**Colorado State vs. Louisville**
--This is a 1/8 matchup in the Midwest Region at Rupp Arena in Lexington, KY. As of early Friday night, most betting shops had Louisville (30-5 SU, 21-14 ATS) installed as an 11-point favorite with the total in the 134-135 range. Gamblers can back the Rams to win outright for a +550 payout (risk $100 to win $550).
--Rick Pitino’s squad took the cash in Thursday’s 79-48 win over North Carolina A&T as a 26-point favorite. Junior guard Russ Smith led the way for the winners with 23 points and eight steals, as he buried 10-of-16 shots from the field.
--U of L owns a 14-7 spread record in 21 games as a double-digit favorite.
--Louisville has won 11 straight games and hasn’t tasted defeat since losing in five overtimes at Notre Dame on Feb. 9. The Cardinals are 9-2 ATS during this span, hooking up their backers in eight straight outings.
--Colorado St. (26-8 SU, 14-15-1 ATS) has been an underdog eight times this season, compiling a 4-4 spread record.
--Larry Eustachy’s squad advanced past ninth-seeded Missouri by virtue of Thursday’s 84-72 win over Missouri as a 2.5-point underdog. Dorian Green, who was slowed by a sprained ankle at last week’s Mountain West Conference Tournament, proved to be a fast healer. The senior guard exploded for a game-high 26 points to lead the Rams to a dominant victory.
--Even with Thursday’s cover against Mizzou, Colorado St. is still in midst of a 3-8-1 ATS slump in its last 12 games.
--The ‘over’ has hit in five consecutive Louisville games to move over .500 for the season (15-14 overall).
--The ‘over’ is on a 7-0-1 run in Colorado St.’s last eight games. The ‘over’ is 12-9-1 overall for the Rams.
--Tip-off is scheduled for 5:15 p.m. Eastern on CBS.
**Harvard vs. Arizona**
--This is a 6/14 showdown in Salt Lake City. Most spots are listing Arizona (26-7 SU, 15-16 ATS) as a 10-point favorite with a 133-point tally. Bettors can back the Crimson on the money line for a +450 payout (risk $100 to win $450).
--Harvard (SU, ATS) won its first NCAA Tournament game in school history Thursday night, beating third-seeded New Mexico from start to finish in a 68-62 triumph. Tommy Amaker’s team won outright as a 10.5-point underdog, hooking up money-line supporters with a gorgeous +550 return. Wesley Saunders scored a team-high 19 points, while Laurent Rivard added 17 points by splashing the nets from 3-point land five times.
--Sean Miller’s squad cruised to an 81-64 win over Belmont as a 4.5-point ‘chalk.’ Mark Lyons scored a game-high 23 points for the Wildcats, who got 12 points apiece from Nick Johnson, Kevin Parrom and Kaleb Tarczewski. The 145 combined points slipped ‘over’ the 139-point total.
--Arizona has been a double-digit favorite 14 times this year, posting a 7-7 spread record.
--Harvard owns a stellar 8-2 spread record in 10 games as an underdog this year. The Crimson has produced a 5-0 spread record as a double-digit ‘dog.
--The ‘under’ is 17-10-1 overall for Arizona.
--Totals have been an overall wash (11-11) for Harvard, but the ‘under’ is 6-3 in its last nine contests.
--TNT will have the telecast from Energy Solutions Arena at 6:10 p.m. Eastern.
**Oregon vs. Saint Louis**
--Most spots are listing Saint Louis (28-6 SU, 22-10 ATS) as a four-point ‘chalk’ with the total in the 123-124 range. The Ducks are +160 on the money line.
--Saint Louis is in the midst of an incredible run with a 16-1 record both SU and ATS in its last 17 games, with the only loss coming in overtime at Xavier. The Billikens dominated an athletic New Mexico St. team in Thursday’s 64-44 win as 8.5-point favorites. Dwayne Evans was the catalyst with 24 points (11-16 FGs) and six rebounds. Cody Ellis drilled 3-of-4 from beyond the arc and finished with 12 points and six boards.
--Jim Crews’s team owns an amazing 14-1 spread record in 15 games as a single-digit favorite.
--Oregon (27-8 SU, 14-18-1 ATS) advanced to the round of 32 by stroking Oklahoma St. by a 68-55 count as a two-point underdog. Damyean Dotson scored a game-high 17 points for the Ducks. Arsalan Kazemi dominated the glass and finished with a double-double (11 points and 17 rebounds).
--Dana Altman’s club has been an underdog nine times, cashing tickets at a 5-4 ATS clip.
--The ‘under’ is 16-11 overall for Oregon.
--The ‘under’ has connected in five straight games to improve to 13-10-1 overall.
--TBS will provide television coverage at 7:10 p.m. Eastern.
**Butler vs. Marquette**
--Most books are listing Marquette (24-8 SU, 13-15 ATS) as a two-point favorite with a total of 127. Bettors can take the Bulldogs on the money line for a +120 return (risk $100 to win $120).
--Butler head coach Brad Stevens’s career NCAA Tournament record improved to 12-4 (75%) thanks to Thursday’s 68-56 win over Bucknell as a three-point favorite. Rotnei Clarke made his Big Dance debut and scored a team-high 16 points. Andrew Smith added 14 points and 16 rebounds, while Roosevelt Jones finished with 14 points, five boards and four assists. The 124 combined points slipped ‘over’ the 122-point total. This was a gut-wrenching setback for ‘under’ supporters that only went ‘over’ because the Bison began the foul-fest with about two minutes remaining.
--Marquette rallied from a nine-point deficit with about six minutes remaining and won a 59-58 decision over Davidson thanks to Vander Blue’s driving layup with 1.0 seconds left. The Golden Eagles were down four and hit a trey to slice the deficit to one with around seven ticks left. But after a forced turnover and a convenient replay review (to check the clock when Marquette had zero timeouts left), Blue’s heroics capped an amazing comeback.
--Buzz Williams’s squad owns a 6-8 spread record in 14 games as a single-digit favorite.
--Butler has compiled an 8-4 spread record in 12 games as an underdog.
--The ‘over’ is 16-13 overall for Butler. Meanwhile, Marquette has watched the ‘over’ go 15-12 overall.
--This is a rematch of a nail-biter at the Maui Classic in Hawaii on Nov. 19. Butler won by a 72-71 count as a four-point underdog on Clarke’s buzzer-beating triple. The Arkansas transfer finished with 20 points and six rebounds. Khyle Marshall had 24 points and nine boards as he made 11-of-15 attempts from the field. Jones and Smith chipped in with 12 and 10 points, respectively. In the losing effort, Blue scored a team-high 21 points.
--CBS will have the telecast 30 minutes after the conclusion of Louisville-CSU.
**B.E.’s Bonus Nuggets**
--The ‘under’ finished the year 22-5 in Cincinnati games after the 130 combined points slithered ‘over’ the 128-point total in the Bearcats’ 67-63 loss to Creighton.
--Most books opened Duke as a 4.5-point favorite vs. the Bluejays in Sunday’s round-of-32 matchup in Philadelphia.
--Most books opened Ole Miss as a three-point favorite for Sunday’s game against LaSalle in Kansas City. Behind the bruising play of Murphy Holloway and Reginald Buckner in the lane, the Rebels took out Wisconsin 57-46 as six-point underdogs. Andy Kennedy’s squad hasn’t tasted defeat since that improbable loss at The Hump against arch-rival Mississippi St.
--LaSalle jumped out to an enormous lead over Kansas St. in Kansas City, leading by double digits nearly the entire first half. The Explorers withstood a furious rally by the Wildcats, who went in front late in the second half. However, LaSalle was able to capture a 63-61 win as a six-point underdog, hooking up money-line backers with a +220 payout.
--In an NIT game on ESPN at noon Eastern, Alabama is favored by four against Stanford with a total of 129 ½. The ‘under’ is 21-7 overall for the Crimson Tide.