College Insider Tournament - NJIT Highlanders Face the Columbia Lions: NCAA Basketball Odds and Betting Trends

The NJIT Highlanders will look to pick up a win while covering the point spread when they take on the Lions in Columbia at Levien Gym on Sunday in college basketball betting odds action.

The NJIT Highlanders will try to spoil to the party and cover the point spread on Sunday; they are 7-3 ATS against the betting line this season, while the Columbia Lions are 11-12-1 ATS. NJIT Highlanders are 6-4 on betting the total; Columbia Lions are 13-10-1.

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NCAA Tournament: March Madness Odds

And then there were four.

Upsets have been the theme of this year's NCAA Tournament, and this weekend's action was no different. Giants fell (hello, Kansas and Virginia) while a scrappy Syracuse team defied the odds and became the first ever 10-seed to make the Final Four.

Considering your bracket is probably already thrown in the trash, forget your own personal March sadness and place a bet on one of these futures lines.


Oregon Ducks Enter Elite 8 on Fire SU

Elgin Cook Oregon Ducks NCAA March Madness

Saturday means it is time for the Elite Eight and the first game on the docket pits the No. 1 Oregon Ducks versus the No. 2 Oklahoma Sooners in the West Region. The Ducks are one of the hottest teams around as they bring an 11-game straight up winning streak into Saturday’s contest versus Buddy Hield and Co.

Shark Bites
  • The total has gone UNDER in seven of Oregon's last 10 games.
  • Oregon is 9-0 SU in its last nine games versus teams with a winning record.
  • Oklahoma is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games after an ATS win in its previous game.

The Ducks covered the spread for the second time in three March Madness games with an 82-68 win over the Duke Blue Devils as 3-point faves in the Sweet 16 round. It was Oregon’s 11th-straight win and the team has gone 7-4 against the spread in the process.

Two of Oregon’s three victories have come by double-digits as the Round of 32 matchup with Saint Joseph’s stands as the lone exception as it prevailed 69-64, failing to cover as 7-point chalk.

Oklahoma enters the Elite Eight round with Buddy Hield playing some of his best basketball of the season. The Sooners defeated the Texas A&M Aggies 77-63 Thursday night, making it their first cover of the tourney. They failed to cover the number versus both CS Bakersfield and VCU, making it seven-straight games where the Sooners failed to cover the number before the win in the Sweet 16.

Hield has guided the Sooners through some troubled waters during the tournament with a 36-point explosion in the 85-81 win over VCU serving as a prime example.

The last time the Ducks reached the Final Four, Lou Gehrig announced his retirement from baseball. If the Ducks hope to reach the Final Four for the first time since 1939, they’ll have to contain the insanely-good Buddy Hield.

Though no team has really figured that out yet.

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Iowa State Unable to Win As Underdogs

Iowa State has difficulties overcoming the underdog mantle as the team has lost all six consecutive games this season when they closed as dogs. Those six games saw the Cyclones post an average scoring margin of  -7.1 points. Iowa State will certainly be spotted points when the take on the Virginia Cavaliers in the Sweet 16 Friday.

There were quiet rumblings that Georges Niang was the type of player who struggled in March, but the senior has quelled any such notion this year. Since the calendar flipped to the third month, Niang has averaged 27.3 points, six rebounds and four assists per game.  The Cyclones were draining everything in their Round of 32 contest against Little Rock, one of the best defensive teams in the nation, as TSU hit over 56 percent from the field.

Though Virginia is a defense-first team, their shooting stroke was gorgeous in the second half against Butler. The Cavaliers shot 73 percent from the field in the second half while putting up 54 points in the frame.

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Wisconsin Has Lucky Number 7 vs Irish

Wisconsin will have history on their side when they look to continue their improbable run in the NCAA Tournament against Notre Dame Friday. The No. 6 and No. 7 seed have only faced off on three occasions in our databases, with the seventh ranked team going a perfect 3-0 SU and ATS in those contests.

The Badgers could easily have been knocked out the madness with both of their wins being decided by shots made (or not made) within the final six seconds of their games. Wisconsin’s defense has put the team in positions to win those games late though, as they have held opponents to 53 points per game and 39.1 percent shooting through the NCAA Tournament so far.

It will be interesting to see how the Badgers handle the offense of Notre Dame, as the Fighting Irish love to stretch the floor with multiple options and let Demetrius Jackson attack the rim. The Irish were critically close to not making it to the Sweet 16, but scored the final six points to beat Stephen F. Austin in their last game.

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Gonzaga Looks to Return to Elite Eight

While the higher-seeded teams garner all the plaudits and headlines, the 11-seeded Gonzaga Bulldogs have been one of the best performers on the floor and at the betting window entering the Sweet 16. Next up for the Zags is a meeting with the Syracuse Orange and if history is any indication, Syracuse has its hands full.

Shark Bites
  • Gonzaga is 5-0 SU in its last five games versus teams with winning records.
  • Syracuse is 1-4 SU (0-5 ATS) in its last five games with four days off between games.
  • Gonzaga is 4-1 ATS in its last five games as a favorite of 4.5 or more.

Online shop BetOnline has Gonzaga as a 4.5-point favorite in this Sweet 16 contest. This doesn’t bode well for the Orange as they have gone 0-5 SU (3-2 ATS) the last five times they’ve been underdogs.

Though upsets have been plentiful reinforcing the fact that a "sure thing" does not exist during March Madness, Syracuse has had an enviable path to the Sweet 16. They defeated the Dayton Flyers 70-51 as 1-point favorites in their Round of 64 matchup and hammered Middle Tennessee 75-50 as 6-point faves over the weekend.

Gonzaga was a Cinderella pick of many and has pulled through with a pair of dominant performances. The Bulldogs hammered the Seton Hall Pirates 68-52 as 2-point faves in their opening game and were even more impressive in a 82-59 win over the Utah Utes as 1-point chalk in the next round making it back-to-back games which Gonzaga bettors did not break a sweat.

The Orange have not been the most reliable of wagers in their last nine trips to the Sweet 16, going 2-6-1 against the spread in those games since 1996. The Bulldogs will look to make the Elite Eight for the second straight year but have gone just 2-4 SU in the Sweet 16 in school history.

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Sweet 16 Has Been Unkind to Hoosiers

The Indiana Hoosiers will attempt to win a Sweet 16 game for the first time since 2002 when they face the North Carolina Tar Heels in Philadelphia Friday evening. The Hoosiers have been in that spot twice since that ’02 run (2012, 2013) and will look to end that drought as 6.5-point underdogs.

Shark Bites
  • Indiana is 4-0 ATS (3-1 SU) in its last four games versus UNC.
  • Indiana is 2-6 SU/ATS in its last eight games versus the ACC.
  • Indiana is 6-1 ATS in its last seven non-conference games.

The Hoosiers have been a perfect bet through two games entering the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA Tournament. They defeated Chattanooga 99-74 as 11-point favorites in the Round of 64 before dropping the Kentucky Wildcats 73-67 as 3.5-point underdogs Saturday.

Senior guard Yogi Ferrell is averaging 19 points, seven assists and three rebounds per game through the Hoosiers’ first two games and has just three turnovers to his credit.

The Tar Heels started slowly versus Florida Gulf Coast in their opening contest, but pulled away in the second half for a 83-67 win. They just missed an ATS win as 22.5-point faves, but did cover the -11 in their next matchup with a 85-66 drubbing of the Providence Friars.

Brice Johnson has bee the talk of the tourney for many as he’s averaged 19.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and five blocks in the Heels’ opening games. The Heels have been an excellent bet over the last couple of weeks, posting a 5-1 ATS mark in their last six games overall.

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College Insider Tournament - College Basketball Betting - NJIT Highlanders Texas-Arlington Mavericks Odds

College hoops betting interest focuses on the Texas-Arlington Mavericks vs NJIT Highlanders battle Thursday at Fleisher Center as the Highlanders look to defend home court and cover the NCAA basketball point spread.

The 19-14 and 6-3 ATS NJIT Highlanders will face the 24-10 Texas-Arlington Mavericks, who own a 18-14 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the NJIT Highlanders are 6-3 on the OVER/UNDER so far this season while the Texas-Arlington Mavericks are 15-17.

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New Kind Of Parity For The Sweet 16

So much for parity. 

After two rounds of the NCAA tournament it’s mostly favorites who have punched their way through to the Sweet 16 with the exception of the 11 vs. 10 game Friday night when Gonzaga takes on Syracuse. Only two teams remain who play outside the 'Power 5 conferences' and only five teams remain who started the season at worse than 30-1 to win the NCAA championship.  


Can the Cardiac 'Canes Do it Again?

With a wild first weekend of the NCAA Tournament in the books, sports bettors should expect the madness to continue in Thursday’s Miami-Villanova clash. Sportsbooks opened No. 2 Villanova as 4.5-point favorites, with the total set at 142.5. The No. 3 Hurricanes have traditionally fared well in this series, covering the spread in seven of their last 10 meetings with ‘Nova.

Shark Bites
  • Everyone one of Villanova’s sweet sixteen games in our records have gone UNDER (0-4 OU).
  • The total has gone OVER in six of Villanova's last eight games in March.
  • Villanova is 16-3 SU in its last 19 games against teams with winning records.

The Wildcats cruised to easy wins in the first two rounds, but this game won’t be a cakewalk for Jay Wright’s crew. Guards Angel Rodriguez and Sheldon McClellan were on a different level during Miami's victory over Wichita State, and they’ll need to come up big once again versus a very good Hurricanes backcourt that features Josh Hart and Ryan Arcidiacono.

The ‘Canes have been far from a safe bet lately, however. Miami is an ugly 1-4 ATS in their past five games. If they can pull out a win this team will be in unchartered territory, as the Hurricanes have never won a game in the Sweet Sixteen.

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