2018 NCAA Tournament Round 2 Expert Picks

2018 NCAA Tournament Round 2 Expert Picks

March Madness Round 2 matchups are set. #7 Nevada faces #2 Cincinnati at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. Will Cincinnati cover the spread, or will Nevada take it ATS? The second game on Sunday has North Carolina facing Texas A&M as a favorite. Will the North Carolina Tar Heels beat Texas A&M by enough points to cover? In the East Region, upset winner Marshall faces top Big 12 squad West Virginia as a dog. How close can Marshall keep it versus the Mountaineers’ 40 minutes of hell?

2018 March Madness Round 2 Expert Picks

#7 Nevada vs #2 Cincinnati
When:  Sunday, March 18
Where: Spectrum Center, Charlotte, NC
Stream: CBS Sports

Analysis: Nevada battles Cincinnati at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Sunday, March 18. The Wolf Pack outdueled the Texas Longhorns 87 to 83 in overtime. Nevada outscored Texas 19 to 15 in overtime.

Don’t expect Nevada to score over 80 points versus the Cincinnati Bearcats. Cincinnati has the second-best defense in college basketball based on points allowed per game. The Bearcats allow a low 57 points per game. Opponents shoot 37% from the field versus Cincy’s D. Cincinnati allows less than 40% from the three-point line.

Nevada’s lone hope is to outscore opponents. Cincinnati’s defense will make that impossible. Don’t be surprised if Cincinnati builds a huge lead over the Nevada Wolf Pack on Sunday. I believe Cincinnati easily covers the spread.

Pick: Cincinnati

#7 Texas A&M vs #2 North Carolina
When:  Sunday, March 18
Where: Spectrum Center, Charlotte, NC
Stream: CBS Sports

Analysis:  It took North Carolina to get it going versus Lipscomb. Lipscomb actually had a lead at one point. At halftime, the score was UNC 43, Lipscomb 34. Then, the second half rolled around. Eventually, North Carolina ended up beating Lipscomb 84 to 66.

North Carolina might have as easy of a time beating Texas A&M as the Tar Heels had beating Lipscomb. The reason I write that is because Texas A&M could only manage 73 points versus Providence. A&M isn’t the type of team that can run and gun with the Heels.

I am betting that North Carolina rolls to an easy win and cover.

Pick: North Carolina

#13 Marshall vs #5 West Virginia
When:  Sunday, March 18
Where: Taco Bell Arena, Boise, ID
Stream: CBS Sports

Analysis: Marshall has been on a tear. The Thundering Herd hasn’t lost a game against the spread since March 1 when UAB beat them 91 to 77.

Marshall beat Wichita State by outscoring the Shockers 47 to 38 in the second half. Wichita State had a 37 to 34 halftime lead. What it means is that Marshall made the adjustments. It’s going to be tough for Marshall to adjust versus West Virginia.

The Mountaineers’ 40-minutes of hell style of play forces the tempo. Marshall must try and keep up with West Virginia. That won’t be easy because Marshall doesn’t have a player that’s close to being as talented as West Virginia guard Javon Carter.

I think West Virginia punishes Marshall. The Mountaineers will cover the spread on Sunday.

Pick: West Virginia