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Mercer Bears vs Georgia State Panthers CIT tournament Betting Preview

Georgia State PanthersMercer Bears
March 17, 4:00 PM | Mercer University Center

Georgia State Panthers vs Mercer Bears Odds

22-11TEAM RECORD23-11

A CIT tournament betting battle sees the visiting Panthers travelling to Mercer Saturday to take on the Bears on Saturday.

Mercer battles the Panthers, currently sitting with a 22-11 mark (15-14 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 0-6 for the Bears and 12-17 for the Panthers.

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NIT betting" Northwestern vs Washington

Northwestern WildcatsWashington Huskies
March 16, 10:00 PM | Alaska Airlines Arena

Northwestern Wildcats vs Washington Huskies Odds

19-13TEAM RECORD22-10

The college hoops wagering menu features an NIT betting clash between Washington and Northwestern on Friday, with the Huskies trying to win and cover the NCAA basketball point spread.

Supporters of the Wildcats have watched them go 19-13 and 13-13-1 ATS on the year, while the Huskies are at 22-10 and 16-14 ATS. In totals betting, the Huskies are 15-14-1, while the Wildcats have a 17-10 mark.

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Temple vs South Florida Preview

Temple begins its NCAA tournament Friday night when it takes on South Florida in the Midwest Regional.

The Owls, the five seed in the Midwest, got in the tournament with an at-large bid after winning the Atlantic 10 Conference regular-season title. USF won the play-in game against Cal Wednesday to earn the 12 seed here and they are dangerous.

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

The Owls are 24-7 so far on the season, and 17-14 ATS vs. the number. The Bulls, meanwhile, are 21-13 and 17-14 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Temple go 18-12-1 and the Bulls go 9-22 on the totals.

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Thursday Bracket Buster Picks

Louisville has lost as a No. 4 seed twice in recent years and could be in trouble against Davidson, while many handicappers think South Dakota State has a chance against Baylor.
 

Here’s a look at Thursday’s matchups featuring the top four seeds as well as the potential college basketball betting bracket busters that they must face in the second round.

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Bracket Predictions: Middle Seed Picks

While the biggest upsets of the first round often come from the top seeds going up against the lower seeds, many fans and bettors prefer the more even matchups that come in the heart of the bracket.

 

Correctly handicapping these games often separates the winning and losing brackets as well as the profitable college basketball bettors from the unprofitable. Here’s a look at Thursday’s more evenly seeded games. [ $50,000 bracket contest with guaranteed prize pools - visit Bovada ]

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South Florida vs Cal: Play in odds

It's a battle between Bulls and Bears when South Florida and Cal meet in the second Midwest Regional play-in game Wednesday night.

The Bulls, who got an at-large bid by tying for fourth place in the Big East, are lined as 2.5-point underdogs vs. the Bears, who tied for second in the Pac-12.

South Florida is 10-4 ATS past 14 as underdog, but just 2-7 ATS in their past 9 March games overall.

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

Supporters of the Bulls have watched them go 20-13 and 16-14 ATS on the year, while the Golden Bears are at 24-9 and 18-13 ATS. In totals betting, the Golden Bears are 12-18-1, while the Bulls have a 8-22 mark.

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First Four: Vermont vs Lamar

The name “Knight” returns to the NCAA tournament sidelines Wednesday night as Lamar takes on Vermont in a Midwest Regional play-in game.

The Patrick-led Cardinals, who got hot late and won the Southland Conference tournament, are favored by three points over the American East tournament champion Catamounts. Vermont is 15-1 SU in their past 16 games overall.

This game is being played at a neutral-site court (Dayton Arena).

The Cardinals will look to vanquish their hosts on Wednesday, as they are 5-1 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Catamounts are 3-1 ATS. Lamar is 3-3 against the total, while Vermont is 2-2 versus the number.

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Kentucky vs WKU: South Bracket

Fresh off a loss in the SEC championship game Kentucky, the top overall seed in this NCAA tournament, begins its march toward the Final Four Thursday evening when it takes state rival Western Kentucky.

WKU won the South Regional play-in game with a rally past Mississippi Valley State Tuesday. Now they get the top seed in the bracket. 

Kentucky came within one win of going undefeated in SEC play this season, but lost the conference championship game Sunday to Vanderbilt.

The spread wasn't posted at press time but expect a double-digit line in favor of the Wildcats. It's significant because Kentucky is just 1-5 ATS in its past 6 games as double-digit favorite.

This matchup is a neutral-site affair being played at KFC Yum! Center.

The Wildcats sit at 32-2 (13-20 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Hilltoppers are currently 16-18 (18-15 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Kentucky is 12-18-2 OU, and Western Kentucky is 17-15-1 OU.

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Kansas vs Detroit Midwest Region

In a David vs. Goliath pairing perennial Final Four contender Kansas meets Detroit in the Midwest Regional 2-vs.-15 game Friday night.

The Jayhawks, who are appearing in the tournament for the 24th straight season, are favored by 15 points over the Titans. Detroit won the Horizon League tournament to earn their first Big Dance invitation since 1999.

Kansas is favored but not by a huge amount as Bovada had them at -15 Wednesday.

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

This season, the Jayhawks are 27-6 overall and 16-15-1 ATS ATS, while the Titans are 22-13 and 13-19 ATS against the number. As for the totals, Kansas boasts a 13-18-1 on the OU, and Detroit is 16-16.

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