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Portland Hosts Four First Round Thursday March Madness Betting Games

2022 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament East Regional First Round - Portland, OR Betting Information

Last year the UCLA Bruins became one of the great stories in March Madness betting.  UCLA began the NCAA Tournament in the First Four but advanced to the Final Four.  As a result, expectations were increased for this season.  UCLA was good but not great.  To show, the Bruins were runners-up to Arizona in the regular season and conference tournament.  Now UCLA has a chance to redeem itself in the Big Dance.  The Bruins have an easy first-round opponent against Akron.  That sets up well for a potential jumpstart to their season.

2022 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament

East Regional First Round – Portland, OR Betting Information

Date: Thursday, March 17, 2022
Time: 1:45 pm ET
Location: Moda Center, Portland, Oregon
TV Coverage: TNT

#9 Memphis vs. #8 Boise State Betting Odds

Memphis U -3 ( -110 ) 133½ ( -110 ) -155
Boise State +3 ( -110 ) 133½ ( -110 ) +135
Place Bets

Memphis rallied from a bad start to finish 21-10 straight up, 15-15-1 against the spread, and 16-14-1 over the Bitcoin Sportsbook total.  Overall, the Tigers have national metrics of 55th for scoring offense and 161st for points allowed.  Memphis has covered eight of its most recent ten games.

First place in the Mountain West Conference regular-season went to Boise State.  The Broncos are 27-7 straight up, 18-15 against the spread, and 15-18 under the total.  Boise State has national metrics of 225th for scoring offense and 15th for points allowed.  Late on, the Broncos have covered four of their previous six games.

CashBet Best Bet:  Memphis Tigers

#16 Georgia State vs. #1 Gonzaga Betting Odds

Georgia State +23 ( -110 ) 148½ ( -110 ) +3000
Gonzaga -23 ( -110 ) 148½ ( -110 ) -7000
Place Bets

First seed for the entire 2022 March Madness Betting tournament is Gonzaga.  The Zags stand at 26-3 straight up, 14-12-3 against the spread, and 12-17 under the total.  Gonzaga has national metrics of 1st for scoring offense and 54th for points allowed.  Late on, the Bulldogs have covered only one of their previous five games.  Of course, expectations could not be higher for the Zags as the Big Dance begins.

Georgia State brings a record of 18-10 straight up, 12-12-1 against the spread, and 8-17 under the total.  Overall, the Panthers have national metrics of 195th for scoring offense and 46th for points allowed.  Georgia State has bossed the payout window at 8-1-1 vs. the line recently.

CashBet Best Bet:  Gonzaga Bulldogs

First Four Winner vs. #5 Saint Mary’s – 7:20 PM – TBS

Saint Mary’s has a bet on NCAA basketball record of 24-6 straight up, 19-9-1 against the spread, and 13-15 under the total.  Overall, the Gaels have national metrics of 215th for scoring offense and 8th for points allowed.  Saint Mary’s has dropped only three of its last ten games to the spread.  Consider that Saint Mary’s beat Gonzaga 67-57 on February 26 for the ultimate statement maker.  Head coach Randy Bennett has built a strong West Coast Conference program that suffocates opponents.  Saint Mary’s defense is regarded as among the nation’s best.

#13 Akron #4 UCLA Betting Odds

Akron +14 ( -110 ) 128 ( -110 ) +850
UCLA -14 ( -110 ) 128 ( -110 ) -1300
Place Bets

UCLA brings a 2022 March Madness Betting record of 25-7 straight up, 17-14-1 against the spread, and 16-16 over/under the total.  In sum, the Bruins have national metrics of 51st for scoring offense and 45th for points allowed.  Late on, the Bruins have covered five of their most recent seven games.

Head coach Mick Cronin is proving to be the perfect fit in Westwood.  At the onset of his tenure, Cronin was considered a compromise hire.  But the former Cincinnati coach has built a UCLA team that is balanced and tough on its own end.  Cronin put the Bruins into the Final Four in his second year on the job.

Overall, the Akron Zips stand at 24-9 straight up, 17-14 against the spread, and 14-17 under the total.  Akron has national metrics of 170th for scoring offense and 31st for points allowed.  Akron has covered four of its previous five games.  Fashion that the Zips won the MAC tournament.

CashBet Best Bet:  UCLA Bruins


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