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March Madness Betting Preview: Last of the First Four

Now that Wednesday has rolled around, March Madness betting fans can let their excitement get the better of them since the real action is less than 24 hours away. We’ve seen a plethora of enthralling action so far in this year’s tournament, and there are no signs that that action will be stopping soon. So, sportsbook players can strap in and prepare to make this year’s NCAA tournament as profitable and beneficial as possible.

Latest NCAA Basketball Public Betting News

Tuesday’s round of games let March Madness fans know exactly what they can expect from this year’s tournament; thrilling basketball action that can be near impossible to predict. In the First of the First Four, the Mountaineers were able to deliver a sportsbook upset to New Orleans 67-66, proving that defying the NCAA basketball tournament lines is not impossible. The second game of the night featured Pick-em odds and those who picked Kansas State came out on top as the Wildcats rode past the Demon Deacons 95-88.

Wednesday’s round of March Madness betting action will feature two contests. The first, a matchup between NC Central and UC Davis, the second, a contest between USC and Providence. Let’s take a gander at what the sportsbooks are predicting for the second contest of the night.

USC vs. Providence – Wednesday, March 15th

When: 6:40 pm ET

Where: UD Arena, Dayton, Ohio

TV: truTV

NCAA Basketball Tournament Line:

USC Trojans             -2 ½ (-110)      141 (-110)       -135

Providence Friars +2 ½ (-110)          141 (-110)       +115

Providence Friars

The Friars opened the season in hopes of exceeding last year’s success and are well on their way. The Friars come into Wednesday night’s matchup sporting a 20-12 record that includes a 10-8 record in the Big East. With that record, the Briars were able to land a 4-way tie for 3rd place in the conference. Once in the Big East Tournament, Providence was unable to advance past the quarterfinals where they faced Creighton and lost 70-58.

The sportsbook underdogs will turn to Rodney Bullock to lead them in Wednesday night’s matchup. Bullock is currently averaging 15.7 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 1.4 assists per game for Providence. Second in points for the Friars is Emmitt Holt who is putting up 12.4 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 1.0 assists per contest.

USC Trojans

The Trojans came off a fantastic 21-13 season and were able to find even more success this time around. USC comes into this matchup flashing a 24-9 record that includes a 10-8 record in Pac-12. Overall, the Trojans finished 5th in the Pac-12. Once in the conference tournament, the Trojans were able to advance to the quarterfinals where they lost to UCLA 74-76.

The NCAA basketball tournament lines are favoring USC Wednesday night, and the Trojans are hoping that Bennie Boatwright will be able to help them prove the bookies right. Boatwright is draining 14.6 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 1.6 assists per matchup. Second in points for the Trojans is Chimezie Metu who is averaging 14.5 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 1.3 assists per game.