NCAA Men's Basketball March Madness: Sweet 16 Thursday Night Preview

Brandon RibakSenior Writer IMarch 23, 2011

WASHINGTON - MARCH 19:  Kemba Walker #15 of the Connecticut Huskies celebrates their 69-58 win over the Cincinnati Bearcats during the third round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Verizon Center on March 19, 2011 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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With madness in full swing, Brandon Ribak breaks down the top three college basketball betting matchups for this Thursday night.


Connecticut 3 vs San Diego State 2

UConn is coming off of an 11-point victory against Cincinnati, with Kemba Walker leading the way (33 points).

The Huskies have been playing terrific as of late and are strong candidates to make it into the Elite 8 and even the Final Four.

San Diego State is coming off of a double overtime extravaganza against Temple, in which they defeated the Owls by seven points.

SBG Spread: San Diego State is +1

Prediction: UConn is a better team than the Aztecs and they should be able to snatch the win here. Choose the Huskies.


Brigham Young 3 vs Florida 2

BYU put a spanking on Gonzaga, defeating the team by a 22-point deficit.

Nation's leading scorer Jimmer Fredette didn't disappoint either, scoring 34 points in the victory.

The Gators beat UCLA by eight points during the second round of the tournament. Florida is a very well-balanced team, with four players averaging at least 11 points per online gambling game.

Spread: BYU is +2.5

Sportsbook Prediction: This game will most likely come down to the wire, and who's better to have on your team than Jimmer Fredette? Take BYU with the spread as the extra 2.5 points should be a big enough cushion to win the game.


Arizona 5 vs Duke 1

Arizona beat Texas in shocking fashion, defeating the Longhorns by just one point. The Wildcats were led by Derrick Williams who scored 17 points and grabbed nine rebounds in the second-round victory.

Duke almost let Michigan get the best of it, beating the Wolverines by two points in a very exciting games.

The Blue Devils have the talent and the coaching to get back to the championship, but they still have a long road ahead of them.

Spread: Arizona is +8.5

Prediction: The Wildcats live and die off of Derrick Williams, so he has to bring his A game if they expect to stay in contention throughout the game. Having said that, 8.5 points seems a bit too generous. Pick Arizona with the spread.