Every year during March Madness, we always see one team making an unexpected run that bursts brackets all over the place. Part of the fun of creating brackets and wagering on the tournament is trying to figure out which teams might be ready to spring the upset. It’s no easy task, though, as you never really know when one of the top teams is going to have an off day, or when one of the lower seeds is going to put it all together and deliver a stunning performance. That is what the Longwood Lancers are going to need to do if they are to take out the #3 seeded Tennessee Volunteers and move on to the second round. The bookies certainly seem to think that Tennessee has this one in the bag, as they have them in as 17 ½ point favorites. The point total for this one is set at 132. With that in mind, let’s take a look at both teams and how they arrive in this Longwood vs Tennessee matchup so you can bet against their March Madness Odds.
March Madness First Round Betting Preview for Longwood Lancers vs Tennessee Volunteers
#14 Longwood versus #3 Tennessee Match Info
- When: Thursday, March 17 at 2:45 PM EST
- Where: Gainbridge Fieldhouse, Indianapolis
- TV: CBS
Why bet on the Longwood Lancers
The teams that eventually go on to win a championship are very often those that start to build momentum before the playoffs begin. If that is indeed the case, then you can bet that the Longwood Lancers are going to feel ready for this one. They ended the season on an 8-game winning streak that ended with them hoisting the Big South Conference Championship. They had a fantastic season, but they are stepping up in class a bit for this Round 1 matchup. The Lancers are worth taking a look at against the spread, though, as they have covered in 4 of their last 5 overall and are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games played in the month of March. While the OVER has hit in 5 of their last 7, the UNDER has hit in 4 of the last 5 games that the Lancers started as an underdog.
Why bet on the Tennessee Volunteers
There are some who would suggest that the Tennessee Volunteers are a bit of a surprise to be the #3 seed in their region, but they are coming off an SEC Championship win and on a run that has seen them win 7 in a row. Let’s not forget that this team has gone 26-7 on the season and are now very much in dark horse territory for a lot of bettors. Tournament aside, they should not have too much trouble taking care of Longwood in the opening round, although the size of the spread is a little disconcerting. Tennessee has been a decent pick, though, covering in 5 of their last 7 games, while also going 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games starting as the favorite. The Vols have seen 5 of their last 7 games played in the month of March go UNDER the point total.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
Tennessee looks to be the solid SU pick here, but I do have to say that the point spread makes me nervous. I think the Vols might just cover, but it is the OVER that I like in this one, as the total is just low enough to be tempting.
NCAA Basketball Pick: Longwood Lancers 63 Tennessee Volunteers 82
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