March Madness Sweet 16 Odds, Predictions & Picks: Sharps Betting Saturday’s Loyola Chicago vs. Oregon State & Baylor vs. Villanova Games
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- There are four Sweet 16 games on the Saturday slate, and sharps have hit both early games hard.
- They've moved the total in the first game between Loyola Chicago and Oregon State while shifting the spread in Villanova vs. Baylor.
- Check out what that means for each game below.
The NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16 gets underway on Saturday, with four teams looking to punch their tickets to the Elite Eight.
Today’s four-game slate starts with Oregon State vs. Loyola Chicago at 2:40 p.m. ET, and according to our College Basketball PRO Report, sharps are all over Saturday’s two early games.
Let’s not waste any more time and cannonball right into Saturday’s sharpest Sweet 16 bets, including Oregon State vs. Loyola Chicago and Villanova vs. Baylor.
Oregon State vs. Loyola Chicago Pick
2:40 p.m. ET | CBS
The Oregon State vs. Loyola Chicago total opened at 126 and Action Labs’ Bet Signals have tracked a handful of smart money moves on the under, pushing this number down to the current consensus of 125 (click here for live Sweet 16 odds).
Sharps aren’t being shy about unit size either, evidenced by the 71% of money landing on the Oregon State vs. Loyola Chicago under on just 35% of the tickets.
One of The Action Network’s top college hoops bettors is expecting a lower-scoring game as well, lighting up this under with three of a possible five value indicators.
PRO Report Pick: Under 125
Villanova vs. Baylor Pick
5:15 p.m. ET | CBS
While pros have taken a position a position on the Oregon State vs. Loyola Chicago total, they’re slamming the spread in the Villanova vs. Baylor.
After opening at -6.5, an influx of sharp action has driven this number up to -7.5
The Villanova vs. Baylor betting trends are very similar to those of the game above as the Bears have attracted 77% of the loot on a small percentage (34%) of the bets, signaling exactly where the big bets are falling.
So, why are the wiseguys all over Baylor this afternoon?
According to our NCAA Tournament Contrarian PRO System, teams — like Baylor — receiving less than 50% of the spread tickets in heavily-bet March Madness matchups are 89-66-5 (57%) against the spread since 2005.
PRO Report Pick: Baylor -7.5