See which NCAA basketball picks and odds we are after for today’s Sweet 16 games.
72-hour hiatus from the action, the men’s NCAA Tournament is back with the
first half of the Sweet 16. Eight teams are in action tonight, fighting for
four of the final eight spots in the tournament. See what two games I have my
eye on to give you some nice value heading into the weekend.
Wisconsin vs Syracuse
Orange are trying to keep their number one seed alive as the face off against Big
Ten powerhouse Wisconsin in the Sweet 16. Despite being without center Fab
Melo, the Orange and their zone defense have still had two very nice tournament
wins. They did get scared by 16th seed UNC-Ashville in the first
round, and then took care of Frank Martin’s Kansas State in the second round
(or third, however this new tournament structure works) 75-59.
other side, the Badgers blew out Montana in the first round and then snuck by
Vanderbilt in the next round, 60-57. Even though all the number one seeds are
still alive and well heading into Thursday and Friday’s games, most, including
me, seem to think that one or more will not be heading to the Elite 8, and
there is a growing number of people who think that the Badgers have what it
takes to knock out number one seeded Syracuse, since they are down their
am not one of those who think this. In fact, I think the college basketball lines are giving
bettors extremely good sports betting value, seeing that the Orange are only favored by -3.5.
A bulk of Wisconsin’s scoring comes from the post, and they are not a very
good three point shooting team. Jim Boeheim’s zone forces teams to become a
jump shooting team. The 2-3 zone is killer against good post teams. They are
also able to pressure out of it, something that will put a lot of ball pressure
on point guard Jordan Taylor for Wisconsin. Long story short, I like the Orange
to advance against the Badgers, and cover the points.
My Pick: Orange -3.5
Florida vs Marquette
game from Phoenix, Arizona features the 7th seeded Florida Gators,
taking on the 3rd seeded Marquette Golden Eagles. The Gators have
dominated and eaten all competition in front of them so far this tournament.
They beat Virginia by 26 points and then dominated Norfolk State by 34 points.
The Golden Eagles on the other hand have had some much tougher games. They beat
BYU in the first round and then had a tough grind out win against my Murray
these two get to run up one another to try and get to the final eight. Let me
start by saying this, Florida is not a 7th seed. They are way too
good and very undervalued here. They are more like a 4 or 5 seed. The Gators are
one of the better scoring teams in the country and I think that Murray State
mapped out a blue print on how you play Marquette. You face guard Darius
Johnson-Odom and turn Jae Crowder into a jump shooter. Florida will do this and
I see them coming out with a win here. They should not be underdogs in this
spot. This NCAA Basketball betting odds should be closer to a pick em’.
Pick: Florida +2