Well, wasn’t yesterday quite the March Madness mess? Not one but two #2 seeds were removed from the national title picture yesterday, as both Missouri and Duke, two powerhouses, were thoroughly embarrassed by relative unknowns in the Round of 64, and consequently ruined just about everyone’s brackets filled out around the globe. While it’s definitely disheartening, especially for pickers like me that had Mizzou through to the Final Four this year, it’s exactly what makes the NCAA Tournament great; the unexpected Cinderella story moving on, the teams that are supposed to win sent packing before the real quality match-ups even start, the heartbreak, the elation, it’s all right here in the next few weeks of the greatest tournament in all the sporting world. As we move on into third round action of the NCAA tournament, while we may be missing a few big names we aren’t missing any exciting games, as if anything the more unknown teams that get in, in the more excitement gets added for online sports betting at one of the top sportsbooks reviewed here. As the competition in the Round of 32 is already underway with a big game between #8 Kansas State and #1 Syracuse, let’s check out all the remaining online sportsbook betting options on the NCAA Tournament, as well as find some potential bets across other sports leagues including NBA Basketball and NHL Hockey.
In the biggest games in College Basketball today, a very intriguing match-up comes down the pipe with #7 Gonzaga and #2 Ohio State. his is a truly great pairing, as Gonzaga is one of the most experienced mid-major teams in the tournament this year, and comes off an absolute demolition of West Virginia on Friday, that has them confident heading into a match-up with Big Ten powerhouse OSU. Looking at the betting lines today at Bookmaker Sportsbook, Ohio State gets a lofty 8 point favorite against the spread, which doesn’t reflect the current form these two teams are in. Ohio State struggled with #15 Loyola (Md) in the second round, and if they choose to show the same respect to Gonzaga, who dominated West Virginia with solid defense and great perimeter shooting, they’re likely to be the next #2 seed on the list to be sent packing early. While the Buckeyes certainly have more talent, led by Jared Sullinger and William Buford, don’t discount the Zags today, and I’ll pay them respect by banking on them to cover the 8 points as underdogs.
On to the next big match-up of the day, another tournament underdog, the #6 seed Murray State Racers, take off against #3 Marquette in what should be a great clash of styles. Marquette was truly impressive in the second round, blasting past BYU on the strong inside presence of Jae Crowder, and Murray State will have a tough task of trying to keep up from the perimeter, as they will certainly be outmatched physically in this game. While Marquette has been known to be inconsistent, if the first game of this tournament is an indication of how the Golden Eagles are going to play in this tournament, they’re a true threat to make a deep run this year. I’m looking for a high-scoring game tonight as Murray State will have to bomb away from deep, and Marquette should be scoring quick buckets in the paint, therefore taking the over total points wager set at 142 1/2 points. Moving along with more great college basketball for sportsbook betting today, find a pair of #5 vs. #4 seeds first as Vanderbilt and Wisconsin clash in a fantastic meeting between two potential tournament title challengers, and second as New Mexico butts heads with Louisville in yet another great pairing of teams with relatively similar styles. Check out the sports betting lines for tournament underdog #12 VCU who meets with #4 Indiana in what could easily be a game that turns into an upset, #8 Iowa State will try to knock off #1 Kentucky, and lastly the Pac-12′s last hope, #11 Colorado will try to keep #3 Baylor and their talented roster in check, to try and earn a coveted spot in the Sweet 16 next week.
With all this tournament action for betting on sports today, make sure to also glance over the top options for NBA basketball and NHL Hockey, as a fleet of solid match-ups come up as both seasons rally towards the postseason. Starting with 8 games in the NBA today, find a couple of clutch math-ups as the Indiana Pacers look primed to nab a game from the struggling New York Knicks, who despite demolishing Portland at home this week, have had trouble with good defensive teams, and are truly awful away from Madison Square Garden. Next, the biggest match-up of the evening find a showdown in Texas as the San Antonio Spurs meet with the Dallas Mavericks for what should be an exciting option for sports betting this evening. San Antonio shoots for win #4 in a row tonight, and while Dallas has been a great team playing at home, the Spurs’ get my pick to edge out another road win and continue to pressure Oklahoma City for the top spot in the Western Conference. Find other top NBA match-ups today as the Houston Rockets head to LA to battle the Clippers, and the Denver Nuggets welcome the Boston Celtics in a clash of offense vs. defense later tonight.
Make sure to set aside some room for NHL action today, as the season winds down to the final 10-12 games for each team and the action only gets more intense as so many playoff spots are completely up for grabs in the coming weeks. Look for a critical clash in Los Angeles as the Kings, seeking a 4th straight win, host the Nashville Predators with both teams coming in hot. This is a must-win for Daryl Sutter’s boys at home, as they could jump from 10th in the West to 7th with the two points earned tonight. Also look for the Pittsburgh Penguins in action with Sidney Crosby against the New Jersey Devils, as the Pens seek an impressive 11th straight win but will have a tough task of meeting that mark against a solid Devils team at home. A classic match-up pairs the Boston Bruins vs. Philadelphia Flyers, but for tonight Boston simply has to turn things around, losers of 4 straight games, to avoid getting sniped out of the playoffs by the likes of Winnipeg or Buffalo, who are putting it all on the line sitting just outside the Eastern Conference playoff picture. Also look for the Detroit Red Wings who face the San Jose Sharks, who will be trying to avoid getting swept out of California with previous losses to both the Ducks and Kings this week. There’s always tons of sports betting action worth of wagers at one of the top online sportsbooks reviewed here, so between the NCAA Tournament, the NHL and NBA seasons winding down towards the playoffs, NASCAR Racing on tap tomorrow at Bristol Speedway, and even some great European Soccer action, make sure to review all the best betting options at a great sportsbook like Bookmaker, and come out a winner on some choice bets placed today!