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Midwest Regional First Round - Greenville, SC Betting Information

On the whole, Bruce Pearl has to be considered the greatest miracle worker in college basketball.  Auburn basketball was nothing before he arrived.  Football-crazed fans on the plains had no time or interest in a losing basketball program.  But Pearl has flipped the script.  Now Auburn sells out all of its games with tickets at a premium price.  Three years ago, the Tigers’ March Madness betting Final Four berth was of epic proportions.  Auburn has the national spotlight on them as the Big Dance commences.  And a first-round matchup against Jacksonville State feeds into that.

2022 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament

Midwest Regional First Round – Greenville, SC Betting Information

Date: Friday, March 18, 2022
Time: 12:40 pm ET
Location: Bon Secours Wellness Arena, Greenville, South Carolina
TV Coverage: truTV

#15 Jacksonville State vs. #2 Auburn Betting Odds

Jacksonville St +15½ ( -110 ) 138 ( -110 ) +1000
Auburn -15½ ( -110 ) 138 ( -110 ) -1500
Place Bets

First place in the SEC regular-season belonged to Auburn.  The Tigers bring a sportsbook record of 27-5 straight up, 19-13 against the spread, and 18-14 over the total.  War Eagle has national metrics of 24th for scoring offense and 116th for points allowed.  Of great concern was Auburn’s fade down the stretch.  War Eagle covered only two of its last ten games.  Too much casual money has begun flooding in on the Tigers.

Overall, Jacksonville State is 21-10 straight up, 17-12 against the spread, and 14-15 under the total.  The Gamecocks have national metrics of 94th for scoring offense and 126th for points allowed.  Jacksonville State has covered five of its most recent six games.

CashBet Best Bet: 

Jacksonville State Gamecocks

#10 Miami-FL vs. #7 USC Betting Odds

Miami Florida +2 ( -110 ) 139½ ( -110 ) +110
USC -2 ( -110 ) 139½ ( -110 ) -130
Place Bets

Miami stands at 23-10 straight up, 18-14-1 against the spread, and 20-13 over the total.  In sum, the Hurricanes have national metrics of 83rd for scoring offense and 229th for points allowed.  Miami is in good 2022 March Madness betting form with 7-2-1 vs. the line in its most recent ten games.

USC has a record of 26-7 straight up, 15-18 against the spread, and 15-17-1 under the total.  In sum, the Trojans have national metrics of 128th for scoring offense and 84th for points allowed.  USC limps in with just two payouts in its most recent eight games.

CashBet Best Bet: 

Miami-FL Hurricanes

#15 Cal-State Fullerton vs. #2 Duke Betting Odds

CSU Fullerton +18½ ( -110 ) 145½ ( -110 ) +1500
Duke -18½ ( -110 ) 145½ ( -110 ) -3000
Place Bets

Of course, the storyline with Duke is that this is head coach Mike Krzyzewski’s last NCAA Tournament before retirement.  Duke brings a bet on NCAA basketball record of 28-6 straight up, 17-15-2 against the spread, and 19-14-1 over the total.  Duke has national metrics of 9th for scoring offense and 85th for points allowed.  Late on, the Blue Devils have failed to get the cash in four consecutive games.

Cal-State Fullerton stands at 21-10 straight up, 16-11-2 against the spread, and 12-17 under the total.  In sum, the Titans have national metrics of 192nd for scoring offense and 122nd for points allowed.  The Titans are unbeaten in their last three games against the line and won the Big West tournament.

CashBet Best Bet: 

Cal-State Fullerton Titans

#10 Davidson vs. #7 Michigan State Betting Odds

Davidson +1 ( -110 ) 141 ( -110 ) -103
Michigan State -1 ( -110 ) 141 ( -110 ) -117
Place Bets

Michigan State brings a 2022 March Madness betting record of 22-12 straight up, 18-15-1 against the spread, and 18-15-1 over the total.  In sum, MSU has national metrics of 150th for scoring offense and 155th for points allowed.  Sparty has gotten the cash in four consecutive games.

Davidson arrives with a mark of 27-6 straight up, 20-12 against the spread, and 18-14 over the total.  The Wildcats have national metrics of 61st for scoring offense and 87th for points allowed.  Late on, Davidson has covered six of its last eight games.  However, the Wildcats lost the Atlantic 10 Conference tournament championship to Richmond 64-62.

Since 1989 coach Bob McKillop has been at the helm for Davidson.  While not as well known as Michigan State’s Tom Izzo, McKillop is as good, if not better.

CashBet Best Bet: 

Davidson Wildcats


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