NCAA East Bracket Betting Odds and Picks
The top two seeds in the East bracket will be in action today as the #1 Indiana Hoosiers and #2 Miami Hurricanes will play their Round of 64 games. JustBet has odds for today’s East games.
#1 Indiana Hoosiers vs #16 James Madison Dukes- The Hoosiers are many people’s pick to win it all. They spent more time as the number one ranked team this season than any other. No #1 seeds have never lost to a #16, although the #1 Gonzaga Bulldogs had a scare just yesterday from a #16 Southern Jaguars team. The Hoosiers are loaded with talented players such as Cody Zeller, Victor Oladipo, Yogi Ferrell and Jordan Hulls. Look for them to roll. JMU already has one win in the tournament after beating LIU Brooklyn 68-55 in the first round.
Indiana is -22 -110 and James Madison is +22 -110. Over/Under is 137. We are going to take JMU with the 22 points and the under.
#2 Miami Hurricanes vs #15 Pacific Tigers- The Hurricanes won the ACC regular season and tournament championships and many felt they deserved a #1 seed. With Durand Scott and Shane Larkin, the Canes have one of the top back courts in the country. Kenny Kadji has been very good both in the paint and on the perimeter. The Hurricanes are a legitimate Final Four contender.
Pacific is +13 -110 while the Hurricanes are -13 -110. Moneyline has Miami -110 and Pacific +750. Over/Under is 125. We are picking Miami -13 and the over.
#8 North Carolina State Wolfpack vs #9 Temple Owls- The N.C. State Wolfpack was the preseason pick to win the ACC. They grossly underachieved as they finished in fourth place. But they are in the tournament and could be a dangerous #8 seed. They are loaded with talent with five players averaging over 12 points led by C.J. Leslie at almost 15 points per game.
Temple was a very good team in a loaded A-10 Conference, finishing in a tie for third with the Butler Bulldogs and LaSalle Explorers, both of which already have NCAA Tournament wins thus far. Khalif Wyatt leads the Owls at nearly 20 points per game.
Temple is +4.5 -110 while NC State is -4.5 -110. Moneyline is Temple +175 while NC State is -210. Over/under is 149.5. We like NC State -210 and the over.
#7 Illinois Illini vs #10 Colorado Buffaloes- The Pac 12 teams have been outstanding so far as well as big state schools from Colorado. The Buffaloes are by Spencer Dinwiddie at almost 16 points per game. Illinois had some huge wins this season over #1 seeds Gonzaga and Indiana as well as #2 seed Ohio State and the Butler Bulldogs, Minnesota Golden Gophers and more. But they have lost three of the last four and finished below 500 in Big Ten play.
This game is a Pick’em with both teams -110. The Over/Under is 128. We are going to go with Colorado -110 and the under -110.