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Wisconsin vs Coastal Carolina Odds Pick

The top-seeded Wisconsin Badgers will start their road to the Final Four from the West Region for the second straight year when they take on the 16th-seeded Coastal Carolina Chanticleers. Big Ten champion Wisconsin has covered the spread in four of five games heading into the Big Dance while Coastal Carolina won the Big South Tournament and has earned a victory in seven of eight.

The Badgers were the second seed last year and routed the 15th-seeded American Eagles 75-35 as 13.5-point favorites in the second round en route to going 5-0-1 against the spread before losing to the Kentucky Wildcats in the Final Four. Wisconsin actually got off to a slow start against American and trailed 17-10 early on before pouring it on and easily covering the double-digit number.

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Georgia vs Michigan State Round of 64

The No. 7 Michigan State Spartans are 7-1 SU and 6-2 ATS in their last eight Round of 64 games in the NCAA Tournament. The Spartans will try to keep that winning trend alive when they play against the No. 10 Georgia Bulldogs - 10-2-1 ATS past 13 games as underdog - on Friday.

Michigan State had a down year by the program's standards at 23-11 SU and 18-16 ATS. But Tom Izzo's squad heated up in February and finished the season on an 8-3 SU and 7-4 ATS run. The Spartans aren't as loaded as usual, but don't figure to be an easy out for anyone this postseason.

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March Madness Betting Trends Roundup

How will the 2015 March Madness bracket shake out? Will the top seeds avoid upsets and pay out on the NCAA Tournament betting lines, or will underdogs be the profitable choice for bettors during the Big Dance this spring? Here's a look at the NCAA Tournament betting trends you need to know for the Round of 64 matchups before the madness gets underway this week . . .

NCAA Tournament Round of 64 Trends - Thursday Games

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Madness Betting Trends: Beware the 12s

The argument against March Madness betting trends is that the teams change year over year and their opponents are almost always new teams from new conferences.

But try as you might to ignore the trends, there are some facts and patterns that seem to come back each March at tournament time. Here's a look at some of them.

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12 Seeds Remain Dangerous

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Cavaliers on red-hot run on home court

The Cleveland Cavaliers are 14-0 straight up and 12-2 against the spread in their last 14 games at home as they prepare to get a visit from the Indiana Pacers in NBA betting action at the online sportsbooks on Friday night.

The Cavaliers and Pacers have met three times already this season, with Indiana going 2-1 both SU and ATS in those contests. The two teams last met on February 27 in Indiana, with the Pacers picking up the 93-86 victory in that contest and covering the 2.5-point spread at home.

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Red Wings look for rare win over Bolts

The Detroit Red Wings are just 1-6 in their last seven games against the Tampa Bay Lightning as those two Eastern Conference contenders hit the ice together in NHL betting action at the online sportsbooks on Friday night.

Detroit and Tampa Bay last met on January 29, with the Lightning rolling to a 5-1 win as a -140 home favorite in that OVER result at the sportsbooks. The OVER has paid off for totals bettors in three of the last four games between the Red Wings and the Lightning dating back to last season.

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Computer Picks Like Thurs Madness Dogs

The OddsShark prediction computer says Thursday will go to the dogs in the Round of 64 for March Madness bettors.

The computer predicts underdogs will go 12-4 ATS today, led by a handful of SU upsets of which last-minute bracket pickers should be wary.

The computer has Eastern Washington winning as a 13 seed and Stephen F. Austin also advancing as a 12 seed. Butler, Ole Miss and LSU are also pegged as upset winners at the NCAA Tournament for today.

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Hampton vs Kentucky NCAA Betting Odds

The undefeated and top-seeded Kentucky Wildcats are on an 8-1-2 ATS run in their last 11 NCAA Tournament games as they prepare to take on the No. 16 Hampton Pirates on Thursday as huge favorites in a Round of 64 betting matchup at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville.

Kentucky, sitting at 34-0 SU after sweeping through their regular-season schedule and winning the SEC Tournament, have also been profitable lately at 8-1-1 ATS in their last 10 games despite the big spreads they've been facing. On the season Kentucky went 19-13-2 ATS.

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Butler vs Texas March Madness Betting

Texas was supposed to contend for a Big 12 and even possibly an NCAA title this season; instead, it barely sneaked into the NCAA Tournament field. Butler, on the other hand, was supposed to struggle this season, but instead won 22 games. Now the Longhorns, who are 0-3-1 against the spread in their last four Round of 64 games, take on the Bulldogs, who are 8-1 in their last nine Round of 64 contests, in the Midwest Region on Thursday afternoon.

Texas went just 8-10 in the Big 12 this season, finishing in a tie for sixth place. The 'Horns lost four in a row in January, and four more in a row in February, but wins over Baylor and Kansas State to finish the regular season and a victory over Texas Tech in the conference tournament were apparently enough for an at-large bid to the Dance. Texas then blew a 10-point lead in the final minutes and lost to Iowa State last Thursday on a bucket at the buzzer, and in some minds enters this NCAA Tournament as one of the least-deserving teams to qualify.

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Harvard vs North Carolina Betting Odds

The fourth-seeded North Carolina Tar Heels will try to avoid the upset bug when they square off against the 13th-seeded Harvard Crimson in a second-round West Region game. Harvard opened last year’s NCAA Tournament by beating the Cincinnati Bearcats 61-57 as a No. 12 seed and 3-point underdog after topping the New Mexico Lobos 68-62 as a No. 14 seed and 10.5-point dog in 2013.

The Crimson won 11 of their last 13 games to make the Big Dance for the sixth straight year. However, they really struggled down the stretch against the spread, covering just one of six as favorites each time. Harvard has not been a dog since edging Yale – a 1.5-point home favorite – 52-50 back on February 7.

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