March Madness betting players everywhere were anxiously glued to Thursday’s game between Memphis and Cal.State-Northridge as the Tigers were headed for a massive online betting upset, before pulling away. The Tigers’ next test comes on Saturday, when they’ll face a scrappy Maryland team who pulled off a sportsbook upset of their own.
Maryland vs Memphis odds – Saturday, 3:20 PM ET
The No.10 Terrapins needed their best player to step up, and Greivis Vasquez did just that as Maryland beat No.7 California 84-71, as the versatile guard had 27 points. Eric Hayes came off the bench for 14 for the Terrapins, who shot an efficient 49.2% from the field and turned the ball over only nine times. Maryland realizes they have to limit their mistakes if they want to overcome the March Madness odds, and they played a near-perfect game on Thursday.
The Tigers needed an unlikely hero to avoid becoming just the fifth No.2 seed to lose to a No.15 team in the history of the NCAA Tournament, but Roburt Sallie came off the bench to hit ten treys en route to 35 points as the Tigers held off Cal.St.-Northridge 81-70. One of the nation’s best defenses looked very lethargic for most of the game, and only Sallie’s shooting kept them within striking distance. Tyreke Evans flew under the radar in his first Tournament game, posting 15 points and five assists, along with four turnovers.
Memphis is a 9-point favorite in this contest, and these two have met only once before, when the Tigers were thumped 84-61 at Maryland back in 2004. The matchup to watch in this game will be Vasquez against Evans, as both are listed as guards, but they do a little of everything for their respective teams. Vasquez should get the better of his freshman counterpart, but Memphis’ team defense will shut down the rest of the Terrapins. Bet on Memphis in this March Madness betting matchup on Saturday.
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