Best Bets for NCAAB Round of 64

Posted by Aaron . on March 14, 2016 in

Now that March Madness is here, you may be in the middle of filling out your bracket for that pool at work or for one of those many online contests. If you can make the right picks in the round of 64, though, you can take advantage of some opportunities to make some real money for your account. Find out the latest college basketball online spread here.

Best Bets for NCAAB Round of 64



South Bracket

#9 Connecticut over #8 Colorado

Connecticut marched all the way to the championship of the AAC tournament, making it past Cincinnati, Tulsa, and the regular season champ Temple (SMU being ineligible for postseason play). Colorado had a decent season in the Pac-12, earning a #5 seed, but in my opinion the tournament committee overvalued the whole conference by sending seven squads to the tournament when I don’t think that more than four or five should have gone, and Colorado should have been one of those 11-seeds in the First Four. I see Kevin Ollie’s squad continuing their hot streak and knocking off the Buffaloes.

#10 Temple over #7 Iowa

The regular-season champions of the AAC take on an Iowa team that has not won a big game away from their own arena in over a month and has not won a big game of any kind in several weeks. They are ripe for an upset over a Temple squad that won an underrated conference — one of only five teams in the nation to beat SMU.

West Bracket

#8 St. Joe’s over #9 Cincinnati

I’d believe in the Bearcats a little more if they had made a better showing in the AAC tournament. They knocked off SMU in the regular season finale to give themselves a shot of momentum, but then they didn’t even make the finals in the tournament, and lowly Memphis made it all the way to the title game. St. Joe’s made it all the way to the finals in their conference tournament.

Midwest Bracket

#6 Seton Hall over #11 Gonzaga

The Pirates are back in the NCAA tournament after a lengthy hiatus, while this is not the dominant Gonzaga team of yore. Sure, they dominated the WCC, but there’s a big difference between doing that and beating a team that showed its chops in Big East play this year.

#8 Texas Tech over #9 Butler

Texas Tech has a track record of collapsing early in the NCAA tournament (when they actually make it into the bracket), but Tubby Smith has his charges playing tough against solid teams. They won five straight Big 12 games for the first time in school history, including wins over Iowa State at home and Baylor on the road.

East Bracket

#6 Notre Dame over #11 Michigan or Tulsa

Not only will the Fighting Irish get to take on a team that just traveled to Dayton to play on Tuesday, but they’ll also get a team that played fairly inconsistently in their conference, while Notre Dame knocked off Louisville, North Carolina and Duke in ACC play.