Best March Madness Bets, Picks & Odds for Round of 32

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Best March Madness Bets, Picks & Odds for Round of 32
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March Madness has gotten off to a flying start. While there were some blowouts, two prominent schools were sent home early. 

Virginia got bounced by Furman. A single point separated the two teams in a contest that went down to the wire. The other shocker was Princeton upending Arizona. 

With so many brackets busted, March Madness betting keeps rolling with some great Round 2 matchups. 

Are there any good Overs or Unders to consider? Will there be any more upsets? Of course, there will. Let’s dive into some of these March Matchups.

Best March Madness Moneyline Bet for Round 2

Duke vs. Tennessee - Moneyline Bet on Duke

Duke and Tennessee battle for a spot in the Sweet 16. Duke (-165) can make foul shots and be punishing inside. That sets up their perimeter attack. 

Tennesee nearly squandered an 18-point lead to Louisiana on Thursday. Louisiana got physical late and started to wear down the Volunteers.

Tennessee must slow Duke’s second-chance opportunities. Dariq Whitehead scored 13, and Jeremy Roach led all scorers with 23, mainly because Kyle Filipowski and Dereck Lively II grabbed 21 rebounds combined. 

If Duke controls the boards and gets the Vols scrambling, the Blue Devils can roll on in the Big Dance. 

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Best Upset Pick For Round of 32

Princeton vs. Missouri - Upset Pick

Yes, Princeton could win this battle of Tigers on Saturday evening. One of the main problems Missouri has is stopping teams from shooting well. Utah State lost because the Aggies missed shots from 3-point range (4-of-24, 16.7%). Princeton shoots a bit better at almost 34% and makes 8.1 of those shots per contest. 

Missouri’s defense allows 74.7 points a game, and Princeton stymied Arizona, yielding a mere six points over the final 10 minutes on Thursday. This Princeton team is more than a Cinderella Team. Feed the train and the Tigers from New Jersey.

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Betting Trends Pick For Round of 32

UCLA vs. Northwestern - Under 127.5

UCLA and Northwestern play slowly. How slow? When one adjusts for tempo, UCLA ranks 235th, and Northwestern ranks 309th. 

The Bruins allow 60.1 points per game, and Northwestern comes in at 62.6. UCLA has a bit more balance on offense but has slowed down a lot. See that 60-58 Arizona game in the PAC-12 tournament. 

Now, 66% of the public thinks the Over will hit at 126.5. BetMGM gives bettors that extra point. That might help. UCLA can help cover the Under as they are 14-10 when a favorite faces a team with equal rest.

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Best Over/Under Bets Today - March Madness Round 2

Auburn vs. Houston - Under 131.5 points

This South Region clash should feature a good deal of defense. Houston yields a mere 56.4 points per game. Auburn is not as defensively stout, but the Cougars can draw any team into their pace of play. 

Aside from the game they lost to Memphis in the AAC championship game, where injuries played a key role, the Cougars rank first in defensive rating and second in points allowed. 

Auburn doesn't have the forwards to push Houston around enough. Houston keeps the score down, paving the way for the Under.

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Best Chances to Win March Madness - Futures Odds - Houston - +500

A few teams stand out when it comes to Odds to Win March Madness. Houston is one, but Alabama, UCLA, and Kansas could be right there. 

Round 2 expects to be far more difficult compared to the first round. Typically, fewer upsets happen as well. Houston and even UCLA should slug by Auburn and Northwestern, respectively.

There might be a few surprises, including Princeton. Arkansas can stay competitive with Kansas, but the Jayhawks should pull through late. Experienced teams start drawing on their previous battles as Round 2 continues. March Madness Betting projects Houston tied with Alabama, which adds value. 

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