Date/Time: March 20, 2014, 2:10 p.m. EST
College Basketball Betting Odds from BetAnySports
Line: Cincinnati -3
The 2014 NCAA Tournament kicks off on Thursday with all of the top teams in the country vying to be the best in the country. While many fans are putting their brackets together, they always look for a team that could pull off the upset. One of the more popular potential upset picks that is being discussed before tip off is the game that features the Harvard Crimson and the Cincinnati Bearcats.
The latest 2014 NCAA Tournament college basketball odds for this game opened up with the Bearcats listed as (-3.5) point favorites in this opening contest. Although over 58 percent of the betting public is backing Cincinnati, the point spread has actually dropped in this game due to the fact that the sharps like Harvard as a No. 12 seed.
Harvard is getting plenty of attention from college basketball experts and bracket fans because they have been to the big dance before, are well coached and are very familiar with upsets. Coach Tommy Amaker has plenty of experience in his game playing days as a Duke Blue Devil, but he also was responsible for a big upset a year ago in this tournament as Harvard toppled New Mexico in the first round. Harvard is the first team from the Ivy League to post five consecutive 20-win seasons since Penn did it a record six times from 1970-75.
The Bearcats are a very good team and they win by playing solid defense. They will have to be on their toes and play great basketball if they have hopes of taking down Harvard who have succeed in this spot.
The winner of this game will face either No. 4 Michigan State or No. 13 Delaware in a third-round matchup.
The latest 2014 NCAA Tournament college basketball betting trends for this game reveal that the edge belongs to Harvard when it comes to wagering angles. The Bearcats are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games when playing against a team with a winning straight up record, 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games following a straight up loss and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games. The Crimson are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games after scoring more than 90 points in their previous game, 7-2 ATS in their last 9 non-conference games and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
This is a spot to go with the No. 12 seed and look for the classic upset in the first round of the March Madness tournament. Getting this kind of early pick will help you avoid getting your bracket busted early.
Free Pick: Harvard Crimson
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