By Nick Savage & Jake Lazarus & Trevor Roughan
This March Madness, an estimated $15.5 billion will be wagered. Roughly 31 million American adults will place a traditional bet online or at a physical sports book.
Our goal is to beat the public by using the Only Players Expert Pick Tracker, experts with positive and public records who pick every tournament matchup. While shocking upsets do happen, the wisdom of the crowd fits sports gambling trends quite well.
Remember… anything can happen in March!
|Expert||2023 Record||FUR @ SDSU||DUKE @ TENN||ARK @ KU||PRIN @ MIZ||AUB @ HOU||PSU @ TEX||NU @ UCLA||MD @ ALA|
|Oddstrader||21-19||FUR +6||TENN +3.5||ARK +3.5||PRIN +6.5||HOU -5.5||PSU +5.5||NU +7.5||ALA -8.5|
|Covers||21-19||SDSU -5.5||DUKE -3||KU -3||MIZ -6.5||HOU -5.5||TEX -5||UCLA -7.5||ALA -8.5|
|Dimers||21-19||SDSU -5.5||DUKE -3.5||KU -3.5||MIZ -6.5||HOU -5.5||TEX -5.5||UCLA -7.5||ALA -9|
|PickWise||13-20||N/A||DUKE -3.5||N/A||PRIN +6.5||N/A||N/A||N/A||ALA -8|
|Action Network||19-20||FUR +6||TENN +3.5||ARK +3.5||N/A||HOU -5.5||PSU +5.5||UCLA -7.5||MD +8.5|
|CBS Sports||20-19||SDSU -6||TENN +3.5||KU -3||MIZ -6.5||HOU -5.5||PSU +5.5||UCLA -7.5||MD +9|
|Sports Chat Place||15-22||SDSU -5.5||DUKE -2.5||ARK +4.5||PRIN +6.5||AUB +7||TEX -5.5||NU +7.5||ALA -8.5|
After a wild Round of 64 featuring upsets left and right, let’s move on to the Round of 32, where the field will once again be cut in half.
No. 13 seed Furman will take on No. 5 seed San Diego St for a chance to advance to the Sweet 16.
Furman shocked the college basketball world by taking down the No. 4 seed Virginia Cavaliers 68-67 on a wild finishing sequence. JP Pagues hit a 3-pointer with 2.2 seconds left giving Furman its first NCAA tournament win since 1974.
However, only two of our six experts who picked this game are riding with Furman’s Cinderella story to continue. The remaining four experts are riding with San Diego St to reach the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2014.
No. 15 seed Princeton will face off against the No. 7 seed Missouri Tigers. Princeton became the 11th 15-seed to upset a 2-seed in NCAA tournament history after the Tigers beat 2 Arizona.
Two of our top three experts are picking Mizzou to cover the -6.5 spread and advance to the Sweet 16. If Missouri can score 68 points or more on Saturday, they will have a great shot at winning this one. When scoring over that number, Missouri is 13-6-1 and 21-0 overall.
Five of our six experts are picking No. 1 seed Houston to cover a -5.5 spread over No. 9 seed Auburn, including all top five experts. Auburn has been a difficult team to pick this season, going 16-16-1 against the spread and winning both games outright they have been at least 5.5 underdogs.
Auburn played well against No. 8 seed Iowa on Thursday, covering a -1.5 spread in a virtual home game in Birmingham, Alabama.
The Cougars beat No. 16 seed Northern Kentucky in what was a closer game than many expected, including our experts. It was a tight game throughout before Houston pulled away late in the send half.
Four out of our six experts like No. 2 seed UCLA to cover -7.5 against No. 7 seed Northwestern in Sacremento, California. The Bruins will have the advantage of staying in their home state of California, just a five-hour road trip north of their campus.
Northwestern has proven to be comfortable when they play away from home, going 8-1 against the spread in those games.
UCLA cruised to a first-round victory over No. 15 seed UNC Ashville 86-53. They seemed poised and ready to go to make a run at back-to-back Final Four appearances.
Five of our seven experts are picking the overall No. 1 seed Alabama Crimson Tide to cover as -8.5 favorites over the No. 8 seed Maryland Terrapins. Alabama has cruised through most of this season, winning the SEC regular season title and the SEC tournament.
Amid controversy, projected lottery pick Brandon Miller has been Alabama’s best player. Miller is averaging 19.7 points in 33.2 minutes per game. The star forward has been dealing with a minor groin injury and was held scoreless in Alabama’s Round of 64 win. The Tide do not expect that to be an ongoing issue, and Miller said the injury is “getting better by the day.”
Survive and advance!