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UNDER Trending Ahead of Yale-Baylor

You’ll have to excuse the No. 12 Yale Bulldogs if they’re looking a little out of place ahead of their Round of 64 matchup with the No. 5 Baylor Bears. Thursday’s contest will mark the first time the Ivy League school has been in the NCAA Tournament since 1962, but it won’t be easy. Sportsbooks are expecting the Bears to show their experience, opening them as 5.5-point favorites for the affair.

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  • Yale is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games.
  • Baylor is 1-5 SU in its last six games in March.
  • The total has gone UNDER in Yale's last four games as underdogs.

The UNDER is trending ahead of this one. Each of Baylor’s last four have gone below the closing total, while Yale is 0-4 O/U in their previous four as underdogs.

Yale, who is making just its fourth NCAA bid in school history, will be forced to be without one of its top players in Jack Montague. Montague was expelled from the school last month.

The winner of the game will be forced to face either fourth-seeded Duke or No. 13 UNC-Wilmington in the Round of 32.

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Duke Struggling At Covering Spreads

The Duke Blue Devils will kick of their bid to win this year’s NCAA Tournament against the UNC Wilmington Seahawks Thursday. Though Duke will enter the game as a big favorite on the spread and in the public consciousness, the team has been struggling to cover, as they are 0-5 ATS in their past five outings.

Duke enters Thursday alternating wins and losses through their past eight games with wild fluctuations in their offensive output in that span. The Blue Devils have averaged 81.3 points in their past four wins, but just 69.3 in their past four losses.  Brandon Ingram’s unique paying style has started to grow into it’s own as of late, with the freshman averaging 15.8 points and 8.3 rebounds per game in March.

UNC-Wilmington has been one of the best offensive teams in the nation, with the unheralded program averaging nearly 80 points per game. Junior Chris Flemmings paces the team as the wing player has averaged 16.1 points on 51.3 percent shooting this season. 

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Betting Numbers for March Madness

I've pored over so much March Madness data I'm dreaming about numbers in my sleep.

In an effort to save you some time, I've compiled some of the most interesting stuff I've come across over the last few days to help you with your wagers and maybe even entertain you a little.

Here's the list:  

76 – West Virginia’s winning percentage against the spread in the NCAA tournament going back to the 95-96 season (19-6 ATS). It’s the highest ATS winning percentage of any team in this year’s March Madness tournament.   

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3 Unique Ways to Fill Out Your Bracket

When it comes to filling out March Madness brackets there is about a million and one different techniques that have been tried. We decided to compile a few of them from around the OddsShark office and see which one does best this year.

We have three variants to the bracket this season. The first is the coin flip bracket. Every pick in this bracket was made based on a coin flip. The higher seed in the matchup was heads and the lower was tails.

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Can the Twins Surprise Again in 2016?

The Minnesota Twins came out of nowhere to shock the baseball world last season, staying in the American League Wild Card race all the way into the campaign’s final weekend. While the Twins were undoubtedly one of the biggest surprises of 2015, are they going to be able to do it again this year? It won’t be easy.

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Cinderella Teams in The 2016 Tourney

It's that time of year for the annual Cinderella hunt.

Before you settle on your date for the ball you should know this: she's probably going to leave you hanging. Only eight teams over the last 16 years have made the Elite Eight as a No. 9 seed or worse.

So the truth is that there's not a Cinderella just as often as there is one.

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2016 Australian Grand Prix Odds

Lewis Hamilton Mercedes Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix

Mercedes pulled off a 1-2 finish at the Australian Grand Prix with Lewis Hamilton winning and Nico Rosberg finishing second just under 1.5 seconds behind. The 2016 Formula 1 seasons kicks off down under once again and Mercedes' dynamic duo will look for a repeat performance at Albert Park.

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Wizards are Covering Spreads at Home

Two underperforming Eastern Conference squads that have been plagued by a ridiculous amount of injuries collide Wednesday when the Chicago Bulls invade the Verizon Center to square off with the Washington Wizards. Home cooking has been massive for the Wiz, as Randy Whittman’s crew are 7-1 SU and 6-2 ATS in their last eight at home but are just 1-5 SU and ATS and in their last six overall.

Shark Bites
  • The Wizards have scored UNDER half of the posted total in five of their last seven games.
  • The total has gone OVER in 21 of the Bulls' last 29 games after winning the previous game in a matchup.
  • The visiting team is 11-4 ATS in its last 15 games in this matchup.

The depleted Bulls are coming off a huge road win over the Toronto Raptors but once again face roster concerns. Pau Gasol will be sidelined for the contest, while Derrick Rose’s status is up in the air and Mike Dunleavy is questionable as well. The good news for Bulls backers is star shooting guard Jimmy Butler is back in the fold, and sophomore Doug McDermott is finally living up to his potential as a spot up shooter.

Chicago has not won consecutive road games since January 28, and its defense has yielded an average of 109.8 points in the last 12 away from home. Chicago is also 2-11 ATS in their last 13 after winning as an underdog.

Wizards’ dynamic point guard John Wall has stepped up against the Bulls this season, posting 33 points and 17 assists in his first two against the bunch from the Windy City.

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PGA: Arnold Palmer Invitational Odds

Adam Scott PGA

We’re less than a month away from the first major tournament of the PGA Tour season, but before the world’s best golfers tee off at Augusta there’s still work to be done, including this weekend’s Arnold Palmer Invitational. Palmer, one of the best to ever play the game, will not be involved as heavily as past years, but the 86-year-old will still be a celebratory part of the event.

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NASCAR Odds: Auto Club 400

Jimmie Johnson NASCAR

For the first time in the last few races, someone other than Kevin Harvick is favored entering a race, with Jimmie Johnson at the top of the odds list for this Sunday’s Auto Club 400 from the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California.

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