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March Madness Sharp Betting Predictions for Thursday: Smartest Picks Include Vermont-Arkansas & Akron-UCLA

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Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images. Pictured: Peyton Watson #23 and Jaime Jaquez Jr. #24 of the UCLA Bruins

  • Thursday's March Madness Round of 64 slate rolls on with nine games tipping off at 6:50 p.m. ET and later.
  • Among these games are Vermont vs. Arkansas, San Francisco vs. Murray State and Akron vs. UCLA, which are popping as tonight's smartest betting picks.
  • Continue reading to see the sharp sides of these three Thursday NCAA Tournament matchups.

The most epic four-day stretch in sports tips off on Thursday with the 2022 NCAA Tournament’s Round of 64 matchups.

Whether you’re a casual college basketball fan, sweating your March Madness bracket or throwing down some money on your favorite bets, the first four days of the NCAA Tournament has something for everyone.

Interestingly, while there are some decent values early in the day, our College Basketball PRO Report is showing that Thursday’s smartest bets are backloaded to the evening slate, including Vermont vs. Arkansas, San Francisco vs. Murray State and Akron vs. UCLA.

Based on sharp action, big money, historically-profitable systems, betting model edges and expert picks, here are Thursday’s smartest college basketball bets.

NCAA Tournament Predictions for Thursday

*Odds and betting data as of Thursday morning

Vermont vs. Arkansas

9:20 p.m. ET | TNT

From a value perspective, Vermont vs. Arkansas has it all.