The Round of 64 in the 2015 NCAA Tournament wraps up on Friday, after one of the most exciting days in March Madness history. Thursday’s contest featured multiple overtimes, major upsets and game-winning shots in the final seconds.
A few of the heavy favorites took care of business, as No.1-seeded Kentucky and No.1-seeded Villanova won by a combined 74 points. But most of yesterday’s games came down to the wire. Five games were decided by one point, which set an NCAA Tournament record. Four games were decided by four points or less, including Ohio State’s overtime victory over VCU.
Friday’s games aren’t expected to be as close with six teams favored by double-digits. No.1-seeded Duke is the biggest favorite of the day, giving Robert Morris 22.5 points. Oklahoma is giving Albany 13 points, and they’re looking to avoid another upset for another No.3 seed. Baylor and Iowa State lost on Thursday, marking the first time since 1995 that two No.3 seeds have lost in the first round. No.3-seeded Notre Dame barely advanced, beating Northeastern by four points.
Oregon vs. Oklahoma State features Friday’s smallest betting line, as the Ducks are favored by just 1.5 points. Both of Thursday’s No.8 vs. No.9 matchups were decided by one point.
Iowa and Davidson are expected to have the highest-scoring contest with an over/under of 145.5. Arizona and Texas Southern led the way on Thursday by combining to score 165 points.
Below are the Las Vegas point spreads and over/unders for Friday’s second-round games, as well as picks against the spread for each contest.
No.2 Kansas (-10.5) vs. No.15 New Mexico State, 131.5
Prediction ATS: New Mexico State
No.7 Michigan State (-6.5) vs. No.10 Georgia, 127
Prediction ATS: Michigan State
No.5 Northern Iowa (-6.5) vs. No.12 Wyoming, 110.5
Prediction ATS: Wyoming
No.5 West Virginia (-4.5) vs. No.12 Buffalo, 150
Prediction ATS: Buffalo
No.7 Wichita State (-6) vs. No.10 Indiana, 140.5
Prediction ATS: Wichita State
No.2 Virginia (-17) vs. No.15 Belmont, 123
Prediction ATS: Belmont
No.4 Louisville (-8) vs. No.13 UC Irvine, 124.5
Prediction ATS: Louisville
No.4 Maryland (-4.5) vs. No.13 Valparaiso, 123.5
Prediction ATS: Maryland
No.8 Oregon (-1.5) vs. No.9 Oklahoma State, 136
Prediction ATS: Oregon
No.1 Duke (-22.5) vs. No.16 Robert Morris, 144
Prediction ATS: Duke
No.7 Iowa (-2.5) vs. No.10 Davidson, 145.5
Prediction ATS: Davidson
No.3 Oklahoma (-13) vs. No.14 Albany, 130
Prediction ATS: Oklahoma
No.1 Wisconsin (-19.5) vs. No.16 Coastal Carolina, 130
Prediction ATS: Wisconsin
No.8 San Diego State (-4) vs. No.9 St. John's, 121.5
Prediction ATS: San Diego State
No.2 Gonzaga (-18) vs. No.15 North Dakota St., 128.5
Prediction ATS: Gonzaga
No.6 Providence (-3) vs. No.11 Dayton, 131
Prediction ATS: Providence