Stuckey: My Favorite NCAA Tournament Bets on Saturday’s Card

Mar 23, 2019 09:40 AM EDT
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  • Stuckey analyzes his three favorite bets on Saturday's NCAA Tournament slate below.
  • The games include: LSU vs. Maryland, Wofford vs. Kentucky, and Villanova vs. Purdue.

Thank you to the Anteaters of UC Irvine for pulling the outright upset over Kansas State. I’m now an official member of the #eatants crew.

We’ve got eight more glorious games on tap for Saturday, so let’s run through the card and highlight by three favorite plays.


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#3 LSU vs. #6 Maryland NCAA Tournament Betting Odds

  • Spread: LSU -2.5
  • Over/Under: 145
  • Date: Saturday, March 23
  • Time: 12:10 p.m. ET
  • TV: CBS
  • Location: Jacksonville, Fla.

This is a matchup of two extremely similar teams. They’re both young and love to get after the offensive glass. I’ve called them the Baby Terps and Baby Tigers all year for a reason.

Ultimately, I think turnovers will swing this game. They’ve killed Maryland all year, as the Terps offense ranks 328th nationally in steal percentage. LSU, meanwhile, is a top-five defense nationally in the same category, per KenPom.

The Terps also don’t force any turnovers on the other end, as they have the second-lowest turnover rate in the entire country! The difference will come in those extra possessions for LSU. The Tigers pull out another close one and move on to to the Sweet 16 where I think they will then meet their own demise.

Pick: Split between LSU -140 and LSU -2.5


#2 Kentucky vs. #7 Wofford NCAA Tournament Betting Odds

  • Spread: Kentucky -5
  • Over/Under: 138.5
  • Date: Saturday, March 23
  • Time: 2:40 p.m. ET
  • TV: CBS
  • Location: Jacksonville, Fla.

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