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March Madness Thursday Brings Four Games from Fort Worth  

2022 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament East Regional First Round vs. Fort Worth, TX Betting Information

Last year the Baylor Bears won their first national championship.  One would think that would give Baylor credibility with the gambling public.  But that has not been the case.  It’s not as if Baylor lacks March Madness betting cache.  Baylor has seen a sharp increase in traffic.  However, the Bears are still not considered to be in the same class as traditional blue bloods.  Baylor is the top seed for the East Region.  Yet the buzz around the Bears doesn’t reflect that.  Fort Worth has a strong lineup for Thursday’s action.

2022 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament

East Regional First Round vs. Fort Worth, TX Betting Information

Date: Thursday, March 17, 2022
Time: 2:00 pm ET
Location: Dickies Arena, Fort Worth, Texas
TV Coverage: TBS

#16 Norfolk State vs. #1 Baylor Betting Odds

Norfolk St +20½ ( -110 ) 137½ ( -110 ) +2250
Baylor -20½ ( -110 ) 137½ ( -110 ) -4500
Place Bets

Baylor brings a sportsbook odds record of 26-5 straight up, 16-13-2 against the spread, and 16-14 over the total.  Baylor has national metrics of 47th for scoring offense and 34th for points allowed.  First place in the Big 12 went to Baylor.  The Bears have covered only two of their previous six games.   Head coach Scott Drew has a well-schooled team and system.

Norfolk State has a record of 24-6 straight up, 17-9-1 against the spread, and 12-15 under the total.  Overall, the Spartans have national metrics of 69th for scoring offense and 40th for points allowed.  Norfolk State was the champion of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.  Late on, the Spartans have covered three of their most recent five games.

CashBet Best Bet:  Baylor Bears

#9 Marquette vs. #8 North Carolina Betting Odds

Marquette +3½ ( -110 ) 152 ( -110 ) +150
North Carolina -3½ ( -110 ) 152 ( -110 ) -170
Place Bets

Marquette stands at 19-11 straight up, 16-14 against the spread, and 15-14 over the total.  In sum, the Golden Eagles have national metrics of 88th for scoring offense and 226th for points allowed.  Marquette has covered only one of its last seven games.  First-year coach Shaka Smart has proven to be a nice fit at Marquette.  

By contrast, North Carolina has a 2022 March Madness betting record of 24-9 straight up, 16-16-1 against the spread, and 19-13-1 over the total.  UNC has national metrics of 28th for scoring offense and 279th for points allowed.  The Tar Heels have covered four of their most recent five games.  First-year head coach Hubert Davis got mixed reviews, but his team is dancing.

CashBet Best Bet:  Marquette Golden Eagles

#9 Creighton vs. #8 San Diego State Betting Odds

Creighton +2 ( -110 ) 121 ( -110 ) +113
San Diego State -2 ( -110 ) 121 ( -110 ) -133
Place Bets

Overall, Creighton has a bet on NCAA basketball record of 22-11 straight up, 19-14 against the spread, and 11-21-1 under the total.  The Bluejays have national metrics of 233rd for scoring offense and 106th for points allowed.  Creighton has covered six of its most recent eight games.

Counter to that is San Diego State at 23-8 straight up, 17-14 against the spread, and 12-19 under the total.  The Aztecs have national metrics of 297th for scoring offense and 2nd for points allowed.  San Diego State has covered five of its most recent seven games.

CashBet Best Bet:  San Diego State Aztecs

First Four Winner vs. #1 Kansas Jayhawks – 9:57 PM – truTV

Overall, Kansas has a 2022 March Madness Betting record of 25-6 straight up, 14-16-1 against the spread, and 17-14 over the total.  The Jayhawks have national metrics of 29th for scoring offense and 168th for points allowed.  Despite a recent surge, Kansas has failed to cover three of its most recent four games.

Head coach Bill Self has turned in one of his best coaching performances at Kansas.  Following a humiliating 80-62 home loss to Kentucky, the Jayhawks were panned and written off as pretenders.  Instead, Self rallied his team to win the Big 12 regular season and tournament championships. Ochai Agbaji leads KU with 19.7 points per game.  Agbaji is one of the nation’s top players.


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