Many brackets are in chaos already after Thursday upsets and the odds and trends point to Mississippi adding to the wreckage today by beating Wisconsin.
A pair of 12 seeds already won and Ole Miss, the surprise winner of the SEC tournament, is looking for Badger blood in the West Region this afternoon.
"Our computer has the Rebels winning by a point and this is the same computer that picked Davidson to upset Marquette in one of yesterday's near misses," said Jack Randall, a handicapping analyst at OddsShark.com, in an interview Thursday night.
OddsShark.com writers also predicted both of the No. 12 upsets yesterday.
Ole Miss is riding a 9-2 ATS streak in their past 11 games as an underdog and they are 6-point dogs at most sportsbooks in Vegas an around the world.
Ole Miss is 26-8, with two wins over Missouri and a conference championship victory over Florida, and yet the Rebels aren't even ranked. The Rebs are so poorly thought of all the could garner for the Big Dance was a No. 12 seed.
But that might just make Ole Miss a dangerous outfit. A team that thinks it deserves better is a hungry team, and if it's got a couple of the right ingredients it can spell trouble for unsuspecting opponents.
And if you're going to play with a degree of indignation, it helps to have a guy like Marshall Henderson, who can throw it in the hole from just about anywhere, then let you know about it.
No. 5 seed Wisconsin, meanwhile, is a chic pick to click for many “experts” pontificating on this tournament. The Badgers are coming off another fine Big Ten season, finishing in fourth place and reaching the conference tournament championship game.
But we all also know Wisconsin is perfectly capable at any moment of coming up with one of those mind-numbing offensive efforts in which they score fewer points than the Badgers football team often does.
Ole Miss is getting six points from the Badgers, and better than +200 on the NCAA tournament moneyline odds. The Rebs might not even need the points.
Temple is also an upset possibility, although it's not as bold to predict a No. 9 defeating a No. 8.
The Owls are playing in the NCAA tournament for the sixth straight season. They haven't had much luck at the Big Dance lately, getting past the opening round just once in their last five appearances, but the Owls held their own this season in what was a pretty good Atlantic 10 Conference, going 11-5 in league play.
The A-10 is 4-0 in the tournament so far, with LaSalle, Butler, St. Louis and VCU all picking up early victories.
Friday Temple runs into a somewhat disappointing NC State team that was ranked in the preseason Top 10, but didn't finish too well after a nice start. State got to 14-2 earlier this season thanks to a 10-game winning streak, but went just 10-8 from there.
Other candidates to pull upsets Friday would include the Cincinnati Bearcats, as three-point underdogs against Creighton; the Iowa State Cyclones, as point-and-a-half dogs versus Notre Dame; the UCLA Bruins, even without Jordan Adams, as three-point dogs against Minnesota; and the Colorado Buffaloes as one-point dogs against Illinois.
Odds and stats courtesy of OddsShark.com
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