NCAA Tournament Free Picks: Round of 32 Round Picks 3/19

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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: #5 West Virginia Mountaineers vs. #4 Kentucky Wildcats
Date: Saturday, March 19th, 12:15 ET
Location: East Region, Tampa Bay, FL
NCAA Basketball Odds: Kentucky -3.5
Over/Under: 132.5

West Virginia really did put together a tremendous game plan to take out the Clemson Tigers on Thursday to kick off the tourney, while Kentucky really had to play its best down the stretch to eliminate the Ivy League’s Princeton Tigers. This is a game of talent vs. grit, and normally speaking, grit is what wins the day. Don’t be surprised if the defensive minded Mountaineers take care of the Cats and send Head Coach John Calipari’s team home prematurely. Free March Madness Picks: West Virginia Mountaineers +3.5

Matchup: #7 UCLA Bruins vs. #2 Florida Gators
Date: Saturday, March 19th, 2:45 ET
Location: Southeast Region, Tampa Bay, FL
NCAA Basketball Odds: Florida -5
Over/Under 131

Two awfully experienced teams are going to get together in the second round of the dance, as the Gators take on the Bruins. This is a rematch of the title game from just a few seasons ago when UF claimed the National Championship. No, there aren’t any holdovers from those days, but the memories are still there for Head Coach Ben Howland and company. Lazeric Jones and the crew did a great job against the Michigan State Spartans, and they should take advantage of a UF team that we are still convinced is overrated. March Madness Free Picks: UCLA Bruins +5

Matchup: #8 Butler Bulldogs vs. #1 Pittsburgh Panthers
Date: Saturday, March 19th, 7:10 ET
Location: Southeast Region, Washington DC
NCAA Basketball Odds: Pittsburgh -7.5
Over/Under 128

If there is a No. 1 seed that is going to get bounced here in the second round, this is the best candidate. The Panthers just don’t pass the eye test right now as a Final Four team, and though we aren’t so sure that Butler does either, it really didn’t last season either. The Bulldogs have some mojo, and we know that they will have the crowd on their side. If they can get this crowd going in DC, they might be able to pull off the shocker. Either way, we certainly want the points on our side. Free March Madness Picks: Butler Bulldogs +7.5

Matchup: #6 Cincinnati Bearcats vs. #3 Connecticut Huskies
Date: Saturday, March 19th, 9:40 ET
Location: West Region, Washington, DC
NCAA Basketball Odds: Connecticut -3
Over/Under 129.5

These two teams know all about each other this season from the Big East campaign, and that could make for a heck of a battle in DC. These two should fight all the way down to the wire, and we know that the Cincinnati defense could be the difference. Unless Kemba Walker really has one of these 35 point games (and we know that he’s capable), we just think that UConn is going to run out of steam. Take the points. Free March Madness Picks: Cincinnati Bearcats +3

Matchup: #13 Morehead State Eagles vs. #12 Richmond Spiders
Date: Saturday, March 19th, 5:15 ET
Location: Southwest Region, Denver, CO
NCAA Basketball Odds: Richmond -3.5
Over/Under 125.5

There’s no doubt that this is going to be one of the ugliest games of the day, as these two upset minded teams are going to get down and dirty in the paint and on the glass. Morehead State obviously has the best rebounder in the history of the game in Kenneth Faried, but Richmond has plenty of grit and tenacity to be able to take this team out. Richmond will get the job done and take the biggest Cinderella of the dance through the first day of this event out. March Madness Free Picks: Richmond Spiders -3.5

Matchup: #11 Gonzaga Bulldogs vs. #3 BYU Cougars
Date: Saturday, March 19th, 7:45 ET
Location: Southeast Region, Denver, CO
NCAA Basketball Odds: Gonzaga -2
Over/Under 149.5

We really aren’t all that sure why the Cougars are underdogs in this one. We know that Gonzaga has had a great last month and a half or so of play, but there is a point that we have to realize that this team just isn’t all that great. There’s a reason that these guys struggled for most of the season. Jimmer Fredette just continues to do his thing, and it would be a brutal downer if he didn’t get into the second weekend of this tournament. Back the dogs. Free March Madness Picks: BYU Cougars +2

Matchup: #7 Temple Owls vs. #2 San Diego State Aztecs
Date: Saturday, March 19th, 6:10 ET
Location: West Region, Tucson, AZ
NCAA Basketball Odds: San Diego State -5.5
Over/Under 125

The A-10 has had itself a heck of a tournament to date, but this is the end of the road for the Owls. Temple did a nice job to get past the Penn State Nittany Lions, but we just don’t know if there are a number of shooters that can really keep it in a game for the second straight time. San Diego State really does have the look of a champ, and especially knowing that this game is relatively close to home, there is no doubt that the Aztecs are going to get through this one. Don’t be shocked if this ends up being a romp, as SDSU could make a real statement to the rest of the West Bracket. March Madness Free Picks: San Diego State Aztecs -5.5

Matchup: #5 Kansas State Wildcats vs. #4 Wisconsin Badgers
Date: Saturday, March 19th, 8:40 ET
Location: Southwest Region, Tucson, AZ
NCAA Basketball Odds: Wisconsin -2.5
Over/Under 127

There are a lot of things that we know about this game. We know that Jacob Pullen is going to be the man most likely to single handedly win this game. We also know that Wisconsin has a defense that can shut anyone in the country down. The question that we have here is which one is going to be the bigger force. These two teams really should be playing one that comes right down to the wire, and if that’s the case, we know that we want the points on our side. KSU could pull the upset. Free March Madness Picks: Kansas State Wildcats +2.5

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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