We delivered a solid winner with our best bet from the NCAA Tournament on Thursday as the Virginia Commonwealth Rams got the win and cover against an overrated Wichita St Rams team. VCU brought their good defense into the NCAA Tournament as they held the Shockers to just 38.7% shooting. Our NCAA Tournament top betting pick on Friday comes from the game between the South Florida Bulls and Temple Owls. The Bulls and Owls will tip off from Nashville Tennessee at 9:50PM Eastern Time and its TNT providing the live national television telecast. With our NCAA Tournament pick we will play on the South Florida Bulls +3 points against the Temple Owls. The betting odds from our college basketball pick today are courtesy of Top Bet sportsbook.
The pointspread in this NCAA Tournament second round pick has the Atlanta 10 conference club the Temple Owls opening as a -1 ½ point betting favorite with a total of 121 ½ points. The bettors have liked the favorite in this one as Temple has steamed up to a -3 point favorite in some online sportsbooks. The over under have been bet down a notch in the early wagering to a current total of 121 points. Those who bet the Temple Owls on the money line will lay -140 odds. If you think the underdog Big East conference team the South Florida Bulls can win this game straight up your return is +130 odds for your money line wager.
The South Florida Bulls play a very good brand of defense as they limit teams to just 56 points a game which is 7th best in all of college basketball while allowing just 38.7% from the field which is 14th best in the nation. The issue here is the South Florida Bulls length and size around the basket will make it extremely difficult for Temple to get off quality looks at the basket. Just as the Bulls size in the paint will be effective on defense it will give the Bulls second shots in good position under the basket from the offensive end. You have to respect this Bulls team even though the games are a bit ugly to watch. A nice first half against California in the play in game for South Florida allowed them entry into the second round. This Bulls teams has wins against Cincinnati and a huge win at Big East tournament champion Louisville by a 58-51 score back on February 29th. Do you really think that Temple could go into Louisville and come away with a 7 point road win?
Temple plays in a good but not great conference in the Atlanta 10. This will be the best defensive team they have faced this season. The Owls looked very sloppy in their quarterfinal loss to Massachusetts with 22 turnovers. A concern for Temple is their defense as they allow opponents 43.7% shooting from the field on the season and over their past five games clubs are making 45% of their shots against them. Bet South Florida tonight and before you place that wager pick up the best sportsbook promotion codes.