Select members of the Gaming Today staff offered their best bet for the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Lines are from Westgate SuperBook:
Howard Barish: Mississippi -1.5 vs. Oklahoma (Friday). Ole Miss was ultra-competitive in a deep league and this is not a terrific rendition of a Lon Kruger squad. I’ll take my chances laying the short number.
Steve Carp: Florida +2 vs. Nevada (Thursday). The Wolf Pack looks tired and Jordan Caroline’s health isn’t 100 percent.
Bob Christ: New Mexico State +6 vs. Auburn (Thursday). The Aggies go 10 deep and Auburn probably will be more leg-weary after playing four straight games.
Joe D’Amico: Murray State +4 vs. Marquette (Thursday). The “under-the-radar” Racers are red-hot and have the supporting cast to surprise.
Jim Feist: Cincinnati -3.5 vs. Iowa (Friday). IMO Iowa should not have made the tournament. Losers of five of their last six games does not qualify anyone to make the Big Dance.
Andy Iskoe: Oregon +1.5 vs. Wisconsin (Friday): Veteran coach Dana Altman has the Ducks peaking at the right time, having not just won their last eight games but also covering in each.
Bill Krackomberger: Northeastern+7 vs. Kansas (Thursday). This is a Northeastern team that is trying to make up for missing out last year and this is a perfect spot for them.
W.G. Ramirez: New Mexico State +6 vs. Auburn (Thursday). The Aggies have a plethora of 3-point shooters who can hang with Auburn’s up-tempo game and bring this one to the last possession.
Micah Roberts: Oregon +1.5 vs. Wisconsin (Friday). I like teams that roll into the Tournament hot and also playing close to home and Oregon fits the criteria for both riding an eight-game win and cover streak and playing in San Jose.
Richard Saber: Louisville -5.5 vs. Minnesota (Thursday). Louisville has had great success vs. the Big Ten, going 10-3-1 ATS the last 14 games.
Ramon Scott: Oregon-Wisconsin under 116.5 (Friday). Both teams in the top 20 in defensive efficiency and combined to go 25-42-1 to the under.
Ched Whitney: Virginia Tech -10.5 vs. Saint Louis (Friday). The Billikens made a nice run through the Atlantic 10 tournament, but now they face a Top-25 defense and great 3-point shooting team.
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