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We are less than a month away from Selection Sunday (March 15) and
the tip-off to March Madness. As the countdown to the Big Dance
starts, the intensity level for all teams is turned up, even those
with an invite already assured.
UConn is one such team. The #1 ranked Huskies will be looking to
shake off a loss to the #4 ranked Pitt Panthers when they face South
Florida on Saturday.
As the week began, UConn found themselves ranked No. 1 in both the
AP and ESPN/USA Today polls but they didnít justify the top-ranking
when they lost to Pitt by a final of 76-68.
SPORTSBETTING.com had UConn listed as a 3-point favorite when the
game tipped off and reported pretty even betting action on it from
(57% of the volume was on UConn) in their largest wagered on game of
the week so far.
The next rankings wonít be released until Monday, so UConn still has
time to make amends for the flub against the Panthers, but it will
be interesting to see what Mondayís new rankings hold them, even if
they do blow South Florida of the court.
Although UConn and South Florida are on opposite ends of the Big
East standings (UConn is obviously at the top and USF is
third-last), the Huskies are only 1-2 ATS in their last three
meetings with the Bulls.
The nationís consensus No. 1 team hasnít been a profitable play for
sports bettors in their last nine home games heading into this
matchup. They have failed to cover the spread in six of those nine
starts in front of their home fans.
Looking at the Over/Under numbers in UConnís last nine home games,
they have recorded 3 overs and 6 unders.
South Florida is an atrocious 2-18 straight up in their last 20 road
games, but have managed to reach .500 against the spread, posting a
10-10 ATS mark in those starts.
Should UConn falter, it will be the perfect opportunity for the
Oklahoma basketball Sooners, who are the consensus No. 2 team in the
nation, to garner top-spot consideration.
Oklahoma vs. Texas
The #2 ranked Sooners will play Big 12 and territorial rival, the
Texas Longhorns in Texas on Saturday.
Despite being the second-best team in NCAA hoops, Oklahoma has
struggled somewhat in Texas going 6-9 ATS in the last 15 road games
against the Longhorns (they are 7-9 straight up in their last 16
visits to Texas).
In the last seven games overall against Texas, Oklahoma is once
again behind the proverbial 8-ball with a record of 1-6 SU and ATS.
However, in the last nine road games overall, Oklahoma is 8-1 SU and
7-2 ATS including a five-game SU and ATS win streak.
Online sportsbooks will be busy writing tickets on this tilt, as it
will be one of the biggest wagered on games of the weekend.
North Carolina vs. Maryland
Ranked No. 3 and sitting atop the ultra-competitive ACC, the North
Carolina Tar Heels will look to improve on their 10-2 conference
with a game at Maryland against the Terrapins.
While UNC is one of the favorites to take the NCAA menís hoops title
this year, it hasnít been profitable against the Terps on the road
going 5-8 ATS in their last 13 games at Maryland.
Total bettors take note: in the last 14 games overall between these
two teams, they have produced 10 overs and 4 unders.
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