The 2013 NCAA tournament is set to begin, kicking off perhaps the most thrilling annual event in all of sports.
One way to make the Big Dance even more exciting is to place some wagers down on the action. Betting on buzzer-beaters, Cinderella schools and sure things is a guaranteed way to put you on the edge of your seat over the next few weekends.
Keep reading to find out our best bets on the board for the round of 64.
*Point spreads courtesy of Bovada.lv
South Dakota State (+11.5) over Michigan
The Jackrabbits are getting too many points not to cover against the Wolverines.
Which team will cover?
Nate Wolters is one of the best players you have never heard of, but the senior point guard from South Dakota State is going to put himself on the map after this contest.
He averaged 22.7 points, 5.8 assists and 5.6 rebounds per game during the 2012-13 season and should be able to neutralize Big Ten Player of the Year Trey Burke’s scoring output.
While we’re not sure the Jackrabbits supporting cast is talented enough to get the job done, Wolters will keep things close and have Michigan on upset alert.
Take the points and cash your ticket on Thursday.
Duke (-17.5) over Albany
The Blue Devils were upset in the round of 64 by a No. 15 seed in the 2012 NCAA tournament.
We expect coach Mike Krzyzewski and the veteran players that went through that tough loss are going to want to avoid any possible situation like that again. Because of that, we fully believe Duke is going to thrash Albany by at least 20 points when all is said and done.
The Great Danes aren’t a terrible program, but they certainly aren’t going to surprise a team like the Blue Devils. The leading scorer, Mike Black, averages just 14.9 points and there is no other major threat to dethrone Duke on the roster.
Don’t be surprised if the No. 2 seed beats the No. 15 by one of the widest margins in tourney history here.
Iowa State (+1) over Notre Dame
The Cyclones look primed to pull an upset over the Fighting Irish.
This No. 10 seed has five seniors on the roster and the collective experience of this underdog could be enough to push it past the Big East favorites in this contest.
While Notre Dame may have more name recognition, the Irish have lost to double-digit seeds in their past three tourney appearances—with each defeat coming against squads that used veteran savvy to outwit the powerhouse.
Expect the Cyclones to do the same as they not only cover the spread, but also win outright in the second round of the 2013 NCAA tournament.
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