It’s here, after a two-year-long wait, it’s finally here again, March Madness. It is so crazy to think that at this point last year the sports world was shut down and we were robbed of the tournament. But enough about the past, let’s enjoy this moment and win some money. As always, we will have my best bets of the day and then how I would gamble every game of the day. Good luck to everyone throughout the tournament on your picks and your personal brackets.
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(#9) Georgia Tech (+5.5) vs (#8) Loyola Chicago
Take advantage of this massive line shift as soon as you can. There was a lot of noise around Georgia Tech heading into the ACC tournament. A lot of people were thinking they could take advantage of a shockingly weak ACC this year and they did. They should be a slight favorite in this game, but Covid problems have sidelined star forward Moses Wright. Even with Wright out for the game, Georgia Tech is a very well-balanced team. They are 15th in the country in forcing turnovers and they have a very physical defense. While they may not win this game, 5.5 points are way too much to not hammer this pick.
(#9) Wisconsin vs (#8) North Carolina (-1.5)
It’s hard to believe that these two teams are in the 8-9 matchup. Both teams have a solid winning reputation, with North Carolina obviously being historically better. Both teams have been widely inconsistent on the season and have never really found a real groove. Wisconsin was ranked as high as fourth in the country at one point but they have since taken a massive tumble. This game is essentially a pick-em but a winning pedigree matters in this tournament and North Carolina wins a lot.
(#14) Colgate (+8.5) vs (#3) Arkansas
This is going to be a game you want to see. Both teams rank in the top-10 in terms of their pace of play, which leads to a lot of points. While they might not be the two most efficient offenses, they score a ton of points. The point total sits at around 161 in most books, but don’t ever trust the point total when two powerhouse offenses meet up. When this game was announced, I was all over Colgate.
They are so good at scoring everywhere from the court that even a team like Arkansas could get into some trouble early if they don’t have a good night shooting. Yes, Arkansas has some very quality wins, including an 81-66 win over No. 2 seed and SEC Champion Alabama but that means nothing in the tournament. If you are feeling really frisky here on day one, look at the Colgate money line (+350.) I’m telling you, not many people have seen Colgate this year unless it was on your toothbrush, but they are a very good low-seed.
(#13) Liberty vs (#4) Oklahoma State (-7)
Always be on the lookout for that one player that is going to set the tournament on fire. This year, that player will be Cade Cunningham. He does it all for the pokes’. In their last three games, he has scored or assisted on 41 percent of their points. He did that while averaging over 20 points per game. Not to mention that he is a freshman as well. He will most likely be the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft and what better way to cement that status than with a big run through the tournament. Expect Oklahoma State to win this game by double-digits.
(#10) Virginia Tech vs (#7) Florida O/135
(#16) Drexel vs (#1) Illinois (-22)
(#11) Utah State vs (#6) Texas Tech U/131
(#15) Oral Roberts vs (#2) Ohio State (-16)
(#16) Hartford vs (#1) Baylor (-25.5)
(#12) Oregon State vs (#5) Tennessee (-8.5)
(#15) Cleveland State (+20) vs (#2) Houston
(#13) North Texas vs (#4) Purdue (-7.5)
(#10) Rutgers vs (#7) Clemson O/125.5
(#11) Syracuse vs (#6) San Diego State (-3)
(#14) Morehead State vs (#3) West Virgina (-13)
(#12) Winthrop vs (#5) Villinova (-6.5)