I’ve divulged my 2014 March Madness South Bracket betting picks for you below and will have more on the NCAA Tournament 2014 as the week rolls through. Roll up your sleeves, ladies and gentleman, because this year’s March Madness is going to get ugly really fast. I’m loving the dogs in the South Bracket so far, but not all of them.
Thursday’s 2014 NCAA Tournament South Bracket Expert Picks
#11 Dayton Flyers +6.0 over #6 OSU Buckeyes (12:15pm EST)
If you’re someone that’s willing to trust the Ohio State Buckeyes against the spread, then you’re in the minority. OSU has gone a dismal 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games, which includes six straight failed covers. This seems like an attractive line for South Bracket betting picks on the favorite, but Dayton is a scrappy dog and the Buckeyes basically let everyone keep games close.
#9 Pittsburgh Panthers -5.0 over #8 Colorado Buffaloes (1:40pm EST)
Pittsburgh is finally playing to their potential, and with the 2014 NCAA Tournament on the immediate horizon it couldn’t have come at a better time. The Panthers barely lost in the ACC Tournament finale and went a promising 5-1-1 ATS down the stretch. Against a lousy Colorado squad, they’re the logical take in South Bracket betting picks.
#13 Delaware Blue Hens +14.0 over #4 MSU Spartans (4:4pm EST)
This is one of those lines that I simply feel is too big. The Spartans are a strong team to push through in the South Bracket generally speaking, but in terms of betting picks I think this spread is too gargantuan. Delaware is a capable scoring team and the Spartans’ defense has not been as crisp as I’d like despite a 5-0 ATS run in their last 5 games. MSU advances through the South Bracket, but Delaware gets the nod in betting picks thanks to a large number.
#14 WMU Broncos +12.5 over #3 Syracuse Orange (2:45pm EST)
There are a lot of big name teams that could be handed a second round exit, and Syracuse is absolutely one of them. The Orange are a fun team that has stumbled down a miserable stretch going just 2-5 SU and 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 games. This spread is simply too big in the first place, especially against a Western Michigan squad that can put up lots of points, and Syracuse is in danger of losing this game straight up. I mean every word of that last sentence.
Friday’s 2014 NCAA Tournament South Bracket Expert Picks
#10 Stanford Cardinal +4.5 over #7 New Mexico Lobos (1:40pm EST)
The Lobos are going to be one of the more overrated betting picks in the South Bracket because they won their conference tournament. It’s not a conference you should be really proud of winning. Stanford’s late season push, which included getting destroyed by UCLA in the Pac-12 Tourney 59-84, is going to throw the scent off of how capable the Cardinal are. This is one of those games where most people blindly take the higher seeded favorite and while Stanford’s life won’t last much past this matchup, they have a stronger chance of winning because they’ve been honed against better competition throughout the year. New Mexico won’t know what hit them.
#15 Eastern Kentucky +15.0 over #2 Kansas Jayhawks (4:10pm EST)
Again, Eastern Kentucky can drop buckets and have crested the 70.0+ point barrier in each of their last five games. Kansas is a terrible defensive team. Just an awful one, especially without Joel Embiid (or a semi-healthy one). This is a trap bet that’s trying to use Kansas’s overwhelming popularity against you.
#5 VCU Rams -6.5 over #12 SFA Lumberjacks (7:27pm EST)
I will probably and rightfully flip flop on this South Bracket betting pick a million times between now and Friday. Let’s just, right now, my faith is in VCU head coach Shaka Smart. I just don’t know if the Lumberjacks are one of those “waaaaaay better than we thought” teams. They really could be and are a violent scoring team that is wildly entertaining. By Friday, I could flip flop back to SFA. This is one of those betting picks where I will freely admit that I don’t know who to trust. SFA has the offensive capability and VCU’s name value keeps sucking me back in.
#4 UCLA Bruins -9.0 over #13 Tulsa Golden Hurricane (9:57pm EST)
UCLA might be the best, big name program that nobody is talking about. After a stunning upset over Arizona in the Pac-12 Final, you’d think that more people would be discussing their legitimacy. Turns out that there’s a lot to talk about in regards to the 2014 NCAA Tournament. That’s fine. UCLA wins this one in a squash and is sneaking through my bracket farther than I expected them to. There’s no way I can turn my back on them right now in South Bracket betting picks, especially given that their opponent is Tulsa.