The NCAA Tournament begins on Thursday, and that means it’s time to make some bets. March Madness is the most wagered sporting event in the world, and it’s the case for the team at Knup Sports!
Michigan ML vs Colorado State
I do not trust Michigan to cover the spread, but I like them to win. Colorado State is a better team in the record books, but they are also in the Mountain West. I am hopeful the Wolverines’ strength of schedule helps the team prevail.
South Dakota State vs Providence ML
Most of the money in this game is coming in on South Dakota, but we need to take a step back and realize Providence is a good team. They are 25-5 and 17-13 ATS playing a Big East schedule. South Dakota State does not play anyone, and their great record proves this fact. The NCAA Tournament is for the big boys, and I think Providence is a stronger team.
Memphis ML vs Boise State
I love Memphis because they are an extremely athletic basketball team. Boise State will struggle to run the floor with the team if they start playing well. Although the Tigers are also known for being inconsistent so I will take them on the money line but fade the points.
Norfolk State +20.5 vs Baylor
Anything can happen in the NCAA Tournament, and high seeds always seem to struggle. It’s very hard to win a game by 20.5 points, and the Spartans are solid playing their mid-major schedule. The team is 17-9-1 ATS this year.
Longwood +18 vs Tennessee
Longwood is 20-9 ATS this season, so you know they will be excited to show their stuff against the Volunteers. Tennessee is a better team, but it’s tough to win by 18 points.
Richmond vs Iowa -9.5
I think Iowa is a team that has the roster to win the entire tournament. They are 26-9 on the season compared to Richmond at 23-12. However, the Hawkeyes were great in the Big Ten Conference this season, and the Spiders’ strength of schedule does not make the cut.
Georgia State +23.5 vs Gonzaga
In no way should Gonzaga be a one seed. They play in a bad conference, and they struggled in their Power Five matchups. If a #1 seed is getting upset, it’s going to be Gonzaga.
Marquette vs North Carolina -3.5
Marquette is an average team in the Big East Conference, but they are inconsistent. I am not saying UNC is the best team in the world, but I love the Tar Heels on Thursday. They finished the season with an 8-2 record and beat Duke at Cameron Indoor.
New Mexico State +6.5 vs UConn
UConn is going to have a tough time with New Mexico State in the first round. However, I think RJ Cole and the Huskies make a run down the stretch, but they will not cover. UConn is just 13-18-1 ATS.
St. Peters vs Kentucky -18
I think Kentucky will outmatch St. Peters in every facet of the game. I like the Wildcats to cover this massive spread behind Oscar Tshiewbe
Indiana +2.5 vs St. Mary’s Gaels
Indiana plays in the Big Ten Conference, and they are dogs to St. Mary’s. This team should feel disrespected, and I do not know how you can resist a free 2.5 points. Indiana is 21-13 on the season.
Creighton +2 vs San Diego State
What Creighton did in the Big East Tournament was very fun to watch. They upset Providence in the semifinals, blowing the Friars off the court. They will play San Diego State, and I think strength of schedule will prevail. This is a great upset pick for the tournament.
Vermont vs Arkansas -5
There are a lot of people high on Vermont, and I do not know why. I thought about betting Vermont for a minute, and then I realized the SEC is back. Arkansas is 20-12-1 ATS in the SEC.
San Francisco vs Murray State -2
Murray State is more athletic than San Francisco, and I think this is a tremendous spread. The Racers win games, and it’s as simple as that!
Akron +13.5 vs UCLA
UCLA was supposed to be an authority in the Pac 12, but they let me down repetitively. Akron may not play a great schedule, but I like them with 13.5 free points. Both teams are 17-14-1 ATS.
Texas Southern vs Kansas -21.5
Texas Southern is not on the same level as Kansas. The Jayhawks have been no stranger to big spreads, and they are 17-17 in this category. This, like all the big spread games, are best to fade from a favorite perspective, but I have to go with the Jayhawks.
Eastern Washington +13 vs Fresno State
I like Eastern Washington at +13. Fresno State is athletic, but if the Eagles can play good defense, they will cover as dogs. The team is 19-12 ATS in 2021-22.