3/27 – NCAA Tournament




7:15pm - 11 UCLA vs. 2 Gonzaga -8.5  O/U 144   Best Lines Here

The Bruins have won 6 of 7 with just a 70-64 loss to Arizona in the Pac 12 tournament during that stretch.  The Bulldogs only 2 losses the entire season were to Arizona 66-63 in OT back on Dec. 6 and to BYU 73-70 in the regular season finale.

Gonzaga already has a win against UCLA this season as they defeated the Bruins 87-74 at Pauley Pavilion back on Dec. 13.

The Bruins justified their inclusion in the tourney with wins over SMU and UAB, but they won't handle this step up in class.

Gonzaga 75  UCLA 62

7:37pm - 8 N.C. State vs. 4 Louisville -3  O/U 130   Best Lines Here

The Wolfpack opened a lot of eyes with their upset of #1 seed Villanova on Saturday.  The Cardinals were expected to get this far, but had to survive a serious scare in the opening round as they beat 13 UC Irvine 57-55.

N.C. State beat Louisville 74-65 in Louisville back on Feb 14.  Anthony Barber was the catalyst in that game and has been playing well, outside the loss to Duke in the ACC tourney.

It's always tough to go against Pitino in the tourney, but N.C. State is simply the better team right now and I expect the same result as the Feb. 14 game between these ACC foes.

N.C. State 74  Louisville 65


Bet at 5dimes

9:45pm - 5 Utah vs. 1 Duke -5  O/U 133.5   Best Lines Here

The Utes feature one of the top freshman in the country in 7 foot F Jakob Poetl.  We all know about the Blue Devil's star F 6'11" Jahlil Okafor who is perhaps the player of the year.  This will be an interesting matchup to watch, but Okafor has a much better supporting cast, specifically at guard with Quinn Cook.

Utah is a solid team and is good defensively, but Duke simply has too much firepower and are too well coached to go against in this spot.  We'll get to see more of Okafor on Sunday.

Duke 78  Utah 68

10:07pm - 7 Michigan State -2 vs. 3 Oklahoma  O/U 135.5   Best Lines Here

Coach Tom Izzo's Spartans are right where they expect to be every year, as this is their 7th Sweet 16 appearance in 8 seasons.  Coach Lon Kruger might not have expected his squad to be in this position, but here they are.  Even though they are the betting underdog against the lower seeded MSU squad.

I like the fact that the Sooners have started the same 5 players in every game and that they have a star player in G Buddy Hield.  We saw last night how it worked out for the #7 seed Wichita State as a favorite vs. #3 seed Notre Dame.  I'm going to go with that trend and back Oklahoma here in a very close contest.

Oklahoma 68  Michigan State 67




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