NCAAB Betting: Key Numbers for the 2020 March Madness Tournament

Kansas is currently the Mybookie favorite to win the 2020 NCAA Tournament even though the Jayhawks have been largely underachievers in the Big Dance under Coach Bill Self – and this might be Self’s last season there with the school accused of major NCAA violations. We can’t guarantee you who is going to win this year’s tournament, but here are some key numbers for the first round. Let’s see how the College Basketball odds and Key Numbers will be for this 2020 March Madness.

Key Numbers for the 2020 March Madness Tournament

No. 1 seed vs. No. 16

Two years ago, UMBC stunned No. 1 overall seed Virginia in the first round as a 20-point underdog. It was the first win by a 16-seed over No. 1 seeds in 136 all-time meetings, and all four No. 1s cruised last year. In fact, every No. 1 seed won by at least 15 points against the No. 16 seeds they faced.

Dating back to 1998, only four of 84 matchups have been decided by single digits, all of which came in a three-year span (2012-14). Fifteen games have been decided by fewer than 10 points.

No. 2 vs. No. 15

Only eight times in 140 games has a No. 2 seed lost to a 15 seed. Three of those eight losses came in 2012 and 2013. The most recent shocker came when No. 15 seed Middle Tennessee never trailed in 2016 on the way to upsetting No. 2 seed Michigan State, 90-81. Last year, No. 15 Colgate pushed No. 2 Tennessee but lost 77-70.

Of the eight No. 15 seeds to win a game, seven of them finished in the top two in their standings. The only exception was Santa Clara in 1993, which finished third in the West Coast Conference. Only one No. 15 seed has advanced past the second round, when Florida Gulf Coast made it to the Sweet 16 in 2013.

No. 3 vs. No. 14

In 18 NCAA Tournaments since the field expanded to 64 teams in 1985, at least one No. 14 seed has triumphed over a No. 3 seed. However, in the past three seasons, No. 14 seeds went winless in their opening-round games, which prior to 2017, hadn’t happened since 2012. The last No. 14 seed to pull off an opening-round upset came in 2016 when Stephen F. Austin defeated No. 3 West Virginia, 70-56. Call it a coincidence, but the past three No. 3s to lose in the first round all came from the Big 12: West Virginia (2016), Baylor (2015) and Iowa State (2015).

No. 4 vs. No. 13

There have been 29 No. 13 seeds that have upset a No. 4 seed in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, but they’re 3-5 against No. 4 seeds in the last two seasons. Last year, UC Irvine beat No. 4 seed Kansas State 70-64 before losing to No. 12 seed Oregon 73-54 in the second round. A No. 13 seed has won at least one game in 25 of 35 years but in just four years have two No. 13s won, last in 2018.

No. 5 vs. No. 12

The most popular upset as only five times since 1985 has at least one No. 12 seed failed to defeat a 5-seed in a single tournament. The only exceptions were in 1988, 2000, 2007, 2015 and 2018. Three No. 12s won last year, but never have all four done so. A 12 seed has never reached the Final Four and just once the Elite Eight. A No. 5 has never won the NCAA Tournament.

No. 6 vs. No. 11

No. 11 seeds have won 52 out of 140 opening round matchups, or 37.1 percent of the time. In 1989, all four No. 11s beat No. 6s. Last year, No. 11 seed Ohio State beat No. 6 seed Iowa State 62-59 before losing to No. 3 seed Houston 74-59 in the second round. A No. 11 seed is the lowest to ever make the Final Four, happening a couple of times.

No. 7 vs. No. 10

The No. 10 seeds are 55-85 against No. 7 seeds to date in the NCAA tournament, including a 3-1 mark in the 2019 NCAA Tournament, and 11-15 in games decided by three points or less. Twenty-three teams seeded 10th have reached the Sweet 16 and eight of those teams have advanced to the Elite Eight. Just one has reached the Final Four: Syracuse in 2016.

No. 8 vs. No. 9

A No. 8 is the lowest seed to win the NCAA Tournament, being Villanova in 1985. In the last 35 years, 9 seeds have won 72 of 140 games — so, just over half. About 60 percent of those games played have been decided by fewer than 10 points. The lone No. 9 to reach the Final Four was Wichita State in 2013.

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NCAAB Betting: Must Have Tips to Mastering 2020 March Madness Betting

The 2020 NCAA Tournament is less than a week away, with the First Four tipping off next Tuesday in Dayton. Here are a few tips for betting on the Big Dance this season at Mybookie. Let’s see how the March Madness odds and some important tips will be for this 2020 March Madness.

Must Have Tips to Mastering 2020 March Madness Betting

Don’t bet on a team to win its first national title.

There are currently 353 schools playing Division I basketball. Only 35 of them have won a national title. In 2018, Virginia was the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament but stunned by No. 16 UMBC in the first round – still the only 16 seed to beat a 1. Yet last year, the Wahoos joined the exclusive club as first-time national champions. Very unlikely it happens a second year in a row as the Cavs were the first first-time national champion since Florida in 2006.

Perhaps the best school yet to win a title? Gonzaga, which will certainly be a No. 1 seed in the 2020 NCAA Tournament. The Zags have earned a No. 1 seed three times in the last seven seasons, they’ve made the Sweet 16 (or better) each of the last five years, including the national runner-up finish in 2017. We just don’t think they can win it all.

Don’t bet on a seed worse than No. 8 to win it all … or a No. 5.

No team seeded higher than 8th has reached the national championship game title game as of yet. A No. 8 has reached the title game a total of three times and has gone 1-2. That No. 8 was Villanova in 1985 when the Wildcats shocked high-powered Georgetown in a memorial title game. That was the first year the Big Dance had expanded to 64 teams.

Meanwhile, every team seeded in the Top 8 has won it all … except a No. 5. Those schools have gone 0-3 all-time in national championship games. Strange.

Bet a No. 5 to beat a No. 12 in the first round of the 2020 March Madness.

One of the most popular first-round upset bets is picking a No. 5 to beat a No. 12. Since the field expanded to 64 teams in 1985, a No. 12 has gone 50-90 against a No. 5, a winning percentage of 35.7. Last year, three of the four No. 12s beat the No. 5s (Mississippi State, Wisconsin and Marquette were the upset losers). The fourth No. 5, Auburn, escaped No. 12 New Mexico State by just a point when the Aggies missed two late free throws.

Since 2000, No. 5 seeds have lost straight up all three times they weren’t favored against No. 12 seeds. It last happened in 2017 when No. 5 Minnesota was a slight underdog to No. 12 Middle Tennessee.

Overall, at least one No. 12 has beaten a No. 5 in all but five NCAA Tournaments: 1988, 2000, 2007, 2015 and 2018. While more than 50 percent of the No. 12 seeds that won in the first round fail to advance past the second round, 21 teams have made it to the Sweet 16.

Just don’t go betting a No. 12 to reach a Final Four. That has never happened. The furthest a No. 12 has gotten was in 2002 when Missouri reached the Elite Eight, losing to No. 2 seed Oklahoma.

On average, about 6.1 double-digit seeds win in the first round, 2.2 in the second round and 0.5 in the Sweet 16. In 2019, eight double-digit seeds won in the first round and just one advanced to the Sweet 16 – Oregon. No team seeded worse than a No. 5 seed made the Elite Eight.

Steer clear of No. 1 overall seed to win it all.

Since 2004, when the NCAA Tournament selection committee began announcing the overall No. 1 seed, that team has reached the Final Four less than 50 percent of the time (seven out of 16), and has failed to get that far each of the past four years. Duke was the No. 1 overall last year and lost in the Elite Eight to Michigan State. In that 15-year span, the No. 1 overall seed has won the title just three times and has failed to survive the first weekend four times. Meanwhile, the other No. 1 seeds have combined to win seven championships.

Conference tournaments matter.

Short but sweet: No team has ever won a national championship after losing its first game in the conference tournament, even if that first game came after a double-bye.

Pick at least two Big Ten teams to reach Sweet 16.

The Big Ten was largely considered the deepest overall conference in the nation this season, although no Big Ten school is going to be a top seed in the NCAA Tournament. Rather amazingly, at least two Big Ten teams have reached the Sweet 16 in 12 straight seasons: Michigan, Michigan State and Purdue did a year ago. Thirty-three Big Ten teams have made the Sweet 16 since 2008.

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Nebraska vs Michigan 2020 College Basketball Game Preview & Betting Odds

Thursday is the home finale for Michigan this season as the No. 25 Wolverines look to improve their Big Ten Tournament positioning when they host a very bad Nebraska side. UM is a heavy favorite on the Mybookie NCAAB odds. Let’s see how the College Basketball odds will be for the Nebraska vs Michigan.

Nebraska vs Michigan 2020 College Basketball Game Preview & Betting Odds

Nebraska vs Michigan First Meeting

The Wolverines won 79-68 at Nebraska on Jan. 28. Kevin Cross’s step-back jumper from the baseline gave the Cornhuskers their last lead, 52-50, before Michigan went on a 21-4 run to go up by double digits. Eli Brooks led Michigan with 20 points, nine rebounds and four assists. Franz Wagner, who had 18 points, started the run with a 3 from the top of the key. The Huskers missed 11 of 12 shots over a nine-minute stretch and went scoreless for four while the Wolverines pulled away. Cam Mack led the Huskers with 19 points, nine assists and seven rebounds.

Michigan leads the all-time series, 17-3. One of Nebraska’s three wins in the series was a 74-73 win over No. 1 Michigan at the NU Coliseum on Dec. 12, 1964.

Why Bet on Nebraska?

The Huskers (7-22, 2-16 Big Ten) lost their 14th straight game Sunday, 81-76 in overtime in their home finale vs. Northwestern. The Huskers had a chance to win in regulation, but committed a turnover and Northwestern was unable to get the go-ahead basket before the buzzer.

Miller Kopp took Northwestern’s first shot in overtime, draining a 3-pointer that triggered a 7-0 Wildcat run and the Wildcats held on to snap their 12-game losing streak. Nebraska cut its deficit to 78-76 on Dachon Burke Jr.’s 3-pointer with 46 seconds left and the Huskers had a chance to tie the game 22 seconds later when Yvan Ouedraogo missed a pair of free throws. Northwestern hit 3 of 4 free throws to seal the win. It was NU’s fourth OT game of the season, tying a school record.

The Huskers lost the game at the free-throw line where the Huskers hit just 8 of 30. No Division 1 team in the last 10 years has shot under 30% from the free throw line with 30 or more attempts. Nebraska shot 27%.

Haanif Cheatham had a team-high 20 points for Nebraska, while freshman Yvan Ouedraogo grabbed a career-high 19 rebounds and had 11 points. Those 19 boards by Ouedraogo, who played a career-high 38 minutes, were the most by a Husker since the 2006-07 season and most by a Husker freshman in at least three decades.

Cam Mack has 179 assists on the season and needs one more to pass Charles Richardson for third place on Nebraska’s single-season list. Mack is 15th nationally in assists at 6.4 assists per game. Mack is one of just eight players in Division I — and just four in power conferences — averaging at least 12.0 points, 6.0 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 1.0 steal per game

Team Stats


  • Total Score: 70.28
  • Field Goal %: 41.18
  • Three Point %: 32.28
  • Free Throw %: 58.65
  • Total Rebounds: 35.34


  • Total Score: 76.59
  • Field Goal %: 44.26
  • Three Point %: 32.39
  • Free Throw %: 67.14
  • Total Rebounds: 45.38

Why Bet on Michigan?

Michigan (18-11, 9-9 Big Ten) lost its second in a row Sunday, 77-63 at then-No. 23 Ohio State. After Michigan’s Jon Teske hit a 3-pointer to tie the game at 54 with 6:41 left, CJ Walker’s jumper and back-to-back 3s by brothers Andre and Kaleb Wesson touched off a 23-9 Ohio State run to cap the victory. Ohio State was 11 for 21 from 3-point range for 52.4%.

Freshman Franz Wagner scored 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for his first career double-double in the loss for UM. Senior Zavier Simpson was the only other double-digit point scorer for the Wolverines with 12 on the day, while adding seven assists and five rebounds. The Wolverines outscored Ohio State, 34-18, in the paint and scored 15 points off of OSU miscues.

Wagner was named the Big Ten’s Freshman of the Week for the third time this season. In his last five games, he is averaging a team-best 17.0 points and 7.6 rebounds per game, while shooting 60.7 percent (34-for-56) from the field, including 44.0 percent (11-for-25) from long range.

Isaiah Livers has missed only two free throws thus far this season and leads U-M at 95.3 percent (41-for-43); he is perfect from the charity stripe (33-for-33) over his last 10 games, and has shot 31-for-31 in Big Ten play.

In this one, Simpson is expected to play in his 145th career game which will set UM’s all-time mark for most career games played (Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman, 144). Simpson leads the nation with a 7.9 assist average and his 220 assists. This season is his second straight with 200+ assists after finishing last season with 244. Simpson is the first U-M player to post two 200+ assist seasons.

Team Stats


  • Total Score: 74.97
  • Field Goal %: 46.16
  • Three Point %: 34.16
  • Free Throw %: 71.34
  • Total Rebounds: 36.52


  • Total Score: 68.1
  • Field Goal %: 42.13
  • Three Point %: 32.07
  • Free Throw %: 68.56
  • Total Rebounds: 35.28

Nebraska vs Michigan Game Trends

  • Nebraska are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games.
  • The total has gone OVER in 9 of Nebraska’s last 13 games.
  • Nebraska are 0-10 SU in their last 10 games.
  • Nebraska are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games against Michigan.
  • Nebraska are 1-11 SU in their last 12 games against Michigan.
  • Michigan are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games.
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Michigan’s last 5 games.

Nebraska vs Michigan Expert Prediction

Michigan 83, Nebraska 66

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2020 Florida State vs Notre Dame NCAAB Odds, Preview & Pick

Florida State has 2 games left in the ACC Regular Season to overtake Louisville and win the conference. The first battle happens on Wednesday, March 4 when the Seminoles head to South Bend. FSU can’t afford to lose to the Irish. If they do, they can kiss the regular season title good by. Will the Seminoles get it done? Check out college basketball odds, a preview, and a free pick for FSU vs Notre Dame!

FSU vs Notre Dame NCAAB Odds, Preview & Pick

Why Florida State Seminoles are a good pick -1 ½

As it stands today, the Seminoles are a ½ a game behind the Cardinals in the ACC. Florida State is a ½ game ahead of Duke. A victory on Wednesday night keeps their title hopes alive. In the last head-to-head, Notre Dame pushed FSU. But the Seminoles came out of that game 85-84 victors. Also, FSU has gone 4-1 SU in their last 5. They’re 3-1 ATS in their last 4. They can beat and cover against the Irish.

Team Statistics


  • Points/G: 75.7
  • Field Goal %: 45.8
  • 3-Point %: 35.2
  • Free Throw %: 75
  • Rebounds/G: 37.8


  • Points/G: 64.4
  • Field Goal %: 37.8
  • 3-Point %: 28.4
  • Free Throw %: 69.6
  • Rebounds/G: 29.7

Why Notre Dame Fighting Irish are a good pick +1 ½

The last game between these two was almost too close. Notre Dame had a chance for the upset win on the road. They failed by a point. The venue changes on Wednesday night with the Irish hosting the Seminoles. That could be the difference. Notre Dame has a great 14-3 record on their homecourt. Unless Florida State changes something from the first game to the rematch, Notre Dame should have a big advantage playing in front of their fans.

Team Statistics


  • Points/G: 74.5
  • Field Goal %: 42.5
  • 3-Point %: 34.2
  • Free Throw %: 772.9
  • Rebounds/G: 34.5


  • Points/G: 69.3
  • Field Goal %: 41.7
  • 3-Point %: 34
  • Free Throw %: 71.3
  • Rebounds/G: 35.8

NCAAB Betting Trends for Florida State Seminoles vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish

  • Seminoles are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games versus a team with a winning percentage above .600
  • Florida State is 5-2 ATS in their last 7
  • Seminoles are 3-10 ATS in their last 13 on a Wednesday
  • Over is 5-1 in Seminoles last 6 as a favorite
  • Notre Dame is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 at home
  • Fighting Irish are 1-4 ATS in their last 5
  • Underdog is 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings
  • Over is 6-0 in Fighting Irish last 6 at home

Florida State vs Notre Dame Final NCAAB Betting Analysis

In recent play, neither team has inspired confidence. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are 1-4 ATS in their last 5. On Feb. 26, they beat Boston College 62-61 as a -5 favorite. They followed that up with a stunning 73-84 loss to Wake Forest as a -1 fave.

Duke beat Notre Dame by 34, 94-60, on Feb. 15. The Irish are playing their worst basketball of the season. But so is Florida State. The Seminoles faced 15-13 Clemson on Feb. 29. How did FSU fair? The Tigers beat Florida State 70-69.

But although FSU lost to Clemson, they could bounce back with a huge win on Wednesday. Yes, Notre Dame almost upset the Seminoles. Florida State knows what’s at stake, though. They could either allow the loss to Clemson to carry over into this. Or, they could step it up and beat an overmatched squad on the road.

The guess here is that the Seminoles step it up. This season, every time Florida State got knocked down, they picked themselves up for the next round. Back FSU to get the huge win and cover.

NCAAB Free Pick: Florida State -1 ½

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Villanova vs Seton Hall 2020 College Basketball Game Preview & Betting Odds

The eighth-ranked Seton Hall Pirates will look to take care of business when they host the 14th-ranked Villanova Wildcats in their mid-week Big east battle on Wednesday. With the Pirates looking to claim the regular season conference crown and the Wildcats looking to find some consistency prior to March madness,  let’s find out which team is offering the best value against their College Basketball Odds for the Villanova vs Seton Hall.

Villanova vs Seton Hall 2020 College Basketball Game Preview & Betting Odds

Why Bet On Villanova

The Wildcats had their four-game winning streak snapped in their 58-54 home loss to Providence on Saturday. Collin Gillespie scored a team-high 13 points but team leader Saddiq Bey was held to a modest 11 points on 4 of 10 shooting in the loss. Villanova shot a pitiful 5 of 30 from beyond the arc and just 9 of 18 from the free throw line.

“They were tougher and made more intelligent plays down the stretch,” Villanova head coach Jay Wright said afterward.

Bey leads Villanova in scoring with 15.9 points per game while Gillespie averages 15.4 points per contest. Villanova averages 73.1 points per game (119th) while allowing 65.9 points per game defensively (78th). The Wildcats have gone 7-3 on the road this season.

Team Stats


  • Total Score: 73.1
  • Field Goal %: 43.81
  • Three Point %: 35.63
  • Free Throw %: 76.61
  • Total Rebounds: 36.41


  • Total Score: 65.93
  • Field Goal %: 42.91
  • Three Point %: 31.51
  • Free Throw %: 70.52
  • Total Rebounds: 34.48

Villanova Wildcats Betting Trends

  • Villanova are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games.
  • Villanova are 7-2 SU in their last 9 games against Seton Hall.
  • Villanova are 6-0-1 ATS in their last 7 games on the road.
  • Villanova are 14-2 SU in their last 16 games played in March.

Why Bet On Seton Hall

The Pirates were on the March madness bubble, but they’ve won three straight and might have sealed their bid by winning three straight including a thrilling 88-79 win over Marquette on Saturday as Myles Powell scored a team-high 28 points and

Sandro Mamukelashvili added a career-high 26 points and nine rebounds in the win. Now, the Pirates have a chance to claim the regular season Big East championship.

“He’s a dynamic player. He spread the floor for us, he does a lot of good things,” said Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard said of Mamukelashvili, a 6-11 junior forward. “He takes a lot of pressure off Myles. Having him back and seeing him round into form has given us a nice added dimension.”

Powell leads Seton Hall in scoring with 21.5 points per game while Mamukelashvili averages 11.7 points per contest. Seton Hall averages 75.1 points per game (74th) while allowing  67.2 points per game defensively (118th). The Pirates have gone 11-3 at home this season.

Team Stats


  • Total Score: 75.14
  • Field Goal %: 44.68
  • Three Point %: 33.03
  • Free Throw %: 72.08
  • Total Rebounds: 37.29


  • Total Score: 67.18
  • Field Goal %: 39.31
  • Three Point %: 30.47
  • Free Throw %: 70.83
  • Total Rebounds: 37.29

Seton Hall Pirates Betting Trends

  • Seton Hall are 15-3 SU in their last 18 games.
  • Seton Hall are 9-2 SU in their last 11 games at home.
  • Seton Hall are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games when playing at home against Villanova.
  • Seton Hall are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games played in March.

Villanova vs Seton Hall Expert Analysis and Prediction

While the underdog in this Big East rivalry has gone 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings, I don’t think that’s going to be the case this time around as favored Seton Hall gets the win and narrow ATS cover. Villanova has the big edge in coaching and the Wildcats are always dangerous at this time of year. However, with  regular season title and the top-seed in the conference tournament on the line, I expect the Pirates to show up in a big way in this matchup. Not only that, but I genuinely believe that Myles Powell and Sandro Mamukelashvili will be the two best players on the floor in this matchup. Seton hall has gone 13-3 SU in their last 16 games against an opponent in the Big East conference while Villanova has gone an uninspiring 1-4 ATS in their last 5 meetings against Seton Hall. Give me the Pirates minus the points, to get it done!

Pick: Seton Hall 77 Villanova 71

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2020 Maryland vs Rutgers NCAAB Odds, Preview & Pick

Maryland heads to New Jersey to take on Rutgers on Tuesday night desperate for a win. The Terrapins have fallen hard in their last few games. Rutgers hopes a victory secures a decent NCAA Tournament seed. Will the Terps get back on the winning track before next week’s Big 10 Tournament? Or, will Rutgers add to their woes? Check out college basketball odds, a preview, and a free pick for Maryland vs Rutgers!

Maryland vs Rutgers NCAAB Odds, Preview & Pick

Why Maryland Terrapins are a good pick +1 ½

The Terrapins have lost 2-of-3, but look who they faced? On Feb. 23, they took on the Ohio State Buckeyes. Ohio State has made a run towards the end of the regular season. Then this past Saturday on Feb. 29, they battled preseason 1 Michigan State. Rutgers hasn’t played as well in the last couple of weeks. The Scarlet Knights are the perfect opponent to help the Terps back onto the winning track.

Team Statistics


  • Points/G: 71.6
  • Field Goal %: 41.7
  • 3-Point %: 31.4
  • Free Throw %: 74.7
  • Rebounds/G: 36.4


  • Points/G: 63.8
  • Field Goal %: 39.4
  • 3-Point %: 32.3
  • Free Throw %: 70
  • Rebounds/G: 32.1

Why Rutgers Scarlet Knights are a good pick -1 ½

Rutgers’ record has fallen to 18-11. That makes this a must-win for the Scarlet Knights. In the last matchup, the Knights lost by 5, 51-56. That game happened on the road. This one takes place at home where the Knights are 17-1 SU. The record paints a pretty picture for Rutgers and their fans. Maryland hasn’t played its best in the past couple of weeks. The Knights can take advantage.

Team Statistics


  • Points/G: 69.6
  • Field Goal %: 44.5
  • 3-Point %: 30
  • Free Throw %: 65
  • Rebounds/G: 36.9


  • Points/G: 62.3
  • Field Goal %: 38.5
  • 3-Point %: 32
  • Free Throw %: 70.7
  • Rebounds/G: 30.7

NCAAB Betting Trends for Maryland Terrapins vs Rutgers Scarlet Knights

  • Terrapins are 4-1-2 ATS in their last 7 on the road
  • Maryland is 12-4-2 ATS in their last 18 following a double-digit loss at home
  • Terrapins are 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4
  • Over is 4-0 in Terrapins last 4
  • Rutgers is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 versus a team with a winning road record
  • Scarlet Knights are 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 following an ATS win
  • Rutgers is 8-3-1 ATS in their last 12 as a favorite
  • Over is 9-2 in Scarlet Knights last 12 on a Tuesday

Maryland vs Rutgers Final NCAAB Betting Analysis:

Although Michigan State beat the Terrapins in their last, Maryland maintains a 1-game lead over the Spartans in the Big Ten Conference. With a victory on Tuesday night and then one on Sunday against Michigan, the Terps can secure the Big Ten Regular Season title.

Rutgers is no pushover. The Terrapins have been the top team in the Big Ten this season, though. Not only that but the trends imply a Maryland win and cover. The Terrapins have played well on the road. They also tend to bounce back after tough losses at home.

Even though Rutgers rocks it on their court, the top team in the Big Ten knows what’s at stake. They can still win the regular-season title. Expect Maryland to use their defense to get past the Scarlet Knights on Tuesday.

NCAAB Free Pick: Maryland -1 ½

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Texas Tech vs Baylor 2020 College Basketball Game Preview & Betting Odds

There are some teams who will head into the tournament on a roll, while others will back in and make it by the skin of their teeth. Most will argue that simply getting there is all that really matters, but as we have seen countless times in the past, across every major sport, heading into the postseason with momentum very often means making a deep run. The reality is that no-one really remembers what a team did in the regular season, no matter how good they were or how great their regular season record was. People remember the champions, which is why the Baylor Bears need to try to bounce back and finish strong this week and next before heading into the tournament as one of the higher seeds. It has not been a great couple of weeks for Baylor, but they can still shift the momentum back in the right direction, starting with a win on home court against the Texas Tech Red Raiders on Monday night. This is by no means an easy game against a Texas Tech team that will almost certainly be taking part in March Madness. Baylor is favored by 7 ½, with the point total set at 130. Let’s see how the College Basketball odds will be for the Texas Tech vs Baylor.

Texas Tech vs Baylor 2020 College Basketball Game Preview & Betting Odds

Why bet on the Texas Tech Red Raiders

The Texas Tech Red Raiders are coming off a rough week where they lost back to back games to fall to 9-7 in Big 12 Conference play. While the losses hurt, the outcome is not that surprising when you consider just how competitive it has been in that conference all season long. Kansas and Baylor are well out in front, with the rest of the pack all bunched together, including the Red Raiders currently sitting in 3rd in the Big 12. That run means that Texas Tech are now 18-11 on the season, but they also have just 2 wins in their last 5 games. They have not had much joy playing in Waco, going 1-7 SU in their last 8 on the road against Baylor. While they are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games, the Red Raiders are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 played in the month of March.

Team Stats


  • Total Score: 72.41
  • Field Goal %: 45.45
  • Three Point %: 36.1
  • Free Throw %: 75.61
  • Total Rebounds: 33.21


  • Total Score: 63.17
  • Field Goal %: 40.91
  • Three Point %: 30.77
  • Free Throw %: 69.93
  • Total Rebounds: 32.9

Why bet on the Baylor Bears

After a long run of games where the Baylor Bears looked to be unbeatable, they have come a little unglued at perhaps the worst time in the season. A loss to Kansas a couple of weekends back was not a total disaster and not entirely unexpected, but a 75-72 loss to TCU this past weekend is one that is going to sting for a minute. That loss means that Baylor are now probably not going to even get a share of the Big 12 regular season title, but it also means that they need to get their mojo back before the tournament begins. The Bears are 13-1 SU at home this season, which helps here, and they have still been a decent bet against the spread, covering in 12 of their last 17 games.

Team Stats


  • Total Score: 71.39
  • Field Goal %: 43.15
  • Three Point %: 35.18
  • Free Throw %: 69.49
  • Total Rebounds: 37.36


  • Total Score: 59.29
  • Field Goal %: 39.17
  • Three Point %: 31.02
  • Free Throw %: 68.21
  • Total Rebounds: 33

Texas Tech vs Baylor Betting Trends

  • Texas Tech are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games.
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Texas Tech’s last 6 games.
  • Texas Tech are 5-12 SU in their last 17 games against Baylor.
  • Texas Tech are 3-6 SU in their last 9 games on the road.
  • Baylor are 12-5 ATS in their last 17 games.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Baylor’s last 6 games.
  • Baylor are 18-2 SU in their last 20 games.
  • Baylor are 13-1 SU in their last 14 games at home.

Texas Tech vs Baylor Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

While I like the Baylor Bears to get back to winning ways on Monday night, this might well prove to be a game that they are going to need to gut out to win, which is why I think the Red Raiders might just cover the spread.

Texas Tech Red Raiders 71 Baylor Bears 75

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Top NCAAB Betting Picks of the Week – March 2nd Edition

March Madness is here! Non-major conference tournaments around the country begin Tuesday with the Atlantic Sun, Big South, Horizon League and Patriot League. There are 32 total conference tournaments up to Selection Sunday. Here’s a look at two early-week games from power conferences with Mybookie NCAAB odds TBA.

Top NCAAB Betting Picks of the Week – March 2nd Edition

No. 9 Maryland at Rutgers

  • When: Tuesday, 7 p.m. ET (Big Ten Network)

Rutgers has just one home loss this season and this is the Knights’ last game there. Maryland, meanwhile, is atop the Big Ten but by just a game over Michigan State after losing 78-66 at home to the Spartans on Saturday. MSU bolted to a 17-5 lead and never trailed in dealing Maryland its first home loss of the season. Jalen Smith had 20 points and 12 rebounds for Maryland, now 15-1 at home. The Terps can still clinch at least a share of the league title with a victory at Rutgers.

The Knights lost their third in a row Wednesday, 65-64 at Penn State. Myles Dread hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 28 seconds left to lift Penn State over Rutgers after the Nittany Lions blew a 21-point lead. Trailing 40-19 late in the first half, the Scarlet Knights tied the game at 62 with 1:32 left on Geo Baker’s layup. His jumper gave Rutgers a two-point lead with 42 seconds remaining before Dread’s big shot. Rutgers is 6-8 in its past 14 games.

Maryland looks for the season sweep as it beat visiting Rutgers 56-51 in an ugly game on Feb. 4. Jalen Smith had 14 points, 15 rebounds and six blocks for Maryland, and Anthony Cowan Jr. scored 17. The Terrapins trailed 25-20 at halftime after shooting 24%. With Smith leading the way, Maryland emerged from the break with a 14-4 run and held off a late surge by the Scarlet Knights. Three free throws by Cowan put the Terrapins up 52-49 with 2:12 to go. Myles Johnson answered with a dunk, but the Scarlet Knights did not score again. Akwasi Yeboah scored 13 for the Scarlet Knights, who shot 34% and went 3 for 17 from beyond the arc. Rutgers is 0-8 against Maryland since both teams joined the Big Ten in 2014.

No. 6 Florida State at Notre Dame

  • When: Wednesday, 9 PM ET (ESPN2)

Florida State is in position to win the ACC regular-season title but can’t afford a slip up here. The Noles fell into a tie for first with Louisville following a 70-69 FSU loss at Clemson on Saturday on a last-second shot. Florida State’s desperation heave after Al-Amir Dawes’ basket last-chance heave was way off the mark.

Florida State is 14-4 in conference play. It marks the second consecutive season the Seminoles have won at least 13 ACC regular season games and earned a double bye in the ACC Tournament. The Seminoles’ 14 regular season ACC wins is a school record for conference wins in school history. The Seminoles won at least 10 games three times while a member of the Metro Conference (1977-91) and have now won at least 10 games 10 times as a member of the ACC. Leonard Hamilton has guided Florida State to double figure ACC wins seven times in the last 12 seasons (including this year). The Seminoles have earned eight of their 14 ACC wins by double figures.

The Irish had a three-game winning streak snapped in an 84-73 loss at Wake Forest on Saturday. With a 10-0 run down the stretch, the Deacons won despite squandering a 16-point, first-half lead. The Deacons made 7 of 15 3-point field-goal attempts and were 23-for-27 from the foul line.

John Mooney notched a double-double with 24 points and 17 rebounds in the loss. Mooney’s double-double is his 24th of the season and 45th of his career. Mooney has 15 double-doubles in ACC play this season, tying Tim Duncan for the single-season record. Mooney is alone in second place in double-doubles in a season, trailing just Luke Harangody (25). The 45-career double-doubles moves Mooney into fifth place in the program record books, passing Bob Arnzen (44).

The Seminoles go for the season sweep as they edged the visiting Irish 85-84 on Jan. 25. The Seminoles missed their last nine shots from the floor, leaving the door open just enough for Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish had a few chances in the final moments, including Dane Goodwin’s desperation 3-pointer that was short at the buzzer. Wyatt Wilkes came off the bench to score a career-high 19 points for FSU. He saw playing time because forward Patrick Williams (toe) missed the game. Trent Forrest and RaiQuan Gray each scored 13 points for Florida State. Prentiss Hubb scored 24 points, knocking down 5 of 11 3-pointers, and John Mooney scored 16 points for Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish used just seven players and didn’t have the depth to keep up with the Seminoles, who had a 40-12 bench scoring advantage.

College Basketball Expert Picks of the Week

Maryland 65, Rutgers 63/Florida State 75, Notre Dame 72

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San Diego vs Gonzaga 2020 College Basketball Game Preview & Betting Odds

No. 3 Gonzaga can’t run the table in the West Coast Conference after last week’s upset loss, but the Zags still have an outright WCC title and potential No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament to play for as they host San Diego on Thursday. The Zags are heavy favorites on the Mybookie NCAAB odds. Let’s see how the College Basketbball odds will be for the San Diego vs Gonzaga.

San Diego vs Gonzaga 2020 College Basketball Game Preview & Betting Odds

San Diego vs Gonzaga First Meeting

The Zags were No. 1 in the nation when they blasted San Diego 94-50 on Jan. 9. Joel Ayayi scored 20 points and Filip Petrusev had 17 for Gonzaga. The Zags raced to a 53-16 halftime lead. They continued to dominate the series against the Toreros, beating them for the 11th straight time, the 22nd time in the last 23 games and for the 44th time in 47. Braun Hartfield, Yauhen Massalski and Jared Rodriguez scored nine points apiece for USD, which only led 1-0. The Toreros fell to 0-3 vs. No. 1-ranked teams all-time.

Gonzaga leads the all-time series 74-21.

Why Bet on San Diego?

San Diego (9-20, 2-12) is second to last in the West Coast Conference. The Toreros have one victory in their past eight. They come off a 92-63 blowout at Saint Mary’s last Saturday. Malik Fitts scored 27 points and Jordan Ford scored 22 and Saint Mary’s used the second half to blow the game open.

Braun Hartfield’s jump shot with 4:14 before halftime put San Diego up 30-25 before the Gaels went on a 13-4 run to close the half. After the break, Saint Mary’s went on a 13-2 run for a 14-point lead with 12:50 remaining. Saint Mary’s finished 39-of-70 shooting (55.7%). The three turnovers by Saint Mary’s were the fewest committed by a USD opponent this year, besting the previous figure of six set by LMU on January 2.

USD outshot the Gaels in the first half 48.4% to 47.1% but the Toreros were 11-of-28 from the field (39.3%) in the second half and 0-of-5 from three. It was their 14th straight loss in the series.

Hartfield led USD in scoring with 15 points on 6-of-15 shooting (0-of-5 from three). The redshirt junior also had three rebounds and three assists, tied for the team-high. Hartfield continues to be USD’s most important scoring threat as he is averaging 20.2 points on 47.8% shooting (43-of-90) and 35% (14-of-40) from three-point range in the last six games.

Yauhen Massalski had nine of his 13 points in the second half and pulled in eight rebounds vs. Saint Mary’s.  Massalski now has 122 blocks in his career. He trails Dondi Bell by seven (129, 1987-91) for fourth on USD’s all-time list.

The Toreros have lost 19 in a row at Gonzaga in the regular season and 22 overall when including the WCC Tournament hosted in Spokane. USD’s last win at Gonzaga was in 2000 (82-70). The Toreros are 2-27 against a Gonzaga team ranked in the AP poll (0-16 vs. top-10 Gonzaga).

Team Stats


  • Total Score: 66.1
  • Field Goal %: 41.65
  • Three Point %: 31.2
  • Free Throw %: 65.09
  • Total Rebounds: 34.1


  • Total Score: 71.69
  • Field Goal %: 44.61
  • Three Point %: 32.14
  • Free Throw %: 70.42
  • Total Rebounds: 34.45

Why Bet on Gonzaga?

The Zags (27-3, 13-1) would clinch the outright WCC title as they are two games ahead of second-place BYU, which upset Gonzaga 91-78 in Provo last Saturday to knock the Bulldogs out of the No. 2 spot in the AP Top 25. BYU never trailed after halftime in ending Gonzaga’s 19-game winning streak. Gonzaga scored a single basket over the final seven minutes.

Yoeli Childs led BYU with 28 points on 12-of-19 shooting and grabbed 10 rebounds. The Bulldogs turned it over 14 times and allowed BYU to score 18 points off those turnovers. The Cougars had no trouble finding a rhythm, shooting 53% from the field and 41% from 3-point range.

Killian Tillie scored 18 points and Corey Kispert added 16 to lead the Bulldogs. Filip Petrusev added 14 points and Admon Gilder chipped in 13. Gonzaga had won the previous five meetings in Provo before Saturday. Coming into the game, the Bulldogs had won 40 straight regular-season conference games and 39 straight road contests against WCC opponents.

The Bulldogs still have clinched a share of their eighth straight West Coast Conference regular season title, 23rd overall. GU’s 37 straight wins at home is the longest active streak in the nation, and third longest in program history. The Zags have won 33 in a row at home vs. unranked team. Gonzaga is 7-0 overall this season on Thursday.

The Zags are first in the nation in scoring offense (87.6), scoring margin (20.0), second in field goal percentage (51.2), third in total assists (495), fourth in rebound margin (8.7), fifth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.49), sixth in total rebounds (1,166) and seventh in three-point percentage (38.5) and assists per game (17.1).

Adam Morrison, who helped usher the Gonzaga program into national prominence, will be honored before the game. Morrison will become the third player in program history to have his jersey displayed in the McCarthey Athletic Center, joining John Stockton and Frank Burgess.

Team Stats


  • Total Score: 87.59
  • Field Goal %: 51.23
  • Three Point %: 38.51
  • Free Throw %: 68.52
  • Total Rebounds: 40.21


  • Total Score: 67.62
  • Field Goal %: 41.79
  • Three Point %: 31.77
  • Free Throw %: 68.31
  • Total Rebounds: 31.55

San Diego vs Gonzaga Game Trends

  • San Diego are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of San Diego’s last 8 games.
  • San Diego are 1-7 SU in their last 8 games.
  • San Diego are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games against Gonzaga.
  • Gonzaga are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games.
  • The total has gone OVER in 10 of Gonzaga’s last 11 games.

San Diego vs Gonzaga Expert Prediction

Gonzaga 89, San Diego 61

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Arizona vs USC 2020 College Basketball Game Preview & Betting Odds

Very big game from the Pac-12 Conference on Thursday night between NCAA Tournament bubble teams as Arizona visits Southern Cal – both are also looking for a top-four finish in the conference regular-season standings. The Mybookie NCAAB odds will be determined around two Trojans who are in question due to illness/injury. Let’s see how the College Basketball odds will be for the Arizona vs USC.

Arizona vs USC 2020 College Basketball Game Preview & Betting Odds

  • When: Thursday, 10 PM ET
  • Where: Galen Center
  • TV: ESPN
  • Stream: WatchESPN
  • Radio:
  • Opening NCAAB Lines: TBA

Arizona vs USC Season Series

On Feb. 6, Arizona beat visiting USC 85-80. Nico Mannion scored 20 points, and Zeke Nnaji and Josh Green each added 18 to lead the Wildcats – they are all freshmen. The Wildcats led by as many as 20 during the second half, pushing to a 63-43 advantage with 12:55 remaining. USC slowly chipped away and pulled within 83-80 with five seconds left on a 3-pointer by Jonah Mathews, but Mannion responded with a pair of free throws to stop the rally. The Trojans were led by freshman Onyeka Okongwu with 23 points. Daniel Utomi added 22. USC lost despite shooting 28 of 56 (50%) from the field.

Why Bet on Arizona?

Arizona (19-8, 9-5) comes off a 73-72 overtime home loss to No. 14 Oregon on Saturday that ended the Wildcats’ three-game winning streak and essentially ended their chances of winning the Pac-12 regular-season title. Payton Pritchard scored a career-high 38 points and Shakur Juiston added all of Oregon’s points in overtime.

Pritchard played all 45 minutes and was the only player on either team who never came out of the game. Juiston was the unlikely star in overtime and his layup with 1.4 seconds left was the winner. Arizona had one more great opportunity but Christian Koloko missed two free throws with a second left that could have tied or won the game.

Arizona led 64-58 with 3:27 left in regulation but the Wildcats went cold and Pritchard hit six straight free throws to pull the Ducks even with 15 seconds left. Arizona’s Josh Green missed two free throws with 2.5 seconds remaining that would have put the Wildcats ahead.

Arizona has now lost three times by one point exactly this season, blowing a late lead in all of them. The Wildcats have one of the best offenses in the nation — 16th in KenPom — but they generally struggle to hit shots down the stretch. When asked why Zeke Nnaji, the team’s most efficient scorer, has not been fed the ball in those situations, Coach Sean Miller said “at the end of the game a drive is just really big.”

“Most of the time the game is going to be won not on the first shot, but the second shot, as evidenced by what Oregon did to us,” Miller said, referring to Will Richardson getting the offensive rebound and dishing to Juiston for the game-winning layup.

A win here would give Miller a 20-win season for the 13th time in 16 years as a head coach. UA leads the Pac-12 in scoring overall (78.4) and in conference games (73.1). Arizona’s 1.37-to-1 assist/turnover ratio is 11th in the country, while UA leads the Pac-12 in turnover margin.

Arizona is one of 8 teams in the country to have a top 25 rated offense and defense according to KenPom, joining Kansas, Baylor, San Diego State, Duke, Michigan State, Ohio State and Michigan.

Team Stats


  • Total Score: 78.15
  • Field Goal %: 45.62
  • Three Point %: 35.93
  • Free Throw %: 73.18
  • Total Rebounds: 37.52


  • Total Score: 65.3
  • Field Goal %: 39.63
  • Three Point %: 32.07
  • Free Throw %: 71.15
  • Total Rebounds: 33.67

Why Bet on USC?

Southern Cal (19-9, 8-7) lost a second game in a row Sunday, 79-65 at Utah. Trailing by as many as 15 points earlier in the second half, USC ripped off three straight baskets culminating in a 3-pointer from Elijah Weaver to cut Utah’s lead to 67-62 with 3:45 left. After Rylan Jones drew the charge on the Trojans’ ensuing possession, Alphonso Plummer followed with a 3-pointer that sparked a game-ending 12-3 run for the Utes. Utah, which snapped a three-game losing streak, shot 48% (27 of 56) from the field and 3-point range (10 of 21).

Freshman Onyeka Okongwu had his 10th double-double of the year for USC with 18 points and 12 rebounds. Senior Nick Rakocevic (illness) started the game but only logged five minutes. Freshman Isaiah Mobley suffered an ankle injury late in the first half and only played four minutes at the start of the second. Rakocevic (8.8) and Okongwu (8.8) are one of three pairs of teammates in Division I averaging 8.8 rebounds or more per game.

Senior guard Jonah Mathews has been a leader for USC. The captain has had a strong season this year, scoring 360 points — the second most on the team — through an average of 31.8 minutes per game, more than any other Trojan. Mathews also has 22 more 3-pointers than any other Trojan at 60, but he had just nine points vs. Utah.

USC has gone 6-7 in its last 13 games after starting the season 13-2. USC is now in sixth place in the Pac-12 standings after being as high as first earlier this season. The Trojans, who are 11-2 at Galen Center, will be playing at home for the rest of the season.

Southern Cal has won six of its last nine games vs. Arizona at home, but trails in the all-time series 68-43 (with one win for each team vacated due to NCAA penalty, original record 69-44).

Team Stats


  • Total Score: 71.32
  • Field Goal %: 43.82
  • Three Point %: 34.63
  • Free Throw %: 66.72
  • Total Rebounds: 38.89


  • Total Score: 67.32
  • Field Goal %: 39.18
  • Three Point %: 32.34
  • Free Throw %: 68.57
  • Total Rebounds: 35.39

Arizona vs USC Game Trends

  • Arizona are 12-4 SU in their last 16 games against USC.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Arizona’s last 5 games on the road.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Arizona’s last 8 games when playing on the road against USC.
  • USC are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of USC’s last 5 games.

Arizona vs USC Expert Prediction

Arizona 71, USC 69

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