NCAA Tournament 2012 Opening Round Previews For Bettors

March Madness 2012 odds are posted as far as who will win each region in the NCAA Tournament.  Now here are spread trends for the opening round—the so-called “play-in games” in order to qualify for the field of 64.  All records are against the spread.

These are for games of Tuesday and Wednesday.

Western Kentucky vs. Mississippi Valley State

The Hilltoppers have covered five straight off a straight up win, 6-0 in NCAA Tournament, 6-0 versus an opponent with a winning percentage of .600 or above, 13-3 overall, 24-9 on neutral courts, but 6-16 outside the conference.

The Gaels guys will Brigham Young

Mississippi Valley State is 1-4 versus an opponent with a losing record, 1-6 off win, 1-6 overall, 0-4 on neutral courts.

Iona vs. BYU

Top sports handicappers note that the Gaels are 6-1 on neutral courts, 12-3 off a spread loss, 1-5 outside conference, 0-4 to teams with a winning record.

The Brigham Young Cougars are 17-7 off a spread loss, but 3-8 in NCAA Tournament, 0-4 overall.

Vermont vs. Lamar

Catamounts 10-2 versus an opponent with a winning percentage of .600 or above, 11-4 to teams with a winning record, 2-6 off a spread win.

The Cardinals are 7-0 versus an opponent with a winning percentage of .600 or above, 8-1 to teams with a winning record, 8-3 outside the conference.

South Florida vs. California

Bulls 6-2 off a spread loss, 7-3 overall, 1-5 neutral. The Golden Bears are 7-3 outside conference, 1-5 versus an opponent with a winning percentage of .600 or above, 1-6 off double-digit home loss.

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Grandmaster Sports Handicapper Joe Duffy got his start in the sports handicapping industry with the Dial Sports (Communications Team) audiotext network. It was owned by sportswriter, broadcaster and handicapping pioneer Mickey Charles. Dial Sports was the sister company of the popular Sports Network Wire Service. Upon graduating California University of PA, where he was a play-by-play announcer on student radio station WVCS (now WCAL) and cable channel 29 (now CUTV), he became a full-time sports announcer and handicapper for the Sportsline scorephone network. He learned from NFL legends coach Hank Stram and broadcasting icon Ray Scott the ins and outs of the sports betting world. His Amazing Cadillac Club became the most successful 900-number in sports betting history. He left to become the first General Manager of the Freescoreboard scorephone network broadcast all over North America. His articles have appeared on several dozen websites and hard copy publications. He is now CEO of, the top sports betting site in the world. Email:

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