Florida State vs VCU Wagering Preview

Either a 10 seed or an 11 seed will make the Elite Eight and this game between Florida State and Virginia Commonwealth will decide which one.

The Seminoles pulled a pair of upsets while VCU needed to win a play-in game as well as pull consecutive upsets to get here.

VCU has looked very tough, but are 4-point underdogs here. At 10/1 to win the Southwest Region at Bovada, they seem great value as beating FSU would lead to a battle with Kansas for the title.


Ohio State Kentucky East Semi Lines

The Kentucky Wildcats are a 6-point underdog to take out top seed Ohio State in the East Region semi final Friday.

This game will be closer than many experts believe with the Wildcats matching up well everywhere except the paint where Jared Sullinger has no equal in college hoops this season.

But Brandon Knight is electric off the dribble for the Wildcats and covering 6 points could be the easiest number on the betting board tonight. The total is around 140 at Bovada and other online sportsbooks.


Kansas Favored Big in Southwest Region

Suddenly, the odds of Kansas moving to the Final Four went through the floor - funny how landing in the Round of 16 with teams seeded 10, 11 and 12 will do that to a No. 1 seed.

Kansas hasn't been tested and some conventional handicapping wisdom says they won't against Richmond either. The Spiders pulled a big upset of Vandy, then dispatched Morehead State to earn this shot.

The Jayhawks are favored by 10.5 points here and a prohibitive favorite at Bovada at 1/3 odds to win the Southwest Rregional crown. The total is overing around 138 points.


Marquette vs North Carolina East Odds

North Carolina looks to put an end to Marquette's Cinderella run when the No. 2 Tar Heels battle 11-seeded Marquette.

UNC is favored by only 4.5 points in this battle, which is small considering the talent imbalance. The Heels are simply better abd deeper than the Eagles.

Marquette doesn't rebound very well, so either they shoot out the lights, or the Tar Heels cover this spread and move to the Elite Eight.


NBA Betting Odds: Lakers vs. Clippers

The days of the Los Angeles Lakers bullying the STAPLES Center neighbor Clippers are over and that fact is apparent in the ATS record recently between LA's two NBA teams.

The Lakers are just 3-3 SU in the past six games against the Clips and in the past nine, the Clippers are 7-2 ATS. The scores engine predicts a 9-point spread and the number at shops like Sports Interaction hover around -9.5.


Canes, Lightning: NHL Betting

Carolina has won back-to-back to stay within reach of Buffalo for the final playoff spot in the East and they have a chance to continue their winning ways when they play the struggling Tampa Bay Lightning (-145 home favorites at Sportsbook.ag).

It's the first of a home-and-home set Friday night in NHL betting action.

The Hurricanes (+125) have won three of the last four, but the Lightning have just one victory in their last four contests.


Wisconsin vs Butler Southeast Odds Preview

Two schools short on glamour but long on reputations for defense and hard work clash iin the Southwest region when Wisconsin takes on Butler.

Butler pulled a pair of upsets to make it here, while Wisconsin showed in beating Ohio State in February that it can hang with the best teams.

Jordan Taylor should be the difference in this game for the Badgers, who are favored by 4.5 points at most shops. Their presence in the Round of 16 is why the Big Ten is favored to produce the eventual Madness champion (as them and Ohio State remain as threats) at Bovada.


Arizona vs Duke West Region Odds

Duke escaped Michigan but gets a tougher challenge in the West semi final when it tangles with the Wildcats of Arizona.

The betting line opened at -9 for the Blue Devils, but has been bet down slightly to -8.5. Bovada has the best OVER line at 144.

The Wildcats depend too heavily on Derrick Williams to pull the upset here as Duke marches back towards the Final Four and towards Coach K's record 903rd victory. Arizona's upset of No. 4 Texas will serve as their high point.


BYU vs Florida Southeast Betting

After in impressive Round 2 win over tough UCLA, many experts like Florida to take another step here in the Southeast Region by taking out Jimmer Fredette and BYU.

BYU hammered Gonzaga but Florida's big men are more athletic and diverse than anything the Cougars have faced this year. Chandler Parsons, Alex Tyus and Vernon Macklin lead Florida, but Fredette is capable of winning it by himself for the 3-seed Cougars.

The Gators opened as 2.5 point favorites, with the best early number posted at 5Dimes Monday.


Uconn vs San Diego State West Odds

Many bettors feel Kemba Walker gives UConn a slight edge over San Diego State regardless of the rest of the players and regardless of the point spread.

But the spread reflects the close nature of this West Region Sweet 16 battle with the MWC champion Aztecs opening as 1-point favorites behind their big front court, but the betting swung to UConn. It's the 2-seed Aztecs vs the 3-seed Huskies in this one with the winner facing Duke or Arizona.

San Diego State needed two OTs to beat Temple, while UConn cruised through the first round barely breaking a sweat.



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