Jaden Ivey
Purdue guard Jaden Ivey (23) during an NCAA college basketball game against Rutgers in West Lafayette, Ind., Sunday, Feb. 20, 2022. (AP Photo/Doug McSchooler)

MARCH MADNESS NCAA TOURNAMENT BEST BETS – MARCH 18

Patrick Werkmeister

Yale (+16.5) vs. Purdue
In this battle of the 3 seed against the 14 seed, the Purdue Boilermakers take on the Yale Bulldogs. The opening spread for this contest had Purdue as a whopping sixteen and a half-point favorites and that is where this line currently sits. While the Boilermakers are a terrible 0-7 ATS in their last seven games, Yale is a solid 4-1 ATS in their past five games. Additionally, the Bulldogs have been on fire where they are 1-2 SU in their last 13 games. Led by star guard Jaden Ivy, Purdue has had a solid year with a record of 27-6. Similarly, Yale closed out their 19-11 season with an impressive performance in the Ivy League tournament where they secured the championship. Last game out, the Bulldogs defeated Princeton, 66-64, whereas Purdue was easily defeated by Iowa by a score of 75-66. Yale has shown they belong in the field with their hot play down the stretch, whereas Purdue has struggled in the past month. Take the Bulldogs plus the points to at least cover against Purdue.

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Miami vs. USC (-2.5)
For this 7 vs 10 matchup, the USC Trojans take on the Miami Hurricanes. The opening spread for this contest had USC as two and a half-point favorites and that is where the line currently sits. While USC is a shoddy 2-5 ATS in their last seven games, Miami is an impressive 7-3 ATS in their past 10 matches. Led by star big man Isaiah Mobley, USC has had a stellar year with their 26-7 record. Similarly, the Hurricanes have seemingly found their rhythm late in the season where they were able to finish with a 23-10 record. Last game out, the Trojans were narrowly defeated by the UCLA Bruins, whereas Miami lost in a competitive game with Duke, 80-76. USC Trojan Isaiah Mobley scored just 9 points in their last game, so a strong performance from him today gives them a tremendous chance against the Hurricanes. With more signature wins over quality opponents, USC is the more battle-tested squad so they should find a way to secure a victory. Take the Trojans minus the points to cover against Miami.

Iowa State vs. LSU (-4.5)
In this contest of the 6 vs the 11 seed, the LSU Tigers will face off against the Iowa State Cyclones. The opening spread for this contest had LSU as four and a half-point favorites and that is where this line currently sits. Although LSU is just 5-10 ATS in their last 15 games, Iowa State is a shoddy 2-5 SU in their last seven games as an underdog. Led by star forward Tari Eason, LSU has put together a solid 23-10 record in the competitive SEC. Similarly, Iowa State clawed their way to a record of 22-10 in the highly competitive Big 12. Last game out, the Tigers were narrowly defeated by Arkansas, whereas Iowa State was absolutely blown out by Texas Tech, 72-41. However, the Tigers have been playing their best basketball lately, whereas Iowa State is coming off an exposing loss. Although I expect this matchup to be highly contested, I like LSU in this spot to run away with it in the end. Take the Tigers minus the points to cover vs the Cyclones.

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