- Dave Tuley, ESPN Staff Writer
Thursday's games had everything we were expecting from this year's edition of March Madness.
Favorites dominated early and the day ended with favorites going 9-7 ATS but with five outright upsets for 'dog players. There was something for everyone.
For the record, I went a subpar 4-6 ATS with my overall plays Thursday in the games I broke down in my previews of the Midwest and West Regionals, but I was a respectable 2-1 ATS with my best bets (denoted by an asterisk), which is much more important to me as those are the games on which I'm betting the most. In much the same way, Teddy "Covers" Sevransky went 3-3 ATS with his overall picks in the East and South Regionals, but he was 3-1 with his best bets.
So let's get to Saturday's games. The key to betting this round is approaching it like the oddsmakers do: You certainly have to look at how the teams performed Thursday to get a sense of their current form, but you also have to be careful not to overreact and let it negate their overall body of work. We usually have one or two Cinderella stories reach the Sweet 16, but there's even more times when the clock strikes midnight on them and it's the higher-ranking debutantes that get to stick around and continue partying at the Big Dance.
Good luck and enjoy the madness!
No. 1 Louisville Cardinals versus No. 8 Colorado State Rams
Vegas consensus line: Louisville minus-10.5