March Madness Betting Preview: Second of the First Four
Posted by: Anthony Yaylor
Tuesday’s are far from being considered people’s favorite day of the week. Most often than not, people will usually list Saturday or Friday as their favorite day. But since Tuesday brings with it the official start of 2017’s March Madness betting season, most sportsbook players will unanimously agree that, at least for this week, Tuesday isn’t half bad.
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Tuesday will bring with it the First Four; the first handful of games of the NCAA Tournament. However, it doesn’t herald the official start of the 68-team single-elimination bracket, rather it marks the first games that are part of the March Madness betting season.
The First Four represent the final opportunity for a few teams to win a bid to this year’s tournament. Apart from helping the NCAA make more money, the First Four offer the perfect opportunity for those with their eye on NCAA basketball championship lines to get their feet in the water and get a feel for this year’s tournament. We’ve already taken a look at the first of the First Four, so let’s take a gander at the second of the First Four.
Kansas St. vs. Wake Forest – Tuesday, March 14th
When: 9:10 pm ET
Where: UD Arena, Dayton, Ohio
TV: TruTV, NCAA Live Stream
NCAA Basketball Championship Line:
Kansas St. Wildcats PK (-110) 151 ½ (-110)
Wake Forest Demon Deacons PK (-110) 151 ½ (-110)
Interestingly enough, the March Madness betting odds have refrained from picking a favorite in Tuesday’s matchup. Pick-em odds aren’t the most lucrative, but it does convey to sportsbook players how heated this matchup truly is.
Coming off a 17-16 season, the Wildcats were hopeful that they would be able to find more success in the 2016-17 season and they certainly have. Kansas St. fought their way to a 20-13 record (8-10 in the Big 12) which gave way to an 8th place finish in the conference. In the Big 12 Tournament, the Wildcats were able to advance to the quarterfinals where they were defeated by Kansas.
The Wildcats will turn to Wesley Iwundu to lead to a win over the Demon Deacons. Iwundu is currently averaging 12.5 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 3.4 assists for Kansas St. Second in points for the Wildcats is Barry Brown who is putting up 11.7 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 2.4 assists per game.
The Demon Deacons delivered an 11-20 performance for the 2015-16 season. Nevertheless, Wake Forest was able to drastically turn things around and is currently sitting on a 19-13 record and has a very real chance of making it to the first round of games. Wake Forest turned in a 9-9 record in ACC play to finish 10th in the conference.
Wake Forest will turn to John Collins to lead to a sportsbook victory Tuesday night. Collins is putting up 18.9 points, 9.8 rebounds, and 0.5 assists per outing. Second in points for the Demon Deacons is Bryant Crawford who is netting Wake Forest 16.1 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 5.4 assists per game.