2017 NCAA Tournament Free Picks – Sweet 16

March Madness returns tomorrow as the Round of 16 kicks off on Thursday evening. There are four games on the schedule with the first (Michigan versus Oregon) starting at 7:09 EST. All the games will be broadcasted on CBS or TBS. As always, all our odds will be quoted from BetOnline (Full Review) and are accurate at the time of posting. However, be sure to line shop for the best price before placing your bet.

Now, onto the picks!

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West Virginia (4) versus Gonzaga (1) -3 Total: 148.5

The Mountaineers had a tough road to get to the Sweet 16 and will face another test on Thursday evening with Gonzaga. West Virginia won a close game against Bucknell on Thursday and cashed their ticket to the Sweet 16 on Saturday with a 12-point victory over Notre Dame.

The Zags blew out South Dakota State on Thursday to start their tournament. They also held off a rally from Northwestern to win Saturday by a score of 79-73.

West Virginia’s dominance last weekend isn’t going unnoticed, but it is a spot where I can seem them becoming overrated. Couple that with the Gonzaga being the most overlooked No. 1 seed in this tournament and this looks like an excellent spot for the Bulldogs.

Betting action has been mostly even so far on both sides, with a slight edge to Gonzaga, which was established as a -3 favorite when the odds opened. The number hasn’t changed since the line opened.

I love the Bulldogs in this spot and believe that will win this game handily, as they are being criminally underrated in this tournament. I expect the line to move in their favor before tipoff, so get your bets in now.

Pick: Gonzaga -3

Michigan (7) versus Oregon (3) +1 Total: 146.5

Michigan has opened as a -1 favorite over Oregon as they face off against Oregon on Thursday evening. The Wolverines seem to be peaking at the right time as they managed to beat Oklahoma State on Friday narrowly but sprung an upset over No. 3 seeded, Louisville, on Sunday.

The Ducks got here by beating Iona to start their tournament and winning a close game with Rhode Island on Sunday. Much of Oregon’s hype coming into March Madness was quelled when senior forward Chris Boucher was ruled out of the year, but they showed resiliency in fighting back from a deficit against Rhode Island.

Michigan is getting the most lopsided action out of any game on Friday’s slate. Over 60 percent of bets so far come in on the Wolverines. The odds did move briefly to Michigan -1.5, before settling back at -1.

We’re all hearing the headlines now that Michigan’s defense has “found its way,” but they haven’t faced an offense like Oregon’s just yet. Even without Boucher, they still have guards Tyler Dorsey and Dylan Ennis to stop. Jordan Bell has also filled in admirably for Dorsey.

I like the Ducks to win.

Pick: Oregon +1

Joseph Falchetti

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