March Madness Parlay Picks for 3/18 and 3/19

A thrilling first round of March Madness came and went with a bang. The second round, more commonly referred to as the Round of 32, should bring plenty of excitement this weekend as well.

With Furman knocking off Virginia in a thrilling upset, and 15-seed Princeton advancing over Arizona, the second round of the Big Dance already has their fair share of Cinderella stories.

Our goal for this article is to provide you with a valuable March Madness parlay payout to further enjoy this weekend’s hardwood drama. All March Madness betting odds are courtesy of Bovada.

Parlay Picks of the Day

(13) Furman +6 (-110) vs. (5) San Diego St.-110
(7) Missouri (-280) over (15) Princeton-280
(2) Texas (-235) over (10) Penn St.-235
(7) Northwestern +7.5 (-110) vs. (2) UCLA-110
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Pick 1: (13) Furman +6 (-110) vs. (5) San Diego St.

Saturday, March 17, at 12:10 PM EST

Full disclosure my friends, I had Furman over Virginia in the opening round of Thursday games, and I backed them over San Diego St. at the best March Madness betting sites.  Oh yes, I am quite bullish on the Paladins and believe they’ll continue to cause some matchup issues for an overrated Aztecs side.

This is Furman’s first NCAA tourney in 43 years, and their opening round contest did not disappoint.  Staring defeat in the face, Furman forced an improbable turnover against a veteran-laden Virginia side, and knocked out a clutch three in the waning seconds to steal an improbable victory. 

Furman boasts a real tenacity on defense, and mixes that with exceptional guard play to be in every game.

Furman can score, and they’ll continue to find success on Saturday. They enter the Round of 32 ranked 32nd in the country in terms of Offensive Efficiency and 36% of their baskets come from beyond the three-point arc. 

They tend to shoot quite well from outside, and on the days in which their baskets are falling, look out as this team is nearly unbeatable.

This bodes well for their chances to keep their run going against San Diego St. who boasts of a good interior defense, but one that has been quite porous getting out and defending the three-point line. 

The Aztecs have big bodies that defend the rim quite well, but they’ve allowed their opponents to shoot a staggering 40.2% from the three-point line.  Furman will get opportunities, and they should be able to knock them down.

Defensively, Furman will have their hands full countering the Aztecs in the rebounding department, but tenacity and positioning should be just enough to provide Furman with the possessions needed to score points. 

The Aztecs play incredibly slow, and with San Diego St. creating minimal second-chance opportunities for their offense, a fast start or a big shooting run from Furman will be difficult for San Diego St. to come back against.

Though Furman secured a huge victory over Virginia, expect them to prevent a let-down against a San Diego St. squad that can be beat. 

It’s odd to see Furman not getting more respect in what should be a better stylistic matchup for the Paladins, but back them to keep this game tight and don’t be surprised to see them emerge victorious in the Round of 32.

Pick 2: (7) Missouri (-280) over (15) Princeton

Saturday, March 17, at 6:10 PM EST

Following Princeton’s shock dismantling of two-seed Arizona, and busting countless March Madness brackets, they’ll go at it again in what promises to be a thrilling contrast of styles in this ‘Battle of the Tigers.’

While Princeton winning was a great story, it’s hard to see them following that up against a Mizzou side hitting their stride, and one that brings a ton of length, strength, athleticism, and size. 

Look for Missouri to use their quickness and length advantages from the outset. Arizona didn’t challenge Princeton inside and, when their outside shots didn’t fall, the Wildcats couldn’t adjust quickly enough. 

Missouri isn’t a strong shooting team, but they move the ball well, and can get inside at will.  Expect Missouri to get into bonus situations early and often. They should be shooting free throws early in both halves. 

That’s going to challenge Princeton and force another hot-shooting game from their guards as a result.

Princeton had nearly a week to prepare for Arizona, while the Missouri Tigers are a tough squad to just walk in and prep for on a tight turnaround. 

Missouri enters with the ninth-rated offense, and they’re a deep team that should be able to utilize their bench as they are playing their second game in 48 hours. With a deeper bench, expect them to push the pace and tempo, on their way to a multi-possession victory. 

It’s a juicy and chalky play, but Mizzou is going to find a way to make this a sizable victory. Look for Princeton’s bubble to pop.

Two-Team Parlay Odds

If you prefer to just go with a two-team March Madness parlay card, Furman +6 (-110) and the Missouri Tigers moneyline (-280), it has a payout of +159. This means you would win $159 dollars for every $100 dollars wagered.

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Two-Team Parlay

Pick 3: (2) Texas (-235) over (10) Penn State

Saturday, March 17, at 7:45 PM EST

Our next leg of this March Madness parlay is the Texas Longhorns moneyline. Texas completely controlled their matchup against Colgate, never really letting them find a way to get into the game on Thursday evening. 

Texas is long and focused on defense, and look for the Longhorns to take away Penn State’s top quality, outside shot making.  The Nittany Lions’ offense can be dynamic from the outside. If Penn State can hit shots, they’ve got a chance against anyone.

Expect Texas to press up on defense and force Penn St. to shoot over them.  Texas has been terrific at forcing mistakes all season long. In fact, they forced Colgate to a woeful 3-of-15 from beyond the arc on Thursday night. 

That same strategy will be recycled for Penn State, which is a similar shooting team that won’t be able to contend with the Longhorns inside.  Look for Texas to force the Nittany Lions inside, and use their assortment of rim protectors to force bad shots.

Once Texas controls Penn State’s limited offensive possessions, it’ll be time to get out and run, and this is where we should really begin to see a mismatch. The Longhorns are fast and athletic and should be able to run on the Nittany Lions in transition. 

They average nearly 80 points per game and Penn State’s defense won’t be able to stand in their way. Penn St. forces the 11th-fewest steals in the nation and generates hardly any turnovers. This is a pedestrian group without the ball and the Longhorns should be able to move the ball on them at will.

The only way Penn State keeps this close is with remarkably hot shooting and, given Texas’ knack of defending the three-point line so well (29.4% success rate over their last three games), it’s hard to see much success for the Nittany Lions.

Look for the Longhorns to ride solid defense, on their way to a coveted Round of 32 win over Penn State on Saturday night.

Three-Team Parlay Odds

Taking the first three parlay legs of this college basketball parlay card, with Furman +6 (-110), Missouri moneyline at (-280), and the Texas Longhorns moneyline (-235), will return juicy +269 parlay odds. This means you would win $269 dollars for every $100 dollars wagered.

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Three-Team Parlay

Pick 4: (7) Northwestern +7.5 (-110) vs. (2) UCLA

Many bettors and fans definitely felt like UCLA should have received a #1 seed by the selection committee.  Although that is likely true given their talent, it doesn’t mean this team is going to run through the competition on their way to the Final Four. 

There will be tough challenges along the way, and perhaps even a surprising upset.  Look for that to be a possibility on Saturday night when the Bruins take on an impressive looking Northwestern Wildcats.

Northwestern isn’t taking this tournament appearance lightly, as this is just their second time in the Big Dance for the entire storied history of their school.  They are a hungry and battle-tested group coming from a competitive Big Ten season, and will not be intimidated by the skill or NBA-talent that the Bruins possess. 

UCLA routed UNC-Asheville by thirty-three points Thursday night, but don’t think Northwestern will crumble as a result.

Expect the Wildcats to really challenge UCLA, especially on the defensive side of the ball.  Northwestern enters with a Top-20 defensive group, and the tandem of Boo Buie and Chase Audige should be able to really make things tough on UCLA’s top skilled talents. 

They both rank in the top 75 across all of college basketball in terms of shooting efficiency in the mid-range, something that should play well against UCLA, as they take away the rim as good as any team in the country.

Look for UCLA to utilize their heralded depth to survive in this one, as Northwestern can take away top talents, as well as the Bruins’ outside shooting. 

UCLA boasts of an impressive tandem of Tyger Campbell and Jaime Jaquez Jr., but the Wildcats can and will limit their outside shooting, and keep them uncomfortable by forcing turnovers. 

This is a Top-10 team in the nation at forcing turnovers and, if they can slow the pace down and connect on their free throws, Northwestern definitely has a great shot of keeping this game close. In the Big Dance, a close game is always a chance for an upset.

Four-Team Parlay Odds

And there you have it, folks! Four exciting wagers spanning the Round of 32.  If you choose to wager on all four selections of this parlay card, you will receive parlay odds of +605. This means that you would win $605 dollars for every $100 dollars wagered.

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Four-Team Parlay
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