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Looking for late Thursday night March Madness bets? Jon Conahan gives you his best March Madness picks for Thursday, featuring Duke and Penn State.

Thursday March Madness Late Picks: Oral Roberts vs. Duke, Penn State vs. Texas A&M

I'm back with more March Madness picks for tonight's games. I found two that I like and am here to share them with you.

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Thursday March Madness Picks

Duke Halftime/Fulltime (-160) (Bet $100 to collect $162) Get the best odds, available at DraftKings

We have to sip some juice here but I will live with that. Duke is clearly the better team, in my opinion, and if they come out and do what they're supposed to do, this game shouldn't be too close. I get that the spread is only about 5.5-6.5 at most books, but I like Duke to dominate this game. 

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If at some point this game does get close, I think that will be towards the end or middle of the second half. Duke should be able to win the first half and eventually win the game.

Penn State +2.5 (-110) (Bet $100 to collect $191) Get the best odds, available at DraftKings

I like Penn State to cover the +2.5 here. I do think that they have a possibility of winning this game outright, but I will be smart here and just take the points. If Penn State comes out and shoots the ball as they have for most of the season, they can play with anybody in the country.

If they don't, Texas A&M might win this game by 15-plus points. Texas A&M probably should have been a higher seed in the tournament, but the same argument could be made for Penn State.

This is an interesting matchup, and personally, one of my favorites of the Round of 64.

Thursday March Madness Picks

  • Penn State +2.5 (-110) (Bet $100 to collect $191)
  • Duke Halftime/Fulltime (-160) (Bet $100 to collect $162)

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An Editor and Analyst for OddsChecker, Jon Conahan has been covering all major sports since 2019. He is a 2022 graduate of the Bellisario School of Journalism at Penn State University and previously played D1 baseball.


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