Date/Time: March 22, 2014, 8:40 p.m. EST
Line: Michigan St -7
The NCAA Tournament once again tipped off the season with several upsets highlighting the first day of action. One of the many upsets for day one featured the Harvard Crimson as they defeated the Cincinnati Bearcats. The Crimson had to hold on for the win after building an early lead, but they advanced past the first round again with the big win. Many experts believe that this was not a major upset as Harvard has a very talented basketball tea. That team will not have to wait very long to get a big test as they do battle with the Michigan State Spartans next.
The latest 2014 NCAA Tournament college basketball odds for this game opened up with the Spartans listed as (-7.5) point favorites. After winning the Big Ten Championship and ending the season on a winning note, many experts believe that the Spartans can make a run to win the tournament.
This is not a big surprise for anyone that knows how well that Harvard has played this year. With the win, Harvard improves to 27-4 overall, setting a new program record for wins in a season. The Crimson also becomes the first Ivy League team to win an NCAA Tournament game in consecutive seasons since Princeton did so in 1983 and 1984. Wesley Saunders finished with a team-high 12 points and four assists against Cincinati, with Siyani Chambers and Laurent Rivard each contributing 11. This shows just how balanced and deep this team is on the basketball court.
The latest 2014 NCAA Tournament college basketball betting trends for this game reveal that both of these teams come into this game with positive wagering angles in their favor. The Crimson are 4-1 against the spread (ATS) in their last 5 games when playing against a team with a winning straight up record, 8-2 ATS in their last 10 non-conference games and 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games following a straight up win. The Spartans are 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 games when playing against a team with a winning percentage above .600, 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 games when playing against a team with a winning straight up record and 18-7-1 ATS in their last 26 games overall.
Harvard does not get caught up in the moment and they do have a very talented team that can play with the Spartans. The Crimson will not win this game but they will keep it close enough to be the best bet of this round of the tournament. Take the Crimson and the points.
Free Pick: Harvard Crimson
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