5 Best Point Total NCAA Tournament Predictions: First Round Friday

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5 Best Point Total NCAA Tournament Predictions: First Round Friday

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5 Best Point Total NCAA Tournament Predictions: First Round Friday

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3. (2) Houston vs (15) Cleveland State

Point Total: 134.5
Pick: Over
Bet on this, BetMGM latest line

Oh dear lord, OVER.

There’s always that game that if your investment doesn’t come through, it’s not your fault. This is one of them.

Houston is a scoring machine, it keeps it going no matter what, and it’s got the ability to take care of most of the heavy lifting all by itself.

134.5 just isn’t that big a number, and Cleveland State isn’t exactly a defensive powerhouse.

Yes, back in early December the Vikings gave Ohio State a run in a 67-61 loss, but that was a week after getting 101 hung on them by Ohio.

To get to the 135, you need to start with Houston getting to around 75. It did that in 15 of the 27 games, and even a few of the games that didn’t get there worked their way to over 135.

To be fair to Cleveland State, it is decent defensively against the mediocre offenses, and it only allowed 75 or more eight times in their 26 games, but Houston is a 2 seed for a reason, and Cleveland State has enough pop and firepower to keep up and do its part.

You’re realistically just asking the Vikings to push a bit past 60 here, and that shouldn’t be an issue – they did that in every game but four, and two of those four they were blown out with the total blowing past the 135.

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