At the dawn of day three of the 2014 March Madness brings us the NCAA Men’s Tournament Round of 32 betting picks.
With the weekend here, productivity in the American work force will continue to plummet and what can the big dance do to live up to the excitement that each and everyone of us felt during the first two days?
If you need to make up for the bracket busting upsets of round one, check out my round of 32 March Madness betting picks.
NCAA Men’s Tournament Round of 32 Betting Picks
#2 Kansas Jayhawks -5.5 Over #10 Stanford Cardinal 12:15 PM ET CBS
The Kansas Jayhawks got a scare in their opening round matchup against Eastern Kentucky before pulling away late to win 80-69 – and this is one of the main reasons why I think the Jayhawks are a virtual lock to beat the Stanford Cardinal handily in this matchup.
The Jayhawks placed five players in double figures against Eastern Kentucky and simply have far too much talent to lose to an underwhelming Stanford team that had just one player score more than 10 points in their uninspiring 58-53 opening round win over New Mexico.
Stanford has posted a dismal 2-5 ATS mark in their last 7 games against a team with a winning SU record while Kansas has gone 6-2-1 ATS in their last nine games following an ATS loss and 5-2 ATS in their last seven games against teams from the Pac-12.
#1 Wichita State Shockers Over #8 Kentucky Wildcats CBS 2:45 PM ET
While there are no odds posted for this contest, I can assure college hoops gamblers that this game is going to be a flat-out thriller.
Everyone knows the Kentucky Wildcats have one of the most talent-laden rosters in all of college basketball, but this roster of extremely young, mostly ‘one-and-done McDonald’s All-Americans is inexperienced and wildly inconsistent which is why I like undefeated Wichita State to win this contest.
The Shockers have three outstanding – and vastly underrated – performers in Cleanthony Early, Ron Baker and unflappable point guard Fred VanVleet.
Kentucky’s athleticism could cause Wichita State some problems, but in the end, the Shockers’ ‘team’ concept will win out over athleticism and individualism.
The Kentucky Wildcats are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 neutral site games, but Wichita State is a perfect 6-0 ATS in their last half-dozen NCAA Tournament games and a blistering14-3 ATS in their last 17 neutral site games.
#3 Iowa State Cyclones Over #6 North Carolina Tar Heels 5:15 PM ET CBS
The North Carolina Tar Heels may have advanced to this third round matchup against a far more experienced Iowa State team, but the ballyhooed hoops program isn’t looking too hot if you ask me.
Not only did the Tar Heels narrowly escape Providence in their 79-77 opener, but they’ve also posted a series of pitiful ATS marks like their uninspiring 1-4 ATS record in their last five NCAA Tournament games, 0-4 ATS mark in their last 4 games against Big 12 ballclubs and winless 0-6 ATS mark in their last six games overall.
Iowa State lost an important player in forward Georges Niang (broken foot), but they are too experienced and have still have two of the best three players in this series playing for them in Melvin Ejim and DeAndre Kane.
Not only that, but the Cyclones are a perfect 5-0 ATS in their last five games overall, 4-0 ATS in their last four neutral site games and an impressive 4-1 ATS in their last five NCAA Tournament games.
#14 Mercer Bears +8.5 Over #11 Tennessee Volunteers 6:10 PM ET TNT
If you like upsets college hoops bettors, then you probably loved seeing tiny Mercer pound the snot out of No. 3 Duke in their opening round matchup.
Wait…it gets even better because I like the Bears to pull off another upset by taking down Tennessee this time around.
Winners of five straight games, Mercer holds the edge in scoring in this matchup, but that’s not the main reason I like them. No, I’m going to urge all of you collegiate hardwood gamblers to back mercer because of their experienced, senior-laden roster.
This team is desperate to extend their season and Tennessee certainly isn’t any better than Duke. The nearly double-digit point spread gives the Bears more than enough room to cover the spread, even though I believe they’ll get it by recording the outright win.
The good news for Mercer betting backers is that the Bears are 11-4 ATS in their last 15 games vs. a team with a winning percentage above 60 percent.