NCAA Basketball Picks: Tournament Picks of the Day

Jeff Grant

Friday, March 29, 2013 2:26 PM UTC

Friday, Mar. 29, 2013 2:26 PM UTC

The Louisville Cardinals and Michigan Wolverines have combined to cover the spread in all four of their games during the 2013 NCAA Tournament, as they prepare to face new opponents in the Sweet 16. 

Let’s take a closer look at the college basketball betting odds for two games that tipoff Friday night and will help shape the Elite Eight field.

Louisville Cardinals vs. Oregon Ducks

Louisville has won 12 games in a row by an average of 17.8 points, which includes an 82-56 blowout victory over the Colorado State Rams as 11-point favorites last Saturday, while going OVER the total for the sixth consecutive time.

The Cardinals have compiled an incredible 19-5 straight up and 20-3-1 against-the-spread record in March the last two-plus seasons, with the UNDER going 14-10 in that situation.

Coach Rick Pitino has amassed a 44-16 record in NCAA Tournament play, which fits nicely with Louisville winning 43 of 51 games in the Big Dance when playing as a higher seed.

Oregon has proven its doubters wrong after being saddled with a No. 12 seed in the Midwest Region, as it picked up straight-up underdog wins over the Saint Louis Billikens and Oklahoma State Cowboys in its first two games.

The Ducks have turned the ball over a combined 36 times thus far in the event, which spells trouble against a Cardinals’ squad that has established a school record with 396 steals.

NCAA Basketball Pick: Louisville Cardinals -10 at Sports Interaction


Kansas Jayhawks vs. Michigan Wolverines

Kansas is the first school in NCAA history to have won at least 30 games in four consecutive seasons, as it advanced to the Sweet 16 by picking up wins over North Carolina and Western Kentucky.  

The Jayhawks have won 12 of their last 13 games entering this affair, as they start four seniors and redshirt freshman guard Ben McLemore, who happens to lead the squad in scoring 15.8 points per game.  

College basketball handicappers need to be aware that the Jayhawks have gone UNDER the total in 11 of their last 12 NCAA tournament games when looking over the SBR Odds page.

Michigan has arguably been the most impressive team in the field of 68 since the Big Dance began last week, as it came away with a pair of blowout victories over VCU (78-53) and South Dakota State (71-56), while going UNDER the total in both contests.

The Wolverines are the No. 4 seed in the South Region, as they try to improve upon their 3-5 all-time mark against No. 1 seeds.  The program is 6-1 straight up and against the spread on a neutral floor during the 2012-13 season.

Despite losing both previous meetings with John Beilein facing off with Bill Self on the sidelines, I think the underdog gets the job done in this spot, with the backcourt duo of Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. being the difference.

NCAA Basketball Pick: Michigan Wolverines +2 at Bovada

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