March Madness is officially in full swing and after two frenzied days of the 2023 NCAA Tournament, we’re already down to 32 teams left standing and now primed to chop the remaining contenders in half over the next two days. Round 2 action begins Saturday where we will have eight games scattered about through the day with eight teams ultimately punching tickets to the Sweet 16 as another eight teams’ seasons come to an end.
Saturday’s action is the first of a two-day bonanza of second-round play that will put an official bow on the first full weekend of this year’s NCAA Tournament, and the docket on deck figures to be just as delectable as the first few days of action. We have No. 1 seed Kansas as the shortest favorite in more than two decades in a Round 2 game, No. 1 seed Houston in a quasi-road environment facing No. 9 seed Auburn in Birmingham and plenty of other appetizing matchups that could deliver big results. Buckle up.
Of course, getting some extra skin in the games may help put you in the tournament spirit (if you aren’t already there). Below, our CBS Sports experts have provided their insight with picks straight up and against the spread for some of the top games on Saturday’s extended slate. Our expert brackets may offer some help on this front as well.
While surviving and advancing is clearly what matters for most, we care about whether these teams will cover their spreads, and we’ve tracked the season since November to be able to offer our own thoughts on every game.
Be sure to stick with CBS Sports throughout the rest of the month for NCAA Tournament coverage through the end of the Final Four. Let’s take a look at our expert picks for the opening day of the second round on Saturday.
Odds via Caesars Sportsbook | All times Eastern
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Author : Kyle Boone
Publish date : 2023-03-18 04:28:56
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