The NCAA tournament is well underway and yesterday did not disappoint. Suffered a few close losses, but got some good wins as well. Lets get day 2 started!
12:15 pm Iowa v. Cincinnati (-4) total: 137.5 – Iowa +4
The B10 has looked pretty good so far. I could see Iowa hanging around in this 10 v 7 game.
12:40 pm Oklahoma v. Ole Miss (-1) total: 142.5 – Oklahoma +1
A true toss up here between these two. The Sooners have won some of their bigger games this year, going OU.
1:30 pm Northern Kentucky v. Texas Tech (-12.5) total: 137 – Northern Kentucky +12.5
TTU comes in with the nations best offense, but this NKU team is pretty efficient on the offensive end of the floor. Tech is a team that plays much better when at home, neutral court may play a factor. Norse cover but lose outright.
2:00 pm UC Irvine v. Kansas State (-5) total: 118.5 – Kansas State -5
People will look at this game and see Irvine with 30 wins then jump all over the points. Yes, Irvine is a good team that won plenty of games this year. However, Kansas State did just win the Big 12.
2:45 pm Colgate v. Tennessee (-17.5) total: 148 – Tennessee – 17.5
After losing in the SEC title game the Volunteers come out and showed they should still be a threat to win the whole thing.
3:10 pm Gardner Webb v. Virginia (-21.5) total: 131 – UVA -21.5
I do not really expect a number one seeded UVA to lose to a 16 seed two years in a row. UVA rolls.
4:00 pm Arizona St. v. Buffalo (-4.5) total: 157 – Buffalo -4.5
ASU comes from a pretty weak Pac12 to face a Buffalo team that has won in the tournament before. Bulls cover and move on.
4:30 pm Oregon v. Wisconsin (-2) total: 116.5 – Wisconsin -2
This Oregon team had to win their conference tournament to make the field. Expect another really slow game here, and Wisconsin has thrived in slow paced games for years. Badgers minus the points.
6:50 pm Washington v. Utah St. (-3) total: 135 – Washington +3
Washington plays plenty of zone which historically has tripped teams up in March. This game could be back and forth the entire take. I like taking the points.
7:10 pm North Dakota St. v. Duke (-27) total: 149.5 – Duke -27
I think Duke should win by 30 or so here, the only thing would be NDSU hitting 3s for a backdoor cover. Over 75 percent of the money is riding with Duke. I will join everyone else.
7:20 pm Georgia St. v. Houston (-12) total: 141.5 – Georgia St +12
I think Houston may be little overvalued after finishing with only 3 losses. I like Ga. St to hang around. Also we have seen Georgia St. win as a 14 seed in the past.
7:27 pm Liberty v. Miss. St. (-6.5) total: 133 – Miss St -6.5
Liberty is a popular pick in brackets and Vegas. One thing that stands out to me is that Mississippi State will probably dominate the boards. Although the Liberty offense is efficient enough to keep them in this one, I think the Bulldogs wind up covering.
9:20 pm Iona v. North Carolina (-22.5) total: 166.5 – UNC -22.5
Iona does not necessarily try to play slow, they rank in the top 50 in adj. tempo per KenPom. That could spell disaster for the Gaels against a team like UNC. The Tarheels love playing with pace and will push the ball all game long. UNC should have no trouble with the Gaels.
9:40 UCF v. VCU (1) total: 127 – VCU -1
Another true toss up here. I think the bench depth of VCU helps them out here. Rams to cover and win.
9:50 pm Ohio St. v. Iowa St. (-5.5) total: 139.5 – Ohio St. +5.5
Getting Kaleb Wesson back was huge for this Buckeyes team, I am looking for a let down spot for Iowa St after coming off the Big 12 tournament win.
9:57 pm Saint Louis v. Virginia Tech (-10) total: 126
This Saint Louis team had to win 4 games in 4 days to even reach the tournament, add travel to San Jose, I expect this team to be gassed. I like the Hokies to come out and stretch out the lead to double digits then not let that go.