Fast caveat right here, we have already highlighted the very best first-round values in every of the four areas. I’m not seeking to double up on any of these video games so this text is masking a number of extra contests that simply missed the reduce or the place the road has moved because it was launched to create a shopping for state of affairs. 

If you’re on the lookout for a theme in these video games it’s that nice protection can actually kill this time of yr. 

I’m laying out these video games in chronological order to make them simple to comply with alongside. 

Spherical of 64 Finest Bets

Thursday, March 17

#eight San Diego State Aztecs vs #9 Creighton Bluejays
San Diego State -2.5

Aztecs video games aren’t very enjoyable to observe. They completed 2nd within the nation in defensive effectivity this season, per KenPom, and didn’t rating greater than 63 factors in any Mountain West Convention Event sport. They struggle you everywhere in the courtroom. In ahead Nathan Mensah, they’ve among the finest rim protectors within the sport. Bluejays massive man Ryan Kalkbrenner is a really efficient inside scorer, however with Ryan Nembhard out for the remainder of the season they’re lacking their prime lead guard. They’re mild on expertise at that spot and that’s very harmful towards a workforce like San Diego State. This winds up being a poor stylistic matchup for Creighton though these groups is perhaps comparable by way of general expertise. Search for the Aztecs to go on a run late and win comfortably. 

Friday, March 18

#7 USC Trojans vs. #10 Miami Hurricanes
USC -1.5

USC began the season 13-0. Then they went 13-7 down the stretch. This can be a balanced workforce, although, ending the season within the prime 50 in offensive and defensive effectivity. Miami has the higher offense however their lack of protection makes it exhausting to love them a lot presently of the yr. USC was second within the nation in defending contained in the arc and that’s going to be the difference-maker. If Miami has a scorching sport from deep the Trojans are sunk, however that’s going to be the case in virtually any sport. If these groups are almost certainly to breed what we’ve got seen all season lengthy the Trojans are the play. They’ve measurement which may overwhelm the Hurricanes inside. An in depth sport all through comes all the way down to who makes stops late and that’s the place USC can shine. 

#5 Houston Cougars vs #12 UAB Blazers
Houston -7.5

The Cougars avenged two regular-season losses to Memphis by beating them within the AAC title sport. Given they’re ranked 4th at KenPom this seems like a large seeding slight that might have main repercussions for the South Area. UAB is a strong workforce that received Convention USA, however they haven’t crushed a workforce higher than 50th rated North Texas all season lengthy. Even with Houston lacking key gamers for many of their convention season, the Cougars nonetheless dominated. They don’t have a lot depth however for this primary spherical that’s going to be a complete non-issue. UAB just isn’t going to get pushed round however they’re going to be compelled into what could possibly be their worst sport of the season. That’s simply what Houston does. 

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