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Mississippi State Bulldogs vs Richmond Spiders Betting Predictions, Picks & Lines

Mississippi State Bulldogs vs Richmond Spiders Betting Predictions, Picks & Lines

Mississippi State and Richmond will open The NIT quarterfinals when they meet at UNT Coliseum on Thursday afternoon. Both teams got through the opening round as +4.5 underdogs. The Bulldogs knocked out Saint Louis beating them 75-68. The Spiders were a part of another upset last weekend, as they defeated Toledo 76-66. No. 4 seed Mississippi State has a 16-14 record this season and went 8-10 in SEC Conference. Richmond, the No. 2 seed, is 14-8 for the season and has ended up a game above .500 in the Atlantic 10 Conference. The Bulldogs already had some success in the “Little Dance” reaching the semifinals in 2018 and 2007. Their Thursday’s opponent never went further than the quarterfinals.

Mississippi State Bulldogs vs Richmond Spiders Betting Line Movement

The injuries of some of the key Richmond players caused the odds for this game to come about a bit later than usual. The Bulldogs opened as -2 favorites. Some early action on Mississippi State moved the line slightly to -2.5. The total opened at 140 but has dropped since. A lot of money backing the UNDER has caused the line to move to 137 at most sportsbooks.

Notes On The Mississippi State Bulldogs

Although they were barely above .500 for the season, the Bulldogs had a strong finish going 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games. They carried their good form to the tournament surprising No. 1 seed Saint Louis. They managed to drop 74 points on the Billikens in an unusually strong offensive performance. Throughout the season, the Bulldogs were known for the slow-paced offense and often struggled to score. They’re averaging only 69.8 offensive possessions per game, scoring 69 ppg. In their SEC Tournament loss to Alabama, they scored only 48 points. However, they are very aggressive on defense, forcing a lot of turnovers and keeping their opponents to only 66.7 points per game.

The Mississippi State offense mainly revolves around the guard duo of DJ Stewart Jr. and Iverson Molinar. Molinar is the most dangerous shooter on the team, shooting 45% from deep. The two combined for 39 points in the first round.

Notes On The Richmond Spiders

The Spiders came to the tournament after a 3-game losing streak. Still, they surprise Toledo last weekend even though they were without the top two scorers. Unlike the Bulldogs, Richmond owes most of its success this season to its offense. Their scoring offense (75.0 ppg) ranks among the top 100 in the nation. In addition, they post a healthy 47.5% field goal percentage. The defense also stepped up in the first round keeping Toledo to just 66 points. They will need more of the same to stand a chance of going through to the semifinals. The points are likely going to be hard to come by against the stingy Mississippi State defense.

Against Toledo, Richmond was without best scorer Blake Francis (16 ppg) and starting center Grant Golden (13 ppg, 6 rebs). Golden remains out, while Francis is listed as questionable. Having Francis available will certainly be a big boost for coach Mooney. If not, Jacob Gilyard and Tyler Burton will have to step up again. The duo scored 18 points each in the opening round.

Mississippi State Bulldogs vs Richmond Spiders Betting Pick: UNDER 137

The Bulldogs’ last game was probably an outlier, as they scored the most points in their last 9 games. In addition 8 of their last games went UNDER. The last five games involving the Spiders also stayed under the total line. Even if Francis plays, his production will probably be limited.

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Boise State Broncos vs Memphis Tigers Betting Predictions, Odds Picks & Lines

Boise State Broncos vs Memphis Tigers Betting Predictions, Picks & Lines

The odds-on favorite, No. 1 seed Memphis, will face No. 2 Boise State in the quarterfinals of this year’s NIT Tournament on Thursday. The Tigers have a 17-8 record this season and have won 11 out of the last 14 games. They were the third-best team in the AAC and came close to going to the NCAA Tournament. Boise State was also left disappointed on the Selection Sunday. This is the sixth straight year that they are missing the Big Dance. They finished the season with a 19-8 record but went 5-7 in their last 12 games. This is the 19th NIT appearance for Memphis, but they haven’t made it out of the second round since 2005. The Broncos are making the 7th appearance and this is their first quarterfinals.

Boise State Broncos vs Memphis Tigers Betting Line Movement

The opening odds favored Memphis by -4 and have been mostly stable. The line jumped to -4.5 at one point but now it’s back to -4 with most bookies. The total has been steady at 143.

Notes On The Memphis Tigers

The Tigers’ calling card is their elite defense. Their performance on that side of the floor wouldn’t be out of place even at the NCAA tournament Final Four. KenPom ranks Memphis as 2nd in adjusted defensive efficiency. They are allowing opposing teams a measly 62.8 points per game and keeping them at 39% from the field. They are very aggressive on defense and use their exceptional length to disrupt opponents’ offensive sets. These numbers are even more impressive if we take into account how fast they play. They were played at the fastest pace in the AAC and rank 47th in the nation in adjusted tempo. On offense, Memphis likes to run and move the ball a lot. They rank 11th in the country with 616% of their field goals coming after assists. The downside of this style of play is a huge number of turnovers.

Memphis offense is well-rounded and balanced with five players scoring between 9.2 and 12.9 ppg. The leading scorer is Landers Nolley II. He was excellent in the first round with 21 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists.

Notes On The Boise State Broncos

Only a month ago, the Broncos looked destined for the NCAA Tournament. However, after a 4-game losing streak and a first-round exit at the Mountain West tournament, they ended up in the NIT. They were solid in most statistical categories but didn’t excel in any. Still, Boise State is among the top 75 teams in the nation in both defensive and offensive efficiency. The Broncos average 76.5 points while allowing 67.0. But, most of that margin was built up against lesser opposition. When faced with top 100 teams they went 5-6 and were outscored by 3.5 points per contest.

Derrick Alston Jr. is by far the best scorer on the team. He’s averaging 17.3 points per game. It’s worth noting that the second-leading scorer Abu Kigab is out for the season.

Boise State Broncos vs Memphis Tigers Betting Pick: Memphis -4

Boise State has done well against some solid defenses this season but hasn’t faced the relentless pressure Memphis is going to bring to this game. This, along with the Tigers’ solid form and some blue-chip talent on their team should be enough for them to cover.

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Baylor Odds-On Favorite to Go to Final Four: March Madness South Region

Baylor Odds-On Favorite to Go to Final Four March Madness South Region Picks

After plenty of drama and excitement, the First Round of the NCAA Tournament is done and dusted. A couple of high seeds are already out and very few brackets are still alive. The most disruption was probably seen in the South Region. This part of the bracket was seen before the tournament as the toughest to predict and certainly didn’t disappoint. Now. let’s discuss the Baylor Odds-On Favorite to Go to Final Four March Madness South Region.

What Are Baylor Odds-On Favorite to Go to Final Four: March Madness South Region?

Two of the region favorites are already packing their bags. In the biggest upset so far, No. 15 seed Oral Roberts knocked out No. 2 seed Ohio State. Purdue is also out after losing to No. 13 North Texas. North Carolina, seen by many as a potential sleeper, dropped out, too. This turn of events will undoubtedly please Baylor fans. The Bears now have a much clearer path to Final Four. However, there’s still plenty of work to be done and several dangerous teams remaining in this part of the bracket. Here’s how oddsmakers see the chances of all remaining teams to get out of the South.

Baylor Bears -140
Arkansas Razorbacks +500
Texas Tech Red Raiders +500
Wisconsin Badgers +700
Villanova Wildcats +800
Florida Gators +1000
North Texas Mean Green +2000
Oral Roberts Golden Eagles +2500

Baylor Clear Favorites to Win South Region

Baylor dominated the Big 12 and ranked near the top in the country all season. They arrived at March Madness with an impressive 22-2 record. However, they slipped in the conference tournament, losing in the semis to Oklahoma State. Luckily for them, the Cowboys, as well as Kansas, another team that Baylor lost to this season, are not in their part of the bracket.

Despite the conference tournament hiccup, the Bears remain a legit championship contender. In the first round, they easily dealt with Hartford even though they shot only 41% from the field. The 2nd Round matchup is bound to be much more challenging. Baylor is going up against Wisconsin, a team loaded with senior experience and no stranger to upsets in previous years. The Badgers are well-coached, experienced, and are coming off an excellent shooting performance in the opening round. Beyond the round of 32, the biggest threats to Baylor’s Final Four aspirations are Arkansas, Texas Tech, and Villanova.

The Bears have an encouraging record this year on neutral courts. They are 5-1 in these games. KenPom ranks them as the No. 4 team in the nation and Baylor features the third-highest scoring offense in the country. The Bears are also No. 3 in adjusted offensive efficiency. This mostly due to the lethal 3-point-shooting. Coach Drew’s squad is likely the best shooting team in the tournament. On defense, they have the best perimeter defender in the country in Davion Mitchell. The rest of the Baylor backcourt also features above-average defenders. Their guards are also the main threat on offense. All-American junior, Jared Butler averages 17.0 points this season and is usually unstoppable penetrating to the basket. MaCio Teague is scoring 16.4 ppg and has shot over 50% from the field in 5 out of the last 6 games. The duo combined for 35 points against Hartford.

The only knock on Baylor’s Final Four chances is their historical record in the tournament. The last time they got to the last four was over 70 years ago. However, if there ever was a year for them to go all the way, it’s this one.

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2021 NCAA March Madness Best Bets And Tournament Picks

2021 NCAA March Madness Best Bets And Tournament Picks

The First Round of the 2021 NCAA Tournament brought us some of the most exciting college basketball in years. A couple of major upsets have already busted the majority of brackets. We can only hope that the Second Round will provide similar thrills. We’ll take a closer look at a couple of the most interesting matchups and suggest bets that provide the best value in the Round of 32. Let’s discuss the first 2021 NCAA March Madness Best Bets And Tournament Picks.

NCAA March Madness Best Bets: Syracuse vs West Virginia: Under 147

As for the first 2021 NCAA March Madness Best Bets And Tournament Picks, This is a matchup of two very good offensive teams, but we’re still taking the UNDER. Both teams have the ability to counter opponents’ most dangerous offensive weapons. West Virginia features a perimeter defense more than capable of stopping Syracuse’s three-point shooting. They can also match the Orange under the basket. The Syracuse defense is often overshadowed by their flashy attack, but it’s more than solid. They register plenty of blocks and steals and excel at forcing turnovers. We expect a tight game, eventually going to the wire. In addition, both teams have kept their First Round opponents to under 67 points.

Texas Tech vs Arkansas: Texas Tech -1 + OVER 140.5

Moving onto the next NCAA March Madness Best Bets, Texas Tech has recently shown a lot of improvement on the offensive side. As the season progressed they rose to No. 33 in KenPom’s offensive efficiency rating. Arkansas, on the other hand, likes to run and score in transition. Their pace is one of the fastest in the country. They’re also extremely trigger-happy from the 3-point line. Both teams feature scorers that can get hot in a second. This should be an open, back-and-forth battle with a slight advantage on the Texas Tech side due to their defensive prowess.

Florida vs Oral Roberts: Florida -8

The upset Oral Roberts pulled against Ohio State is so far the best story of the tournament. Florida needed the overtime to clinch the win against Virginia Tech. However, the talent is on the Gators’ side and they will take the Golden Eagles seriously after what happened on Friday. The key for Florida is stopping Max Abmas and they have just the man for the job in Tre Mann. The Gators are an elite shooting team and likely won’t repeat Ohio State’s abysmal 22% from the deep. With the clear advantage on the boards and solid FT shooting, they shouldn’t allow another upset.

Ohio vs Creighton: UNDER 149

Both teams first-round matchups ended with under 125 points total. Ohio managed to keep the defending champions, Virginia, without a field goal for more than 10 minutes in the second half. They held the Cavaliers to only 35% shooting. In their matchup, Creighton kept UCSB, who averages 73.4 ppg, to only 62 points. In addition, they themselves struggled on the offense. We feel that the total is set to high and the game should easily go UNDER.

LSU vs Michigan: UNDER 149

Another UNDER selection and for a good reason. The Tigers came to the tournament as a fast-paced offensive juggernaut. Still, judging by their game against St. Bonaventure, they’ve adjusted their approach a bit. We saw them playing a deliberate offense, often milking the shot clock. Their Monday opponent, Michigan boasts one of the top defenses in the country, especially on the inside. They’ve allowed only 65 points per game this season. Besides, the Wolverines are coming into the game without their best scorer, Isaiah Livers.

Colorado vs Florida State: OVER 139

Colorado had a fantastic shooting night in the opening round. They dropped 96 on Georgetown, shooting 61% from the field. However, they also allowed 73 points. Florida State, on the other hand, was involved in a low-scoring affair against UNC Greensboro. But, we shouldn’t put too much stake into that game, as the Seminoles can hardly repeat such a poor shooting night. They should do much better the 0-9 from the deep. They’re an uber-athletic team with points coming from everywhere. Florida State averaged 78.3 points per game this season and we can expect them to bounce back and get close to that number again on Monday.

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Texas Tech Red Raiders vs Arkansas Razorbacks Betting Picks, Lines Odds & Predictions

Texas Tech Red Raiders vs Arkansas Razorbacks Betting Picks, Lines Odds & Predictions

The first college basketball betting matchup of the Second Round in the South Region will see No. 3 Arkansas battle the No. 6 seed, Texas Tech. The Razorbacks are in great form, winning 10 out of the last 11 games. The only defeat during that run came in the SEC semis against LSU. They also managed to cover the spread nine times in that stretch. Arkansas struggled at the start of the First Round matchup against Colgate. However, they put together a 17-0 run to end the first half and dominated in the second period to win by 17. It was only the third tournament victory for the Hogs since 1999.

Texas Tech had similar first-half troubles against the underdog. They were trailing the No. 11 Utah State by 3 at halftime. And just like Arkansas, they produced an impressive second-half performance to win comfortably by 12. The Red Raiders lost five times in their last 8 games and are 4-7 ATS in their last 11. Still, all losses came to No. 4 seed or better tournament teams.

Texas Tech Red Raiders vs Arkansas Razorbacks Betting Line Movement

The Red Raiders are favored in this matchup, although by the tiniest of margins. The line opened at -1 but some early support for the Razorbacks drove it to Evens at some sportsbooks. Still, most of them stayed with the opening college basketball betting odds. As this is a matchup between two solid offensive teams, the total was initially set at 141. It has slightly dropped since, to 140.5.

Notes On The Texas Tech Red Raiders

For a better part of the college basketball betting season, Texas Tech mostly relied on their defense to win games. They ranked 21st in adjusted defensive efficiency, a big reason for their +9.6 scoring margin. However, towards the end of the campaign, the offense started to click, too. At the moment, they sit at No. 33 in offensive efficiency in KemPom’s rankings. Coach Beard’s offensive plan mainly revolves around deliberate half-court attack, limiting turnovers, and getting to the free-throw line as much as possible. On defense, they concentrate on defending the paint and forcing opponents to take difficult shots. Considering how much Arkansas relies on dribble penetration, this plan may serve Texas Tech pretty well in Sunday’s matchup.

The Red Raiders’ key players mainly come from the transfer market. The leading scorer is Georgetown transfer, Mac McClung, with 15.8 points per game. Marcos Santos Silva, who transferred from VCU, lead the team in rebounding with 6.5 rpg.

Notes On The Arkansas Razorbacks

Under coach Musselman, Arkansas has grown to be one of the most entertaining teams in the country. They are playing at the 20th fastest pace in the country. The key to beating Texas Tech will likely be their ability to get out and run. If the Hogs manage to impose the tempo that suits them, the Red Raiders may be in trouble. In addition, they’ll need to exploit Sunday’s opponent’s subpar perimeter defense and shoot the ball well. Arkansas is 10-0 this season when making 9 or more deep-range shots. But if the threes aren’t falling, they’ll have a lot of trouble breaking the tough Texas Tech’s D.

The first name on the Arkansas teams sheet is the potential lottery pick, Moses Moody. The freshman SF is averaging 17.2 points per game this season. Besides, with his 5.9 rebounds per college basketball betting game, he fares pretty well for a backcourt player.

Texas Tech Red Raiders vs Arkansas Razorbacks Betting Pick: Arkansas +1

This line may be an overreaction to Arkansas’ slow start against the inferior college basketball betting opposition. Coach Musselman’s squad is oozing with talent and looks primed for a deep run, especially with No. 2 seed Ohio State out. The two teams break about even in the most relevant statistical categories. However, the size and athleticism the Hogs have will give them an advantage on the boards and perhaps plenty of second-chance points which could be a deciding factor on Sunday.

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Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs Houston Cougars Betting Picks, Lines Odds & Predictions

Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs Houston Cougars Betting Picks, Lines Odds & Predictions

With Sweet 16 appearance on the college basketball betting line, No. 2 seed Houston will face No. 10 seed Rutgers on Sunday night. The Cougars entered the tournament priced at +1800 to win the championship. After the First Round, many are left wondering if those odds were too short. Houston made a mockery of the -20 spread, destroying Cleveland on Friday at 87-56. They’ve been one of the most reliable teams all season posting a 25-3 SU and 20-8 ATS record.

On Friday, Rutgers made their first March Madness appearance since 1991. The Scarlet Knights also notched their first tournament win in 38 years after beating No. 7 seed Clemson. It was one of the most exciting games of the First Round. Rutgers squandered a double-digit lead but still came through with some big plays at the end to win the game.


Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs Houston Cougars Betting Line Movement

Opening college basketball betting odds favored the Cougars by -8.5. The line briefly jumped to -9 before dropping back to -8.5. At the moment, you can even find -8 at some bookies. The total covered around 132.5 going up and down by half a point. Right now, it’s settled at 132 with most sportsbooks.

Notes On The Rutgers Scarlet Knights

Rutgers had an up-and-down season with several streaks going both ways. They opened the campaign with a 7-1 record before going on a 5-game losing streak. Then they recovered to win four straight only to lose 4 of the last 6 games in the regular season. The Scarlet Knights often struggle on offense and rank at only No. 171 in the nation in the effective field goal percentage. Things weren’t much different on Friday as they shot a dismal 39% from the field. It’s going to be even harder to score on Sunday as they face the top-rated Houston’s defense. Rutgers does have a size advantage and will look to dominate boards and look for more second-chance opportunities to score.

A player to watch on Rutgers’ roster is junior guard Ron Harper Jr. The son of a five-time NBA champion leads the team in scoring with 15.2 ppg and has the second-most rebounds per game with 5.9. He had a below-par performance in the First Round and will look to make up for it on Sunday.

Notes On The Houston Cougars

Houston was seen by many as a potential No. 1 seed but a weak schedule was the main reason they are seeded as No. 2. They stormed through the AAC and had a few solid wins outside the conference. The Cougars notched wins against Texas Tech, Boise State, and South Carolina. Head coach Kelvin Sampson has managed to build a balanced college basketball betting team, elite on both ends of the court. Per KenPom, Houston ranks 6th in rank sixth in adjusted offensive efficiency and 13th in defensive efficiency. On Friday, they dropped 87 on poor Cleveland State while keeping the Vikings at 38.6% from the field.

Quentin Grimes has been the best player for the Cougars this season. The junior guard averaged 18.0 points and 5.9 rebounds per game. A potential issue for coach Sampson on Sunday may be the absence of starting guard DeJon Jarreau. While Grimes posted the best stats, Jarreau is undeniably the heart and soul of this team.

Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs Houston Cougars Betting Pick: Houston -8

Rutgers had a fun college basketball betting season and did good knocking out Clemson in the first round. However, they regularly fail to perform against stronger teams. The Scarlet Knights went 0-6 straight up and 2-4 against the spread when facing ranked opponents. The Cougars are on a great run of form and they should be in for another convincing win.

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Ohio Bobcats vs Virginia Cavaliers Betting Picks, Lines, Odds, & Predictions

Ohio Bobcats vs Virginia Cavaliers Betting Picks, Lines & Predictions

Having overcome the Covid-19 issues, No. 4 seed Virginia will finally step to the NCAAB betting court on Saturday to take on No. 13 seed Ohio. After the 2019 title, the Cavaliers are still the last school to win the championship. As we all know, the last year’s tournament was canceled. A year before winning it all, Virginia became the first-ever No. 1 seed to lose in the first round. The Cavaliers were on a 15-3 run before going 3-3 in their last 6 games.

Ohio enters the tournament having won 9 out of the last 10 games. Their ATS record during that streak also stands at 9-1. The Bobcats dominated the MAC tournament winning three games by a total margin of 44 points. In the final game, they convincingly beat Buffalo 84-69. This will be their first NCAA tournament appearance since 2012.

Ohio Bobcats vs Virginia Cavaliers Betting Line Movement

The opening NCAAB betting odds favored Virginia as high as -10. Amid the Covid-related news, bettors quickly jumped on this line causing it to drop all the way to -7. The total hasn’t moved much since Selection Sunday, settling at 131.

Notes On The Ohio Bobcats

The Bobcats are one of the favorite picks to pull of an upset this year. They may play in the weak MAC, but in their biggest non-conference game this year, they managed to hang with Illinois losing only by two points. Unlike Virginia, Ohio likes to push the pace and can score in bunches. They averaged over 80 points per game throughout the season. In their three MAC tournament wins, coach Boals’ team scored 85, 87, and 84 points. Still, on Saturday, they’re facing probably the toughest defense they’ve seen all season.

Although the Bobcats have five players averaging double digits, much of their success depends on the junior guard Jason Preston. He averages 16.6 points this season. In the MAC tournament, Preston raised his game even higher, scoring 23 points per game.

Notes On The Virginia Cavaliers

The Cavaliers were the last team to arrive in Indianapolis and Saturday’s matchup will be their first game in nine days. They were forced to drop out of the ACC tournament due to Covid-19 protocols. Perhaps more importantly, they couldn’t practice until Friday. We’re yet to see what impact, if any, it will have on their performance. Virginia is still technically the reigning champion, but the personnel has changed a lot since the 2019 final game. However, it’s still a classic Tony Bennet-led team. They play at a snail-like pace, ranking dead-last in the nation in that department. Virginia slowly grinds down their opponents and wins games with an uber-efficient offense and elite, hard-nosed defense.

The key players for Virginia are two seniors. Marquette transfer Sam Hauser leads the team in scoring averaging 16.0 ppg while Jay Huff is second with 13.1. Hauser and Huff are also leading rebounders with 6.7 and 7.1 rpg, respectively.

Ohio Bobcats vs Virginia Cavaliers Betting Pick: Ohio +7

The Bobcats will look to push the ball as much as possible and impose their style of NCAAB betting play. They will be hoping to take advantage of the Cavaliers’ lack of preparation. But, even if they fall into Virginia’s slow-grind machine, it will likely result in a low-scoring game enabling them to cover.

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Norfolk State Spartans vs Gonzaga Bulldogs Betting Picks, Lines & Predictions

Norfolk State Spartans vs Gonzaga Bulldogs Betting Picks, Lines & Predictions

Odds-on championship favorites, Gonzaga, will play their first 2021 tournament game on Saturday night. They will face Norfolk State at Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Unbeaten so far this season, The Bulldogs are heavily favored in this matchup. They were dominant throughout the season with an average winning margin of 23.5 points. Gonzaga is the first school to enter the tournament with a perfect record since Kentucky in 2015.

Norfolk State Spartans comes to the tournament as No. 16 seed after winning the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. They earned their place in the First Round with a 54-53 First Four win over Appalachian State. The Spartans are now 13-9 ATS and have covered in their last six games. They’ve also won 9 out of the last 10 games straight up.

Norfolk State Spartans vs Gonzaga Bulldogs Betting Line Movement

Not surprisingly, Gonzaga is heavily favored to win this one. The spread is set at 33.5, with some bookies offering going even higher at 34. The Bulldogs are the No. 1 scoring them in the nation and the Spartans can get hot, too. As a result, the total opened at 155.5. It has dropped by a point since, currently standing at 154.5.

Notes On The Norfolk State Spartans

On Thursday night, the Spartans came out of gates flying jumping to an early lead winning the first half by 16. However, they barely survived in the second half, allowing the Mountaineers to go on a 24- 6 run. Near the end of the game, they managed to claw back from the 6-point deficit and secure the 1-point win. The Saturday game will certainly be played at a much faster pace which should suit the Spartans who love to run down the court. They’re also capable of solid defensive performances, especially against 3-point shooting.

The key player for the Spartans this season is senior guard Devante Carter. He leads the team in points, assists, and rebounds. However, on Thursday, the main contributor was Jalen Hawkins who scored 24 coming off the bench.

Notes On The Gonzaga Bulldogs

It’s hard to find enough superlatives to describe this season for Gonzaga. The Bulldogs are scoring the nation-best 92.1 points per game on a pretty efficient 55% from the field. They are bookmakers’ favorites to go all the way. The biggest doubt ahead of the tournament is can they can handle the pressure and high expectations. Still, coach Few’s team should be able to handle Norfolk State with relative ease. Whether they can cover is another question. The Zags have been 30+ favorites seven times this season, going 2-5 ATS.

The deep roster is spearheaded by the trio of Corey Kispert, Drew Timme, Jalen Suggs. It will be interesting to see how the potential top-5 draft pick Suggs will fare on the big stage.

Norfolk State Spartans vs Gonzaga Bulldogs Betting Pick: Over 154.5

Gonzaga is an offensive juggernaut and will look to make a statement in the first game. We’re looking at a probable blowout, so the Zags may relax a bit on defense towards the end of the game allowing the Spartans to put up at least 60 points.

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2021 NCAA Tournament Odds: NCAA Basketball Odds To Win Championship

2021 NCAA Tournament Odds NCAA Basketball Odds To Win Championship

March Madness is here and we finally get to enjoy probably the most exciting basketball tournament in the world. In two a half weeks will learn who will cut the nets and become the 2021 NACAA basketball champion. But, there’s plenty of thrills and drama before we get there. Let’s discuss the 2021 NCAA Tournament Odds and NCAA Basketball Odds To Win Championship.

2021 NCAA Tournament Odds

Oddsmakers see Gonzaga as favorites to finally win it all. The Zags are followed by other No. 1 seeds. The fans of Illinois, Baylor, and Michigan all have reason to believe that their team will be victorious in the end. However, every March Madness brings unexpected upsets and creates unlikely heroes. Plenty of lower-seeded teams hope that this will be their year. We’ll look into each region and see who’s most likely to advance to Final Four and beyond. But first, let’s check out the current odds for all 64 teams to win the Championship.

NCAA Basketball Odds To Win Championship

Gonzaga +200
Illinois +500
Baylor +750
Michigan +1000
Alabama +1800
Houston +1800
Iowa +2200
Ohio State +2200
Oklahoma State +2500
Texas +2500
Florida State +4000
Kansas +4000
Arkansas +4500
Virginia +5000
West Virginia +5000
Connecticut +5500
San Diego State +5500
Purdue +6600
Tennessee +6600
USC +7000
Loyola Chicago +7500
North Carolina +7500
Texas Tech +7500
Colorado +8000
Creighton +8000
LSU +8000
Georgia Tech +10000
Oregon +10000
UCLA +10000
Villanova +10000
BYU +12500
Georgetown +15000
Oregon State +15000
Wisconsin +15000
Oklahoma +17500
Florida +20000
Maryland +20000
Rutgers +20000
Syracuse +20000
Virginia Tech +20000
Clemson +25000
Drake +25000
Missouri +25000
St. Bonaventure +25000
Cal Santa Barbara +30000
Colgate +30000
Liberty +30000
Ohio +30000
Utah State +30000
VCU +30000
Winthrop +30000
Grand Canyon +40000
Iona +40000
Abilene Christian +50000
Cleveland State +50000
Drexel +50000
Eastern Washington +50000
Hartford +50000
Morehead State +50000
UNC Greensboro +50000
Norfolk State +50000
North Texas +50000
Oral Roberts +50000
Texas Southern +50000

West Region

Gonzaga has yet to win the tournament but came close several times. This year, they’re bringing probably their best team ever and will enter the competition brimming with confidence. They breezed through the WCC and dominated the out-of-conference games. They notched wins against the No. 2, 3, and 4 seeds in their region handling Iowa, Kansas, and Virginia. The Bulldogs probably have the easiest path to Final Four of all No. 1 seed. Their team is a mix of seasoned seniors and super-talented young guys including two potential lottery picks in Jalen Suggs and Corey Kispert

If you’re looking for a potential sleeper in this region, No. 7 seed Oregon is probably the best choice. Priced at +10000, the Ducks already have wins against Iowa, Kansas, and USC under their belt this season. They feature a talented backcourt and can shoot the lights out on any given day. If they get into the shooting rhythm, they can cause all sorts of problems to the big boys in this region.

Midwest Region

Illinois, listed at +500, is coming out of an amazing season in the stacked Big Ten. They snatched the conference titles from the hands of some of the blue bloods of college basketball. Michigan State, Michigan, and Ohio State were all left in the dust by the Fighting Illini. Illinois game revolves around the one-two punch of center Kofi Cockburn and guard Ayo Dosunmu. The All-American pair is surrounded by a group of shooters and defenders to form one of the deepest rosters in the country.

The most likely dark horse in this region comes at the No. 8 seed. Loyola Chicago already had their Cinderella story in 2018 and it’s not hard to see it happening again. The odds of +7500 are certainly too high for a team featuring top-rated defense in the country. In addition, KenPom’s efficiency rating has them as a No. 10 team in the country. Another team worth looking at is Oklahoma State at +2500. The Cowboys are led by the potential No. 1 draft pick, Cade Cunningham.

South Region

Baylor stormed through the Big 12 before losing to Oklahoma State in the conference tournament semifinals. As a result, the odds on them took a hit and they are currently priced at +750. The Bears face probably the toughest schedule of all No. 1 seeds. Their path to Final Four may lead through some of the toughest teams in the tournament including North Carolina, Arkansas, Ohio State, or Purdue. The good news for them is that Oklahoma State and Kansas, teams that caused them the most problems this season, are not in their region.

The prime candidate for a potential upset is the No. 8 seed, Nort Carolina. One of the NCAA powerhouses is priced at +7500. UNC’s main strength is the size of its frontcourt. Forwards Day’Ron Sharpe and Armando Bacot enjoy bullying opponents down low and are a menace on the boards. If they improve their shooting, the Tar Heels may be a dangerous matchup to higher seeds down the road.

East Region

Of all regions, the East may be the toughest to predict. The No. 1 seed Michigan, listed at +1000, is the highest-priced team of all top seeds. The Wolverines lost three times in their last five games. After dominating earlier in the season, Michigan was knocked out in the Big Ten Tournament by Ohio State. Another issue for coach Howard is the injury to one of the key players, Isaiah Livers.

The team most likely to profit on Michigan’s recent woes inf the No.2 seed Alabama. At +1800, the Crimson Tide has the shortest odds to win the tournament of all non-top-seeds. They won the SEC tournament and are coming to March Madness on a 5-game win streak. Alabama features a balanced squad with nine players averaging more than 10 minutes per game. Their most dangerous weapon is shooting from deep and if they catch fire, they can beat anyone.

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Charlotte Hornets vs Los Angeles Lakers Betting Picks, Odds & Predictions

Charlotte Hornets vs Los Angeles Lakers Betting Picks, Odds & Predictions

The most interesting Friday night NBA matchup will see the rejuvenated Hornets travel to LA to take on LeBron James and the Lakers. Charlotte is playing well above NBA betting expectations this year and is posting a 20-19 overall record. On the road, they’ve won 8 out of 19 games. The Lakers are 27-13 overall and 13-8 when playing at home. This will be the first time this season the two teams face each other. Lakers, of course, hold the upper hand in the matchup. The last three games have all gone in LA’s favor.

Charlotte Hornets vs Los Angeles Lakers Betting Line Movement

The oddsmakers see the Lakers as clear favorites in this one. The Los Angeles team opened as -8 favorites. The line has dropped a little since at some sportsbooks, standing at -7.5 or-7. The total is set at 224.5 with most NBA betting bookies.

Notes On The Los Angeles Lakers

The Lakers have gone through a rough patch following AD’s injury. However, they’ve improved a lot lately, especially post All-Star break. They’re currently on a 3-game winning streak. LeBron continues to carry the team and has posted a triple-double last time out vs Minnesota. He finished the game with 25 points, 12 assists, and 12 rebounds. Still, the key in the recent surge is the good form of a couple of bench players. Montrezl Harrell and Kyle Kuzma have both significantly raised their game in Davis’ absence. Harrell had 25 points and six assists against the Timberwolves and is averaging over 20 points in March. Kuzma also added 16 from the bench, making it his fourth consecutive 15+ game. Dennis Schroder, Talen Horton-Tucker, and Markieff Morris also finished the last game in double digits.

Besides AD, the Lakers also can’t count on Alex Caruso, Marc Gasol, Jared Dudley, and Kostas Antetokounmpo. LBJ is listed as probable due to nagging left ankle issues, but he should be good to go.

Notes On The Charlotte Hornets

The Hornets are the feel-good story of this NBA season. Adding Gordon Hayward in free agency and LaMelo Ball through the draft has completely turned the team’s fortunes around. In addition, Terry Rozier is probably playing the best basketball in his life. Prior to last night’s NBA betting defeat to Denver, they had four straight wins. However, they couldn’t handle Jokic and co at Denver’s high altitude, falling behind 28 points by the end of the 3rd quarter. Scary Terry was the best performer with 21 points with LaMelo adding 14 in only 22 minutes. Hornets are 13-6 ATS in their last 19 back-to-back games. Plus, last night’s game was a blowout so they gave plenty of rest to key contributors.

Coach Borrego will likely have a full squad to choose from with only Rozier listed as questionable.

Charlotte Hornets vs Los Angeles Lakers Betting Pick: Lakers -7.5

After a run of fine form, the Hornets were demolished in Denver in the first of three consecutive NBA betting games against West powerhouses. Now they are facing the Lakers on the second night of a back-to-back. It’s hard to see LA missing a chance to close the gap to Utah at the top of the West. They’ve beaten Charlotte in three straight, with an average margin of 20.3. With Davis out and Hornets’ fine form, the game should be closer, but we still expect the Lakers to cover.