NCAA Tournament Picks: North Dakota St. vs. San Diego St.

Jeff Grant

Friday, March 21, 2014 2:41 PM GMT

Friday, Mar. 21, 2014 2:41 PM GMT

The No. 4 San Diego State Aztecs and No. 12 North Dakota State Bison both picked up overtime victories in the Second Round, as they now prepare to face off for a spot in the Sweet 16.

Let’s take a closer look at the NCAA Tournament odds for this 3rd Round matchup in the West Region at the Spokane Arena, with the opening tip scheduled for 6:10 p.m. on TNT.


Survival
San Diego State won its eighth consecutive overtime game and is now 17-1 over its last 18 games in that situation.

The Aztecs picked up a 73-69 victory over the New Mexico State Aggies as eight-point favorites—a difficult win due to head coach Steve Fisher facing one of his former assistants on the sideline. 

Live bettors need to keep an eye on the scoreboard down the stretch in this affair, considering the program has won 119 consecutive games when leading with five minutes to go.


Quite a moment
North Dakota picked up a 80-75 overtime victory over the Oklahoma Sooners as 3.5-point underdogs Thursday—the school’s first win in the NCAA Division I tournament.

Bison guard Lawrence Alexander scored a career-high 28 points, which was a bit surprising due to entering the matchup averaging 10.8 points a contest.

College basketball handicappers will find that the team is 4-1 ATS in its last five neutral site affairs.

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Thames
Aztecs point guard Xavier Thames has led the program in scoring 23 times this season, as he finished with 23 points and five assists versus the Aggies.

He played a career-high 43 minutes, which could lead to fatigue due to the short turnaround between games in Spokane.


Strength vs. strength
The Bison entered this event ranked first among all 351 NCAA Division I basketball teams in field goal percentage this season at 50.9 percent.

North Dakota State will have a difficult time reaching that type of number in this affair, with San Diego State limiting opponents to 39.7 percent shooting on the season.


Outlook
I’ve developed a handicapper line favoring the Aztecs by four points, which means that sports bettors should take a look at the No. 4 seed at a number of 3.5 or lower, while the Bison should attract action at 4.5 or higher.

Handicapper Line: San Diego State Aztecs -4

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