The first few days of the annual NCAA tournament are arguably the most exciting time of the year in all of sports. This event is highlighted by underdogs upsetting favorites, buzzer-beaters and countless other unforgettable moments.
For gamblers, this is the pinnacle of action. There are constant, meaningful games being televised and bet on throughout the round of 64. It’s a nonstop thrill ride and something that everyone should experience at least once.
If you decide to place a wager on some tournament action, we’re here to help. We’ve identified a few games that have a lot of value for bettors, as winning makes March Madness much more fun.
Let’s take a look at these contests.
*Odds and lines courtesy of Bovada.lv
No. 13 South Dakota State (+11) over No. 4 Michigan
The Jackrabbits have the recipe for an upset on their hands and could unveil it in front of a national audience shortly.
With a roster that includes superstar point guard Nate Wolters, capable big man Jordan Dykstra and an experienced forward in Tony Fiegen, there is no telling just how far South Dakota will go in the Big Dance.
We do know that the Wolverines need to be on upset alert, as they are extremely prone to poor stretches of play that could doom them in a one-and-done tourney.
If Wolters gets hot, he could help his squad outright win. Even if the Jackrabbits fall a tad short, they are definitely going to cover this double-digit spread—making it one of the best bets on the board in the round of 64.
No. 2 Duke (-17.5) over No. 15 Albany (NY)
Many of the Blue Devils stars returned after last season's demise, a highly embarrassing second-round exit to the 15th-seeded Lehigh Mountain Hawks.
Duke has battled its way back to the same seed and will face another No. 15 seed in 2013, this time going up against the Albany Great Danes. You can be assured of one thing in this entire tourney: Coach Mike Krzyzewski’s veteran-laden squad will not lose this battle.
Between Seth Curry, Mason Plumlee and Ryan Kelly, the Dukies have enough experience, size, shooting ability and talent to beat anyone in the nation. They will easily dispatch the Great Danes and may wind up winning by one of the largest margins in tourney history.
The Great Danes don’t have a star player along the lines of Lehigh’s C.J. McCollum, so there’s no threat that they win or even keep this one remotely close.
No. 12 Ole Miss (+6) over No. 5 Wisconsin
Every year it seems that at least one No. 12-seed upsets a No. 5. This year, we love the Ole Miss Rebels pulling the feat off against the Wisconsin Badgers.
While many think Wisconsin is a great team that could make the Final Four, we just don’t trust coach Bo Ryan’s tournament record and believe his players are due for a huge letdown.
Which team will cover?
The Rebels are hot off an SEC championship victory and employ one of the most dangerous players in the entire tourney: Marshall Henderson. This junior sniper is capable of filling it up from deep and could quickly become a national darling for his long-range escapades.
It’s going to be a close matchup either way, making the Rebels a solid choice, as they are getting six points. Don’t sleep on Ole Miss winning outright because it could be a solid play on the money line.
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