Date/Time: March 21, 2014, 1:40 p.m. EST
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The NCAA college basketball tournament kicks off on Thursday and one of the most intriguing regions to watch will be the South region, which is expected to be dominated by Kansas and Florida. That could change if a Cinderella emerges to surprise the field. Two of those teams meet in the opener as the Stanford Cardinal and the New Mexico Lobos face off for the right to advance to the next round and most likely take on the No. 2 seed, the Kansas Jayhawks.
The latest 2014 NCAA Tournament college basketball odds for this game opened up with the Lobos listed as (-3) point favorites. The early betting public has favored New Mexico and their talented big men as over 60 percent have bet on the Lobos to advance. Despite that money push, the betting line has actually dropped and can now be found at (-2.5) at several of the top rated online sportsbooks.
The No. 10 seed Stanford managed to get 21 win this season and earned an at-large bid and the right to play the Lobos in the South Regional at St. Louis in the program’s return to the tournament for the first time since 2008. The berth comes two years after Coach Johnny Dawkins led the Cardinal to the NIT championship, yet they are still searching for respect. The same could be said for New Mexico.
There is a bit of irony in New Mexico’s first-round battle with the Stanford Cardinal of Palo Alto. The Lobos were upset in their first game in last year’s NCAA dance. New Mexico was knocked out of the 2013 NCAA Tournament by Harvard, considered one of the top academic institutions in the world. Now they have to prove that they are better than a one and done type of basketball team.
The latest 2014 NCAA Tournament college basketball betting trends for this game reveal that the Lobos enter this game as hot as anyone in the league. New Mexico is 9-1 straight up in its last 10 games overall and they win with big men that play defense. The total has gone under in 8 of New Mexico’s last 9 games which are proof that playing tough defense will win ball games. This is something that they will hope to pull off against the Cardinal in this opening game of the 2014 NCAA Tournament.
The Cardinal may be one of the only teams that have the size to match up with the Lobos and they will use that size to send the Lobos to another early exit in the big dance.
Free Pick: Stanford Cardinal +2.5
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