SD State vs NC State Pick

In an East vs West matchup, San Diego State of the Mountain West squares off against North Carolina State of the ACC Friday afternoon in the 6-11 Midwest Regional game.

The Aztecs, who got an at-large invitation to the Big Dance after tying for first place in the MWC, are getting two points from the Wolfpack, who earned their first NCAA tournament berth since 2006 by finishing in a tie for fourth in the ACC.

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

The Aztecs sit at 26-7 (15-15 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Wolfpack are currently 22-12 (15-14-1 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? San Diego State is 15-14-1 OU, and North Carolina State is 18-12 OU.


BYU comeback gives them Marquette

Marquette knows it better let the foot off the gas if they get ahead of BYU in West Region action, after seeing what the Cougars did in the play-in game.

The Cougars rallied from 25 points down to beat Iona in Dayton and earn the West's No. 14 seed. They get 3-seed Marquette, who lost to Louisville in the Big East tournament. BYU lost to Gonzaga in the WCC finals.

Of note, 3 seeds have dominated the betting in the first round against No. 14s for several years (No. 3 is 11-5 ATS past 4 seasons vs 14s). [ Watch the opening line for this game at Bovada and check out their bracket contest ]

This game is being played at a neutral-site court (KFC Yum! Center).

The Golden Eagles currently sports a 25-7 record overall in NCAAB action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 15-12-2 ATS. The Cougars are 26-8 and 15-15 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Golden Eagles produce a 18-11 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Cougars have gone 11-19 against the number.


Bracket Seed Trends: First Round

How can you find meaningful betting trends in your bracket when different teams and different seeds year after year?

The fact is, the same types of teams fall into the same types of seeds each year, so the motivation and the styles are often similar. Long story short, there are some March Madness seed trends that can turn a profit year after year.

And it’s not always the point spread – often matchups trend toward the over-under.


Magic vs Heat Betting Preview

NBA bettors will be looking to hit pay dirt on Tuesday when the Magic battle the Heat in a Battle of Florida at Amway Center.

Orlando continues to be the worst free throw shooting team in the NBA and also its best 3-point shooting team. The result is often close games where they should cover the spread, but fail by a few points.

They opened as underdogs here against the red-hot Heat as LeBron and D-Wade pay a visit.

The Magic bring a 27-15 record (23-19 ATS) to the battle against the 31-9 Heat, who are 20-20 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Orlando go 21-20-1 so far and the Heat go 17-21-2.


BYU vs Iona: First Four Odds Preview

East meets West when Iona and BYU hook up in the West Regional play-in game Tuesday night.

The Gaels, who got an at-large berth to the tournament after winning the MAAC regular-season title, are getting two points from the Cougars, who somewhat surprisingly received an at-large invitation as the  third-place team in the WCC.

BYU is 1-5 ATS past 6 games, but just 3-8 ATS past 11 games in March. Iona meanwhile is just 4-14 SU past 18 games as small underdog of 4 or less points.

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

The Cougars currently sports a 25-8 record overall in NCAAB action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 14-15 ATS. The Gaels are 25-7 and 15-15 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Cougars produce a 11-18 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Gaels have gone 16-13-1 against the number.


Western Kentucky vs Miss Valley State

Small-conference tournament champions meet when Western Kentucky and Mississippi Valley State open the NCAA tournament Tuesday night in the South Regional play-in game.

The Hilltoppers, surprise winners of the Sun Belt Conference tournament, are favored by 4.5 points over the Delta Devils, who got toughened-up during their 1-11 start and went on to win the SWAC regular-season and tournament titles.

WKU is 13-2 ATS in past 15 games and has won 6 in a row SU, 4 as underdogs. Meanwhile, MSVU is 20-1 SU in its past 21 games.

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

Supporters of the Delta Devils have watched them go 21-12 and 2-6 ATS on the year, while the Hilltoppers are at 15-18 and 18-14 ATS. In totals betting, the Hilltoppers are 17-14-1, while the Delta Devils have a 4-3-1 mark.


Big Ten Final: MSU vs OSU

The Big Ten final comes down to Michigan State and Ohio State with the Buckeyes slightly favored.

OSU stomped Michigan yesterday and looks to do the same to the Spartans today. Both teams rate very high in the OddsShark power rankings and our scores prediction computer projects an 83-80 win for the chalk.
The Spartans sit at 26-7 (21-10 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Buckeyes are currently 27-6 (17-12 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Michigan State is 15-14-2 OU, and Ohio State is 17-11-1 OU.


SEC: Kentucky Vandy Betting Preview

Kentucky will look for its third straight SEC title and 28th overall when they battle Vanderbilt in the SEC final.

The Wildcats can improve on its 32-1 record on Sunday at New Orleans Arena and nail down a top Madness seed. And they come in favored by 8 points at online sportsbooks such as Bovada.

The Wildcats sit at 32-1 (13-19 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Commodores are currently 23-10 (16-13 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Kentucky is 12-17-2 OU, and Vanderbilt is 12-17 OU.


Lakers vs Celtics Betting Preview

The Celtics will try to shake an ATS skid against the Lakers on Sunday afternoon as they play on the road at the Staples Center.

Boston has lost two games in a row both SU and ATS against Los Angeles, with the UNDER paying out in both of those contests. Overall the teams have split their last 10 ATS at 5-5.

This season the Lakers are 24-16 overall and 18-22 ATS against the number, while the Celtics are 21-18 and 17-22 ATS. As for the totals, Los Angeles is 19-21 on the OU, and Boston is 18-21.


ACC Final Odds: FSU vs UNC

The 17th-ranked Florida Seminoles were 3-1 vs the ACC heavyweights Duke and UNC this season, so betting against them today on the ACC tournament final odds menu could be a mistake.

They are also 7-1 ATS in their past 8 against North Carolina.

The Seminoles try to win their first ACC tournament championship Sunday at Atlanta, where they’ll face the No. 4 Tar Heels.

The Tar Heels sport records of 29-4 and 18-14 ATS heading into this battle, while the Seminoles have 23-9 and 17-13 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 16-15-1 for the Tar Heels and 16-13-1 for the Seminoles.



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