Picks for Best Games on Friday, March 22nd

Picks for Best Games on Friday, March 22nd

Yesterday’s First Round NCAA Tournament games were wild, with a couple of upsets and some monster performances. Fortunately the NCAA Tournament gives us more today with more basketball, see my against the spread picks for all of today’s NCAA Tournament action and don’t forget to catch up on the MakingtheMadness.com live blog for the day’s best highlights. 

Iowa vs. Cincinnati

12:15 PM ET on CBS

Line: Cincinnati -4

Pick: Cincinnati

Against the Spread: Cincinnati

Final Score Prediction: Cincinnati 88 Iowa 75

Why this pick? You should probably know my thoughts on Iowa by now, so without hesitation I’m taking Cincinnati

Oklahoma vs. Ole Miss

12:40 PM ET on TruTV

Line: Ole Miss -1

Pick: Ole Miss

Against the Spread: Ole Miss

Final Score Prediction: Ole Miss 71 Oklahoma 65

Why this pick? Someone has to win this game, may as well go with the team I picked to win in my Bracket. 

Northern Kentucky vs. Texas Tech

1:30 PM ET on TNT

Line: Texas Tech -13

Pick: Texas Tech

Against the Spread: Texas Tech

Final Score Prediction: Texas Tech 78 Northern Kentucky 67

Why this pick? Texas Tech needed a quick loss in the Big 12 Tournament to get rested up, they should be fresh and ready to go early on today. 

UC Irvine vs. Kansas State

2 PM ET on TBS

Line: Kansas State -4.5

Pick: Kansas State

Against the Spread: Kansas State 

Final Score Prediction: Kansas State 62 UC Irvine 54

Why this pick? This will be a low-scoring grind it out game, although I will take the team who has won games in the NCAA Tournament. 

Colgate vs. Tennessee

2:45 PM ET on CBS

Line: Tennessee -17.5

Pick: Tennessee

Against the Spread: Tennessee

Final Score Prediction: Tennessee 83 Colgate 57

Why this pick? Tennessee will be especially mad after a loss to Auburn in the SEC Championship, I look for them to win big. 

Gardner-Webb vs. Virginia

3:10 PM ET on TruTV

Line: Virginia -22

Pick: Virginia

Against the Spread: Virginia

Final Score Prediction: Virginia 88 Gardner-Webb 47

Why this pick? Virginia lost last year to UMBC, they aren’t going to get UMBC’d by Gardner-Webb, give me Virginia by 40 and yes I do mean 40. 

Arizona State vs. Buffalo

4 PM ET on TNT

Line: Buffalo -5

Pick: Buffalo

Against the Spread: Buffalo 

Final Score Prediction: Buffalo 77 Arizona State 64

Why this pick? The Bulls are a team I am willing to pick in the NCAA Tournament, especially with a quick turnaround for the Sun Devils. 

Oregon vs. Wisconsin

4:30 PM ET on TBS

Line: Wisconsin -2

Pick: Oregon 

Against the Spread: Oregon

Final Score Prediction: Oregon 56 Wisconsin 51

Why this pick? I’ll take the Ducks in a 12-5 upset, in a very boring game. 

Washington vs. Utah State

6:50 PM ET on TNT

Line: Utah State -3

Pick: Utah State

Against the Spread: Utah State

Final Score Prediction: Utah State 72 Washington 56

Why this pick? I don’t want to pick Washington with the way they are playing right now. 

North Dakota State vs. Duke

7:10 PM ET on CBS

Line: Duke -27

Pick: Duke

Against the Spread: Duke

Final Score Prediction: Duke 94 North Dakota State 60

Why this pick? Duke is ready for the big dance, they win this game by a bunch. 

Georgia State vs. Houston

7:20 PM ET on TBS

Line: Houston -12

Pick: Houston

Against the Spread: Georgia State

Final Score Prediction: Houston 63 Georgia State 56

Why this pick? Houston will win this game but asking them to win by 13 is tough. 

Liberty vs. Mississippi State

7:27 PM ET on TruTV

Line: Mississippi State -6.5

Pick: Mississippi State

Against the Spread: Mississippi State

Final Score Prediction: Mississippi State 78 Liberty 65

Why this pick? The Bulldogs have too much length for the Flames to contain. 

Iona vs. North Carolina

9:20 PM ET on TNT

Line: North Carolina -23

Pick: North Carolina

Against the Spread: North Carolina

Final Score Prediction: North Carolina 89 Iona 61

Why this pick? The Tar Heels will run Iona out of the gym in this game. 

UCF vs. VCU

9:40 PM ET on CBS

Line: UCF -1

Pick: UCF

Against the Spread: UCF

Final Score Prediction: UCF 64 VCU 57

Why this pick? VCU hasn’t played a team this good in a while, plus there’s the Marcus Evans injury factor, I will take the Knights in this game. 

Ohio State vs. Iowa State

9:50 PM ET on TBS

Line: Iowa State -5.5

Pick: Iowa State

Against the Spread: Iowa State

Final Score Prediction: Iowa State 78 Ohio State 65

Why this pick? The Buckeyes are rolling right now, give me them in this matchup. 

St. Louis vs. Virginia Tech

9:57 PM ET on TruTV

Line: Virginia Tech -10.5

Pick: Virginia Tech

Against the Spread: Virginia Tech

Final Score Prediction: Virginia Tech 66 St. Louis 50

Why this pick? It is hard to see St. Louis scoring enough to keep up with the Hokies.  

Yesterday’s Picks: 6-10

Year to date: 401-340-17 

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