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March Madness College Basketball Odds, Picks, Prediction: The System to Tail in Gonzaga vs. Georgia State, North Carolina vs. Marquette

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Gonzaga vs. Georgia State Odds

Gonzaga Odds -23
Georgia State Odds +23
Over/Under 149.5
Date Thursday, March 17
Time 4:15 p.m. ET
TV TNT
Odds via FanDuel. Get up-to-the-minute NCAA basketball odds here.

North Carolina vs. Marquette Odds

North Carolina Odds -3.5
Marquette Odds +3.5
Over/Under 152.5
Date Thursday, March 17
Time 4:30 p.m. ET
TV TBS
Odds via PointsBet. Get up-to-the-minute NCAA basketball odds here.

Welcome to the first round of March Madness, where the unexpected becomes the ordinary.

At Action Network, we have built systems to expect the unexpected. One of our systems has hit at a 55% rate with a 5% return on investment since 2005. It has a 910-751-18 record in that time span.

The system has multiple picks in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. We will focus on the total in two of Thursday’s afternoon games: Gonzaga vs. Georgia State and Marquette vs. North Carolina.

Gonzaga is the No. 1 overall seed in the tournament with a 26-3 record. The Zags only lost one game in the West Coast Conference, which came in the last contest of the regular season against Saint Mary’s.

Georgia State will come into the game red-hot, having won its last seven games. The total is set at 149.5 points.

North Carolina and Marquette is the typical toss-up No. 8 vs. No. 9 matchup. The Tar Heels are favored by 3.5 points and the total is set at 152.5 points.