March Madness odds excitement is high for the Buckeyes as they are looking very much the part of the top March Madness betting seed in this year’s Big Dance.
The number one seed Ohio State Buckeyes will take on the 4 seed Kentucky Wildcats in the East regional from Newark, NJ on Friday night with a start time of 9:45 PM ET and a telecast on CBS. Ohio State opened at Sports Gambling as a 5.5 point favorite and with a total of 140.
Ohio State was a -220 money line favorite with Kentucky at +180. The winner of this game will take on the winner of Friday’s Marquette vs. North Carolina matchup on Sunday.
Ohio State has a bet March Madness record of 34-2 straight up and 18-15 against the spread. The Buckeyes are in good form as of late with 7 payouts in their last 9 games. Ohio State looked powerful in the opening rounds as they beat Texas San Antonio 75-46 and then George Mason 98-66. The Buckeyes defense ranks 10th in the country by allowing just 59.6 points per game.
Kentucky has a record of 27-8 straight up and 14-15-1 against the spread. The Wildcats are coming off a 71-63 March Madness gambling payout over West Virginia. Brandon Knight leads Kentucky with 17.4 points and 4.2 assists per game. Kentucky is arguably the most talented team that Ohio State could face in the entire NCAA Tournament.
Kentucky has proven to be a dangerous tournament dog in the past with 5 payouts in their last 7 games as a pup in the Big Dance. Overall Kentucky has covered 9 of their last 13 NCAA Tournament games. Kentucky has had their share of problems with the Atlantic Coast Conference however with just 1 payout in their last 6 matchups against that league.
Duke has covered 6 of their last 8 games against the spread in the NCAA Tournament and as a favorite in the Big Dance. Duke has paid out in 15 of their last 22 non conference games. Kentucky has gone over the March Madness odds total in 8 of their last 11 games while Duke has gone over the total in 5 of their last 7 non conference games.