Although being in the NCAA Tournament is new to these Wake Forest Demon Deacons, their track record with Big 12 teams might give bettors confidence.
The Demon Deacons are listed as the one-point favorite against the Kansas State Wildcats with a 152-point total in their NCAA Tournament First Four matchup at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com for Tuesday night.
Perhaps not surprisingly for a team coached by Danny Manning, who starred at Kansas once upon a time, Wake Forest is 4-1 straight-up and 5-0 against the spread in its last five games against the Big 12. In contrast, K-State is 1-3 SU in its last four games against the ACC.
Sophomore forward John Collins is a 20-and-10 player for Wake Forest, which is 6-0 ATS in their last six games after an ATS loss. Kansas State has struggled all season at limiting opponents’ three-point looks and Wake Forest is third nationally in hitting three-balls.
The total has gone OVER in 15 of Wake Forest’s last 17 games. The winner faces the Cincinnati Bearcats in Sacramento on Friday.
The New Orleans Privateers are 1.5-point betting favorites against the Mount St. Mary’s Mountaineers with a 131-point total in their matchup of East Regional No. 16 seeds on Tuesday. New Orleans and forward Erik Thomas are 8-2 straight-up over their last 10 games, but Mount St. Mary’s is 15-3 SU over its last 18. The Mountaineers’ pressing defense can throw off a team which has to prep for it on short notice.
The total has gone under in seven of Mount St. Mary’s last eight games as an underdog. The winner gets the treat of playing the top overall seed Villanova Wildcats next.
The North Carolina Central Eagles are four-point favorites against the UC Davis Aggies with a 131.5-point total in a matchup of No. 16 seeds in the Midwest Region on Wednesday. The Eagles, 4-0 ATS in their last four games as a favorite of three or more points, have the best player in the fray in senior G Patrick Cole. North Carolina Central also keeps teams off the three-point line, which means UC Davis, which isn’t very efficient, will have to score by twos.
The total has gone over in five of UC Davis’ last seven games as an underdog. The winner will face the No. 1 Kansas Jayhawks in the Round of 64.
And the USC Trojans are 2.5-point favorites against the Providence Friars on Wednesday with a 140-point total. The Trojans are 2-5 SU and ATS in their last seven games as a favorite of three or fewer points and they are streaky, although F Benny Boatwright can take over a game.
Providence, which is in the top 10 percent of the country in defensive efficiency, is 8-1 ATS in its last nine games as an underdog. Point guard Kyron Cartwright runs a balanced attack with four double-digit scorers. The winner will face the No. 6 seed SMU Mustangs in Tulsa.