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Beavers Making a Rare Tournament Appearance

Friday’s Round of 64 action will be a massive day for Oregon State. The Beavers are set to snap a 26-year NCAA Tournament drought – the second-longest active streak among major conference programs in the nation – and will collide with Virginia Commonwealth. Sportsbooks opened VIU in the 4-point ballpark.

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  • Virginia Commonwealth is 10-4 ATS in its last 14 games against teams with winning records.
  • The total has gone UNDER in Virginia Commonwealth's last five games after losing as a favorite.
  • Oregon State is 6-2 ATS in its last eight games as favorites in March.

That’s a spot the Beavers have been excelling in as of late. Oregon State is 10-2 ASU and 9-3 ATS in its last 12 games as an underdog of four points or less. They’ve also been a fantastic source of OVERS, as the OVER/UNDER is 4-0 in the Beavers’ past four.

The battle on the glass could go a long way to determining who takes this one. Oregon State has done a nice job in this department, going 19-1 when outrebounding its opponent in two seasons under head coach Wayne Tinkle and 9-0 this year.

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Purdue is Cruising Against the Spread

As the NCAA Tournament gets underway on Thursday, one Round of 64 matchup to keep an eye on will be No. 12 seed Arkansas-Little Rock vs. No. 5 Purdue. The Trojans are making just their second appearance in March Madness since 1990, with the last one being played in 2011. Purdue is on a hot streak at the betting window heading into the contest, as the Boilermakers have covered the spread in five straight games.

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  • Arkansas-Little Rock is 4-1 ATS in its last five games as an underdog of eight or less.
  • Arkansas-Little Rock is 8-1 SU in its last nine games.
  • The total has gone OVER in five of Purdue's last seven games.

Purdue, who opened as 8-point favorites, may not be appealing to bettors due to UALR’s ability to cash as underdogs. The Trojans are a sizzling 6-1 ATS in their last seven when labeled as pups.

The Boilermakers are fantastic straight up coming off a loss, however. Purdue is a perfect 8-0 SU in its last eight after falling in their previous matchup. Purdue lost to Michigan State in Sunday’s Big Ten tournament title game.

The winner of this game will go on to face off against either No. 4 Iowa State or No. 13 Iona.

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History Not on Providence’s Side

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It’s a battle of East versus West as Thursday’s schedule in the East Region concludes with the Providence Friars facing the USC Trojans in Raleigh. The Friars will have to overcome an ugly record in their recent trips to the Big Dance but feature a talented duo that could very well get them over the hump.

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  • USC is 5-15 SU in its last 20 games in March.
  • Providence is 1-4 ATS in its last five games following a loss.
  • USC is 2-6 ATS in its last eight games.

Providence has not had the most success in its limited number of NCAA Tournament appearances in recent years. Since an Elite Eight appearance in 1997, the Friars have lost all four of their games in the tournament. They have played well down the stretch this season, however, going 4-1 SU and 5-0 ATS in their last five games entering March Madness.

The Friars feature Big East Player of the Year Kris Dunn; an explosive guard that many compare, justifiably mind you, to Dwyane Wade. Dunn averaged 16 points, 5.5 board and 6.4 assists per game this season and gives Providence one of the most dynamic offensive players in the country. To make things worse for any of the Friars’ opponents during the tournament, sophomore Ben Bentil really emerged this season and led the team with 21.2 points per game, shooting just under 47 percent the field.

The Trojans enter the tournament wildly inconsistent both SU and ATS. They’ve won just three of their previous 10 games SU and have covered the spread in just three of those contests as well. USC is lead by sophomore guard Jordan McLaughlin but he has been to prone to the odd turnover down the stretch. Despite zero turnovers in USC’s loss to Utah, he had 12 in the four previous games.

Providence will find a tough competitor in USC, but the 1-2 punch of Dunn and Bentil should be enough to get the Friars their first tourney win since in almost 20 years.

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Indiana has Plenty to Prove in Big Dance

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The Indiana Hoosiers, the five seed in the East Region, were the best team in the Big Ten during the regular season but lost in the quarterfinal of the conference tournament thanks to a buzzer-beating 3-pointer from Kameron Chatman of the Michigan Wolverines. The Hoosiers will need to put that behind them and focus on the Chattanooga Mocs in their opening round matchup Thursday.

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  • Indiana is 4-0 ATS in its last four games after a loss.
  • Chattanooga is 1-9 SU in its last 10 games versus the Big Ten.
  • Indiana is 3-8 in its last 11 games in March.

The Hoosiers, currently 11-point favorites, finished conference play 15-3 SU but were unreliable at the betting window going just 10-8 ATS in those games. Furthermore, for Hoosiers backers at least, Indiana has not been the best spread wager in March Madness games entering the 2016 edition of the tournament. The Hoosiers have gone 1-4-1 ATS in their last six tournament games, though the one cover came last year in an 81-76 los to Wichita State as 6.5-point pups. The Hoosiers are paced by senior guard Yogi Ferrell who averaged 17.0 points, 3.9 boards and 5.5 assists per game.

The Mocs won the Southern Conference to earn its first trip to the Big Dance since 2009. They head into the tournament with a 29-5 SU record but fizzled ATS down the stretch, failing to cover the number in five of their final six games. Being a double-digit dog is not new to Chattanooga. They have been in that spot three times this year and have won outright in two of those (at Georgia, at Dayton).

The Mocs feature a balanced attack and are led by junior forward Tre’ McLean’s 12.3 points per game. The winner here probably moves on to face Kentucky in the next round.

Should it be an Indiana-Kentucky matchup, it will mean a battle of two teams that got shafted by the selection committee with their low seeds. Considering how Chattanooga has treated lofty faves this season, however, Indiana would be remiss if it looked ahead.

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Defense, History on Wichita State's Side

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The first of two 11-seed play-in games features the Vanderbilt Commodores taking on the Wichita State Shockers Tuesday night. Both teams suffered early defeats in their conference tournaments and are not entering Tuesday’s contest on the highest of highs.

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  • Vanderbilt is 2-5 ATS in its last seven games as an underdog.
  • The Shockers are 13-4-1 ATS in its past 17 games as a favorite this season.
  • OVER is 8-2 in Wichita State’s previous 10 tournament games.

The Shockers, currently 3.5-point favorites at online shop Bovada, lost the Missouri Valley Conference semifinal to Northern Iowa by a score of 57-52, failing to cover the spread as 9-point favorites and cementing themselves as one of the bubble teams being debated ahead of Selection Sunday.

The Shockers have a decent history in the tournament, advancing to the the Final Four in 2013 and Sweet Sixteen in 2015. They posted a big 67-50 win versus the Utah Utes earlier this season and were a decent wager at the betting window going 18-11-1 ATS.

Vanderbilt was somewhat of a surprise inclusion after posting a 19-13 SU record. The Commodores enter the tournament off of back-to-back losses to the Texas A&M Aggies and Tennessee Volunteers.

Defense has been the order of the day for the Shockers as they lead the nation in scoring D at 59.3 opponent’s points per game. Vandy can fill it up on their day as they’ve averaged 76.8 points per game but the SEC program will have to overcome some rough history in the tournament as it has gone 1-5 SU in the past six tournament games.

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Super Tuesday II Betting Odds

Another round of primaries are set for Tuesday with major implications on the line. What some are referring to as Super Tuesday II could spell the end to some candidates' campaigns if they don't win.

Donald Trump supporters will be happy to see that the former television personality is the favorite to win the Republican primary in Florida, North Carolina and Illinois. Trump is a huge -1500 favorite in Florida at Bovada, with Florida Senator Marco Rubio in a distant second at +600.


UFC: Prop Odds on Potential GSP Return

Ever since Georges St. Pierre walked away from the UFC there has been rampant speculation as to if and when he would return. Despite recovering from a torn ACL he suffered during practice in early 2014, GSP decided to stay away from the sport and has openly criticized their drug testing policies. There have been several rumors about a potential return, and recently GSP trained with renowned boxing coach Freddie Roach and reports suggested that if he could make it through a training camp, he would return very soon.


Underdogs Thriving in Spurs-Clips Matchup

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When the Los Angeles Clippers and San Antonio Spurs collide, there’s plenty of underdog value to be found. Dogs are 5-1 ATS in the previous six matchups between the sides, and they’ll face off once again in the Lone Star State on Tuesday. The Clippers opened as 9-point underdogs at most sportsbooks.

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  • The Clippers are 0-5 ATS in their last five games as an underdog of 9 or more.
  • The Spurs are 6-2 SU and ATS in their last eight games with two days off between games.
  • The Clippers are 10-0 SU in their last 10 games after a loss.

The Clips and Spurs have also been synonymous with going below totals as of late. Twelve of the Clippers’ last 16 games have gone UNDER, while the O/U is 2-8 in L.A.’s previous 10.

Just how good are the Spurs at AT&T Center? Gregg Popovich’s crew are on a 41-game run in San Antonio – the third-best home streak of all-time. The Spurs are winners of three in a row despite struggling from beyond the arc, going 4 of 24 from three-point land against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday. San Antonio is connecting on just 20.5 percent from three over the past four games.

It was the Clippers who got the upper hand in their last meeting, a 105-86 home win on February 18.

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Celtics, Pacers Love Going UNDER Totals

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Totals bettors looking for an edge in Tuesday night’s slate of NBA action would be wise to consider the Boston Celtics-Indiana Pacers matchup. In the last five meetings between the Eastern Conference foes, the UNDER is a perfect 5-0. Sportsbooks opened the total for the tilt at 207.

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  • The total has gone UNDER in three of the Pacers' last four games with a closing total of 207.5 or less.
  • The visiting team is 2-6 SU in its last eight games in this matchup.
  • The Celtics are 8-1 SU and 7-2 ATS in their last nine games after an ATS loss.

The Pacers, who were initially set as 1.5-point home favorites, have been struggling in this spot as of late. Indiana is a measly 0-5 ATS in their last five as home chalk. The contest will mark the beginning of a five-game home stand for Paul George and company.

Boston is four games up on Indiana for third place in the conference. The Celtics will not have an easy end to the season, as they’re forced to play nine of their last 16 on the road and face a difficult back-to-back with Wednesday’s home game against Oklahoma City looming.

Starting small forward Jae Crowder will not suit up for the C’s due to a high ankle sprain. That’s going to be great news for George who won’t have to contend with the key two-way player.

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The OVER Commonplace when St. Joe’s Plays

There may be no more consistent OVER bet in this year’s NCAA Tournament than St. Joseph’s. The Hawks and their opponents have gone OVER in 11 of their past 13 games with St. Joe’s offense averaging 81.9 points per game in that span. A tough Round of 64 matchup awaits the Hawks as they take on the Cincinnati Bearcats Friday.

St. Joseph’s has been one of the most discipline teams in the nation with the Hawks coughing up very few turnovers and fouling very rarely. The scoring duo of Isaiah Mills and DeAndre Bembry has averaged a combined 35.7 points and 15.8 rebounds per game this season.

The Bearcats have been one of the toughest teams to score on this season as they have held opponents to 62.9 points per game and just 40.6 percent shooting from inside the arc. Cincinnati’s offense has been fuelled by a consistent output that has seen four different players average double-digit points.

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