Florida Gators vs Santa Barbara Gauchos

Florida lost the SEC title game to Kentucky, but still managed a No. 2 seed in the Southeast Region, where they are heavily favored to dispatch the No. 15 Santa Barbara Gauchos today..

The Gators are favored by only 13 points, but reigning SEC Player of the Year Chandler Parsons is more than capable of turning this into a rout. Bettors should be careful of the Gators in this situation - as double-digit favorite, they 7-1 SU, but just 1-7 ATS past 8 outings.

The Gauchos, winners of the Big Sky Conference despite a medicore 8-8 mark in league play, are 18-13 on the year, while the Gators are at 26-7.


San Diego State vs Northern Colorado Odds

The San Diego State Aztecs have only lost twice all season and 15 seed Northern Colorado is unlikely to make it three on Thursday in West Region opening round action at McKale Center.

The Mountain West champion Aztecs opened as 17-point favorites, but the number was bet down to -15, where it sits at Sportsbook.ag at the moment. Why it was bet down, given the size and experience advantage is anybody's guess.

However the 32-2 Aztecs (19-11 ATS) have been to the tournament four times since 1985 and never won a game. Don't bet on that streak continuing against the Big Sky Conference champion Bears.


Pitt Southeast Chalk vs NC Asheville

The Pitt Panthers start the madness with their highest expectations ever and the Bulldogs of UNC Asheville are unlikely to get in the way.

The Bulldogs won the Big South,then took out Arkansas Little Rock in one of four play in games but they are 18-point underdogs here against Pitt.

Pitt will destroy the undersized Bulldogs in the paint and Gary McGhee could end up with 30 points and 30 rebounds.


Kentucky Lock To Beat Princeton In East

Sometimes you can make a case for a 13-seed upsetting a 4-seed but sometimes you can't.

This game falls in the latter category and is why the Wildcats are steep 13.5-point favorites over their Ivy League foes. Kentucky has an edge in all aspects of the game and come in off a tough SEC title game victory over Florida.

Working against the Tigers is the fact they are 0-20 SU the last 20 games as a double-digit dog. Kentucky meanwhile is 13-1 SU in its past 14 games in March and they seem set to cruise here, even if our computer suggests the game will be close.


Temple vs Penn State West Bracket Preview

The Temple Owls lost their conference title game but come in favored over their bigger state rival in this West Region battle Thursday.

This game is being played at a neutral-site court (McKale Center) and sees the Owls as slight 2.5-point favorite over Penn State. Ramone Moore leads the Owls while Talor Battle is the best PSU player.

Temple comes in seeded seventh and many expect them to beat the 10th-seeded Nittany Lions and advance against the winner of the San Diego State game.


Louisville Morehead State Southwest Odds

The Morehead State Eagles will try to bust the bracket against the Cardinals of Louisville, looking to advance as a No. 13 seed in the Southwest Regional at Pepsi Center Thursday.

Louisville enjoys a significant edge in most aspects of this game, but Morehead State has good size which could cause trouble. The line has been moving in favor of Louisville, going from -8 to -10. The best current Louisville line was -9.5 at betED.

This season, the Cardinals were 25-9 overall and 18-10 ATS, while the Eagles are 24-9 and 15-10 ATS against the number. Both teams were profitable plays, but few expect the Eagles to advance here but our computer is predicting a close game.


Spiders Threaten Vandy in Southwest

If you are afraid of spiders, join the club - so are the Vanderbilt Commodores.

Upset winners of the Atlantic 10 Conference, the Richmond Spiders hit the madness on a roll and threaten Vandy's #5 seeding.

The Commodores sit at 23-10, while the Spiders are currently 27-7 (17-10-1 ATS). But Richmond has been hot, going 11-1 SU, 10-2 ATS in the past 12 games. The under is also 8-1 past 9 Richmond games, as the Spiders play tougher defense.


Monarchs vs Bulldogs Southeast Region

The Monarchs hope to royally screw up Butler fans by sending the Bulldogs out of the tournament early Thursday at Verizon Center.

Old Dominion has been on fire, going 9-0 SU and 7-1-1 ATS in their past nine games and winning the Colonial tournament. Butler, last year's finalist, will bring the same scrappy style that allowed it to repeat as Horizon League champs and they are slightly favored.

Butler will face the 27-6 Monarchs, who own a 14-12-2 ATS mark on the season. The best ODU line was at Sports Interaction at last check.


West Virginia vs Clemson Start Madness

The Clemson Tigers destroyed UAB to earn the final 12 seed, and they will look to become the latest No. 12 to make life miserable for a 5 seed.

The game is being played at St. Petes Times Forum, which makes it closer for Tiger fans than Mountaineer fans, who hope their team can cover a 2-point spread and advance to the second round.

Clemson ranked 20th nationally in defense, which could interest UNDER bettors today. The Hokies have struggled ATS, going just 3-7 in their past 10 and the history of 5's struggling against 12's is well documented.


NCAA Tourney Betting: Thursday

The bracket busting begins with the March Madness Round of 64 on Thursday from coast to coast.

The only top seed in action on Thursday is the Southeast's No. 1, Pittsburgh. The Panthers open up against First Four winner N.C. Asheville as a 17.5-point favorite at Bovada.



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