Picks for Best Games on Saturday, March 23rd
The First Round was fun but it is time to decide which teams will head to the Sweet 16. Today’s games should be very entertaining, with likely more madness on the way. Here are 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.
Maryland vs. LSU
12:10 PM ET on CBS
Line: LSU -2
Against the Spread: Maryland
Final Score Prediction: Maryland 78 LSU 72
Why this pick? The Terrapins proved something to me on Thursday, I will take them to win this game.
Wofford vs. Kentucky
2:40 PM ET on CBS
Line: Kentucky -5
Against the Spread: Wofford
Final Score Prediction: Wofford 72 Kentucky 66
Why this pick? Wofford will hit a lot of threes against Kentucky’s defense and the Wildcats won’t get enough points inside with no PJ Washington.
Florida vs. Michigan
5:15 PM ET on CBS
Line: Michigan -6.5
Against the Spread: Florida
Final Score Prediction: Michigan 61 Florida 60
Why this pick? This game will be ugly as neither of these teams are good on offense and both a great on defense, take the points on this one.
Murray State vs. Florida State
6:10 PM ET on TNT
Line: Florida State -4.5
Pick: Florida State
Against the Spread: Florida State
Final Score Prediction: Florida State 76 Murray State 67
Why this pick? The Seminoles aren’t going to let Ja Morant explode like Marquette did, I will take them to win and cover.
Baylor vs. Gonzaga
7:10 PM ET on TBS
Line: Gonzaga -13
Against the Spread: Baylor
Final Score Prediction: Gonzaga 75 Baylor 66
Why this pick? I think Makai Mason could make enough shots to keep Baylor around in order to cover.
Minnesota vs. Michigan State
7:45 PM ET on CBS
Line: Michigan State -10
Pick: Michigan State
Against the Spread: Minnesota
Final Score Prediction: Michigan State 71 Minnesota 65
Why this pick? I don’t think the Spartans have enough bodies to win this game by double-digits, look for this to be close.
Villanova vs. Purdue
8:40 PM ET on TNT
Line: Purdue -3.5
Against the Spread: Villanova
Final Score Prediction: Villanova 56 Purdue 53
Why this pick? I like Villanova in this spot, I don’t also like giving points with Purdue either.
Auburn vs. Kansas
9:40 PM ET on TBS
Line: Auburn -2
Against the Spread: Kansas
Final Score Prediction: Kansas 72 Auburn 66
Why this pick? This could go very wrong but with the way these two teams played on Thursday, Kansas is the easy pick.
Yesterday’s Picks: 5-11
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