Sweet 16 Friday Betting Preview
The Sweet 16 continues Friday, starting with a South Region matchup between the No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide and the No. 5 San Diego State Aztecs.
At Bovada Sportsbook, Alabama is a 7-point favorite. The Crimson Tide rolled over the Maryland Terrapins 73-51 as 8.5-point favorites in the second round. When favored, they’ve won 13 straight with an 8-5 record against the spread. However, in the NCAA Tournament they’re 2-9 ATS in their last 11 when favored.
San Diego State has won six in a row straight up and four straight ATS following its 75-52 win over the Furman Paladins as a 4.5-point favorite in the second round. As an underdog in the tournament, the Aztecs have lost seven straight at 2-4-1 ATS.
In a No. 1 vs No. 5 matchup, the top seed is 9-2 SU and 7-4 ATS in the last 11 games.
Princeton seeks another upset vs Creighton
In the other South Region Sweet 16 matchup, the No. 6 Creighton Bluejays face the No. 15 Princeton Tigers as 10-point favorites.
The Bluejays posted an 85-76 upset over the Baylor Bears as 5-point underdogs in the second round. They’re 6-4 SU and 4-6 ATS in their last 10 when favored in the tournament, which includes winning four straight.
The Tigers have delivered two of the biggest upsets in the tournament so far with wins over the No. 2 Arizona Wildcats and the No. 7 Missouri Tigers. As an underdog, Princeton has won four straight and is 6-1 SU and ATS in its last seven games.
Hurricanes have covered 7 of last 8 as dog
In the Midwest Region on Friday, the No. 1 Houston Cougars face the No. 5 Miami Hurricanes as 7-point favorites.
Houston crushed the Auburn Tigers 81-64 as a 5.5-point favorite in the second round. Houston is 15-1 SU in its last 16 games but only 6-10 ATS.
Miami upset the Indiana Hoosiers 85-69 as a 1.5-point underdog in the Round of 32. The Hurricanes have been a solid bet as an underdog lately at 7-1 ATS in their last eight games. At an underdog in the tournament, they’re 6-6 SU and 8-4 ATS in their last 12.
Texas has been an UNDER machine lately
In the other Midwest matchup, the No. 2 Texas Longhorns face the No. 3 Xavier Musketeers as 4-point favorites.
Texas delivered a PUSH in the second round in its 71-66 win over the Penn State Nittany Lions as a 5-point favorite. The Longhorns have paid as an UNDER wager for totals bettors lately with seven straight UNDERs. When favored, they’ve won seven straight at 5-1-1 ATS.
Xavier got past the Pittsburgh Panthers 84-73 as a 5-point favorite in the second round. As an underdog this season, the Musketeers are 7-3-1 ATS.
In the 2019 NIT tournament, the Longhorns edged the Musketeers 78-76 in overtime as 4.5-point favorites.
In the last 10 matchups between No. 2 and No. 3 seeds, the No. 2 is 6-4 SU and ATS.