Picks for Best Games on Saturday, March 23rd

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

Pick: Maryland

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

Pick: Wofford

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

Pick: Michigan 

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

Pick: Gonzaga 

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

Pick: Villanova

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

Pick: Kansas

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

Year to date: 406-351-17 

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