Date/Time: March 22, 2014, 7:10 p.m. EST
The NCAA Tournament has always been exciting to watch due to the many upsets and the first full day of action proved that once again there are a few teams that are ready to shock the college basketball world. One of the earliest upsets happened when the Dayton Flyers stunned the Ohio State Buckeyes to advance to play on Saturday. The Flyers held off a late shot by Aaron Craft and sent the No. 6 seed Buckeyes packing. What is their reward for such a big win? A Saturday afternoon meeting with the No. 3 Syracuse Orange, who are strongly considered one of the toughest teams in the country.
The latest 2014 NCAA Tournament college basketball odds for this game opened up with the Orange listed as (-6.5) point favorites. The Orange spent most of the season on top of the college basketball rankings and considering that they are on a roll after an easy first game win it is no surprise that they are favorites and this number could even get higher.
The Flyers, of the Atlantic-10, who have won 11 of 13, upset the Buckeyes with steady play on both sides of the ball. Now they will look to push the ball up the court as fast as they ever have up the floor in hopes of breaking the tough 2-3 zone that the Orange implement. The Flyers have shown a flare for dramatics this season. Vee Sanford’s basket to win it for the Flyers, marked the third time the Flyers have won a game on a shot in the final 4 seconds.
The latest 2014 NCAA Tournament college basketball betting trends for this game reveal that both the Flyers have the edge in this game when it comes to wagering angles. The Flyers are 4-1 against the spread (ATS) in their last 5 games when playing against a team with a winning straight up record, 39-19 ATS in their last 58 non-conference games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 neutral site games. The Orange are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up win of more than 20 points, 3-14 ATS in their last 17 games when playing against a team that resides in the Atlantic 10 conference and 2-6-1 ATS in their last 9 games overall.
The Flyers Cinderella season will come to an end, but they will give the Orange a huge fight. The Orange will win and advance in the tournament, but they will fail to cover the spread against the Flyers.
Free Pick: Dayton Flyers
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