Finally a new day of NCAA tournament basketball has arrived! After a long week of speculation, injury reports and team vs. team comparisons, we’ve finally reached the day where the first set of teams entering the Sweet 16 get to duke it out, and we get to be lucky enough to place a few wagers and watch the outcome of the games later on this evening! It’s quite an exciting time to be a basketball fan in general, as the NBA also winds down towards the post season, which just over 10 games left per team before the playoffs begin next month. With an eye for basketball today, we’re taking a trip to one of the best online sports betting sites reviewed here at Sportsbook.com, for tried-and-true sports betting that will be sure to meet all your expectations. With just 3 NBA games and 4 NCAA Tournment match-ups in store, we’ll kick off the day’s sports betting action, and move forward into a bit more NHL and even some Football as well.
With the NCAA Tournament comes 4 very interesting and quite unexpected match-ups today. The two early games this evening will find #1 seed Syracuse looking to fend off #5 seed Butler. Having been seeded as high as any tourney taking place previously (2007 was also a 5 seed) , Butler finds themselves back on familiar ground as an underdog (no pun intended on the Bulldogs), though with a #11 national ranking this time. What is also true in this contest is that Syracuse will be without Arinze Onuaku again, which didn’t seem to matter much in their two blow out wins over Vermont and Gonzaga last week. For the opening pick of the day, I certainly like Butler with the 6.5 points given to them, and would expect Syracuse to run a 2-3 zone which should slow scoring down, making the under wager look pretty decent on total points (138). In the other earlier game, #11 Washington is a surprise entry, playing very well to this point, and will get an interesting break as West Virginia’s starting point guard Darryl Bryant will be out with a broken foot. Nonetheless, with the clutch performances seen by Da’Sean Butler, we’ll likely see a tight game either way, with a slight nod still to the Mountaineers. Being hometown biased though, I have to take the Huskies on the line +4.5 points. This should be a close one as well.
Rounding out Tournament action today, find #2 seeded Kansas State facing #6 seed Xavier in a great match-up of two of the hottest shooters in College Basketball. Jacob Pullen and Jordan Crawford should be worth checking out tonight, and wagers will find KSU with the advantage, but I expect plenty of points to be doled out across both teams, making an over wager on points a good opportunity. Last but not least, Kentucky gets a test against a nothing-to-lose Cornell team, however Kentucky is certainly the team to beat, and my guess is that they’ll survive on great play from John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins. With even more great bets in store for the NBA, NHL and Football in the US and Europe today, check into all this great action at Sportsbook.com right now!