NCAA Tournament Free Picks: Day Time Second Round Picks 3/18

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Though the NCAA Tournament has already gotten started, this is the first day in which most NCAA basketball betting fans are paying close attention. The first slate of games is always the most exciting, and we have all of the ins and outs covered for the start of what should be a great day of March Madness picks!

Matchup: #13 Oakland Golden Grizzlies vs. #4 Texas Longhorns
Date: Friday, March 18th, 12:15 ET
Location: West Region, Tulsa, OK
NCAA Basketball Odds: Texas -10
Over/Under: 154

The Longhorns were probably incredibly shafted this season in the dance, as they really could have been a No. 1 seed had they performed well down the stretch of the year. Still, this is a team that has proven that it can be great, or it can be awful. We hate these bi-polar clubs in the dance, especially against teams that really can fill up the basket. Don’t sleep on these Golden Grizzlies. They were head and shoulders above the rest of the Summit League this year, and they really can pull off this upset. Free March Madness Picks: Oakland Golden Grizzlies +10

Matchup: #9 Tennessee Volunteers vs. #8 Michigan Wolverines
Date: Friday, March 18th, 12:40 ET
Location: West Region, Charlotte, NC
NCAA Basketball Odds: Tennessee -2
Over/Under 127.5

We’re a little confused as to why the Wolverines are underdogs in this game. They really played some great ball in the second half of the season, and they have some very near misses against some of the best teams in the land. Tennessee has to be wondering whether this is the last game for Head Coach Bruce Pearl, and after a tumultuous season that included a suspension for Pearl at the start of the SEC campaign, we just don’t know if the Vols really deserve to be favored. Go with Big Blue and Tim Hardaway Jr. for the upset. March Madness Free Picks: Michigan Wolverines +2

Matchup: #15 Akron Zips vs. #2 Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Date: Friday, March 18th, 1:40 ET
Location: Southwest Region, Chicago, IL
NCAA Basketball Odds: Notre Dame -14
Over/Under 136

The Zips certainly weren’t the best team in the MAC this year, and they really don’t have a heck of a lot of depth. This is a bad matchup against this Notre Dame team, which might be one of the very best teams in the entire country. There are just too many outside scorers on this team, and once Tim Abromaitis and Ben Hansbrough get going, there is no end for the Zips. Carleton Scott could be a difference maker as well. Free March Madness Picks: Notre Dame Fighting Irish -14

Matchup: #9 Villanova Wildcats vs. #8 George Mason Patriots
Date: Friday, March 18th, 2:10 ET
Location: East Region, Columbus, OH
NCAA Basketball Odds: Villanova -1.5
Over/Under 135

At least on paper, this should be a mismatch. After all, Villanova was once in the No. 6 position in the country and wondered whether it would be a No. 1 seed in the dance. This is probably about as much hype as George Mason could have with 26 wins on the season. The only thing that might have helped was a CAA Tournament triumph, though it is clear that the semifinal exit didn’t hurt it all that much. The Wildcats had better get out of this one, or they are going to be in a heck of a lot of trouble when push comes to shove going into the offseason, which would be one that is just full of a ton of question marks. Mason proved it can play against the Cats, losing by one last year in the City of Brotherly Love, but it won’t get the job done this week. Free March Madness Picks: Villanova Wildcats -1.5

Matchup: #12 Memphis Tigers vs. #5 Arizona Wildcats
Date: Friday, March 18th, 2:45 ET
Location: West Region, Tulsa, OK
NCAA Basketball Odds: Arizona -5.5
Over/Under 138.5

Arizona knows that it can make a really deep run in this tournament, and we tend to believe that this could be the start of something truly special. Memphis underachieved all season long, and though it does have the potential to do a lot of damage, it is very likely to prove that Conference USA is nowhere near as good as it should be. If the Tigers can’t find a way to hold up Derrick Williams, this one could get very, very ugly. Don’t be shocked if the U of A barges right into the Round of 32. March Madness Free Picks: Arizona Wildcats -5.5

Matchup: #16 Hampton Pirates vs. #1 Duke Blue Devils
Date: Friday, March 18th, 3:10 ET
Location: West Region, Charlotte, NC
NCAA Basketball Odds: Duke -23
Over/Under 134

Let’s get one thing straight right away: No one is beating Duke here in Charlotte in the first weekend of the tournament. However, this is an interesting game for a number of reasons. Hampton was able to win a heck of a lot games this season, and it is used to playing teams like this one, having done so a number of times in the dance. There is also a lot of question as to whether Kyrie Irving will be back in this fold for the first time since early this season. No, the Dookies won’t need him now, but they might for the rest of the season. Hampton might stick around for awhile in this one though, and when push comes to shove, it should stay within 20 or so. Free March Madness Picks: Hampton Pirates +23

Matchup: #10 Florida State Seminoles vs. #7 Texas A&M Aggies
Date: Friday, March 18th, 4:10 ET
Location: Southeast Region, Chicago, IL
NCAA Basketball Odds: Texas A&M -1
Over/Under 120.5

These two teams are virtually identical, assuming that Chris Singleton does suit up for the Seminoles. Khris Middleton and Singleton are both wing type of players that can do a ton, and both of these teams will play a ton of defense on a regular basis. This one won’t be for the faint of heart. Still, when push comes to shove, we just don’t have the confidence that Florida State can put a game away late. Head Coach Leonard Hamilton will inevitably blow it, as the Aggies advance. March Madness Free Picks: Texas A&M Aggies -1

Matchup: #16 Texas San Antonio Roadrunners vs. #1 Ohio State Buckeyes
Date: Friday, March 18th, 4:40 ET
Location: East Region, Cleveland, OH
NCAA Basketball Odds: Ohio State -24
Over/Under 138

This line opened up with the Buckeyes favored by three TDs, but it has only come up from there. The problem that the Roadrunners have is that they are going to try using six guys to beat the six guys for Ohio State. Good luck. Unless all of a sudden, foul trouble creeps up for a team that is one of the best in the land, OSU won’t be in any sort of trouble in this 1/16 game. The Roadrunners just don’t stand a puncher’s chance in this one, especially since the game is being played in Cleveland. Free March Madness Picks: Ohio State Buckeyes -24

Lou Palumbo is the founder and part owner of the Sports Handicapping Community. He's been writing and posting free picks and sports handicapping strategies on the Cappersinfo forums and website for 15 years now. He enjoys handicapping just as much as he did from the very first day he built the original Cappersinfo website.

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