Brian’s picks went 1-3 in the first round. Here are his picks and comments for the first day of round 2. Brian’s picks are based on the lines at Caesars earlier today which are subject to movement.
1. Gonzaga -10.5 vs Western Kentucky. I show Gonzaga covering this easily. The ‘Zags came on late against Akron and look to continue that over the Hilltoppers. It was a nice upset for them in the first round but don’t look for it to continue over what will seem like a home court for Gonzaga.
2. Memphis -8.5 vs Maryland. Memphis did not look at all good on Thursday and did not cover their line. I believe they will this time. Maryland has been an extremely inconsistent team all year and often doesn’t look like the same team from game-to-game. I think both teams show their true colors in this one with Memphis winning big.
3. Villanova -1.5 vs UCLA. Both teams struggled mightily on Thursday and neither covered. This was very surprising for Villanova in that they basically have a home game. Even accounting for that the numbers give UCLA a slight edge in this one (about 1 point) I like the Bruins in the upset.