It’s Go Time – Selection Sunday draws nigh and while some teams are already booked in for a spot in the tournament, others have to make their case over the next few days.
It’s Championship week and invites to the big dance are waiting to be grabbed.
Some Conference tournaments are complete, some are half way through and some are only beginning, just all part of the “calm” before the real madness begins.
ACC First Round: North Carolina St. Wolfpack vs. Maryland Terrapins
One of the games on the first day of the ACC tourney sees two of conference’s charter schools, NC State and Maryland, taking on one another.
Although near the bottom of the ACC standings thanks to a 6-10 conference record, the Wolfpack have actually been a pretty profitable pick this year, going 16-13 SU and 15-8-1 ATS and Maryland hasn’t been too shabby either going 18-12 SU and 12-10-2 ATS.
The Wolfpack haven’t fared too well against the Terrapins going 6-14 SU and 7-13 ATS in the last 20 Maryland games.
In their last 20 March tilts, the Terrapins haven’t really lit up the scoreboard going 5-14-1 on the Over/Under.
While North Carolina State has gone 8-12 SU in its last 20 games in March, it is 11-8-1 ATS and like Maryland, tends to go Under set Totals with an O/U record of 7-13.
When listed at -2 or less, Maryland has gone 8-3 SU and ATS in its last 11 games while North Carolina State has gone 11-9 SU and 11-8-1 ATS in its last 20 games when underdogs of 2-points or less.
Online sportsbook SPORTSBETTING.COM is reporting even action on this one, with 53% of the betting action tipped towards the Terps.
ACC First Round: Virginia Cavaliers vs. Boston College Eagles
The final game of the Atlantic Coast Conference’s first round sees Boston College taking on Virginia.
Listed by ESPN as a Bubble team that should make it to March Madness, BC has gone 21-10 SU this season, 13-12-1 ATS and 15-10-1 on the Over/Under; it is also listed at +450 as a field bet to take the ACC championship tournament.
Since 2006, the Eagles have met the Cavs five times with Virginia holding the edge both straight up and against the spread; 2-3 SU and 1-4 ATS.
In its last 14 games in the month of March, BC has gone 4-10 on the Over/Under and in the last 20 games when favored by 4-points or less, it has gone 14-6 ATS, 11-7-2 ATS and 13-7 on the Over/Under.
The Eagles are seeing 66% of all the action in this tilt.
Big 12 Quarterfinals: Oklahoma State Cowboys at Oklahoma Sooners
An intrastate battle sees Oklahoma St. and Oklahoma battling for a spot in the semifinals on Friday.
Sitting second in the Big 12 based on the regular season, Oklahoma is 27-4 SU with an ATS record of 14-12 and an Over/Under record of 17-9 while Oklahoma St. is fifth in the conference with a 21-10 record SU, 14-10-1 ATS and 13-12 O/U.
While Oklahoma has the edge against their Big 12 and state rivals with a 12-8 record SU, Oklahoma State has the edge ATS with a record of 11-9.
The Cowboys aren’t that sharp in March as they are 8-12 SU and 9-8-2 ATS in their last 20 in that month while the Sooners also aren’t made for March either at 10-10 SU and 6-14 ATS the last 20 March games.
If you’re superstitious, you might consider wagering on the Sooners in this one as star forward Blake Griffin appeared on the Jim Rome radio show, aka The Jungle, and could be blessed with the “Jungle Karma.”
The Sooners have caught the attention of the betting public, with 74% of the betting action on Oklahoma.
Good luck with all your plays through the rest of Championship week.