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2022 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament West Regional First Round - San Diego, CA Betting Information

Three years ago, Texas Tech stunned America as a March Madness betting Final Four team.  Then-head coach Chris Beard was the toast of college basketball.  Now Beard is the head coach of the Texas Longhorns.  Mark Adams was elevated from Beard’s assistant to head coach of the Red Raiders.  Adams faces the daunting task of replacing the legend that made history.  It follows that the real test for Adams begins on Friday.  Texas Tech faces Montana State in the opening round from San Diego.  Last year Alabama gained national respect.  But this year, the Crimson Tide has been wildly inconsistent.

2022 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament

West Regional First Round – San Diego, CA Betting Information

Date: Friday, March 18, 2022
Time: 12:45 pm ET
Location: Viejas Arena, San Diego, California
TV Coverage: TNT

#14 Montana State vs. #3 Texas Tech Betting Odds

Montana State +15 ( -110 ) 132 ( -110 ) +1050
Texas Tech -15 ( -110 ) 132 ( -110 ) -1600
Place Bets

Texas Tech has a top online sportsbook record of 25-9 straight up, 21-13 against the spread, and 16-18 under the total.  Overall, the Red Raiders have national metrics of 144th for scoring offense and 14th for points allowed.  Texas Tech has failed to cover five of its last six games.

Montana State stands at 27-7 straight up, 17-14-1 against the spread, and 17-14-1 over the total.  In sum, the Bobcats have national metrics of 49th for scoring offense and 174th for points allowed.  Montana State has covered three in a row as the Big Sky tournament champion.

CashBet Best Bet: 

Montana State Bobcats

First Four Winner vs. #6 Alabama – 4:15 PM – TNT  

Alabama has taken a big step back in 2022.  Overall, the Crimson Tide has a 2022 March Madness Betting record of 19-12 straight up, 11-19-1 against the spread, and 21-10 over the total.  Alabama has national metrics of 12th for scoring offense but 327th for points allowed.  Specifically, Alabama’s defense left the back door open far too often.

First Four Winner vs. #1 Arizona – 7:27 PM – truTV  

Arizona brings a bet on NCAA basketball record of 28-3 straight up, 18-12-1 against the spread, and 17-14 over the total.  National metrics show the Wildcats ranked 3rd for scoring offense and 108th for points allowed.  Late on, Arizona has covered five of its most recent eight games.  The Wildcats were Pac-12 regular season and tournament champions.

To be exact, Arizona is one of the most remarkable stories in college basketball.  First-year head coach Tommy Lloyd arrived at a nuclear waste site.  Arizona had just fired long-time head coach Sean Miller for a drop in production related to NCAA investigations.  Lloyd was safely away from all of that as the top assistant to Mark Few at Gonzaga.  Fashion that Lloyd had an excellent reputation for rules compliance and basketball excellence.  Gonzaga is a model college basketball program.

Since taking over, Lloyd has injected the Wildcats with new life.  At the beginning of the season, Arizona was written off for dead.  Now they enter the Big Dance as the top seed of the South region.

#9 TCU vs. #8 Seton Hall Betting Odds

TCU PK ( -110 ) 129 ( -110 ) -110
Seton Hall PK ( -110 ) 129 ( -110 ) -110
Place Bets

On the whole, Seton Hall is 20-9 straight up, 14-14 against the spread, and 10-18 under the total.  The Pirates have 2022 March Madness Betting metrics of 102nd for scoring offense and 113th for points allowed.  Seton Hall has failed to cover five of its most recent seven games.

TCU brings a mark of 20-12 straight up, 18-11-3 against the spread, and 14-16-2 under the total.  In turn, the Horned Frogs have national metrics of 249th for scoring offense and 50th for points allowed.  TCU has gotten the cash in six of its previous eight games.  Of major concern is the lack of reliable offense for the Horned Frogs.  That does not match up well against a solid Seton Hall defense.

CashBet Best Bet: 

Seton Hall Pirates


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