NCAA Tourney Round 2 Underdog Picks

NCAA Tourney Round 2 Underdog Picks

NCAA Tourney Round 2 Underdog Picks

Round 2 of the 2018 NCAA Men’s College Basketball Tournament rolls along on Sunday, March 18. Can #10 Butler upset #2 Purdue? How will #11 Syracuse play versus #3 Michigan State? Could #16 UMBC upset #9 Kansas State? Keep reading to find out!

NCAA Tournament March Madness Round 2 Underdog Picks

#10 Butler vs #2 Purdue
When:  Sunday, March 18
Where: Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, MI
Stream: CBS Sports

Analysis: Butler was sensational in the 79 to 62 beating they leveled onto #7 Arkansas in Round 1. The Bulldogs outscored Arkansas 43 to 32 in the second half. Butler isn’t a bad basketball team.

No team from the Big East is a bad basketball team. The Bulldogs might be surging while Purdue could be in some trouble. The Boilermakers trounced Cal-State Fullerton 74 to 48. In the process, Purdue lost 7’ 0” center Isaac Haas. Haas is not only a space-eater, he’s also Purdue’s top defender in the paint.

Purdue is plenty good enough to beat Butler without Haas. Plus, Purdue did beat Butler 82 to 67 early this season. However, Haas had 15 points in that game. Butler ties it if you take away Haas’ 15 points.

I’m not sure a day is enough for Purdue to get over losing Haas. I am betting Butler on the money line.

Pick: Butler

#11 Syracuse vs #3 Michigan State
When:  Sunday, March 18
Where: Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, MI
Stream: CBS Sports

Analysis: Michigan State struggled versus #14 Bucknell in Round 1. The Spartans won by only 4 points, 82 to 78. The game was in doubt until the final minute. Does that mean Syracuse has a shot to upset Michigan State on Sunday?

That’s exactly what it means. Syracuse’s zone defense was stunning in the Orange’s 57 to 52 defeat of the TCU Horned Frogs. Syracuse lulls you to sleep with the expert way in which they play coach Jim Boeheim’s zone D.

The ‘Cuse also hit 12 out of 15 free throws. That’s 80%. The Spartans will try to push the pace. Syracuse doesn’t score as well as Michigan State. I don’t believe it matters. I like Syracuse to frustrate Michigan State all game long.

I am betting Syracuse beats the Spartans in Round 2.

Pick: Syracuse

#16 UMBC vs #9 Kansas State
When:  Sunday, March 18
Where: Spectrum Center, Charlotte, NC
Stream: CBS Sports

Analysis: Both Kansas State and UMBC provided fireworks on Friday night. The Kansas State Wildcats looked awesome. They beat Creighton by 10 points, 69 to 59.

K-State’s victory was fantastic. But, although it’s difficult to knock Kansas State, how can I not pick the UMBC Retrievers to make it two in a row as an underdog in the NCAA College Basketball Tournament?

UMBC was a 20.5-point underdog versus the University of Virginia in Round 1 of March Madness on Friday night. All UMBC did was upset Virginia. Yes, the Retrievers beat the Cavaliers in a historic upset. No 16-seed had ever beaten a 1-seed. UMBC dominated Virginia. It wasn’t even close.

The Retrievers scored 74 points versus the Cavaliers. Virginia only allows 53 points per game during the regular season. How did UMBC do it? They did it by having no fear. Every player contributed in one way or another. Jarius Lyles scored 28 points. He just took what the Cavaliers gave him.

I like Kansas State. But, it’s difficult to look past a team that beat a 1-seed on the square. UMBC can do it again. I am betting on the Retrievers upset K-State straight up.

Pick: UMBC