March Madness: Today's Betting Update

- What top 2015 NCAA Tournament betting opportunities are on tap for today? A daily schedule of wagering matchups plus links to odds.

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Elite Eight: Gonzaga underdog vs. Duke

The top two teams in the South Region will battle for a berth in the Final Four on Sunday as the No. 1 Duke Blue Devils go up against the No. 2 Gonzaga Bulldogs in Elite Eight March Madness betting action at the sportsbooks at NRG Stadium.

The Blue Devils knocked out No. 5 Utah in the Sweet 16 on Friday night, beating the Utes by a score of 63-57 and just managing to cover the 5-point spread in the contest for their supporters. The Bulldogs beat No. 11 UCLA in their Sweet 16 game, winning that contest 74-62 as an 8.5-point favorite.

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700086
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Elite Eight: Louisville vs. Michigan State

The two lowest seeds remaining in the NCAA Tournament will hit the floor together in an Elite Eight betting matchup on Sunday at the Carrier Dome as the No. 4 Louisville Cardinals take on the No. 7 Michigan State Spartans for a trip to the Final Four.

The Cardinals got past No. 8 North Carolina State by a score of 75-65 in their Sweet 16 game on Friday night, having no trouble covering the 2.5-point spread in that contest at the Carrier Dome. The Spartans are coming off a 62-58 win over No. 3 Oklahoma in which they covered the 2-point spread.

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700085
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Baseball Props: Home Run Leader Odds

Jose Abreu is the favorite at the online sportsbooks on the odds to lead baseball in home runs in 2015, while last year's leader Nelson Cruz is farther down on those betting props heading into the season.

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MLB Betting: AL and NL MVP Award Odds

Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels won the American League MVP award last season, and the 23-year-old outfielder figures to be the favorite to not only win it again this season at 1/1 odds at the sportsbooks but also for many years to come.

Trout actually hit a career-low .287 in 2014 but had a career-high 36 home runs and 111 RBI to stop Detroit's Miguel Cabrera from winning his third consecutive AL MVP award. Cabrera is at 7/1 at Bovada to win his third AL MVP award this season.

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MLB Betting: AL and NL Cy Young Odds

When the Washington Nationals signed former Detroit Tigers ace Max Scherzer to a massive deal worth $210 million over seven years it gave them two of the top three pitchers on the odds to win the 2015 NL Cy Young Award and made them the favorites to win the World Series at 6/1.

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NIT Semis: Temple set to take on Miami

The Temple Owls will be taking on the Miami Hurricanes at Madison Square Garden in New York on Tuesday night as those two schools meet on the floor in one of the semifinal matchups of the National Invitation Tournament.

Temple easily won against Louisiana Tech in the quarterfinals of the NIT last time out, picking up a 77-59 victory and having no trouble covering a 4.5-point spread on the night. Miami is coming off a slim 63-61 win over Richmond in their quarterfinal matchup; they were a 2.5-point underdog that day.

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700022
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NIT Semis: Old Dominion faces Stanford

The Stanford Cardinal will be up against the Old Dominion Monarchs on Tuesday night as the two teams hit the hardwood together at Madison Square Garden in New York in one of the semifinal matchups at the National Invitation Tournament.

Stanford is coming off a 78-75 win over Vanderbilt in the quarterfinals of the NIT, failing to cover the 4.5-point spread at the sportsbooks in that contest. Old Dominion knocked out Murray State by a score of 72-69 in the NIT quarterfinals, covering a 1.5-point spread in that matchup.

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700023
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CBI Championship Series Game 1 Preview

The Loyola-Chicago Ramblers are set to face the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks on Monday night in the opening game of the College Basketball Invitational championship series.

Loyola-Chicago is coming off a 63-48 win over Seattle in the semifinals of the tournament, managing to cover the big 9.5-point spread in that contest. Louisiana-Monroe picked up a 71-65 victory over Vermont in their semifinal game at the tournament, with the Warhawks 1.5-point underdogs that day.

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700021
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UFC Fight Night: Mendes vs. Lamas Odds

Headlining the UFC Fight Night 63 card on April 4 will be a No.1 Featherweight contender matchup between Chad Mendes and Ricardo Lamas.

Current moneyline action has Mendes handicapped as the -440 favorite at 5Dimes, while Lamas underdog action will have a +350 payday. UFC prop odds offer a couple of options; we like the Mendes wins inside the distance at +140 and fight doesn’t go to a decision at -110.

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