NBA Records: Top Ten Most Points Scored

Oscar Robertson - Cincinnati Royals


#5Wilt Chamberlain, 31,419 points

[7197]Wilt Chamberlain, “Wilt the Stilt”, was unquestionably the best rebounder to ever play basketball.  Averaging 30 points per game and 20 rebounds per game, Wilt is arguably the best player to ever play the game.  Wilt Chamberlain is the only player who ever scored 100 points in a game! During one season, Wilt averaged 27.2 rebounds per game!  Wilt is no doubt one of the best players to ever play basketball, and he was entered into the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame in 1978.

Moses Malone - Houston Rockets


Kobe Bryant -  Los Angeles Lakers


Michael Jordan - Chicago Bulls


#6Shaquille O’Neal, 27,409

[7195]“Shaq” was by far the most dominant center within the past few decades.  At 7 feet, 1 inch, 325 pounds,  it is hard to deny Shaq’s presence in the low post.  Shaq is often called “diesel” because of his huge frame.  Diesel once tore down a goal and shattered the glass backboard!  Shaq is a 4 time NBA Champion and now works as a basketball analyst on a major television network.

#1Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, 38,387 points

[7200]Kareem!  Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is the all time leading scorer in the National Basketball Association.  His 38,387 points are the most of any player.  He is a 6 time NBA Champion and a 6 time NBA MVP.  Everyone knew he was going to be amazing after his rookie year when he won “Rookie of the Year”.  Kareem was a master of the sky hook.  He was recognized by the Los Angeles Lakers for his play by erecting a giant statue in his honor at the Staples Center.  Kareem had better watch out though!  There are a few young players that could very possibly pass Kareem’s mark!

#2Karl Malone, 36,928 points

[7199]Karl Malone, a 14 time all-star, comes in at #2 on the all time scoring list.  “The Mailman” is arguably the best Power Forward to ever play.  A 2 time NBA MVP, Malone had a deadly mid-range jumper to compliment a nice post game.  His size and strength made him a definite low post presence.  Malone was a member of the 1992 Dream Team that won gold in the Olympics in Atlanta.  He was a 13th overall pick by the Utah Jazz in 1985.  Karl Malone came close to leading the all time scoring list, but close doesn’t cut it!

#4Kobe Bryant, 31,700 points (and counting)

[7196]Kobe Bryant, the “black mamba”, is  the leading scorer among active players.  Kobe Bryant is one of the most talented players to ever play the game of basketball.  He is one of the most clutch players; the only player that may be considered better is Michael Jordan.  Kobe is inching down on the next player on our list, and if he plays long enough, might have a legitimate shot at passing the leader on the all-time scoring list.  Kobe is a 5 time champion of the National Basketball Association and a 2 time scoring champion.  He will be remembered forever as one of the best players to ever play basketball.

#7Moses Malone, 27,313 points

[7194]Moses Malone, another great center on our list, skipped college to endure a 21 year-long NBA career.  This 12 time NBA All-Star was drafted in the 3rd round by the ABA’s Utah Stars in 1974.  Moses only won 1 NBA Championship that came with the Philadelphia 76ers in 1983.  Malone was selected to 12 All-Star teams, and he was credited for his work in 2001 as he was entered into the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame. 

#8Elvin Hayes, 27,313 points

[7193]The Big “E”, Elvin Hayes was one of the top scorers in the game.  Only missing 9 games in his entire 16 year career, Hayes comes in number 8 on our list.  He was entered into the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame in 1990, and he led his team to an NBA Championship in 1978.  Elvin Hayes was drafted in 1968 as the first overall pick of the draft by the San Diego Rockets.  Throughout his career he played for the Rockets and Bullets, in various locations.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar - Los Angeles Lakers


#10Oscar Robinson, 26,710 points

[7067]Oscar Robertson, commonly known as “The Big O”, was one of the best all around players to ever play in the National Basketball Association.  In just his second year in the NBA he averaged over 30 points, 12 rebounds, and 11 assists.  Oscar Robertson won an olympic gold medal in 1960, an NBA MVP award in 1964, and was selected to an NBA All-Star team 12 times.  Oscar Robertson was the first overall pick in the 1960 draft, selected by the Cincinnati Royals.  He was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks in 1970.  Oscar’s great play was recognized in 1980 as he was entered into the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame.

#9Hakeem Olajuwon, 26,946 points

[7192]Hakeem “The Dream” Olajuwon was one of the best centers to ever play the game of basketball.  His post moves were unparalleled and he low post presence was always felt.  Hakeem stood 7 feet tall and weighed 255 pounds.  He was the first player to ever win the MVP award, Defensive Player of the Year award, and Finals MVP all in the same season.  He helped the Houston Rockets win their first NBA Championship, and then led them to another championship in the following season.  Hakeem was also part of the 1996 “Dream Team” that went on to win a gold medal in the Olympics.

Wilt Chamberlain - Los Angeles Lakers


Shaquille O'Neal


Hakeem Olajuwon - Houston Rockets


Elvin Hayes - Washinton Bullets


Karl Malone - Utah Jazz


#3Michael Jordan, 32,292 points

[7198]MJ!  Michael Jordan,  deemed by most as the most clutch player to ever play the game.  Who could ever forget the heroics of Michael in “the flu” game.  He scored 38 points while sick!  Michael is the best player within the past few decades, and the only players that are even suggested to be close to his skill are Lebron James and Wilt Chamberlain.  Michael’s captivating skills led the bulls to 6 NBA Championships.  He is a 5 time NBA MVP, and he once led his team to start the season with 41 wins and 3 losses!

Best Basketball Movies of All Time

He finds Saleh in Africa, a huge basketball prodigy. The team is mocked and ridiculed, but against all odds the team reach the National Championship game.

Love & Basketball (2000): It is about a unique romance between two star high school players.

White Men Can’t Jump (1992): This Hollywood movie stars Wesley Snipes (Sidney) and Woody Harrelson (Billy). Selected below are two list – the first has 10 best movies of all time and the second has other honorable basketball flicks.

Top 10 Basketball Movies of All Time

Heaven is a Playground (1991): This movie explores the situation of inner city basketball. In this movie Haskins is looking for best talented players and finds 7 blacks and 5 white players. The new players are secretly being paid, which is a forbidden practice.

One On One (1977): In this movie small town high school star Henry Steele is trying to make it big in college, despite corruption and a tough coach. Fast Break (1979)

The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh (1979)

That Championship Season (1982)

Amazing Grace and Chuck (1987)

Pistol: The Birth Of A Legend (1991)

Above the Rim (1994)

Hoop Dreams (1994)

The Basketball Diaries (1995)

Rebound: The Legend of Earl ‘The Goat’ Manigault (1996)

Space Jam (1996)

Passing Glory (1999)

Finding Forrester (2000)

Red Sneakers, The (2002)

Crossing the Line (2002)

Coach Carter (2005)

Home of the Giants (2007)

Semi-Pro (2008)

These were the greatest basketball movies and other honorable mentions. However, Jesus’s dream to make it big is overshadowed by his father, who is in prison for killing Jesus’s mother.

There are quite many basketball movies out there, so it’s little difficult to figure out which are the best ones. Bill and Syndey are the best basketball hustlers in the town, and when they come together nothing can stop them, except for each other.

The Harlem Globetrotters (1951): This is a classic movie which is about the world famous ‘Harlem Globetrotters’. So, watch the unseen movies and enjoy the story and great basketball scenes!

Blue Chips (1994): In this movie Pete Bell who is a college basketball coach is under a lot of pressure, as his team isn’t winning and he can’t attract new players. In the movie young Bill Townsend drops out of college to join the famous independent Trotter team, he becomes the team star and gets married regardless of team regulations and is injured. The movie revolves around Truth Harrison, who is on the verge of signing his first pro contract, becomes addicted to cocaine.

Hoosiers (1986): The movie stars Gene Hackman as coach Norman Dale. However, when his old team needs him, he forgoes the money and rejoins Globetrotters.

Other Honorable Mentions . Due to this, the team loses an important game and Bill is fired, he signs up for a big money contract with another team. This inspirational movie is based on the real life of coach Marvin Wood who guided the 1954 Milan High School basketball team to a miraculous victory.

Glory Road (2006): This is a very entertaining movie with great acting and fun basketball scenes. The movie shows how a clean cut athlete can rise above such conditions and still succeed.

The Air Up There (1994): This is a very unique basketball movie, which is about a college basketball coach who needs to make a dramatic find, so that he can get a big promotion. However, Saleh is the chief’s son and has responsibilities at home.

He Got Game (1998): This awesome movie is about Jesus Shuttlesworth, who is the most sought-after high school basketball prospect in the country

2015 NCAA tourney betting guide

John’s Red Storm

Andrew Lange: Bettors are faced with handicapping a dreaded “non-boarded” team here, as New Mexico State won the oddball WAC. The Red Storm will really miss suspended 6-10 shot-blocker Chris Obekpa. The Wolfpack are a tough matchup for a lot of teams with their three-guard attack of 6-3 junior Trevor Lacey (15.8 PPG, 4.4 RPG), 6-5 senior Ralston Turner (13.2 PPG) and sophomore Anthony Barber (12 PPG). Austin Lumberjacks

ATS pick: TBD

No. To eliminate these teams, we focused solely on teams that won their previous game. 11 UCLA Bruins

No. Arizona

Harvard plus-8.5 vs. While managing egos seems to be the largest challenge for NBA coaches, imparting fundamentals and turning five talented individuals into one cohesive unit are just two of the struggles facing college coaches.

No. Furthermore, they’re playing their best basketball of the season right now, winning the Atlantic 10 title, and they will be taking on a turnover-prone Buckeyes team.

ATS pick: Stephen F. The Utes are underseeded by most respected metrics, and the committee didn’t do them any favors matching them up against a tough Stephen F. The issue is that Northeastern hasn’t faced an offense even remotely close to that of the Irish. The WAC was one of the slowest conferences in the country, with the “fastest” team averaging 61.6 possessions per game in league play. No. 4 seed, though it’s a moot point since they’re on a collision course with Louisville regardless).

ATS pick: TBD

Westgate line: Villanova -23

PickCenter consensus pick: 53 percent picked Lafayette

No. Coach Mike Brey is 11-3 hitting the under in NCAA tournament games at Notre Dame.

Tuley: Georgia State is an interesting underdog as it plays well on the defensive end, holding 11 opponents under 30 percent shooting this season. SMU

Davidson plus-2 vs. 12 seed). And Mick Cronin’s absence won’t be as magnified with Purdue playing a nearly identical brand of basketball. 5 West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Bison

Lange: How is either team going to score? Both squads are tremendous at packing the paint, contesting shots and rebounding. NC State is also 31st in the nation in rebounds. 7 seed and Ohio State at No. 14 UAB Blazers

Westgate line: Arkansas -6.5

PickCenter consensus pick: 58 percent picked Wofford

Westgate line: Kentucky -TBD

PickCenter consensus pick: TBD

Texas Southern plus-21.5 vs. Now, it’s a sliding scale. minus-6 vs. Gonzaga

8. SDSU’s inside game and stubborn defense (the Aztecs allow just 53.1 points per game, ranked second in the nation) should get the job done.

No. 13 Valparaiso Crusaders

ATS pick: Wisconsin -18*

Lange: From a betting perspective, the Terrapins went from underrated heading into Big Ten play (4-2 ATS start) to overrated after sweeping Michigan State (which went on a 1-8 ATS slide), and then back to underrated following six straight covers heading into the Big Dance. 7 Wichita State Shockers vs. 8 San Diego St. 5 Northern Iowa Panthers vs. Buffalo

Wisconsin minus-18 vs. Since Butler left in 2011, the last three Big Dance participants from the Horizon lost by margins of 15, 11 and 20 in the first round.

With so few past system picks on the third tier of this system, it’s no surprise that there are no current game matches for the opening-round games. The Ducks allowed 54.5 percent shooting the last game, an 80-52 loss to Arizona, and are 2-6 ATS following a loss of more than 20 points.

No. They have great balance, with a strong frontcourt, while 6-4 junior Buddy Hield (17.5 PPG, 5 RPG) and 6-4 junior Isaiah Cousins (12.2 PPG, 5 RPG) run the backcourt and lead the team in scoring. And while the level of competition in the Colonial (the 19th-rated conference, according to Sagarin) wasn’t all that stiff, Notre Dame isn’t known for its defensive prowess (1.07 points per possession allowed vs. The reason for this is if your team gets to the Final Four and you want to hedge, you’re gonna be paying a huge price to hedge with Kentucky on the money line.

No. Notre Dame can score, but both teams play solid defense, allowing points in the 60s. Against the spread, I’ll stick with a recommendation on the Lumberjacks plus the points, but I’m not sure I’ll play it myself, so I can’t make it a best bet.

Westgate line: Oregon -1

PickCenter consensus pick: 60 percent picked Oregon

Tuley: This line climbed from UNC minus-9 to minus-10, and I liked it more and more — until it got bet back to 8.5. 3 Baylor Bears vs. Northeastern

Wichita St. No. Seven-footer  Frank Kaminsky, 6-7 Nigel Hayes and 6-8  Sam Dekker are a handful for any frontcourt and will overmatch Coastal Carolina, whose top rebounder is 6-7 Badou Diagne. Aztecs vs. And I like the public dog, too. But for the Aggies, it’s really all we have to go off considering they haven’t played anyone even remotely capable since beating UC Irvine at home in early January.

Andrew Lange:

ATS pick: Louisville -9

No. 11 Boise St./Dayton winner

ATS pick: NC State -1*

NCAA tournament teams, 2014-15 records

No. 2 seed Duke last year). 3 Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. 11 Texas Longhorns

ATS pick: Davidson +2*

Westgate line: Utah -6

PickCenter consensus pick: 59 percent picked Stephen F. 1 Villanova Wildcats vs. That worked out well for me, but this year I’m hoping to be able to back Iowa State on a deeper run with Georges Niang & Co. The Wolfpack match up well with an LSU squad that is on a 6-4 SU run, bowing out fast in the SEC tourney (a 73-70 OT loss to Auburn as a 9-point favorite). 2 Kansas Jayhawks vs. Iowa has a big size advantage, but unless Davidson goes stone cold, I don’t see the Hawkeyes being able to use that enough (at 2 points at a time) to keep up with the Wildcats.

Wunderdog: NC State is on a nice 6-2 SU run coming into the Big Dance. 16 North Florida/Robert Morris

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ATS pick: Wichita State -6

Westgate line: NC State -1

PickCenter consensus pick: 64 percent picked NC State

Mark Few has had a lot of great players and teams at Gonzaga, but this may be his best. This team is 312th in the nation in assists and its top rebounder is 6-6 Sam Rowley. If you’re playing any other team and don’t want to parlay game to game (maybe you’re betting in Vegas and won’t be back after the opening weekend), bet the odds to win the regional (see below) instead of the odds to win the whole thing. Oftentimes, those “snubbed” teams go on to lose right away in the NIT and the “overseeded” teams live up to their billing, while “underseeded” teams put in disappointing showings. Sure, the Super Bowl may take a larger handle than any individual game, but the cumulative number of bets taken during March Madness dwarfs even the mighty beast known as the NFL playoffs.

Westgate line: Providence -TBD

PickCenter consensus pick:

Westgate line: Baylor -7

PickCenter consensus pick: 59 percent picked Baylor

No. 15 North Dakota St. 3 Oklahoma Sooners vs. 10 Georgia Bulldogs

Maddux Sports:

ATS pick: Belmont +16*

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ATS pick: Gonzaga -16.5

Westgate line: San Diego St. However, we do have a Tier 2 match on Oklahoma State. 4 North Carolina Tar Heels vs. 4. UC Irvine has twin towers in 7-6 Mamadou Ndiaye and 7-2 Ioannis Dimakopoulos, but Louisville still has the matchup’s two best players in Terry Rozier and Montrezl Harrell despite all the players the Cardinals have lost. Lafayette did play at Villanova in last season’s opener and was tied with eight minutes to play before losing by 16 points (75-59). No. Kentucky

4. No. The higher the spreads go, the less convinced I am that the underdog will win outright, plus the more the books will shave off the true odds, so I won’t bet as much on the money line. 2 Arizona Wildcats vs. The Bulldogs obviously missed him on both ends of the floor, and it probably kept them from winning that game and finishing second in the league tourney to Kentucky. This is a long-winded way of saying that the committee put VCU in at a No. Coach Lon Kruger is outstanding, knowing how to get his team focused and prepared, and he’s very strong at in-game adjustments.

Westgate line: Wichita State -6

PickCenter consensus pick: 55 percent picked Wichita St. Oregon

Oklahoma minus-12 vs. Neither team will shy away from the transition game, but the opportunities will be limited, especially for Purdue as the Bearcats boast one of the best transition defenses I’ve seen this season. Below is a list of the best and worst coaches to bet on in the NCAA tourney this year and their corresponding ATS tourney records.

To be added after the Hampton/Manhattan “First Four” game on Tuesday in Dayton, Ohio.

The second is specific to this NCAA tournament, with such a huge favorite in Kentucky. It’s that lack of depth that has me looking to play against them in the next round, but not in this one.

Westgate line: West Virginia -4.5

PickCenter consensus pick: 52 percent picked West Virginia

Westgate line: Louisville -9

PickCenter consensus pick: 53 percent picked UC-Irvine

I think it’s important not to punish NMSU too much for its conference affiliation, as the program recruits well and has been on solid footing throughout the Marvin Menzies era. 2 offensive team in the nation. No. Arizona

3. But I don’t expect Arizona to rack up a ton of points and run up the score, either. Besides, a lot of people think the Hoyas are overseeded; in fact, the BPI had them as a No. 16 Lafayette Leopards

Westgate line: Arizona -21.5

PickCenter consensus pick: 58 percent picked Arizona

No. 4 Louisville Cardinals vs. 7 Michigan St. No.

Below are the ATS records for every NCAA tournament team this season, along with each team’s SU record and average margin of cover.

Wunderdog Sports:

ATS pick: Texas Southern +21.5*

ATS pick: Eastern Washington +7.5*

Teams I would consider: Iowa State at 9-2 to win the South and Baylor at 10-1 to win the West.

Fading the trendy underdog

Westgate line: Gonzaga -16.5

PickCenter consensus pick: 54 percent picked North Dakota St. With public support shifting, we theorized that there would be value fading these so-called “trendy underdogs.”

Lange: It’s the time of year when identifying the better defensive team in a short-lined game puts you in solid position to cash tickets. This is the best and most balanced Gonzaga team yet, playing in its backyard, so I can’t get on the NDSU bandwagon.

ATS pick: West Virginia -4.5

ATS pick: UCLA +2*

Westgate line: Xavier -TBD

PickCenter consensus pick: TBD

Tuley: As we’ve all seen over the years, when an underdog is live during March Madness, they often pull the outright upset instead of just covering. When facing a winning team this season, UCLA was 17-6 hitting the under. In nonconference play, a number of NMSU’s games were in the high 60s to low 70s, possession-wise.

Dave Tuley:

No. Northern Iowa

ATS pick: TBD

Tuley: I liked Iowa State last year and was bummed when the Cyclones ran into another hot team that I was in love with (UConn) in the Sweet 16. The Badgers come into the tourney fresh off a Big Ten title, winning every game by double digits. However, I’ve seen this before where a team sneaks into the tournament and vindicates the selection committee (most notably VCU in 2011). The Terps aren’t built to win by big margins, but this price appears cheap. They have a similar profile to the Mountaineers with poor outside shooting (31.9 percent 3-pointers) but the ability to hit the offensive boards (36.5 percent). WVU’s Juwan Staten (knee) and Gary Browne (ankle) are still nursing injuries, but expected to play. We’ve asked our experienced group of wiseguys, including Dave Tuley, Andrew Lange, Dave Solar, Geoff Kulesa of Wunderdog Sports and Sal Selvaggio what they’re looking at when handicapping the bracket and picking tourney games.

ATS pick: Iowa St. 15 New Mexico St Aggies

Wunderdog: Northeastern/Notre Dame: under 141

Wunderdog: You know what you’re going to get out of Oklahoma. 14 Albany Great Danes

To be added after the North Florida-Robert Morris “First Four” game on Wednesday in Dayton, Ohio.

Tuley: I have two things to say about betting futures.

No. A lot of NCAA underdogs have used a stellar defense to pull upsets or cover spreads against more athletic teams. 2 Gonzaga Bulldogs vs. On offense, they are strong in free throw shooting (76 percent), which is always a plus when games are close. I say they caught a break by facing super-soft Indiana and a likely date against a reeling Kansas squad in the second round. Coastal Carolina

Oklahoma St. 14 Northeastern Huskies

Westgate line: Notre Dame -12

PickCenter consensus pick: 60 percent picked Notre Dame

Westgate line: Oklahoma -12

PickCenter consensus pick: 56 percent picked Oklahoma

No. Purdue

Notre Dame minus-12 vs. 10 Indiana Hoosiers

Westgate line: Northern Iowa -7.5

PickCenter consensus pick: 60 percent picked Wyoming

This is a high total — the third highest on the board in the opening round.

As the spreads get higher, the points are more likely to come into play and I’ll bet a smaller percentage on the money line: Georgia plus-210 over Michigan State and Eastern Washington plus-280 over Georgetown. No. 13 UC Irvine Anteaters

Westgate line: Iowa -2

PickCenter consensus pick: 53 percent picked Davidson

Tuley: Well, this region is looking rather chalky so far, but I believe that ends here (though I do have some trepidation as Eastern Washington is becoming such a trendy pick). No. 1 Duke Blue Devils vs. 6 Butler Bulldogs vs. Offensive rebounding and garbage points are musts for Butler, because Texas is a fairly strong defensive team in the half court. No. This addition leads to a 12-2 ATS record with +9.45 units won and a 67.5 percent ROI.

ATS pick: Butler +1.5

Tuley: This game is a contrast in styles, as St. -1.5

PickCenter consensus pick: 65 percent picked San Diego St. No. Spartans vs. No. No. Not one I’m going to overthink here, as Butler is worth a play as an underdog, preferably at plus-2.

Tuley: This line has risen from 4.5 to 5.5 since wagering opened Sunday night, which isn’t too surprising as everyone knows how MSU coach Tom Izzo gets his teams to improve as the season progresses (and we all saw how the Spartans took Wisconsin to OT in the Big Ten title game). SMU held opponents to fewer than 60 points per game this season — ranked in the top 20 in the nation. 11 seed and pretty far removed from the bubble). However, it troubles me that this line is so short (years ago, this would be well into double digits) and I’m just afraid that in the end, Baylor will win out. They also have a tremendous amount of size, with a frontcourt that features players standing 7-3, 6-10, 6-9 and 6-8. 14 Georgia St Panthers

Wisconsin minus-18 vs. However, this puts Shaka Smart and his VCU program in the underdog role, where they’re more comfortable. The Tigers turned it over 17 times to Auburn’s attacking guards, and this is an equally tough backcourt matchup.

Tuley: Everyone loves picking No. underachiever (Texas). Texas Southern comes in with 11 straight wins and covered the first two games in the SWAC tourney before winning but failing to cover in the title game, though that was a weird case (their opponent, Southern, was put on probation so the Tigers were going to be going dancing regardless of the outcome). Mary’s, Baylor and Colorado State (average loss: 8.8 PPG). Belmont is probably most known for nearly beating No. 4 Georgetown Hoyas vs. The Zags just won the West Coast Conference by winning two games 79-61 and 91-75. -12

Westgate line: Ohio St. 12 Wyoming Cowboys

Tuley: A lot of people are picking this game as this year’s mega-upset (like Mercer over No. 9 Purdue Boilermakers

ATS pick: Northern Iowa -7.5

Wunderdog: Gonzaga (18-1 at Westgate, bet down to 15-1)

Westgate line: Kansas -11

PickCenter consensus pick: 60 percent picked Kansas

UCLA/SMU: under 134

ATS pick: Baylor -7

Westgate line: Cincy -1

PickCenter consensus pick: 61 percent picked Cincinnati

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Westgate line: Michigan St. 6 SMU Mustangs vs. No. I’m not buying this one. 10 Ohio State Buckeyes

ATS pick: TBD

No. 10 Davidson Wildcats

Perhaps bettors consider all tournament participants to be upper-echelon teams and are content taking the points regardless of opponent. Georgetown

UCLA plus-2 vs. 1 Kentucky Wildcats vs. 7 Iowa Hawkeyes vs. The American has some weak teams, but I give the Bearcats small edges on both sides of the ball. -2

PickCenter consensus pick: 58 percent picked Ohio St. -12

PickCenter consensus pick: 54 percent picked Iowa St. 15 Texas Southern Tigers

No. Larry Krystkowiak is one of the best coaches in the game and will hold an advantage over most on the sidelines. As an underdog under Steve Alford, the Bruins are 17-7 hitting the under.

No. The Great Danes lost 64-60 to Providence and 75-59 to UNLV. The state of college basketball — slower, and lower scoring — makes it so “superior” teams aren’t always asked to cover big numbers. The same can be said for Purdue’s two 7-footers, Isaac Haas and A.J. 5 Arkansas Razorbacks vs. The Bulldogs have more than enough talent to hang with Duke and Kentucky.

ATS pick: Oklahoma -12*

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No. 3 Iowa St. As much as I and most bettors despise Rick Barnes, it’s important to recognize that the Longhorns have the better personnel in this matchup. John’s will likely stick with its four-guard lineup and push the pace while San Diego State will try to slow it down and control the game with its huge front line — especially compared to SJU with just 6-foot-6 Sir’Dominic Pointer to match up with 6-10 Skylar Spencer, 6-8 Winston Shepard and 6-7 J.J. Anyway, the added rest should help Gaines and put Georgia as a live underdog.

During the regular season, a majority of public bettors take the underdog in just 17.65 percent of games; that figure reaches 23.82 percent for the NCAA tournament. Oregon leans too much on offense, as the Ducks were 10th in the Pac-12 in points allowed and ninth in rebounding defense this season. They’ve lost two games all year: an OT loss at Arizona and a 3-point loss to BYU, the No. While bettors overwhelmingly tend to take the favorite during the regular season, the NCAA tournament is a rare time when the public jumps all over the underdog.

Westgate line: Maryland -4

PickCenter consensus pick: 69 percent picked Maryland

The first would be that instead of betting the fixed-odd futures to win the title, bet the money line in the first game your team plays and roll over your winnings through all six games. Albany

NC State minus-1 vs. Georgia was on the bubble and secured its spot in the field by beating South Carolina in the SEC tournament, then sat second-leading scorer Kenny Gaines in the next game against Arkansas. Valparaiso

Tuley: Davidson has its best team since Stephen Curry led it to the Elite Eight in 2008, and this team might be even better overall. No. 9 LSU Tigers

No. No. 1 Wisconsin Badgers vs. Everyone is buying into the hype of the nation’s leading scorer, Tyler Harvey (22.9 PPG), and that the Eagles get to play in their home state while Georgetown has to travel all the way across the country from the “other” Washington.

Westgate line: North Carolina -8.5

PickCenter consensus pick: 68 percent picked North Carolina

Coaching is a huge part of any sport, but particularly in college basketball. It all looks so easy that I hope it’s not one of those things that are too good to be true.

Tuley: This isn’t like one of the Louisville teams we’ve grown accustomed to seeing in recent years, and they look fade-able, but it looks like the committee did the Cardinals a favor with this seeding and matchup. The Cowboys come in off a bad offensive game against Oklahoma, but they are 6-1-1 ATS after scoring fewer than 50 points in their previous game. No. 16 Hampton/Manhattan winner

ATS pick: Harvard +8.5*

1. Coastal Carolina

ATS pick: Georgia +4.5*

ATS pick: Notre Dame -12

Tuley: Here’s another 5-12 matchup, with the public looking to the underdog to pull an upset. We all know the Harvard kids are smart, but Crimson have also won opening-round games each of the past two years. A year ago at this time they played American in the opening game and won 75-35, allowing only 29 percent shooting.

The table below summarizes the results of our analysis.

No. This team is 18-7-1 ATS after a loss, and 23-9-1 ATS on neutral courts. 12 Stephen F.

Westgate line: SMU -2

PickCenter consensus pick: 67 percent picked SMU

Bettors can also use the public betting trends available on ESPN Chalk’s Live Odds page to track favorites receiving less than 50 percent of spread bets.

Westgate line: Wisconsin -18

PickCenter consensus pick: 65 percent picked Wisconsin

ATS pick: San Diego St. The Sooners are also on a 10-3 SU run, and are 23rd in the nation in rebounds. It took time, but Maryland’s offense looked improved the back half of the campaign. This is one of those instances, and it provides a very strong favorite laying a very reasonable price.. I don’t see any potential matchup where I’ll be fading them, starting with the opener, as UAB needed the home court to win the Conference USA tournament as the fourth seed to earn its dance ticket. 10 when a lot of people would argue those should be switched. 16 Coastal Carolina Chanticleers

With more than 9.2 quintillion possible NCAA tournament brackets, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. No. minus-1 vs. 5 Utah Utes vs. When dealing with mid-major teams, I’m hesitant to put much stock into nonconference play as a vast majority of games against power conference foes are played on the road. Notre Dame

2. North Carolina

VCU plus-2 vs. The Cowboys lost their previous game against Oklahoma and opened as a 1-point favorite against Oregon. Indiana

Maryland minus-4 vs. 11 BYU/Ole Miss winner

UCLA averaged more than 80 points per game at home this season, but just 62.7 on the road — a difference of more than 18 points per game. Arkansas won 10 of its last 13 games, and two of those losses were to Kentucky. 9 St. Interesting side note in that for all the flack Barnes and the Longhorns have taken, they have an identical 17-13 ATS record as Butler. Wisconsin is tops in the Big Ten in points allowed, second in free throws, second in field goal shooting and rebound margin. But fear not: ESPN’s Chalk college basketball betting experts are here to help. No. No. MAC opponents), but struggled to keep opposing teams off the glass. 2 Duke in 2008, but this year’s team was 25th in the nation from the floor at 47.6 percent, and won its last seven games, including an upset of Murray State to steal the OVC’s automatic bid. Austin team in the first round, but the Utes play a very good brand of basketball that fits the tournament setting. No. No. 13 Eastern Washington Eagles

Westgate line: Iowa St. Iowa State


Cincinnati plus-1 vs. However, I think what gives Belmont a chance to at least cover is that Virginia’s leading scorer,  Justin Anderson, is coming back slowly from a broken finger and an appendectomy. Austin +6

The 10 teams, according to Kornegay, lead bookmaker at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook, and his staff, that are the most popular teams to wager on as the tourney begins.

ATS pick: Maryland -4

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Our theory posits that when an underdog pulls off an unlikely upset, square bettors have difficulty accepting the team’s new role as a favorite. 6 Xavier Musketeers vs. You’re going to run into situations in the tournament where hot shooting beats good defense, but in this instance, I want my money on the far more complete basketball team. The public has mostly bet against UCLA, as this line opened SMU minus-2 at several books and is up to 3.5 at most books and even 4 at a few as of late Monday night. Stephen F. At the time of publication, OSU was receiving just 24 percent of spread bets.

Tuley: I don’t expect Texas Southern to give Arizona too much of a scare as they’re overmatched talent-wise and don’t have a superstar or even a true big man. Iowa

Lafayette plus-23 vs. Big 12 opponents. The Bulldogs held a plus-7.3 rebounds-per-game edge in Big East play — 3.9 rebounds per game better than second-best Providence. Indiana is a smoke-and-mirrors team that beat up on the weak and shot its way to wins at home — not a recipe for postseason success. Austin is justifiably getting a lot of support as a live underdog, as it upset VCU last year in this round and a lot of people remember that and are looking for a repeat. I will have some on Harvard plus-525 over North Carolina and Belmont plus-1200 over Virginia, but I’ll probably pass on Texas Southern and Lafayette at plus-2500 apiece over Arizona and Villanova.

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Westgate line: Texas -1.5

PickCenter consensus pick: 62 percent picked Texas

Tuley: UCLA’s inclusion by the selection committee was the most vilified decision on Selection Sunday (especially when the Bruins were given a No. No.

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No. Whatever the reason, our historical archive reveals a distinct change in public betting behavior.

ATS pick: Arkansas -6.5

No. Michigan State

9. But except for Lawrence Alexander, NDSU is far inferior to the team that nearly made the Sweet 16 last year, and frankly, it wouldn’t be in the field if it hadn’t won the Summit Conference tournament. If Harvard can dictate the pace, the experienced Crimson could pull another upset or at least keep this within the spread.

In last week’s conference tournament betting guide, we detailed a system that focuses on large underdogs in low-scoring games, and explained how public betting patterns change during the postseason. As a team, the Huskies shoot 52.9 percent from 2, 38.8 percent from 3 and 72.4 percent from the free throw line. Austin

Using Sport Insights’ Bet Labs software, we found that tournament favorites that receive less than 50 percent of spread bets have gone 86-65 ATS (+16.24 units won, 10.8 percent ROI) over the past 10 years. No. But I’m going contrarian here. Hammons. Villanova

Belmont plus-16 vs. For short-priced dogs, I might just bet only the money line with Davidson plus-120 over Iowa, VCU plus-145 over Ohio State or UCLA plus-150 over SMU, as I’m basically picking them because I believe they will win.

Utah would be the only tourney future I see to hold a little bit of value. 6 Providence Friars vs. The Badgers are 42-20-1 ATS in nonconference games and 20-8-1 ATS in their past 29 neutral-site games.

Westgate line: Duke -TBD

PickCenter consensus pick: TBD

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Tuley: Every year, there are a few teams that get snubbed or a few teams that get overseeded or underseeded and cause heated discussions. Kansas

10. However, the one thing in Butler’s favor is its ability to win the battle on the boards. +1*

Midwest Regional

Westgate line: Georgetown -7.5

PickCenter consensus pick: 73 percent picked Eastern Washington

Lange: This is a classic case of overachiever (Butler) vs. Gonzaga 6-foot-10 freshman Domantas Sabonis (9.5 PPG, 7 RPG), 7-1 junior Przemek Karnowski (11 PPG) and 6-10 junior Kyle Wiltjer (16.7 PPG) anchor an NBA-like frontcourt, while senior guard Kevin Pangos (11.5 PPG, 5 APG) gets things moving. The Mountaineers’ success in the “first meetings” in Big 12 play (6-3 SU/ATS) suggests we look their way.

No. Utah can play with anybody sans Kentucky in this field.

Cincinnati plus-1 vs. If bettors are willing to take a 12-seed over a 5-seed straight up, it makes sense that they would also be willing to bet the 12-seed getting points.

No. ACC opponents). 13 Harvard Crimson

Selvaggio: Utah (75-1 at CG Technology; 60-1 at Westgate)

To summarize our handicappers’ best bets (lines are from the Westgate SuperBook as of Tuesday morning):

Wunderdog: Wisconsin got off to a great start this season and hasn’t slowed down. 8 Cincinnati Bearcats vs. -4.5

PickCenter consensus pick: 70 percent picked Michigan St. 5 (and for good reason), but I think the oddsmakers had this right when they opened Northern Iowa as a 7.5-point favorite. Wyoming made a nice run through the Mountain West Conference to steal a bid, but Northern Iowa has moved beyond that “Cinderella” category into a team that wouldn’t be a shock if it made the Sweet 16 (in fact, an argument could be made that the Panthers should be the No. They challenged themselves in nonleague play with games at Wichita State, Wyoming, St. 2 Virginia Cavaliers vs. No. In the end this is a very even matchup, but I think the Bearcats are still the play, even being bet to favoritism.

ATS pick: VCU +2*

Lange: Arguably the best attribute to have with a double-digit underdog in the NCAA tournament is high-caliber shooters, and on paper, Northeastern has just that. The oddsmakers certainly think so, as they made Ohio State the favorite despite the seedings. For all of Texas’ length and size, the Longhorns were a solid, but hardly impressive plus-3.9 rebounds per game vs. 8 Oregon Ducks vs. The team was 1-3 SU and 2-2 ATS in their absence. However, the Wildcats are only 2-3 ATS when laying 20 points or more, so this seems to be the tipping point. No. Villanova obviously has the talent edge, but it’s not a size mismatch like we usually see with 1-16 matchups. The Terrapins rely an awful lot on Dez Wells and Melo Trimble, and I would expect Valpo to play some zone. Albany got here by winning the America East, but didn’t step up in competition much. No. The Tigers have to be feeling the role of Cinderella, and I think they can stay within the huge number.

Tuley: Gonzaga is hardly even considered a mid-major anymore; instead, it’s the poster child for programs like North Dakota State, which upset Oklahoma last year in the Seattle subregional. No. Duke

7. Kansas is at its best in transition, and I would expect it to push the pace and pull New Mexico State along.

No. When this team was also an underdog in its previous game, the number of past matches is reduced dramatically, but we’re left with a 27-11 ATS record (+14.5 units, 38.2 percent ROI).

ATS pick: Lafayette +23*

Tuley: Villanova is for real, and hard to bet against at 24-9 ATS. Cyclones vs. All that stuff aside, we can only handicap the games in front of us, and while SMU is a solid team, I am convinced that if UCLA plays like it did against Arizona in the Pac-12 semifinals, the Bruins will be able to pull the upset here.

No. 4 Maryland Terrapins vs. North Carolina has every possible edge, but the Tar Heels don’t always show up, and they were just 14-13-1 ATS before finishing the season 5-2 ATS. 9 Oklahoma State Cowboys

ATS pick: Cincinnati -1

East Regional

Wunderdog: Defense is key in March and Oklahoma State has it, as the Cowboys finished fourth in the Big 12 in points allowed, and fifth in field goal shooting percentage allowed this season. Purdue

West Virginia minus-4.5 vs. This isn’t your typical Valpo team, as the Crusaders play at a plodding pace and win with defense (0.94 points per possession allowed). They also scored a favorable venue with Omaha and a short four-hour drive north from their campus.

More money hits the market during the NCAA tournament than any other time in the sports betting calendar. 6 seed instead of a No. Tyler Kalinoski was the Atlantic 10 Player of the Year, but he’s far from the lone gunman as Davidson averages more than 10 3-pointers made (hitting at better than 40 percent from long range) and more than 80 points per game. SEC Player of the Year Bobby Portis (yes, he won over all those Kentucky blue-chippers) and his teammates love to run, and I just don’t see Wofford keeping pace.

No. Ohio St. Wisconsin is 4-0-1 ATS in its past five NCAA tournament games. Some will say the Shockers are being punished for losing to Illinois State in the Missouri Valley semifinals. No. Another thing working for the underdog is that Lafayette coach Fran O’Hanlon is a Nova alumnus and there’s a chance the Wildcats won’t want to embarrass O’Hanlon by running up the score.

No. Oklahoma State has excellent balance with 6-7 senior Le’Bryan Nash (17 PPG, 5.4 RPG) and 6-8 senior Michael Cobbins up front, plus junior Phil Forte III (15 PGG). Statistically, the Bulls are fairly sound in the turnover department (15.2 percent vs. 12 Buffalo Bulls

Tuley: I’m conflicted on this game. (Note: I am considering playing Georgia State plus-4.5 in the first half, though that still seems a little short.

One reason for this phenomenon may be that bettors are used to taking upsets in their brackets, making them more likely to gravitate toward the underdog. If he’s not fully back in form (and he didn’t look like it in 26 scoreless minutes in the ACC tourney, including a miss on the possible game winner against North Carolina), that opens the door more for the Bruins.

No. Michigan St. No. Virginia

Georgia plus-4.5 vs. I don’t think Buffalo will be overwhelmed, as they held halftime leads on the road at Kentucky and Wisconsin, but West Virginia is an extremely hard team for which to prepare. If anyone asks if I think my dog has a chance to win outright, I’m going to say, “Of course!” On most of my plays, I’ll add a little something on the money line. 8 NC State Wolfpack vs. It’s a veteran team, too. 7 VCU Rams vs. It almost always yields a better payoff, plus it gives you the option along the way to pull out profits or to stop altogether if there’s a key injury or something.

Westgate line: Virginia -16

PickCenter consensus pick: 58 percent picked Belmont

Lange: First thing’s first: Can Buffalo hang on to the basketball and rebound on the defensive end? No team in the MAC comes close to resembling West Virginia’s chaotic ways. 12 Wofford Terriers

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Note: Picks marked with an asterisk (*) are best bets. Cincinnati chews up tons of clock trying to get the ball in the paint to Octavius Ellis. Wisconsin

6. Albany is on an 0-5 ATS run and will get stomped by the talented and well-coached Sooners.

ATS pick: Oklahoma St. LSU

No. Unfortunately, this system would also include teams that were an underdog during their last conference tournament game. 12 seeds against No.

Eastern Washington plus-7.5 vs. No. No. He will not get outcoached. 15 Belmont Bruins

Pick: over 131

No. O’Brien. No. -1.5

West Regional

No. However, I’m really high on Utah with its inside-outside tandem of guard Delon Wright and 7-foot center Jakob Poeltl, and this number looks a little short (again, because of the support for SFA as an ever-popular No