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Expert handicapper John Hyslop is kicking off Saturday morning with his four best bets from the first games of the day in the NCAA Tournament. Featuring Baylor vs. UNC, Kansas vs. Creighton, Tennessee vs. Michigan, and Providence vs. Richmond.

Saturday March Madness Early Picks: Baylor vs. UNC, Kansas vs. Creighton, and More

What's crazy about gambling for 24 hours of the 48 that was Thursday and Friday is the fact that I'm not even that tired. I don't think any of us are. In fact, I think we can handle another 12 hours on Saturday. It's not that crazy when you think about it. At the end of the day, we can't gamble on every game of the tournament if we take Saturday off. Our hands are tied at this point. We have to do this. Lucky for us, there are eight games on the slate that are spaced out perfectly. We're starting at 12:10 pm ET with a couple afternoon bangers, then we start doubling up in the evening. Hats off to whoever came up with that idea. It just works. Just like the first round, we'll go game by game here. No stone unturned. Just an amazing display of perseverance.

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12:10pm ET - Baylor Team Total Over 80.5 (+152) (Bet $100 to Win $152)

*Odds Available at FanDuel at Time of Publishing*

It's time to hit back. We took heat for two days just firing away at every game. Doing whatever we could to action on literally every game. It's not easy to be ahead of the curve here. But now the tides have turned. Things are different. We have the upper hand. What I mean by that is I watched Baylor the other day and they look like they could hang 100 on anyone. Throw a fast-paced team like UNC at them and we get more looks from an already efficient offense. If you want a safer way of doing this you could just go over 151 at DraftKings for +110. The thing is if they get there, it will highly likely be because Baylor scored at least 81 points.

2:40 pm ET - Creighton Team Total Over 29.5 First Half (-102) (Bet $102 to Win $100)

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This could be the best bet I've ever seen in my life. Like ever. I think it might be time to say that Creighton could be good. I'm serious. Not like "win the whole thing good" but maybe "drop at least 30 in the first half against Kansas" good. First off, they just hung 30 in the first half on San Diego State the other night. That team plays incredibly slow and has third-best defense in the country according to KenPom. Now the Blue Jays get a team in Kansas that will play track meet basketball. If we're being honest, 30 points in the first half of a college basketball game isn't a lot. I think Creighton makes us all proud Saturday.

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5:15 pm ET - Michigan/Tennessee Over 138 (+100) (Bet $100 to Win $100)

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I went over this one like my life depended on it. I was on Michigan. I was on Tennessee. At one point I had both teams going over their team total. Then it hit me. Why not just take the over and call it a day? This game is perfect for that type of logic. First off, Michigan hasn't scored less than 69 points in seven straight games. They can get easy baskets underneath which Tennessee just can't defend. The thing is, the Volunteers can score too. They just dropped 88 against a tomato can but still. I think this could be a 75-70 type game.

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6:10 pm ET - Richmond/Providence Under 133 (+100) - DraftKings Alt Line (Bet $100 to Win $100)

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I hate to take an under but we almost have to. I could seriously see this game ending 53-50. Both of these teams seem to want to win the ugliest game possible. Providence just had a chance to get loose the other day against South Dakota State. Instead they turned it into a 66-57 rock fight. South Dakota State had the best effective field goal percentage in the country this season. They couldn't do anything against Providence. Now the Friars get Richmond who legit tries to do the same thing they do. They literally neutered Iowa on Thursday which is pretty impressive. The Hawkeyes were the third-best offense in the country this year according to KenPom. I honestly think this could be the easiest under we ever bet in our lives.

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John has spent the past 20+ years betting sports on a daily basis and is considered by many to be a walking sports betting encyclopedia. From obscure player props to sides and totals, if there is an angle, John will find it. His work has appeared on Rotogrinders and he has been a regular on sports talk radio stations across the country. Based in the US, John operates a blog & podcast, Sports Bets Beers, which covers betting angles in the NFL, NBA, MLB, & NHL.


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