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Indianapolis Region Set for Four Thursday March Madness Matchups

2022 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Regional First Round – Indianapolis Betting Information

Perhaps the biggest factor in getting March Madness betting value is branding.  Branding is important to gamblers, but it is important to the NCAA.  To be exact, Michigan is a great example of the power of college basketball brands.  Most bracketology experts wrote off the Maize and Blue as not needing their dance shoes this week.  And Texas A&M’s surge in the SEC tournament enhanced that theory.  Yet the Wolverines got the invite anyway.  Anyone that says branding doesn’t matter is an absolute fraud or ignoramus.

2022 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament

Regional First Round – Indianapolis Betting Information

Date: Thursday, March 17, 2022
Time: 12:15 pm ET
Location: Gainbridge Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
TV Coverage: CBS

#11 Michigan vs. #6 Colorado State Betting Odds

Michigan -1½ ( -110 ) 137 ( -110 ) -123
Colorado State +1½ ( -110 ) 137 ( -110 ) +103
Place Bets

Michigan has an online sportsbook record of 17-14 straight up, 13-18 against the spread, and 19-12 over the total.  In sum, the Wolverines have national metrics of 130th for scoring offense and 205th for points allowed.  The Wolverines have failed to cover nine of their final 15 games.  In turn, there are reasonable objections to Michigan getting into the Big Dance.  Michigan has not provided championship consistency.

By contrast, Colorado State is 25-5 straight up, 14-15 against the spread, and 10-19 under the total.  The Rams have national metrics of 78th for scoring offense and 97th for points allowed.  Late on, Colorado State has covered only one of its most recent six games.  David Roddy is averaging 19.4 points and 7.6 rebounds per game.

CashBet Best Bet:  Colorado State

#14 Longwood vs. #3 Tennessee Betting Odds



+18 ( -110 ) 132 ( -110 ) +1500


-18 ( -110 ) 132 ( -110 ) -3000
Place Bets

Last weekend the Tennessee Volunteers punched their 2022 March Madness betting ticket with the SEC tournament championship.  UT stands at 26-7 straight up, 20-13 against the spread, and 14-19 under the total.  Tennessee has national metrics of 118th for scoring offense and 33rd for points allowed.  Late on, the Volunteers have covered five of their most recent seven games.  Tennessee’s defense has done an excellent job of keeping the back door closed.

Overall, Longwood is 26-6 straight up, 19-9 against the spread, and 15-13 over the total.  The Lancers have national metrics of 56th for scoring offense and 58th for points allowed.  Longwood paid in five of its last seven games.

CashBet Best Bet:  Tennessee Volunteers

#15 Saint Peter’s vs. #2 Kentucky Betting Odds


Saint Peter’s

+18 ( -110 ) 132 ( -110 ) +1500


-18 ( -110 ) 132 ( -110 ) -3000
Place Bets

Kentucky brings a bet on NCAA basketball record of 26-7 straight up, 14-18-1 against the spread, and 16-17 under the total.  Overall, UK has national metrics of 13th for scoring offense and 76th for points allowed.  Kentucky has gotten the cash in only one of its most recent six games.

To summarize, Saint Peter’s has a mark of 19-11 straight up, 19-9-1 against the spread, and 11-18 under the total.  Saint Peter’s has national metrics of 286th for scoring offense and 24th for points allowed.  Late on, the Peacocks are on fire with seven consecutive payouts.  Saint Peter’s has had a nice season but is not in Kentucky’s class.

CashBet Best Bet: Kentucky Wildcats

#10 San Francisco vs. #7 Murray State Betting Odds

San Francisco +2 ( -110 ) 136½ ( -110 ) +115
Murray State -2 ( -110 ) 136½ ( -110 ) -115
Place Bets

On the whole, San Francisco brings a 2022 March Madness betting record of 24-9 straight up, 13-18-1 against the spread, and 16-16 over/under the total.  The Dons have national metrics of 39th for scoring offense and 107th for points allowed.  San Francisco has paid in six of its most recent eight games.

Counter to that is Murray State at 30-2 straight up, 16-12-1 against the spread, and 12-17 under the total.  The Racers have national metrics of 23rd for scoring offense and 21st for points allowed.  Although Murray State won the Ohio Valley title, it has covered only one of its most recent five games.  Still, the Racers have shown an impressive level of power.

CashBet Best Bet:  Murray State Racers


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