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UConn is Sizzling Against the Spread

As the NCAA Tournament progresses into the Round of 32 on Saturday, a matchup between the Kansas Jayhawks and the University of Connecticut Huskies awaits. The Huskies, who opened as 8-point underdogs at most sportsbooks, have been a phenomenal bet as of late, going 5-0 ATS in their last five.

Shark Bites
  • UConn has won and covered seven straight March Madness games.
  • The total has gone OVER in six of Connecticut's last eight games with a closing total of 139.0 or less.
  • Kansas has had all of their games as favorites in round 2 go UNDER since 2010 (0-4 OU).

No. 9 UConn got past No. 8 Colorado on Thursday after facing a double-digit deficit to triumph 74-67. Connecticut is also a very solid 10-3 ATS in their last 13 as underdogs of eight points or more.

Fresh off a 105-79 walloping over Austin Peay in the first round, Kansas will be looking to continue that momentum. OVER bettors have been loving this team as of late, as Bill Self’s crew are 4-1 O/U in their past five.

Success at the foul line is a big reason for UConn’s achievements thus far. The Huskies were a remarkable 22 of 23 from the charity stripe versus Colorado, and are 79 percent from the line on the season.

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College Insider Tournament - Coastal Carolina Chanticleers Home to New Hampshire Wildcats in NCAA Basketball Betting

The Coastal Carolina Chanticleers will look to boost their win total and cover the point spread when they tip off against the New Hampshire Wildcats at HTC Center on Saturday in NCAA hoops betting.

The 19-11 and 3-3 ATS Coastal Carolina Chanticleers will face the 20-12 New Hampshire Wildcats, who own a 2-1 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers are 0-6 on the OVER/UNDER so far this season while the New Hampshire Wildcats are 0-3.

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College Insider Tournament - Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns Visit Furman Paladins in NCAA Basketball Betting Battle

The Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns hope to send their betting backers to the pay window on Saturday as they look to cover the point spread at Timmons Arena against the Furman Paladins.

The Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns will look to cover the spread vs the Furman Paladins on Saturday, as the Ragin Cajuns are 12-16 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Paladins are 14-11 ATS. Louisiana-Lafayette is 16-12 against the total, while Furman is 15-10 versus the total betting line.

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Postseason NIT - Wagner Seahawks take on Bluejays in NCAA Basketball Betting

The Creighton Bluejays will try to pay off for their supporters and betting fans on Saturday when they play host to the Wagner Seahawks at CenturyLink Center in NCAA basketball odds action.

The Wagner Seahawks will look to cover the spread vs the Creighton Bluejays on Saturday, as the Seahawks are 5-4 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Bluejays are 19-13 ATS. Wagner is 6-3 against the total, while Creighton is 19-13 versus the total betting line.

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Expect Day Two To Be An Underdog Day

If Arkansas-Little Rock was the star of the show on Day 1 of March Madness, the plot of the script was about favorites and overs. 

Favorites went 9-6 against the spread on Thursday with the Wichita State-Arizona game closing as a ‘pick ‘em’ while the OVER went 10-6. 

While that may not make much for the drama that people usually hope for in the tournament, it does provide us with some key information heading into the second day of first round action on Friday. 


Can Wichita State Keep it Going?

The No. 3 Miami Hurricanes have been a rough bet lately, but they’ll try and buck that trend when they tangle with No. 11 Wichita State in the Round of 32 on Saturday. Miami is 0-4 ATS in its last four entering the tilt.

Shark Bites
  • Wichita has four round 2 games in the last 10 years, going 3-1 SU and ATS, and 4-0 OU
  • Wichita State is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games in March.
  • Miami’s March Madness games have gone 10-1 OU dating back to 1999.

The Shockers, who had to go through the First Four process before topping No. 6 Arizona on Thursday, are far from a Cinderella story. Wichita State is an experienced squad who plays tough defense, and can drive opponents crazy at will. The Shockers have also been a great source of UNDERs, evidenced by each of its last four games going below the closing total.

The guard-driven Hurricanes are a tough team to beat when their backcourt is rolling, and that’s exactly what’s going to have to happen once again this weekend. Angel Rodriguez and Sheldon McClellan combined for 44 points, 12 boards, six assists and four steals in the first round.

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Will Cinderella Slipper Fit Gonzaga?

Domantas Sabonis Gonzaga Bulldogs NCAA March Madness

The Gonzaga Bulldogs have caught fire at the right time and entered the tournament sizzling both straight up and against the spread. That spilled into the NCAA Tournament when they thumped Seton Hall convincingly en route to a Round of 64 win Thursday. Next for Gonzaga is a meeting with the Pac-12’s Utah Utes Saturday evening.

Shark Bites
  • The UNDER is 3-0 the last three times these two have met.
  • Gonzaga is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games with one day off between games.
  • Utah is 8-2 ATS in its previous 10 games.

OddsShark’s Jon Campbell pointed out that Gonzaga could be a legit threat to wear Cinderella’s slipper during March Madness and if that win over Seton Hall was an indicator, let’s get ready for a sizing.

The Bulldogs, the 11 seed, won 68-52 thanks to some dreadful shooting from the Pirates. The Hall shot just 32.3 percent from the floor and, gulp, 19.0 percent from downtown.

Domantas Sabonis led the way for the Bulldogs as he scored 21 points and hauled in 16 rebounds in the win. It was Gonzaga’s sixth-straight victory and they have gone 5-0-1 ATS over that span; a run that has faithful Zags backers betting with supreme confidence.

Not to be outdone, Utes big man Jakob Poeltl scored 16 points and grabbed 18 boards as the Utes defeated Fresno State 80-69 in their opening game. It was a balanced offensive effort from the Utes as Lorenzo Bonam led the team with 17 points, while Jordan Loveridge and Brandon Taylor chipped in with 16 apiece.

The Utes have gone 10-1 over their last 11 games with an 88-57 beating from the Oregon Ducks serving as their only loss over that span.

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Tar Heels Struggling as Lofty Favorites

Kris Dunn Providence Friars North Carolina Tar Heels

It wasn’t exactly a vintage Kris Dunn performance, but the Providence Friars still managed a victory over the USC Trojans in their Round of 64 game Thursday evening in Raleigh. Their reward? A date with the No. 1-seed North Carolina Tar Heels.

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  • The total has gone UNDER in 13 of UNC’s previous 18 games.
  • North Carolina is 6-0 SU in its last six games versus teams with a winning record.
  • UNC has not lost a Round 2 game as a favorite since 2006 (six straight).

Dunn had foul issues and played just 27 minutes, tallying 16 points, four rebounds and four assists, but it was Ben Bentil and Rodney Bullock who played all 40 minutes and registered 19 and 16 points respectively.

The line in Thursday's contest closed at Friars -2.5 so Providence has started the tourney with an 0-1 ATS mark.

Also starting out 0-1 ATS are the Tar Heels, but Thursday’s opener versus the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles was a tale of two halves. UNC went into the locker room with a slim one-point lead, but came out in the second half and looked like a different team. The Heels won the game 83-67, but failed to cover the number as big 22.5-point favorites.

Senior Brice Johnson had a game to remember as he scored 18 points, hauled down seven boards and swatted eight shots.

Bettors take note: Keep an eye on the spread in this contest as the Heels have gone 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games when tabbed as a favorite of 9.5 or more.

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4 Reasons Why They Can Win: Oregon

The selection committee shocked pretty much everyone by pegging the Oregon Ducks as a No.1 seed heading into March Madness. Though unexpected, Oregon did win the Pac-12 decisively by dismantling a strong Utah team 88-57 in the conference finals. Though many could overlook them, here are four reasons why the Oregon Ducks can win the NCAA Tournament.


Villanova Cashing For Total Bettors

Villanova has spent most of their season as one of the most complete two-way teams in the nation, but their recent offensive explosion have made them a brilliant OVER play. The OVER is 8-1 in the Wildcats’ past nine games with ‘Nova and their opponents combining for 151 points per game. Villanova will start their potential trip to Houston against the UNC Asheville Bulldogs Friday.

This entire season will be dictated by how Villanova does during the NCAA Tournament. The Wildcats have not made it past the second round since 2010 and anything less than a trip to the Sweet 16 will likely be looked at as a failure. Junior Kris Jenkins has turned his game on recently as the forward has averaged 21 ppg over Villanova’s past eight contests.

What UNC Asheville lacks in offense, they make up for in a stifling defense. The Bulldogs finished third in the nation in steals and have held their opponents to under 70 points per game on the year as a whole. Though far from the best in the nation, the Bulldogs boast depth defensively as all five of their starters average double-digit points.

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