March Madness second round, can’t miss parlay: Bank on this 3-team player

The first round is history, and the second round of the NCAA Tournament is upon us. After looking at Tipico Sportsbook NCAA Tournament odds and lineshere is one Sunday is not to be missed, parlay in the second round among our expert picks and college basketball predictions.

Sunday’s slate includes Friday upset winners Pittsburgh, an 11 seed, and Farleigh-Dickinson, which knocked off Purdue to become just the 2nd No. 16 seed to beat a No. 1 seed.

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NCAA Tournament second round parlay

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All game times ET; ML = money line.

Stage 1: MARQUETTE -2.5 (-108) vs. Michigan State – 5:15 p.m

Marquette is among the hottest teams in the tournament, currently riding a 10-game winning streak. With 5 players scoring in double figures on Friday, Vermont made it easy. The Golden Eagles’ offense is their strong suit, ranking 11th in the nation in field goal percentage (48.7%), which will propel them over the Spartans.

The Golden Eagles are 5-1 on neutral floors this season and have been moneymakers against the spread (ATS) this season with a 22-12-1 ATS record. That’s what makes them a prime candidate to knock down the first leg of your parlay.

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Leg 2: FLORIDA ATLANTIC -13.5 (-115) vs. Fairleigh Dickinson – 7:45 p.m

While Fairleigh Dickinson became just the 2nd 16 seed to ever topple a 1 seed, it took down a largely one-dimensional Purdue team. Unfortunately for them, Florida Atlantic is big on both sides of the ball and capable of scoring in a variety of ways.

The Owls rank among the top 40 in both points per game and opponent points per game. At 32-3 on the season and 9-1 in their last 10 games, the Owls are tough to beat. They are 3-1 in their last 4 games when playing as a double digit favorite and 22-8-1 ATS in their last 31 games following an ATS win.

While everyone loves a Cinderella story, Fairleigh Dickinson’s short-lived run will come to a screeching halt against the powerful owls. The Knights rank just 353 in defensive efficiency in Kenpom’s rankings, while Florida Atlantic ranks 28th in offensive efficiency, making this a perfect pick for the 2nd leg of the parlay.

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Stage 3: Indiana vs. Miami UNDER 145.5 (-110) – 8:40 p.m

The Under is 6-0 in Miami’s last 6 NCAA Tournament games and 7-2 in their last 9 neutral site games. The Under in its game against Drake on Friday scored 26.5 points and facing a top-40 defense in opponent field goal percentage in Indiana, points will be hard to come by. The Under scored 7.5 points in Indiana’s 1st round win over Kent State.

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Both teams rank below 100th overall in pace according to the Kenpom rankings. Expect the tempo to slow down as both teams’ attacks haven’t been clicking lately. The Under is 3-1 in Miami’s last 4 games and 2-1 in Indiana’s last 3. As it stands, 145.5 would be the second highest finish in Indiana’s last 10 games.

With a higher line, Under would be a good choice for the final leg of this parlay.

Parlay payout: Bet $10 to earn $58.74 (ticket pays $68.74).

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