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March Madness 2019 – First Round Picks

March Madness 2019 – First Round Picks

Published on 21/03/19

Men’s Basketball Championship East Region kicks off with the Yale Bulldogs playing the LSU Tigers on Thursday.

The winner will progress to the 2nd Round of the knockout tournament.

Yale Bulldogs vs. LSU Tigers @ VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena

Past Meetings And Stats

This is the first ever meeting between Yale and LSU and it should be a good game between two improving teams.

Yale has been playing in the Ivy League division, which isn’t on the same level as the opposition LSU has faced this season, but Yale also has their coach, whereas LSU doesn’t.

The Tigers’ coach was fired mid-season after a scandal broke out and the Tigers have since lost to Florida by three points, but they still possess a great team and they are the class outfit between these two sides.

They have beaten the likes of Alabama, Florida and Texas A&M over their last five games and athletically, they should be too tough for Yale, which has played well this season for a 22-7 record.

Verdict

LSU is a premier team in the NCAAB system and they should be progressing through to the 2nd round. Although there is plenty of off-court drama surrounding this team, the players remain focused and we’re confident they will win.

Bookmakers have the line set at 6.5 and although it could be close at the half, LSU will pull away late and score by double digits.

[su_service title=”Free Pick For Yale Bulldogs vs. LSU Tigers” icon=”icon: tipeee” icon_color=”#FA6B03″ size=”30″]LSU Tigers -6.5 @ 1.91 MoPlay, 10Bet, RedZone[/su_service]
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New Mexico State Aggies vs. Auburn Tigers @ Vivint Smart Home Arena

The Midwest Region features two teams which have only 13 losses between them and there’s a good-value bet for players of the Aggies vs. Tigers.

Past Meetings And Stats

There is no history between the Aggies and Tigers, so bettors don’t have past results to go on, but the form is clearly with the Auburn Tigers.

A 41.00 chance to win the Championship earlier this season, Auburn won their conference with a win over former #1 seed Tennessee and they won by 20 points in a commanding display. It’s that kind of basketball which makes the Tigers a threat to win it all this season.

New Mexico State has won their last 19 games but they have come against inferior opposition. We credit their win streak but they haven’t beat teams such as Tennessee, Florida and South Carolina like Auburn has.

There are always upsets in the tournament but the line on offer suits Auburn backers.

Verdict

Bookmakers have the line set at 5.5 and Auburn backers will be pleased with that line. They defeated Tennessee by 20 points coming into this game and that’s a much better win than New Mexico State’s 89-57 win over Grand Canyon.

This could easily be a one-sided 1st round game between two teams on other sides of the quality scale.

[su_service title=”Free Pick For New Mexico State Aggies vs. Auburn Tigers” icon=”icon: tipeee” icon_color=”#FA6B03″ size=”30″]Auburn Tigers –5.5 @ 1.91 WilliamHill, Betfair SB, Ladbrokes, Betway[/su_service]
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Vermont Catamounts vs. Florida State Seminoles @ XL Center

Vermont would be a feel-good story in the tournament but beating the Seminoles would be their best ever achievement as a basketball team.

Past Meetings And Stats

Also playing their first game in the head-to-head matchup, the Seminoles and Catamounts have faced vastly different teams this season and that’s going to show up here.

Florida State lost to #1 Duke leading into this game and they shouldn’t be discounted because of that loss. It came by only 10 points and it was on the back of victories against Virginia, Virginia Tech and a host of other quality teams.

Their losses have come against top-quality teams and considering Vermont has lost to the likes of UMBC (twice), Lipscomb and Bucknell, it’s hard to make a case for them winning this.

Florida State, with some improvement, is a team that could test many teams in the competition and with their star talent on the court, they should score a convincing victory against an undersized Vermont Catamounts team.

Florida State represents the ACC, which includes the likes of Duke, North Carolina and Virginia, just to name a few. The form out of that conference is likely to be the guide betting guide throughout the basketball tournament this March.

Verdict

We thought bookmakers would have the line set at a double-digit number so we were pleasantly surprised when –9 was offered up for Florida State.

Considering they beat Virginia by 10 points just two games ago, that bodes well for this game and the Cavaliers are much stronger opponents than Vermont.

Well done to Vermont for making it to the 1st round of March Madness, but it should be an early exit for the team which has yet to lost a win over a team of note this season.

[su_service title=”Free Pick For Vermont Catamounts vs. Florida State Seminoles” icon=”icon: tipeee” icon_color=”#FA6B03″ size=”30″]Florida State Seminoles -9 @ 1.98 WilliamHill, Unibet[/su_service]
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