There are a few different ways to approach March Madness when it comes time to bet on the tournament. There are some who will grab the low hanging fruit in the opening couple of rounds, playing the top seeds to win against the lesser lights, slowly but surely building their bankroll in the process. Then there are those who will actively look for upsets in an effort to land some big scores in the early going. Whatever method you play, it is still always fun to take in all the action as you try to make the tournament a success. Besides the obvious picks in Round 1, there is always the potential for surprises. Might we see one in this game? The bookies have the Huskies in as a 7-point favorite over New Mexico State, with the point total set at 131 ½. That said, let’s take a look at both teams and how they arrive in this UConn vs New Mexico State matchup so you can bet against their March Madness Odds.
March Madness First Round Betting Preview for UConn Huskies vs New Mexico State Aggies
#5 UConn Huskies versus #12 New Mexico State Aggies Match Info
- When: Thursday, March 17 at 6:50 PM EST
- Where: KeyBank Center, Buffalo
- TV: TNT
Why bet on the UConn Huskies
UConn closed things out with a 23-9 record, and while that is certainly not bad at all, they will also be disappointed to have lost out to Villanova in the semi-final of the Big East Conference Tournament. Still, a #5 seed is a decent reward and one that gives them the potential to make a deep run in the tournament. This, though, is by no means an easy opening round matchup for the Huskies, so they cannot afford to take their opponent for granted. While UConn has won 7 of their last 9 overall, they have not been a particularly great pick against the spread, covering just once in their last 5 games. That said, they are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games played on a Thursday night. They have seen the UNDER hit in each of their last 6 games played in the month of March.
Why bet on the New Mexico State Aggies
No matter what happens in this game, you have to say that it has been a successful season for the New Mexico State Aggies. They closed things out with a 26-6 record, which included hoisting the WAC Championship trophy after a convincing win over Abilene Christian in the final. You always want to head into the tournament on a good run of form and the Aggies are doing that, winning 16 of their last 20. This is a team that has also won 14 of their last 17 games played in the month of March, so if you expect this group to roll over and die in the opening round, you might want to think again. They have also been a good bet against the spread, going 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The UNDER has hit in 4 of their last 6 games this season.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
I think we are looking at a pretty low-scoring, tight affair here, and while I think that the Aggies might be able to cover the spread, I am looking at the UNDER in this one. I might just be tempted to roll with both of those wagers.
Pick: UConn Huskies 66 New Mexico State Aggies 63