March Madness spread picks resume tonight with the Sweet 16 NCAA Basketball Odds. We start out the betting preview with some Vegas point spread trends. All records are against the against the spread scores and odds
Butler vs, Syracuse
The Bulldogs are 21-7 as underdogs, but 2-8 on neutral courts. The Orange are 9-1 off a straight up win of 20 or more points and 30-11 their last 41 overall.
Washington vs. West Virginia
The Huskies are 6-1 in the NCAA Tournament games and 6-1 off spread win. The Mountaineers is 10-2 in the NCAA Tournament but 5-18 as favorites of 6.5 or less.
Xavier vs. Kansas State
The Musketeers is 9-1 in the NCAA Tournament as an underdog and 15-4 as a neutral site underdog. They are 37-17 overall. The Wildcats are 8-0 outside conference and 16-4 as favorite and 16-4 opponent winning percentage of .600 or greater.
Cornell vs. Kentucky
The Big Red is 36-15 outside the conference. The Wildcats are 8-17 off spread win.
No. 12 Cornell vs. No. 1 Kentucky (-9) – Thursday at 9:57 p.m. ET
Kentucky (34-2, 19-15 ATS) hasn't been even remotely challenged since the NCAA Tournament began. The Wildcats destroyed their opening two opponents—East Tennessee State and Wake Forest—by 29 and 30 points, respectively. It's part of a seven-game winning streak for Kentucky. Naturally, the blowouts both covered the spread, which improved the Wildcats to 3-1 against the spread in their past four outings. Kentucky has covered six of its past 10 games on NCAA basketball odds. Darius Miller was in fine form against Wake Forest, rolling up 20 points and nine rebounds.
Cornell (29-4, 18-10 ATS) has taken March Madness by storm. Despite playing higher-ranked Temple (seeded fifth) and Wisconsin (fourth), the Big Red cruised to victory in both games. The Ivy League champs are now riding a nine-game winning streak and are 17-1 in their past 18 games. Cornell has covered four straight games on college basketball odds. Senior guard Louis Dale led the way in the last round against the Badgers, racking up 26 points.
The Wildcats certainly shouldn't take Cornell lightly, although sportsbooks seem to be—that nine-point spread is quite high for a team that just whipped Temple and Wisconsin. The Big Red don't have the guns to knock off Kentucky, but they'll make the Wildcats sweat.
No. 5 Butler vs. No. 1 Syracuse (-7.5) – Thursday at 7:07 p.m. ET
Syracuse (30-4, 20-9 ATS) flopped into March Madness with back-to-back losses, but the Orange has made it look easy once the games started to matter. Syracuse has crushed its opening two opponents, beating Vermont 79-56 before wiping out Gonzaga 87-65. The Orange covered both those games and is now a very impressive 6-2 against the spread in its past eight games on college basketball odds. Wesley Johnson has been a force for Syracuse and posted 31 points and 14 boards against Gonzaga.
Butler (30-4, 14-20 ATS) is riding an incredible 22-game winning streak. The last two wins game during the NCAA Tournament; the Bulldogs rallied from a sluggish first half against UTEP to win 77-59, and then squeaked out a close call against Murray State with a 54-52 victory. Butler failed to cover against Murray State, which dropped the team to just 4-6 in its past 10 games on NCAA basketball odds. Ronald Nored paced Butler in that game with 15 points and six rebounds.
Butler didn't look especially sharp in its last game, while Syracuse looks like the team that earned the No. 1 ranking in the country a few weeks ago. The Orange are moving on to the Final Four.
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