Looking for some strong plays against the NCAA Men’s Tournament odds for Friday March 21st? I’ve got you covered. Here are four games in the early part of Friday’s schedule broken down and fresh off the press. Good luck.
Friday’s NCAA Men’s Tournament Odds
#6 Baylor Bears -3.5 over #11 Nebraska Cornhuskers (12:40pm EST)
The Baylor Bears have built a solid bandwagon following over the past month, going 8-2 SU and ATS overall in their last 10 games. They’ve done so with a combination of electric post defense and rigid scoring, so despite their loss to Oklahoma State in the Big 12 Tournament, I like them here. They’re more than just three point shooting and Corey Jefferson is one of my favorite seniors battling the NCAA Men’s Tournament odds. Nebraska’s probably better than I’m giving them credit for, but Baylor is assisted by a soft line here so take the Bears.
#3 Creighton Blue Jays -14.0 over #14 ULL Cajuns (3:10pm EST)
The only reason that Creighton lost the Big East Tournament was because they had one bad half. They’ll take out their revenge and instill the faith of the betting community by creaming the Cajuns in an outright blowout. Don’t overthink this one. The NCAA Men’s Tournament odds on this 3-vs-14 game are fair, but Creighton is an insane scoring team and they’re about to make a ravishing run through March Madness. Believe in Doug McDermott.
#9 Gonzaga Bulldogs +3.0 over #8 Oklahoma State Cowboys (4:40pm EST)
The misconception about Oklahoma State is that they’re a one man band, but there’s more to the Cowboys than Marcus Smart. Le’Bryan Nash, Markel Brown and Phil Forte are all capable, double-digit producers and can buoy the Cowboys in most cases. The problem is that the Cowboys are inconsistent overall, and 5-4-1 ATS run doesn’t exactly elicit that much trust in them, especially with such a small margin in NCAA Men’s Tournament odds against Gonzaga.
The Bulldogs remain a sweetheart team to the extent that they always get pushed through in brackets because of sentimental value. But a solid five game winning streak, where they went 4-1 ATS, should generate some faith in these guys. Sam Dower is a menace in the paint, and a double-double machine, while Kevin Pangos and Gary Bell Jr. can go toe-to-toe with Smart and the backcourt of Oklahoma State. This will be a tight game, and you’re fine either way, but my money is on Gonzaga in the upset. They’re built to win this matchup.
#15 Eastern Kentucky +14.0 over #2 Kansas Jayhawks (4:10pm EST)
To be fair, Andrew Wiggins isn’t going to be the only stud on the floor. Eastern Kentucky’s Glenn Cosey is an amazing do-it-all guard who has averaged 18.8 points and 4.2 assists. And this Eastern Kentucky team has a few really strong players that you’ve probably never heard of as well. Eric Stutz is a strong post presence and Corey Walden is a dynamic athlete that is coming off a 29 point performance. Eastern Kentucky also went 7-0 SU and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games as they won the OVC Championship, which isn’t saying much but it’s still pretty impressive.
Generally speaking, this is as much a bet against Kansas as it is a nod to the Colonels from Eastern Kentucky. Wiggins and the Jayhawks have gone a miserable 2-4 ATS in their last 6 games and have only won three of those matchups straight up. The NCAA Men’s Tournament odds in this game give the cagey Colonels a fighting chance and I’m willing to bet that Kansas does what’s it’s done all season in letting their backers down when it matters.