NCAA March Madness: Midwest Region Predictions, Trends and Computer Picks

OddsShark.comFeatured ColumnistMarch 20, 2013

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 17:  Cody Ellis #24 of the Saint Louis Billikens reacts against Virginia Commonwealth Rams during the Atlantic 10 Basketball Tournament - Championship Game at Barclays Center on March 17, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Saint Louis Billikens defeated Virginia Commonwealth Rams 62-56.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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Saint Louis hits March Madness as the hottest wagering team in college basketball and they will be an extremely dangerous No. 4 seed if their trends continue.

The Midwest Region is tough and the Billikens come in riding a 15-1 ATS run in their last 16 games. As a favorite, they are 17-3 ATS in 20 games.

And that’s their situation against No. 13 New Mexico State, a team that has lost six straight tournament games dating back to 1993, according to’s first-round March Madness trends.

Saint Louis was favored by nine points, but the prediction computer announced a 75-70 victory.

Elsewhere, Louisville earned the top seed in the Midwest bracket and they were 4-0-1 ATS in five games a year ago. The computer says they will hammer North Carolina A&T by 14 points.

Duke is the second seed and remember what happened a year ago when the Blue Devils were seeded second. They lost to 15-seed Lehigh, so Albany believes it has a shot here.

Check out some important Midwest trends and picks.

Preview: Computer Prediction: 79-65 Louisville
NC A&T 7-1 ATS this season in lined games
Louisville 4-0-1 ATS last year in Madness

Preview: Computer Prediction: 82-80 Colorado State
Colorado State 2-8-1 ATS past 11 games
Missouri 1-4 ATS past 5 tournament games

Preview: Computer Prediction: 77-76 Oklahoma State
Oklahoma State UNDER is 9-3 past 12 tournament games
Oregon is 3-8 ATS in tournament since 2000

Preview: Computer Prediction: 75-70 Saint Louis
Saint Louis 4-1 ATS in tournament since 1998
New Mexico State lost 6 straight tournament games since 1993

Preview: Computer Prediction: 82-81 Saint Mary's
Saint Mary’s 17-3 SU past 20 games
Memphis 1-4 ATS past 5 first-round games

Preview: Computer Prediction: 75-74 Valpo
Valparaiso 16-2 SU past 18 games
Valpo is 0-4 SU & ATS in tournament since 1999, losing by average 77-53

Preview: Computer Prediction: 78-74 Creighton
Creighton 2-7 ATS past 9 tournament games
Cincinnati 5-2 ATS in first round since 2002

Preview: Computer Prediction: 80-71 Duke
Duke – no real trends of note
Albany – no real trends of note, but beware–Duke lost to the No. 15 last year (Lehigh)

Trends and predicted scores courtesy of