Seven double-digit seeded teams in the 2014 NCAA Tournament have so far delivered huge upsets in their respective second round matches.
On Saturday, three of those teams will take the court once again with the entire sporting world’s eyes on them. What will the Dayton Flyer, Harvard Crimson and North Dakota State Bison do for an encore?
Last Thursday, Dayton defeated sixth seed Ohio State, 60-59 for what was the opening day shocker. Then Harvard, although they were just 3 point underdogs in the betting lines, beat fifth seed Cincinnati, 61-57 later on. North Dakota St. defeated fifth seed Oklahoma.
All three squads advanced to the next round and will again be underdogs against separate opponents.
Betting Lines: Dayton (+7) vs. Syracuse (O/U: 128.0) Game time: 10:10 am AEDT
Dayton vs. Michigan State Trends - Dayton is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games - Dayton is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games vs. Atlantic Coast teams - Syracuse is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games in non-conference games - Syracuse is 0-4 ATS in its last 4 games after a win
Betting Lines: Harvard (+7.5) vs. Michigan State (O/U: 137.0) Game time: 11:40 am AEDT
Harvard vs. Michigan State Trends - Harvard is 4-0 ATS in its last 4 games on neutral site - Harvard is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games - Michigan State is 3-0-1 ATS in its last 4 games after a win - Michigan State is 3-1-1 ATS in its last 4 games against non-conference teams
Betting Lines: North Dakota State (+3) vs. San Diego State (O/U: 125.5) Game time: 9:10 am AEDT
North Dakota State vs. San Diego State Trends - North Dakota State is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games in neutral site games - North Dakota State is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games - San Diego State is 5-2 ATS in its last 5 games in neutral site games - San Diego State is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games in the NCAA Tournament
Predictions: As much as the majority wants to see the ‘dogs deliver once again there was already too much madness in the opening round that we may see some normalcy when Round of 32 rolls Thursday. All three dogs will be competitive and cover the spread but none will advance to the next round.