With the NCAA tournament returning on Thursday, The Action Network’s BJ Cunningham is here to share his top two bets (video above).
The first contest Cunningham targets is Villanova vs. Michigan, entering as underdogs by four and a half points. But Cunningham chooses to aim below 135.5 points instead.
“Villanova and Michigan are both in the bottom 60 in terms of adjusted pace,” explains Cunningham.
Also, Cunningham believes Villanova’s defense will have an advantage in the halffield, especially in Michigan’s offensive strategy: post-up play. A national top-70 team in post defense, the Wildcats conceded just eight points from 14 post-ups for Ohio State.
On the other hand, Villanova is taking many contested three-pointers on the offensive end, while Michigan is fourth nationally in open three-pointers. With those two defensive advantages in mind, Cunningham believes this game will prove to be a low-scoring game.
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For his second bet of the night, Cunningham is looking to Texas Tech-Duke, where he opts to support the Red Raiders.
“Duke loves to fold in transition…but they really struggle to defend in transition,” Cunningham explains. “Texas Tech, while they don’t spend a lot of time transitioning, they’re actually the third most efficient team in the country when they’re there.”
Cunningham also cites Duke’s defensive struggles as reason enough to back Texas Tech. The Blue Devils rank outside the top-300 in turnover percentage and rank 217th in defensive rebound percentage. Meanwhile, Texas Tech is a top 40 offensive-rebounding team nationally.
Given all of these advantages for Texas Tech, Cunningham believes making the regional finals is a good bet.
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