Best Bets – March Madness Second Round

NCAA March Madness Best Bets Round 32

 

LSU vs. Maryland

LSULSU

Saturday 3/23 12:10 PM (ET)
Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena

MarylandMaryland

Tip – It’s safe to say that LSU felt the ill effects of a Will Wade-less sideline in the midst of almost unravelling at the hands of Yale in round 1. The Tigers are horrendous behind the arc (32.1 3pt% on the season), and they continued that trend vs. the Bulldogs, shooting a pitiful 23.1% from three on Thursday. Terps’ big man Bruno Fernandez, who averages a double-double on the season, will force LSU to knock down shots from the perimeter. This is something they’ve shown time and time again that they’re being incapable of doing. This game has a great likelihood to hit the OVER, as the score total has gone OVER in four of Maryland’s past six games, and nine of LSU’s last 13.

Florida Gators vs. Michigan Wolverines

Florida GatorsFlorida Gators

Saturday 3/23 5:15 PM (ET)
Wells Fargo Arena-IA

Michigan Wolverines Michigan Wolverines

Tip – TIP – This is an intriguing matchup between two teams with similar philosophies. Florida will be looking for their second straight upset victory of the tournament vs. Michigan on Saturday. The Wolverines have gone 5-2 SU/ATS in their last seven games, and have surrendered the fewest turnovers in all of college basketball. Yet, Florida is one of the more pesky defensive teams in the nation, ranking 15th in adjusted defensive efficiency. They should have their moments vs. a Michigan team that is tied for the 239th scoring offense in college basketball. That combination should bode well for the Gators to keep the score within seven.

Murray State Racers vs. Kentucky

Murray State RacersMurray State Racers

Saturday 3/23 6:10 PM (ET),
XL Center

KentuckyKentucky

Tip – If you didn’t know Ja Morant before the tournament started, you damn well know him now. Morant led his Murray State Racers to an upset victory in round 1, registering the first triple-double of March Madness since 2012. Murray State has not lost a game since the start of February, going 12-0 SU and 8-4 ATS. Florida State, on the other hand, has gone just 3-5 ATS in their last eight games. At the very least Murray State should be able to cover the spread, and if all goes well on Saturday they may end up crowning themselves as the Cinderella of this year’s tournament.

Auburn Tigers vs. Kansas Jayhawks

Auburn TigersAuburn Tigers  

Saturday 3/23 9:40 PM (ET)
Vivint Smart Home Arena

Kansas JayhawksKansas Jayhawks

TipThe betting sites line for this game has fluctuated in both teams favor since the spreads initial release. As of now, Kansas is the underdog, yet history shows they, not Auburn, are the safe bet. Kansas is 13-3 SU in second-round tournament games since 2003, covering 11 of them. Conversely, Auburn has had their fair share of troubles in the month of March. The Tigers haven’t advanced past the second round since 2013. Kansas holds the edge in the paint, with a higher field goal percentage as well as total rebounds. Yet it’s Kansas’ shooting defense, which ranks within the top 25 in all of college basketball, which will likely be what ultimately advances them into the Sweet 16.

Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Tennessee Volunteers

Iowa HawkeyesIowa Hawkeyes

Sunday 3/24 12:10 PM (ET)
Nationwide Arena

Tennessee VolunteersTennessee Volunteers

Tip Tennessee survived a scare against Colgate in round 1, but should fare better against Iowa on Sunday. Despite a round of 64 upset victory over Cincinnati, the Hawkeyes have been a miserable bet ATS of late, going just 2-9 over their last 11 contests. Sunday’s tilt has the makings of a high scoring affair, as Tennessee’s 9th ranked scoring offense has hit the OVER in each of their last five games.

UCF Knights vs. Duke Blue Devils

UCF KnightsUCF Knights

Sunday 3/24 5:15 PM (ET)
Colonial Life Arena

Duke Blue DevilsDuke Blue Devils

Tip Duke gave NDSU a false sense of hope in the first-half of Friday’s matchup, only to pulverize the Bison in the second half, leading to a 25-point Blue Devils victory. While the stats my show just a 3-9 ATS record since mid July for Duke, the Blue Devils are 4-0 SU since the return of Zion Williamson. The Blue Devils hold a clear advantage offensively over the Knights. Duke’s offensive unit outscores UCF’s by more than 11-points on a per-game basis. While Duke may be an explosive offensive team, that doesn’t always equate to high game totals. When combining Duke and UCF’s past 12 contests, the UNDER has been hit in all but two games.

Ohio St. Buckeyes vs. Houston Cougars

Ohio St. Buckeyes Ohio St. Buckeyes

Sunday 3/24 8:40 PM (ET)
BOK Center

Houston CougarsHouston Cougars

Tip Houston has quietly become a Final Four favorite for many fans and TV personalities. They are also a fan favorite amongst betting sites. Houston is 28-2 this season when favored, and are actually a better payout when not playing in their home arena. The Cougars are an outstanding 9-2 ATS on the road this season, while OSU has covered just four of their road contests on the year. Houston, led by 1st team All-AAC guard Corey Davis Jr., holds the statistical advantage over Ohio St. in nearly every offensive category. The Cougars also dominate on the boards, ranking 3rd in the nation in total rebounds.

UC Irvine Anteaters vs Oregon Ducks

UC Irvine Anteaters UC Irvine Anteaters

Sunday 3/24 9:40 PM (ET)
SAP Center

Oregon Ducks Oregon Ducks

Tip Hopefully you took our advice in the last article to take the Ducks as underdogs on Saturday, making your pockets that much heftier. Simply put, there hasn’t been a better college basketball team to trust with your money in recent weeks, than the one that resides in Eugene, Oregon. The Ducks have collected nine straight victories, covering the spread each time. They also dominate in natural site games, going undefeated in their past six games. UC Irvine has also seen their fair share of success ATS of late, but haven’t faired so well when playing against Pac-12 teams. The Anteaters are just 2-8 ATS when versing teams within the Ducks’ conference. In the past five head-to-head contests between these two, the favorite has covered the spread in four of them.


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