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San Diego State vs Tennessee

The San Diego State Aztecs appear to have drawn the perfect first-round opponent in the inconsistent Tennessee Volunteers, as they go for their first ever NCAA Tournament victory.

The Aztecs earned their spot in the Big Dance by winning the Mountain West Conference tournament and are just 4-point underdogs here. In the process they posted back-to-back upset wins over New Mexico and UNLV in the semifinals and final. The Lobos and the Rebels are also seeded higher than the Aztecs in the Tournament as a 3-seed and an 8-seed, respectively.

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Day 1 - Old Dominion vs. Notre Dame

There’s a good chance a No. 11 could take down a No. 6 in first-round action at the NCAA Tournament when Old Dominion squares off with Notre Dame.

The Monarchs may be a No. 11 seed out of the Colonial Athletic Association, but they’re no pushovers. Why else would the oddsmakers only list the Fighting Irish as a slim 2-point favorite at Bovada in this game?

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Can a 16 Beat a 1

Tonight in the Midwest Region in the East Region a couple of 16-seed teams will try to make history tonight, as a 16-seed has never beaten a top-seed in the NCAA tournament.

No. 16 Lehigh Mountain Hawks (22-10) vs. No. 1 Kansas Jayhawks (32-2)

Bovada has Kansas as the huge favorite in this game posted at -25.5 with a total of 147.

This season Lehigh is 3-1 ATS and Kansas is 14-16-1 ATS.

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Top Day 1 Upset Possibilities

Those filling out NCAA Tournament brackets are all thinking about one thing: Where are the upsets?

Thursday’s opening round provides plenty of upset potential, and we’re here to guide you in the right direction with three particular matchups that have caught our eye.

We’re leaving aside any game featuring No. 8 and No. 9 seeds, because let’s face it, those games are effectively pick ‘ems.

On the other side of the spectrum, betting on any team seeded 13th or lower is too risky. It could happen, but there are safer choices available.

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West Region Preview

Syracuse stumbled in the Big East Tournament, but as the No. 1 seed in the West region they have at least one win in the bag at the Big Dance.

Syracuse opens up the tournament with a first-round matchup against the Vermont Catamounts as an 18-point favorite at Bovada. Oddly enough there is some history between the Orange and the Catamounts.

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East Region Preview

It’s National Championship or bust for the Kentucky Wildcats. To get there, though, they first will have to battle through tough East Region odds in a tough bracket.

The Wildcats start off the tournament with what should be an easy win over East Tennessee State. Kentucky is a 20-point favorite at Bovada in the game, but bettors may want to be cautious because the ‘cats were 7-11 ATS this season as double-digit favorites.

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Midwest Regional Betting Preview

The Midwest Regional didn’t skimp on quality this year. They’ve got the No. 1 overall seed in the Tournament, a long list of big-name programs, and some of this year’s top Cinderella candidates. Brackets will be busted.

Here’s the Midwest schedule with times (all ET), locations and betting odds included.

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South Regional Betting Preview

At least three teams have a realistic shot at winning the South Regional this year and advancing to the Final Four. And while nothing is etched in stone, those three teams should have little trouble getting beyond the first round. They’re the top three seeds, after all.

Here’s the South schedule with times (all ET), locations and betting odds included.

Thursday, March 18

New Orleans Arena, New Orleans

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Best ATS Madness Moments of 2009

College football has the BCS. College basketball has the NCAA men’s basketball Tournament. No wonder football fans are crying out for a playoff system.

March Madness is the most intense three weeks on the betting calendar; millions of dollars can change hands on a last-second bucket or a missed free throw. And there’s no disputing the champion when it’s all said and done. Let’s flashback to March 2009 for these magic moments.

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March Madness Top Day 2 Upset Possibilities

Friday’s NCAA Tournament games don’t pack the upset potential of Thursday’s matchups, but there are still a few spots that have caught our eye.

Like in yesterday’s piece outlining the top upset possibilities from Day 1 of March Madness, we’ll stay away from calling a No. 9 over a No. 8 seed. That’s far from a true upset.

That said, there’s reason to go beyond the comfort of No. 10, 11, and 12 seeds on Friday, because there’s a No. 13 seed that could be primed to become this year’s Cinderella.

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