Today’s games feature #11 USC playing #3 Baylor. That contest starts at 7:45 p.m. ET. The second game has #7 South Carolina at #2 Duke. That game has an 8:40 p.m. ET tipoff.
#11 USC at #3 Baylor
7:45 PM truTV
Bank of Oklahoma Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma
For USC, guards Jordan McLaughlin and Elijah Stewart will be asked to provide points from the outside. McLaughlin is averaging 13.0 PPG and Stewart 12.3 PPG. McLaughlin, with an average of 5.5 APG, will be called upon to setup plays. In the paint, Bennie Boatwright and Chimezie Metu offer top scoring chops, with each averaging 15 PPG. Metu is averaging 7.9 RPG and Boatwright 4.5 RPG. Guard De’Anthony Melton offers diverse skills. He’s averaging 3.4 APG, 4.7 RPG, and 8.4 PPG.
The Trojans are averaging 78 PPG, while the Bears are good for 73. USC is on a roll and they could use that to jump off to a quick lead. We like USC at +5.5 and thover at 141.0.
2017 March Madness Second Round East Free Pick: USC at +5.5 and over 141.0
#7 South Carolina at #2 Duke
8:40 PM TNT
Bon Secours Wellness Arena, Greenville, South Carolina
In the front, Sindarius Thornwell will be the man to watch. He leads all South Carolina players with 21.3 PPG and 7.3 RPG. Also in the paint are Chris Silva and Maik Kotsar. Silva is grabbing 5.6 RPG while scoring 9.8 PPG. Forward Kotsar is averaging 6.0 PPG and 5.0 RPG. He’ll need to contribute for the Gamecocks to stay in the game. Guards Duane Notice and P.J. Dozier offer 24 PPG.
Duke is outscoring South Carolina 81-73. They are also outperforming the Gamecock in field goals and foul shots by six percentage points. If South Carolina is going to win this game, they are going to have to perform at a very high level. We’re taking Duke at -6.5. We like the over in this game.
2017 March Madness Second Round East Free Pick: Duke at -6.5 and over 144.5
2017 March Madness Second Round East Free Picks
That’s it for our 2017 March Madness Second Round East free picks. The East has been full of surprises and we may see a few more before the NCAA Men’s Tournament is over. Make sure you check out our pages a few days before the Sweet 16 tipoff. We’ll have out picks posted.