Top 3 Betting Tips for March Madness Saturday Totals

We started out the NCAA Tournament by giving out our Top 5 Total Plays for Thursday and Friday, for round 1. We now move on to Saturday and we are looking at the second round of the tournament. For the round of 32, we will be giving out 3 March Madness Saturday totals that we feel are the best plays of the day!

Florida vs. Virginia

Florida advanced in the tournament by beating up on East Tennessee State on Thursday. Florida’s defense was on point and they held the 40th ranked scoring offense of East Tennessee State to 65 points, which is 15 points below their season average of 79.9 points per game.

Virginia moved on by beating UNC Wilmington in a close game 76-71. The Cavaliers defense didn’t look like the same defense we seen all year. That being said, they were up against a very capable UNC Wilmington offense that can score with the best of them!

In this game, we look for Virginia to focus more on slowing down the game, forcing the Gators into taking shots they wouldn’t necessarily take and putting a emphasis on keeping the ball out of Devin Robinson’s hands. I’m looking for a low scoring game on both sides of the ball. Play the Under!

p.s. — we look at the spread of this Florida and Virginia game here.

West Virginia vs. Notre Dame

The West Virginia Mountaineers advanced to the round of 32 by defeating Bucknell by the score of 86-80. Their offense looked decent but the defense is concerning. In their last 2 games, they have allowed 80 points in both games. That is a far cry from the team that held their opponents in the first two games of the Big 12 Tournament to 53 and 50 points. Bucknell is far from a threatening or intimidating offense as they rank 109th in the NCAA in points scored per game. Where the Mountaineers did shine was pulling down the boards. They rebounded 42% of their missed shots, allowing for second chance points in the paint.

Notre Dame had a scare on Thursday as they barely squeaked past Princeton by the score of 60-58. Many experts have wrote that Notre Dame struggled on offense but the reality is they just put an emphasis on defending the perimeter and focused more on stopping Princeton’s 3 point offense. The fact is they were successful in their attempts as they held Princeton to just under 26 percent from beyond the three point line.

West Virginia is a struggling defense but as long as they can keep scoring points in the 80’s, they should do fine in the tournament. They are averaging 82 points per game and if they can keep Notre Dame from slowing down the game, they should have success running their offense. For Notre Dame, they are no longer forced to be focused on stopping the three point play like they were with Princeton and thus will allow them to get their running shoes on to score with West Virginia! I think this one is very high scoring! Play The Over!

Butler vs. Middle Tennessee State

Butler defeated Winthrop by 12 points by the score of 76-64. Butler’s Avery Woodson doubled his season average, putting up 18 points on six 3-pointers, which was a career high.

We all knew there would be a 12 seed over a 5 seed and Middle Tennessee State didn’t let us down as they upset the Minnesota Golden Gophers by the score of 81-72. MTS is known for their defense but here lately, they have been relying on their offense. The Blue Raiders are averaging 75 points per game over the season but over their last 5 games, they scored 93-86-82-83-81. This team has really turned their strength into an offensive powerhouse that can score in the 80’s-90’s.

Both of these teams have proven that they can score points. MTS has scored over 85 points on seven occasions this season. Butler also scored over 85 points, seven times. This game should easily be one of the higher scoring game totals of the day. Play The Over!