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March Madness second-round parlay picks for Sunday: Back Kentucky and UConn



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We’re placing collectively a three-leg parlay for Sunday’s March Insanity slate.

The pregame narrative: This isn’t the flashiest Kentucky Wildcats workforce we’ve seen in current reminiscence however they’re nonetheless fairly darn good. We’re backing them and the UConn Huskies to win and are additionally taking the Creighton Blue Jays on an alternate unfold.

Try our greatest March Insanity second-round parlay picks for March 19.

NCAA basketball odds as of three:09 p.m. ET on 03/18/2023.

March Insanity second-round parlay picks

Parlay: Kentucky ML + UConn ML + Creighton +6.5 (+224)

Kentucky ML (-167) : Kentucky hasn’t made it to the Candy 16 since 2019 — which is a very long time for a program of this stature. With that mentioned, we’re anticipating the wildcats to proceed dancing after Sunday’s showdown with the Kansas State Wildcats.

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Kansas St. misplaced two straight video games heading into the match however was by no means actually at risk of dropping to the No. 14 Montana St. Bobcats on Friday. Even so, we’re extra bullish on the best way Kentucky’s been trending.

John Calipari’s squad has gained six of its previous eight video games with the one losses being a pair of defeats to Vanderbilt, a workforce that clearly had Kentucky’s quantity.

Outdoors of that, the Wildcats have overwhelmed match groups like Auburn, Arkansas and Tennessee previously month.

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UConn ML (-200) : We’re taking some extra chalk by backing the Huskies on the moneyline. UConn has gained seven of its previous eight video games heading into this matchup with its solely loss coming to the Marquette Golden Eagles within the Huge East match.

UConn solely misplaced that sport by two factors and Marquette is a extra examined workforce than the St. Mary’s Gaels.

St. Mary’s was a powerful 27-7 this season however they have been 2-3 in Quad 1 video games and misplaced each of their contests towards the Gonzaga Bulldogs this yr. Gonzaga has the perfect offence within the nation primarily based on KenPom’s adjusted offensive effectivity ranking and Uconn isn’t far behind, rating fourth.

The Huskies play a a lot slower tempo than the Zags however we nonetheless assume they’ll be capable to fill the basket with ease.

Creighton +6.5 (-286) : Creighton has a very good probability of successful this sport however we’re going to purchase a few factors out of an abundance of warning.

The Blue Jays have the 14th-best adjusted defensive effectivity in that nation and they need to be capable to sluggish the Baylor Bears’ blistering offence.

It helps that Creighton can fill the bucket, too. Greg McDermott’s workforce has scored at the least 70 factors in 4 of its previous 5 video games.

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Avery Perri writes about sports activities betting for NorthStar Bets. NorthStar Bets is owned by NordStar Capital, which additionally owns Torstar, the Star’s mum or dad firm. Comply with him on Twitter: @AveryPerri

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