The first round of March Madness was filled with several exciting upsets and a pair of underdogs still dancing with 11-seed Pittsburgh and 16-seed Fairleigh Dickinson playing Sunday.
Below we break down the Tipico Sportsbook NCAA Tournament odds and lines and list Sunday’s best second round upset games to monetize among SportbookWire’s expert college basketball picks and predictions.
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PITTSBURGH ML (+180) vs. Xavier – at 12.10
The 11th-seeded Panthers, coming off a First Four win over Mississippi State, steamrolled No. 6 seed Iowa State on Friday. Pitt faces a Xavier defense that ranks just 285th in the nation in opponent points per game (74.1), presenting a huge opportunity for the Panthers to steal a trip to the Sweet 16.
The No. 3-seeded Muskateers were on upset alert for much of their 1st-round win over Kennesaw State on Friday. Its prominent offense was seemingly at a standstill for the majority of the game and was 2 of 12 behind the line. Remove F Jerome Hunter8-for-11 shooting performance, the Muskies shot just 39% from the field.
If the Panthers are able to trouble Xavier on defense and force sloppy offensive plays, they have a very good chance to take down the 3 seed.
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TCU +4.5 (-110) vs. Gonzaga – 9:40 p.m
Gonzaga is just 3-11-1 in their last 15 neutral site games and 0-6 ATS in their last 6 NCAA Tournament games, most recently failing to cover Friday against Grand Canyon. While they have a phenomenal offense, the Bulldogs rank 261st in the NCAA in opponent points per game.
TCU is used to playing tough defenses, ranking No. 6 in opponent defensive efficiency, according to Kenpom’s rankings. Against a Zags defense that has been its weak point, if the Horned Frogs are able to exploit that and slow down the Zags offense, it could put them in upset mode.
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