March Madness Is Upon Us: The Best Opening Games to Watch This Week

St. Bonaventure vs. UCLA

St. Bonaventure vs. UCLA

March Madness is finally here and this week will mark the opening games in the final run towards the NCAA Men’s Division Basketball National Championship Final that will take place early next month, on April 2nd. 68 teams from colleges all over the nation will battle it out in single-elimination rounds in the tournament that runs since 1939. These are the opening week’s best matches to watch out for.

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March 13: St. Bonaventure vs. UCLA

With 11 titles under their belt, the UCLA Bruins are always strong contenders and their fans are among the most loyal. UCLA players have gone on to become NBA superstars, including Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bill Walton and Kevin Love – and Bruins have produced the most NBA MVP Winners among all college teams. But they haven’t won a title since 1995 and they are hungry for one. But the Bonnies and the power combo of Jaylen Adams and Matt Mobley stand in their way – they currently stand at +3.5 odds to win the game, according to William Hill.

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March 14: Arizona State vs. Syracuse

The Sun Devils have had a rough season with many ups and downs – but they finally made it to the NCAA Tournament. They haven’t achieved that since 2014. On Wednesday, they will face Syracuse in Dayton, Ohio, for a loaded First Four game. ASU has always had a hard time against the Orange’s 2-3 zone, so the game is up for grabs. But both teams are eager to prove themselves.

March 15: Kentucky vs. Davidson

The Davidson Wildcats are already the talk of the town. They pulled a last-minute win against Rhode Island and stole the ticket to the Big Dance from Notre Dame, which was left out of the brackets. On Thursday, they go up against the Kentucky Wildcats to prove which team can pull more weight. Could Davidson repeat its incredible 2008 feat (when the team was led by Stephen Curry) on its 10-year anniversary?