Regional college basketball action Saturday in Albuquerque.

The Bears got to Saturday's game by holding off South Dakota State Thursday 68-60, while Colorado, the 11 seed, beat sixth-seeded UNLV 68-64. Expect Baylor to open as small betting chalk at TopBet today.

This matchup is a neutral-site affair being played at The Pit.

The Buffaloes will try to spoil to the party on Saturday; they are 17-14 ATS against the number this season, while the Bears are 13-14-1 ATS. Colorado is 11-20 on the totals; Baylor is 15-13.

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VCU vs Indiana: South Regiion Odds

Continuing its quest for a second consecutive Final Four berth Virginia Commonwealth takes on Indiana Saturday in South Regional play in Portland.

VCU, a 12 seed a year after going to the Final Four, “upset” Wichita State Thursday 62-59, while the Hoosiers, a four seed, took care of New Mexico State 79-66.

Expect VCU to be an underdog again and for bettors to back them and their terrific ATS run in the tournament.

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

The Rams will try to spoil to the party on Saturday; they are 18-14-2 ATS against the number this season, while the Hoosiers are 18-9-1 ATS. Virginia Commonwealth is 15-19 on the totals; Indiana is 14-13-1.

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Marquette vs Murray State Betting Preview

Cinderella wannabe Murray State tries to advance to the second round of the tournament when it takes on Marquette in a West Regional third-round game Saturday in Louisville.

 

The Racers, the six seed in the West, reached Saturday's play by soundly beating 11th-seeded Colorado State Thursday 58-41, while the third-seeded Golden Eagles got to Saturday by bopping BYU Thursday 88-68.

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

The Golden Eagles sit at 26-7 (16-12-2 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Racers are currently 31-1 (16-12 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Marquette is 19-11 OU, and Murray State is 12-16 OU.

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