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Recap of the east and west regions
On Saturday 15 first round matches were played in the East and West regions. Oregon moved forward after the VCU pulled out due to COVID-19 issues. Top ranked seeds went up 11-4 straight, but the underdog ruled the day as they were 10-5 against the spread. No. 14 Abilene Christian recorded the biggest upset by defeating No. 3 Texas 53-52 as 8.5-point underdogs. No. 13 Ohio defeated No. 4 defending champion Virginia. The Bobcats defeated the Cavaliers 62-58 as 7-point losers. The UNDER tickets continued to produce solid returns with a 10-4-1 record on the game’s total stakes.
Double-digit favorites were 6-0 straight up, but just 1-5 against the margin at DraftKings. No. 1 Gonzaga was the only team to cover when they defeated No. 16 Norfolk State 98-55 as a 33-point chalk. No. 1 Michigan won 82-66 against Texas Southern as a favorite by 25.2 points, No. 2 Alabama defeated No. 15 Iona 68-55 as a 16.5-point chalk and No. 2 Iowa defeated No. 15 Grand Canyon 86-74 The 14-point favorites were notable uncovered. Overall, the highest ranked first round seeds were 21-10 SU, and the least favored were 17-14 ATS. The LOW bets generated a profitable 19-11-1 record.
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NCAA Men’s Tournament Second Round Schedule
The 2021 NCAA Men’s Division I March Madness basketball tournament continues with second-round action today. There are four games in the East and West regions. The tournament will then stop before the Sweet 16 round on March 27 and 28. Here are the second round matchups and kick-off times on Monday, March 22.
- West Region: No. 7 Oregon vs. No. 2 Iowa at 12:10 p.m. ET
- West Region: No. 8 Oklahoma vs. No. 1 Gonzaga at 2:40 pm ET
- Eastern Region: No. 14 Abilene Christian vs. No. 11 UCLA at 5:15 p.m. ET
- West Region: No. 13 Ohio vs. No. 5 Creighton at 6:10 p.m. ET
- Eastern Region: No. 8 LSU vs. No. 1 Michigan at 7:10 p.m. ET
- Eastern Region: No. 5 Colorado vs. No. 4 Florida State at 7:45 pm ET
- Eastern Region: No. 10 Maryland vs. No. 2 Alabama at 8:45 p.m. ET
- West Region: No. 6 USC vs. No. 3 Kansas at 9:40 p.m. ET
No. 10 Maryland Terrapins vs. No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide
Contrasting styles collide as slow Maryland meets fast-paced Alabama to close out second-round action in the Eastern Region. The start of the Terrapins vs. Crimson Tide is scheduled for 8:45 pm ET at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. This is the fifth all-time meeting between these teams, but the first since 2013. Maryland entered March Madness with an overall offer after losing to Michigan in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten tournament. Alabama received automatic entry after winning the SEC tournament.
Maryland (17-13) advanced to the second round after a 63-54 win over No. 7 from the University of Connecticut on Saturday. The Terrapins jumped to a 33-22 lead at halftime and won as underdogs by 3.5 points. Maryland shot 51.2% from the field and 50% from beyond the arc. The Huskies shot 32.3% from the field and 30.4% from the 3-point line. Maryland lost the rebounding battle (40-29), and that’s a recipe for disaster against Alabama, which averages 40.5 rebounds per game. Sea turtles get 68.6 ppg and allow 64.6 ppg.
Alabama (25-6) is on a seven-game winning streak following a 68-55 win over No. 15 Iona during the first round of action. After holding a slight 33-32 lead at halftime, Crimson Tide outscored the Gaels 35-23 in the second half but failed to be covered as favorites by 16.5 points. Alabama has four starters averaging at least 11.5 points per game this season. That has helped Crimson Tide averaging 79.2 points per game on offense, and they allow 69.3 points per game on defense. Put the points in and bet Alabama covers.
Pick: Alabama Crimson Tide -5.5 (-110) ATS in DraftKings
USC No. 6 Trojans vs. No. 3 Kansas Jayhawks
The second round concludes with USC battling Kansas in the West Region. The start of the Trojans vs. Jayhawks is at 9:40 p.m. ET at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Kansas has a seven-game winning streak against UCS, but these teams are unknown foes as they haven’t met since 2011. Both teams won overall offers in the tournament. The Trojans lost to Colorado in the semifinals of the Pac-12 tournament. The Jayhawks lost their Big 12 tournament semifinal game due to COVID-19 issues.
USC (23-7) advanced to the second round after a 72-56 win over No. 11 Drake during first-round action Saturday. The Trojans held a small 40-37 lead at halftime, but outscored the Bulldogs 32-19 in the second half and were covered as favorites by 7 points. USC was dominant on defense as the Bulldogs shot just 29.4% from the field. Evan Mobley led the Trojans offense with 17 points, plus 11 rebounds, and USC shot 50% from the field. The Trojans are averaging 74.7 points per game in attack and allow 64.8 points per game in defense.
Kansas (21–8) advanced to the second round after a 93–84 victory over No. 14 Eastern Washington during Round 64 action. The Jayhawks trailed 46–38 at halftime, but outscored the Eagles 55–38 in the second half. Eastern Washington scored with eight seconds left to cover as a 10-point hound. After being away from the team for 11 days due to COVID-19 issues, second top scorer David McCormack returned and scored 22 points. Kansas scores 73.8 points per game in attack and allows 66.4 points per game in defense.
Choose: USC Trojans -1 (-109) ATS in DraftKings
2021 NCAA March Madness tournament record: 4-2
2020-21 NCAA Basketball Regular Season Record: 34-27
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.