The NCAA Tournament will move into the second round on Thursday March 20th with 16 games scheduled. One intriguing matchup will feature the Harvard Crimson to face the Cincinnati Bearcats. The Crimson and Bearcats will get things started from Spokane Washington with a start time of 2:10PM Eastern Time and TNT has the coast to coast broadcast. Check out the college basketball odds for the NCAA Tournament listed at Top Bet sportsbook.
The wagering odds from this NCAA Tournament second round game has the AAC conference entry the Cincinnati Bearcats the -3 point wagering favorite with a total lined at 121 ½ points. Those betting Cincinnati on the money line will lay -145 odds with those betting Harvard on the money line receiving +125 odds.
Many of the betting public and pundits in college basketball has gotten very upset happy. I believe that betting underdogs might the square play nowadays as we see less and less value on the underdog. With many broadcast outlets now we have seen much of the focus on selecting sleepers and underdogs. The Ivy League has not had great success in the NCAA Tournament. Back in the days when Penn was in the tourney the actual point spread success was still poor. The Ivy League teams lack the speed and physical nature to compete with a team like Cincinnati. The Bearcats are coached to defend and they do a great job of that. Look for Cincinnati to get good looks around the bucket. Their big men will have nice looks as they are much stronger and bigger than the Crimson. Harvard has been facing weak competition from the Ivy League and they have not faced a team like Cincinnati that will give you no easy looks at the hoop. Most shots are not contested in the Ivy. When Harvard faces Cincinnati they will find out in a hurry that this is a huge step up in class. Harvard did have success last year against New Mexico in the tourney but the Mountain West was a very weak conference as evidenced by sending just two teams to this year’s tourney. Cincinnati is 18th in the nation in field goal defense by allowing 39.4% shooting and they are the right side here.
With our college basketball pick on Thursday we will play on the Cincinnati Bearcats -3 points against the Harvard Crimson but before playing this game read up on online sportsbook reviews.