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2013 March Madness 2nd Round Picks

2013 March Madness Second Round – Day 2
When: Friday, March 22nd 2013

We’re going to be covering a lot of the action during the 2013 March Madness tournament. In this article I’m going to discuss my best bets for the second round games on Friday. With the odds out for 14 games already there is plenty of action to bet on.

The odds aren’t out for the final two play-in games yet, which are being played tonight to determine the last two teams. There are a number of great games on the schedule for Friday including over a handful of games with point spreads of less than -/+5 points.

2013 March Madness 2nd Round Best Bets

#12 Ole Miss 26-8 (12-6 SEC) is going to have a tough time beating #5 Wisconsin 23-11 (12-6 Big Ten), but the +6 point spread is a bit too high and they should cover ATS. Ole Miss is on a roll and they just beat the Gators 66-63 to win the SEC tournament.

The Rebels average 78.2 PPG (7th), 38.8 RPG (19th) and 12.6 APG (173rd). They lack ball passing skills, but they have a number of scorers that can shoot from anywhere on the court including Marshall Henderson who leads the team with 20.1 PPG.

Wisconsin is going to be a tough team to beat due to their defense that only allows an average of 55.9 PPG (9th). The problem with the Badgers is that they lack a pure scorer and in some games they’ve struggled to score. Covering -6 pts is too much.

In the Midwest Region the #7Creighton Bluejays 27-7 (13-5 MVC) take on #10 Cincinnati 22-11 (9-9 Big East). This is my favorite bet on Friday, as I feel the Bluejays offense is going to be too much for the Bearcats defense to handle in the 2nd round.

Creighton shot the basketball better than any team in the country (50.8%) and they averaged 75.4 PPG (24th). The Bluejays had a RPI rank of #25, but a fairly weak SOS rank of #82 compared to the Bearcats who have an RPI of #50 and SOS of #27.

Doug McDermott has the ability to takeover a basketball game and this year he led the team in PPG (23.1) and RPG (7.5). Cincy is just 4-7 in their L11 games and that’s mainly due to an inept offense. Creighton will outscore the Bearcats and cover ATS.

One of the most anticipated match-ups on Friday is between #8 North Carolina and #9 Villanova in the South Region. UNC is a lot better than they were in the 1st half of the season. The Tar Heels average 77.2 PPG (14th), 39.2 RPG (14th) and 17.3 APG (3rd).

P.J. Hairston is 2nd on the Tar Heels with an average of 14.3 PPG, but he has eight stitches in his hand. It hasn’t seemed to bother him much since the injury and if he can perform well then I can’t see the Tar Heels losing to the Wildcats on Friday.

Villanova isn’t that good defensively (64.9 PPG – 124th) and they also struggle offensively. They have some big wins this season against the likes of Louisville, Syracuse, Georgetown and Marquette, but UNC is too talented to lose to Villanova.

#6 UCLA and #11 Minnesota in the South Region should be close down to the wire. The Bruins are a popular bet heading into the 2nd round of the tournament, but a lot of bettors are worried about whether the lack of experience will play a role against Minny.

Shabazz Muhammad leads the Bruins with 17.8 PPG and is 2nd on the team with 5.3 RPG. Shabazz is great offensively, but he is a bit of a liability on defense. The Bruins lost to the Ducks in the Pac-12 conference tournament, but have been playing well.

UCLA has won 9 of their L12 games while the Golden Gophers have been one of the coldest teams. Minnesota is just 5-11 in their L16 games and I can see them losing to the Bruins in the 2nd round. Minny isn’t good offensively and I like UCLA to win SU.

ScottThis article was written by Scott

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