Sweet 16 Cinderella Picks – Cash in On Quartet of Underdogs That Could All Bring Home the Bacon!

Posted by Eric Williams on March 23, 2016 in

If you like cashing in on value-packed underdogs that have a great chance of pulling of Cinderella wins in their respective Sweet 16 matchups, then you’ve come to the right place. In this Sweet 16 betting breakdown, I’m going to identify four teams that all have a great chance of beating their favored opponents when March Madness moves on to its Sweet 16 stage on Thursday and Friday night. With that said, let’s get started and check the latest NCAAB betting odds.

Sweet 16 Cinderella Picks – Cash in On Quartet of Underdogs That Could All Bring Home the Bacon!

No. 5 Maryland vs. No. 1 Kansas -6.5

When: 9:40 PM ET, Thursday, March 24, 2016
Where: KFC Yum! Center, Louisville, Kentucky

Analysis: Maryland (27-8 SU, 16-17 ATS) may be facing an uphill battle in trying to dispatch No. 1 seeded Kansas (32-4 SU, 23-11 ATS), but the Terrapins are a talent-laden team that can literally beat – or lose – to anyone in the country.

Maryland has a pair of excellent guards in Melo Trimble (14.8 ppg) and Rasheed Sulaimon (11.1 ppg) and I believe they’re going to give Kansas’ perimeter-based, three-guard lineup of Wayne Selden, Frank Mason Jr. and Devonte’ Graham, a run for their money in this contest. Maryland has a solid defense that ranked 47th in the nation by limiting the opposition to just 66.3 points per game and the lack of a true superstar could spell doom for the Jayhawks. The Terps are 19-7 ATS in its last 26 neutral site games while Kansas has gone 5-14 ATS in their L/19 games against Big Ten ballclubs. Maryland is my pick to cover the spread in a thriller that they very well could win outright.

No. 3 Texas A&M vs. No. 2 Oklahoma

When: 7:37 PM ET, Thursday, March 24, 2016
Where: Honda Center, Anaheim, California
Line: Oklahoma -1.5
Total: 145

Analysis: Texas A&M (28-8 SU, 16-13 ATS) has scored an identical 92 points in each of their last two games and has the kind of lengthy athletic ballclub that could very well give Oklahoma (27-7 SU, 12-20 ATS) a bunch of trouble, especially down low.

Aggies centers Tyler Davis and Tonny Trocha-Morelos combine to average 18.3 points and 10,5 rebounds per game while the backcourt duo of Danuel House (15.7 ppg) and Jalen Jones (15.4 ppg) can both fill up the bucket and pull down boards as they combine to average a stunning 11.9 rebounds per game, including Jones’ team-leading 7.1 boards per outing.

Texas A&M is playing great basketball right now having won nine of their last 10 games while Oklahoma has suffered three losses in their last 10 games, including a dismal 76-63 smackdown at the hands of mediocre Texas on February 27. The Aggies weren’t on anyone’s radar as a legitimate title contender, but if they beat the Sooners in this contest, which they very well could, they sure will be.

No. 4 Duke vs. No. 1 Oregon

When: 10:07 PM ET, Thursday, March 24, 2016
Where: Honda Center, Anaheim, California
Line: Oregon -2.5
Total: 155

Analysis: I’m going to get right to the point by saying that I don’t really like Duke (25-10 SU, 14-18 ATS) to pull off the upset over No. 1 Oregon (30-6 SU, 20-13 ATS)  but the fact of the matter is that they could and besides, at this point there’s nothing I’d put past any Mike Krzyzewski-coached ballclub. Do-it-all forward Brandon Ingram (17.1 ppg) is so talented that he’s being mentioned as a candidate for the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft and shooting guard Grayson Allen (21.8 ppg) looks like a player that could make it at the next level as well.

Oregon has four players that average at least 12.1 points per game and has a pair of stars in forwards Dillon Brooks (16.8 ppg) and Elgin Cook (14.5 ppg), but Duke will have the big edge in coaching and that could be a factor if it’s close in the final minutes. Make no mistake about it, Duke is not much more than mediocre this season, but they’re also a great candidate to pull off a Cinderella win in the Sweet 16.

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No. 11 Gonzaga vs. No. 10 Syracuse

When: 9:40 PM ET, Friday, March 25, 2016
Where: United Center, Chicago, Illinois
Line: Gonzaga -5.5
Total: 134.5

Analysis: Syracuse (21-13 SU, 18-15 ATS) has looked fantastic in holding Dayton to just 51 points and Middle Tennessee to just 50 points the last time out and that kind of defense means they could beat anyone, including Gonzaga (28-7 SU, 17-15 ATS).

I recognize that the Bulldogs will likely have the best two players on the floor in this matchup in sweet-shooting forward Kyle Wiltjer (20.4 ppg) and center Domantas Sabonis (17.5 ppg), but Syracuse does have a legitimate star in forward Michael Gbinije (17.8 pg) and one of college basketball’s best head coaches in the near legendary Jim Boeheim.

The Orange also have three other double digit scorers on the roster and that doesn’t include do-it-all forward Tyler Roberson, a player that averages 9.0 points, 8.3 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game. Syracuse went 5-2 in seven neutral site games and recorded quality wins this season over Texas A&M, Duke and Notre Dame among others, so, clearly, a Cinderella win could happen n this matchup, even if it looks like a tall task right now.