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NCAA Tournament 2014 First Round Sure Bets

The 2014 NCAA Tournament First Round Sure Bets

These are five games in the first round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament that I like as surefire bets. If you need to know where to find the broadcast schedule of these games, we’ve made it simple by listing that for you too. Check out this page for the NCAA Tournament TV schedule and keep reading for my favorite first round sure bets.

NCAA Tournament 2014 First Round Sure Bets

Will the #8 Kentucky Wildcats cover the 5.0 point spread against the #9 KSU Wildcats on Thursday at 9:40pm EST?

I love this matchup, I love this line and right now I couldn’t be more enamored by a momentum play like Kentucky. The knockout style play of the SEC Tournament brought the very best out of Julius Randle and Kentucky. They demolished Georgia and LSU by an average of +15.0 points before barely losing to Florida in the SEC Championship game. Kansas State, meanwhile, fell in to the toilet with an 0-3 SU and ATS run in their last 3 games. Kentucky hasn’t exactly flirted that well with the gambling community, but they’re an easy push through as one of the sure fire bets in the NCAA Tournament’s first round.

Will the #6 Baylor Bears cover the 3.5 point spread against the #11 Nebraska Cornhuskers on Friday at 12:40pm EST?

Baylor has been on fire over the past month and a half with a blistering 8-2 SU and 6-3-1 ATS streak that populated their betting bandwagon heading in to the 2014 NCAA Tournament. In fact, they’re 8-3-1 ATS over their last 12 games and have a nice combination of size and shooting that Nebraska simply won’t be able to handle. This breaks my heart a little because Nebraska has been a betting dynamo at 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games, but Baylor just feels like a hot commodity worth backing as a sure bet in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Will #16 Weber State +19.5 over the 19.5 point spread against the #1 Arizona Wildcats on Friday at 2:10pm EST?

Say what you want to about Arizona, but I don’t totally trust them in terms of the spread. Arizona seemingly beats up on crappy teams, but I’m not as quick as most people are to bury Weber State, a team that is anchored by a ton of seniors and a great coach. To be honest, aside from Virginia-Coastal Carolina, which has a -21.0 point line, I love most of the 16th seeded dogs as sure bets in the first round of the NCAA Tournament 2014. Weber State is slightly better than you probably think. And with Arizona coming off a loss against UCLA in the Pac-12 Tourney, they’ll just want to escape this game with a win instead of pounding the Wildcats in to the dirt to send a message. March Madness is not that type of environment.

Will the #3 Creighton Bluejays cover a -14.0 spread against the #14 L-L Cajuns on Thursday at 3:10pm EST?

Simply put, this is a matchup nightmare for the defensively inept Cajuns who gave up 75.1 points per game in the Sun Belt Conference. Doug McDermott and company will be looking to reinstill some confidence after a surprising upset against Providence and they can easily do that against the undermanned and overwhelmed Cajuns. This is sure as bets get in the first round. It’s a big line, I get that, and Creighton is that damn good. Believe in the Bluejays.

Will the #4 Louisville Cardinals cover a -14.0 point spread against the #13 Manhattan Jaspers on Thursday at 9:50pm EST?

The Louisville Cardinals were jilted at the Selection Sunday alter when they destroyed almost everyone they played, eviscerated the AAC Tournament and throttled everyone by a gnarly amount of points only to be relegated to the fourth seed in their region. This is a team that takes everything and every matchup dead serious, which makes them a sure bet against a Manhatten Team that doesn’t stand a chance in the NCAA Tournament’s first round.

Men's College Basketball Parlay Betting Picks

Tonight’s Men’s College Basketball Parlay Betting Picks

Building a parlay isn’t always easy in men’s college basketball betting, but I have four picks in the early part of the week that are worth a gander. That’s right – a gander. All games are slated for Tuesday, March 4th with game times listed next to the matchup. Check your local listings for the broadcast schedule and head over to the sportsbook the day of to see the actual game lines. Home team in caps as usual.

#1 Florida Gators over SOUTH CAROLINA GAMECOCKS
The Florida Gators and the South Carolina Gamecocks meet in an SEC matchup.
Starts: 03/04/2014 7:00PM
Colonial Life Arena, 801 Lincoln Street
Columbia, South Carolina

 

The Gators refuse to let go of that top spot in the men’s college basketball rankings, even though their overall popularity makes it difficult for me to include them in my parlay betting picks. Florida clobbered LSU over the weekend 79-61 in a game I truly expected the Tigers to be competitive. Billy Donovan has his boys primed. It’s obvious that they mean business.

Which is ultimately problematic for the Gamecocks, who are just 4-6 SU and 5-4-1 ATS in their last 10 games overall. South Carolina emerged as a bit of a giant killer by usurping Kentucky over the weekend 72-67 but that’s a bit misleading. The Gamecocks have also lost recent home games against Auburn and Georgia. The key for Florida is limiting the production of guar Brenton Williams, who has registered games of 29, 26 and 24 points in three of his last four outings.

This is a tough matchup in that South Carolina has proven to have some fight in them, but make no mistake about these Gators. They do not have the weak, intestinal fortitude that Kentucky has displayed all season. They’ll trounce South Carolina to reiterate the message that’s been clear all year long – the SEC belongs to Florida.

#12 Michigan Wolverines over ILLINOIS FIGHTING ILLINI
The Michigan Wolverines and the Illinois Fighting Illini will hit the hard court in the Big Ten matchup.
Starts: 03/04/2014 7:00PM
State Farm Center, 1800 S. First Street
Champaign, Illinois

 

Don’t overthink this one. In fact, this may be the best game involving a ranked team on Tuesday night to lump in to your men’s college basketball parlay betting picks. Illinois is a brutal 1-3 SU and ATS when playing at home this season, and that lone win was over Nebraska (translation: whoop-dee-freaking-do). Michigan tends to be a problematic commodity on the road, but they’ll be more attractive as a road team against conference canon fodder.

GEORGETOWN HOYAS over #10 Creighton Bluejays
The Georgetown Hoyas take on the Creighton Bluejays on Tuesday night.
Starts: 03/04/2014 7:00PM
Verizon Center Washington DC, 601 F Street NW
Washington, DC

 

Man that 7pm timeslot is loaded! Creighton has become a very troubling play in men’s college basketball betting lately, going just 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games. And the problem is that they’ve become such a bloated, public commodity that they’re facing unfair lines. Of course, losing 69-75 to Xavier over the weekend as -2.5 favorites hardly seems ludicrous but it cemented what many have been thinking lately – Creighton was better as a moderate dog than they’ve been as a moderate favorite.

Georgetown may not have gained your trust as a competitive team, but they’re a sneaky asset in the Big East where they’ve gone 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games. The Hoyas aren’t nearly as competitive as they have been in past years, but they still recruit solid talent. Against Creighton, they’ll have very attractive odds as a home dog.

Alabama Crimson Tide over #25 KENTUCKY WILDCATS
The Alabama Crimson Tide face the Kentucky Wildcats in a SEC matchup.
Starts: 03/04/2014 9:00PM
Rupp Arena, 430 West Vine St.
Lexington, Kentucky

 

I mean, I don’t want to tell you to bet against Kentucky in this matchup but this team has left me no choice. Alabama is an awful 3-9-1 ATS in their last 13 road games and have been one of the worst plays to take in all of men’s college basketball betting. But if as road dogs, they’ll have a huge cushion here and Kentucky has been miserable against the spread lately which is why I can’t encourage them in my own parlay picks. Kentucky is just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games and have also been pushed to overtime in their last two home stands…by Arkansas and LSU. I mean, if that doesn’t push you to bank on Alabama in your own men’s college basketball parlay betting picks then I don’t know what will.

NCAAB Florida Gators

The Gators Move Into The Top Spot

No one is happier in the college basketball world then the Florida Gators who moved into the first overall spot in the Nation thanks to a great win by Boston College. The Gators have had their share of luck but they have also shown their endurance, they have had to dig deep at times to pull through some tight games and they have prevailed. The Rebels are the next team in line with an opportunity to play the best team in the country, they are not to be taken lightly because they have the ability to run the floor and spread the offense to get them to their hot spots.

NCAAB (1) Florida Gators vs. Mississippi Rebels
The Florida Gators take on the Mississippi Rebels in a SEC College Basketball matchup this Saturday.
Starts: 02/22/2014 12:00PM
Tad Smith Coliseum, University of Mississippi
Oxford, Mississippi

 

Florida is the type of team that runs on energy and they need everyone on their roster to contribute, when they get out of the gates a little slow you can see that this team really rallies around one another to pick things up. Their front court has a great ability to defend the painted area, they get to the right spots and really play man to man defense without having to worry about the double team.

Mississippi comes into this game unranked, they have not had the season they expected but they still find themselves six games over .500, this is an SEC conference game and these two teams play each other twice a year, they know each other well and they will really try and frustrate one another from the half court line in. Look for the Gators to really have to be on their top game shooting wise because the Rebels will not give them too many open looks at the rim in this game. In the end the Gators with win this game and I see it being a blow out late in the fourth, I expect at least a 13+ point victory.