NCAA Tournament Picks: Sunday's Money Line Parlay Play

Swinging Johnson

Sunday, March 27, 2016 2:55 PM UTC

Sunday, Mar. 27, 2016 2:55 PM UTC

Two money line winners are offered today to include in your college basketball picks. Let's take a look at these pivotal matchups and cash a winning money line parlay.

Syracuse vs. Virginia
While yesterday's matchups featured No. 1 seeds versus No. 2's this game won't be nearly that close. Virginia has had a remarkable season and was recognized for their efforts with a prestigious number one seed in the Midwest region. These teams met once this season and that game occurred on Virginia's home court where the Cavaliers prevailed 73-65 but narrowly failed to cover the nine-point NCAA Tournament odds impost.

The Orangemen have exceeded all expectations up to this point as they remain one of the two Cinderella stories in the tournament with the other being Notre Dame. Though their first two rounds of the tournament were worry free with convincing wins over Dayton and then Middle Tennessee State, their last go-round was the first in which they were cast in the underdog role. Nevertheless, the Orange rallied to capture a 63-60 win as four-point dogs and cashed not only for those who included them in their NCAA Tournament picks but also those prescient enough to have bet them on the money line at about +170 depending upon where you shop.

The bottom line here is that the Cavaliers pose an even bigger problem than the Zags did for Syracuse. They are a big, talented lineup that is clicking on all cylinders and as much as I love a huge longshot to cash on the money line I cannot back Syracuse here. They may hang around but they will not get the W here. Therefore, we are going to back the Cavaliers, eschew the point spread and use Virginia as the front end of a two team parlay.

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Free NCAA Tournament Pick:  Virginia -370
Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes


Notre Dame vs. North Carolina
Notre Dame upended the Tar Heels during the regular season by the score of 80-76 in South Bend. But North Carolina didn't forget and certainly didn't forgive when they handed the Irish a blistering 78-47 defeat in the ACC Tournament. As well as Notre Dame has played in the Big Dance, tonight might as well be midnight because this Cinderella is going back home and no Prince Charming will be there to rescue her.

North Carolina may be the deadliest team in the NCAA Tournament and they have positively cruised with effortless double digit victories in all three rounds thus far. This could be another but Notre Dame gives me cause for pause as they are still stinging from that ACC tourney beatdown they took and will want to try to gain a measure of revenge, and short of that, then maybe just a measure of respect.

This game sets up perfectly with our last game as we will include the Heels in the money line featuring two big favorites. As of this writing North Carolina is a -465 favorite at Pinnacle but a -490 favorite at GTBets where we got the lowest line on Virginia in the previous matchup. So here is how this will work. We have Virginia at -370 and North Carolina -490 which gives us a return of $53 for every $100.

For those that are itching to indulge in a bit of arbitrage we must assume that Virginia cashes in the earlier game and all North Carolina has to do is win the game outright for us to cash in our parlay. But now we have a huge spread in which we could put a flat wager on Notre Dame +9 ½ which could easily cash as a middle if the Tar Heels win the game but the Fighting Irish get the ATS cover.

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Free NCAA Tournament Pick:  North Carolina -490
Best Line Offered: at GTBets

College Basketball Pick: Parlay with Virginia -370 and North Carolina -490

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