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Sooners Enter March Madness Cold ATS

Buddy Hield Oklahoma Sooners NCAA March Madness

Buddy Hield and the Oklahoma Sooners provided college basketball fans several memories throughout the season. The Sooners did not, however, leave any lasting memories at the betting window and finished off the season especially cold against the spread. Sooners backers will hope that ATS slump ends when they face the CSU Bakersfield Roadrunners Friday.

Shark Bites
  • UNDER has gone 10-0 in Oklahoma’s previous 10 games.
  • Oklahoma is 1-5 ATS in its previous six tournament games.
  • Oklahoma has been a No. 2-seed twice and is 1-1 ATS in those games.

The Sooners, currently 14.5-point favorites at online book Bovada, enter the NCAA Tournament on an 0-5 ATS (3-2 SU) run including a 69-67 loss to West Virginia in the Big 12 semifinal. Furthermore, the Sooners have the worst ATS record of any team playing in the tournament at 12-18 ATS.

Still, it’s going to be tough to bet against Hield and the experienced Sooners, especially in these early stages. Senior guard Hield leads the group with 25 points per game, shoots the three at a 46 percent clip and is the probable Naismith Award winner. There is experience throughout the lineup though with senior Isiaiah Cousins, senior Ryan Spangler and junior Jordan Woodard also featured in the starting five.

The Roadrunners went 24-8 SU but played in just three lined games this season, covering the number each time. The team enters the tournament with six-straight wins and have won 10 of their last 11 games. The lineup features five players who average double-digit points per game but the schedule doesn’t feature a ton of primetime matchups. They were blown out 94-59 by Saint Mary’s and were thumped 75-59 at Arizona State.

While the Sooners haven’t been the best wager this season, they’ve been above average when it comes to covering double-digit spreads. In 10 games when they’ve been faves of 10 or more, the Sooners have gone 6-4 ATS.

Click here for a history of the No. 2 vs. No. 15 matchup.

CS Bakersfield Roadrunners vs Oklahoma Sooners Matchup

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Notre Dame Struggling Against The Best

Notre Dame will need to start performing better against top flight opponents if they expect to last long in the NCAA Tournament, as the Fighting Irish are just 1-4 SU and ATS in their past five against teams with a winning record. Notre Dame will start their March Madness when they face the 23-12 Michigan Wolverines Friday.

The Irish ended their season going just 3-4 SU in their final seven games as their offense scored less than 65 points on five occasions. You can’t point any fingers at Zach Auguste with the senior notching five double-doubles in Notre Dame’s past seven, including a ridiculous 19 points and 22 rebounds in an overtime win over Duke.

Michigan limped through the difficult Big Ten this year with a mediocre 10-8 conference within the conference despite their defense holding opponents to just 67.5 points per game. The Wolverines starting lineup stepped up in a big way in their play-in game against Tulsa, as four of their five starters scored 12-plus points.

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Oregon Cashing Tickets With Ease

Just how tall of an order does Holy Cross have on their plate in Friday’s Round of 64 clash with Oregon? Never in the history of the tournament has a 16-seed beaten a 1-seed, but the Crusaders will be looking to change that with the eyes of the nation watching. Oregon has been sizzling against the spread as of late, going 5-1 ATS in their past six.

Shark Bites
  • Holy Cross is 4-0 SU and ATS in its last four games against teams with winning records.
  • Oregon is 5-0 SU in its last five games in March.
  • The total has gone UNDER in five of Oregon's last seven games.

Holy Cross is coming off a 59-55 First Four win over Southern, which was huge for the program. First-year head coach Bill Carmody hadn’t gotten his old school, Northwestern, into the tournament for 13 seasons (from 2000 to 2013).

Unfortunately for the Massachusetts-based school, the numbers are simply not in their favor. The matchup is perhaps the most lopsided of all No. 1 and No. 16 seeds in terms of the contrast between offensive and defensive efficiency.

Sportsbooks are expecting this tilt to be a blowout. Oregon opened as 23-point favorites for the affair, while the total was set at 133.5.

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Shootouts Leading to OVERs With Xavier

Xavier enters the NCAAB Tournament riding a string of seven consecutive OVERs for bettors. In the Musketeers past seven outings there has been an average of 169.1 points per game. Xavier starts their March Madness against an offensive-minded Weber State Wildcats Friday.

The Musketeers spent a good portion of the season ranked inside the top 15 thanks to a balanced attack that has seen them outscore opponents by more than 10 points per game on average. The true key to a prolonged run in the tournament for Xavier will be their continued play from their incredible depth of guards, as their top three scorers play either the one or two position.

Weber State has used their superior size, six players of 6’7 or taller in their lineup, to dominate within the arc. The Wildcats drained more than 55 percent of their shots from inside the arc and have a tendency to get themselves to the charity strip if they don’t.

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City Needs to Win Manchester Derby

Sergio Aguero David Silva Manchester City Premier League

Normally, a meeting this late in the season between Premier League giants Manchester City and Manchester United would have title implications. This time around, however, there is little to be excited about save for some local bragging rights. The two struggling titans are set to clash with top-five positioning potentially on the line at the Etihad Stadium Sunday afternoon.


Indians Banking On Youngsters' Growth

The Cleveland Indians were rather pedestrian last year, but decided to stay the course and bank on growth from their younger players to make the leap forward in 2016. The team largely remained unchanged since last season, adding a few low-key veterans to help bolster their lineup. With a growing roster Cleveland has been pegged at 18000 to win the World Series, a number that is better than the Texas Rangers, Arizona Diamondbacks and New York Yankees.


Expect More From Nats After Rough 2015

Bryce Harper Washington Nationals MLB

The 2015 season was a largely forgettable one in Washington. Full of promise entering the campaign, the team was plagued with injuries and missed out on the postseason even though they were the favorites to win the 2015 World Series (7/1). The season ended on the lowest of lows as superstar Bryce Harper and closer Jonathan Papelbon had to be restrained in a dugout altercation versus the Philadelphia Phillies.

Still, there is a lot to be optimistic about ahead of the 2016 baseball season in the nation’s capital.


Giants are Built to Win in 2016

San Francisco Giants

After winning the World Series in 2014, the Giants regressed in 2015. That’s nothing a truck load of cash can’t help though as the team retooled in a big way in the offseason. As a result, they have the second best odds in the bigs at winning the World Series.


Duke Winning, But Still Not Covering

Duke continues to get by, but it has been by the thinnest of margins. These overly close affairs have made the Blue Devils fade-worthy, as they are 0-6 ATS in their past six games. Duke will enter the second round as favorites when they take on upset-hungry Yale Saturday.

It may have been their first tournament appearance in more than half a century, but you would not have guessed it after Yale upset Baylor in their Round of 64 matchup. Makai Mason was the key cog to the offensive output for the Bulldogs as the sophomore scored a career-high 31 points, including scoring six of the team’s final nine points.

It was a shaky start for Duke when they took on UNC-Wilmington, but bounced-back in a big way in the second half. The Blue Devils shot 68 percent from the floor and went to the line an astounding 30 times in the final 20 minutes of their 93-85 victory. The duo of Grayson Allen and Brandon Ingram combined for 43 points and 19 rebounds for Duke in that game.

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Kentucky Enters Tournament at its Best

Jamal Murray Kentucky Wildcats NCAA March Madness

Momentum is a big factor when capping the NCAA Tournament and one team who enters March Madness on fire is the Kentucky Wildcats. John Calipari and his squad open up their tournament schedule against the Stony Brook Seawolves of the America East conference.

Shark Bites
  • OVER is 5-0 in Kentucky’s previous five games.
  • Stony Brook is 22-2 SU in its previous 24 games.
  • This is Stony Brook’s first NCAA Tournament appearance.

The Wildcats enter the tournament fresh off a SEC Tournament win and a boast a five-game winning streak both straight up and against the spread.

Don’t expect the extended layoff to impact the Wildcats, however. Kentucky has gone 11-2 SU in its last 13 games with three days off in between games and are in that spot in Thursday night’s meeting.

The Seawolves come from the America East Conference and considering how few games they’ve had on the odds board this season, they could be somewhat tough to cap. One thing we do know going in, however, is that they have not been kind to backers when they have had a lined game. Entering March Madness, the Seawolves have gone a futile 0-5-1 ATS in six lined games.

Little Stony Brooks stands little chance of topping the red-hot Wildcats in their tourney opener and the +13.5 doesn’t feel near enough the way the Wildcats have been playing.

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