Round 2 of the 2018 NCAA College Basketball Tournament tips off on Saturday, March 17th and Sunday, March 18th. I have a trio of expert betting picks you need to bet on now!
Expert Picks March Madness Round 2
Can Michigan hold sway over Houston as a slight 3-point favorite? How’s Texas Tech going to fair as a 2-point favorite over Florida? What happens when #4 Gonzaga battles #5 Ohio State? Keep reading to find out what I think!
#6 Houston vs #3 Michigan
When: Saturday, March 17 at 9:40 pm ET
Where: Intrust Bank Arena, Wichita, KS
Odds: Michigan -3
Analysis: Michigan’s defense was fantastic in their 61 to 47 drubbing of the Montana Grizzlies. That game took place this past Thursday. What Michigan showed is that they mustn’t force the pace when battling a slow it down team like Houston.
Houston needed a last second shot to get past San Diego State. The Aztecs are a good team. They’re not as good (or as hot!) as the Michigan Wolverines, though. Michigan should have no trouble locking down Houston’s top player, Rob Gray, while easily scoring on the other end of the court.
I am betting on Michigan to easily win on Saturday by double digits.
#6 Florida vs #3 Texas Tech
When: Saturday, March 15 at 8:40 pm ET
Where: American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX
Odds: Texas Tech -2
Analysis: How good is Texas Tech? The Red Raiders appeared to struggle in spots in their 70 to 60 win over Stephen F. Austin. The Red Raiders’ D did play exceptionally well, though. The real question is whether Texas Tech’s D can get them by Florida’s D.
The team that does a better job breaking down the other squads’ D should come away with the win. The game could come down to a last second shot because Florida forces you to play a slowdown game.
Then again, Florida hasn’t faced a team that can speed it up the way Texas Tech can. Kentucky, the closest team in the SEC to Texas Tech, doesn’t have guards like Jarrett Culver and Keenan Evans. Texas Tech figures to win by around 6 points.
Pick: Texas Tech
#5 Ohio State vs #4 Gonzaga
When: Saturday, March 17 at 7:45 pm ET
Where: Taco Bell Arena, Boise, ID
Odds: Ohio State +3
Analysis: Gonzaga didn’t look good at all in their Round 1 game. The Bulldogs did beat UNC-Greensboro. But, the Zags struggled. Gonzaga only beat UNC-Greensboro by 4 points, 68 to 64.
Ohio State looked great when taking down #12 South Dakota State 81 to 73. If Gonzaga wants to run, the Buckeyes can run with the Zags. If the Zags want to slow it down, Ohio State can play a halfcourt game.
The Buckeyes allowed less than 67 points per game on average during the regular season. I like Ohio State to put a beating onto Gonzaga.
Pick: Ohio State