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March Madness - UAB Blazers vs UCLA Bruins NCAA College Basketball Betting

A pair of double-digit seeds who pulled off upsets in their NCAA Tournament openers on Thursday will hit the hardwood together in Round of 32 action on Saturday in Louisville as the UCLA Bruins take on the UAB Blazers.

The No. 11 Bruins beat No. 6 SMU by a score of 60-59 in the Round of 64, knocking off the Mustangs as a 4-point underdog at the sportsbooks. Meanwhile, No. 14 UAB shocked No. 3 Iowa State on Thursday, edging the Cyclones by a score of 60-59 in a game in which they were 14-point dogs.

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March Madness Bracket: The Field of 68

- A breakdown of the bracket for the NCAA Tournament for this season, plus a printable OddsShark-branded bracket for March Madness.

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March Madness Seeds & Betting Trends

- Check out all the seed vs. seed breakdowns for the Round of 64, from the lopsided 1 vs. 16 matchup through the hotly-contested 8 vs. 9 matchup.

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March Madness Betting Trends Roundup

How will the 2015 March Madness bracket shake out? Will the top seeds avoid upsets and pay out on the NCAA Tournament betting lines, or will underdogs be the profitable choice for bettors during the Big Dance this spring? Here's a look at the NCAA Tournament betting trends you need to know for the Round of 64 matchups before the madness gets underway this week . . .

NCAA Tournament Round of 64 Trends - Thursday Games

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Madness Betting Trends: Beware the 12s

The argument against March Madness betting trends is that the teams change year over year and their opponents are almost always new teams from new conferences.

But try as you might to ignore the trends, there are some facts and patterns that seem to come back each March at tournament time. Here's a look at some of them.

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12 Seeds Remain Dangerous

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Computer Picks Like Thurs Madness Dogs

The OddsShark prediction computer says Thursday will go to the dogs in the Round of 64 for March Madness bettors.

The computer predicts underdogs will go 12-4 ATS today, led by a handful of SU upsets of which last-minute bracket pickers should be wary.

The computer has Eastern Washington winning as a 13 seed and Stephen F. Austin also advancing as a 12 seed. Butler, Ole Miss and LSU are also pegged as upset winners at the NCAA Tournament for today.

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Hampton vs Kentucky NCAA Betting Odds

The undefeated and top-seeded Kentucky Wildcats are on an 8-1-2 ATS run in their last 11 NCAA Tournament games as they prepare to take on the No. 16 Hampton Pirates on Thursday as huge favorites in a Round of 64 betting matchup at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville.

Kentucky, sitting at 34-0 SU after sweeping through their regular-season schedule and winning the SEC Tournament, have also been profitable lately at 8-1-1 ATS in their last 10 games despite the big spreads they've been facing. On the season Kentucky went 19-13-2 ATS.

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Butler vs Texas March Madness Betting

Texas was supposed to contend for a Big 12 and even possibly an NCAA title this season; instead, it barely sneaked into the NCAA Tournament field. Butler, on the other hand, was supposed to struggle this season, but instead won 22 games. Now the Longhorns, who are 0-3-1 against the spread in their last four Round of 64 games, take on the Bulldogs, who are 8-1 in their last nine Round of 64 contests, in the Midwest Region on Thursday afternoon.

Texas went just 8-10 in the Big 12 this season, finishing in a tie for sixth place. The 'Horns lost four in a row in January, and four more in a row in February, but wins over Baylor and Kansas State to finish the regular season and a victory over Texas Tech in the conference tournament were apparently enough for an at-large bid to the Dance. Texas then blew a 10-point lead in the final minutes and lost to Iowa State last Thursday on a bucket at the buzzer, and in some minds enters this NCAA Tournament as one of the least-deserving teams to qualify.

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Harvard vs North Carolina Betting Odds

The fourth-seeded North Carolina Tar Heels will try to avoid the upset bug when they square off against the 13th-seeded Harvard Crimson in a second-round West Region game. Harvard opened last year’s NCAA Tournament by beating the Cincinnati Bearcats 61-57 as a No. 12 seed and 3-point underdog after topping the New Mexico Lobos 68-62 as a No. 14 seed and 10.5-point dog in 2013.

The Crimson won 11 of their last 13 games to make the Big Dance for the sixth straight year. However, they really struggled down the stretch against the spread, covering just one of six as favorites each time. Harvard has not been a dog since edging Yale – a 1.5-point home favorite – 52-50 back on February 7.

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Northeastern vs Notre Dame Round of 64

Notre Dame ended the season on a 7-1 run against the spread, while Northeastern finished with five covers in its last seven games. So two teams doing a nice job of making money as of late hook up when the ACC champion Irish and CAA champion Huskies play a Midwest Region game Thursday afternoon in Pittsburgh.

Notre Dame finished a strong third in the ACC this season, going 14-4 in its first campaign in its new conference, then won the conference tournament, beating Duke in the semifinals and North Carolina in the championship game. On the season the Irish own other victories over the likes of Michigan State, Purdue, the Tar Heels, the Blue Devils and Louisville. However, Notre Dame will be fighting demons of its recent NCAA Tournament past; it has lost four of its last six opening games, and is just 1-8 ATS in its last nine tournament contests.

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