Stuckey: My Favorite NCAA Tournament Bets on Friday’s Card
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- Stuckey analyzes his three favorite bets on Friday's NCAA Tournament slate below.
- The games include: Kansas State vs. UC Irvine, Wisconsin vs. Oregon and Saint Louis vs. Virginia Tech.
After a down-then-up first day of the NCAA Tournament for yours truly — what the hell was that showing Northeastern?! — we’re back for more fun on Day 2.
Let’s get right to it and break down by three favorite bets on Friday’s card.
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#4 Kansas State vs. #13 UC Irvine NCAA Tournament Betting Odds, Pick
- Spread: Kansas State -4.5
- Over/Under: 118.5
- Date: Friday, March 22
- Time: 2 p.m. ET
- TV: TBS
- Location: San Jose, California
Dean Wade, Kansas State’s best player, will miss Friday’s game. And without Wade on the floor, Irvine’s defense should absolutely suffocate Kansas State’s offense.
Wade means so much to the Wildcat offense. He’s a matchup nightmare who can space the floor and find the open man with his plus passing skills.
Wade was not only K-State’s best shooter, but the attention he demanded opened up so much for the offense.
Wade’s jump shot will be especially missed since the Anteaters give up zilch at the rim. Irvine always has a ton of size under head coach Russell Turner, who emphasizes protecting the interior.
Just take a look at Irvine’s national ranks in 2-point shooting defense over the past seven seasons.
Kansas State just doesn’t have the shooters to exploit a UCI defense that makes a living on forcing bad shots (No. 5 in effective field goal percentage).
With this game being played in California and the Anteaters having the necessary size and experience to hang with K-State, I like UC Irvine to pull off the upset.
THE PICK: UC Irvine +4.5
#5 Wisconsin vs. #12 Oregon NCAA Tournament Betting Odds, Pick
- Spread: Wisconsin -2
- Over/Under: 116.5
- Location: San Jose, CA
- Date: Friday, Mar. 22
- Time: 4:30 p.m. ET
- TV: TBS