The first round of the 2022 NCAA tournament continues, and March Madness has lived up to its name thus far. The No. 2 Auburn Tigers picked up an easy 80-61 win over No. 15 Jacksonville State, and the No. 10 Miami Hurricanes survived a last-second heave from the No. 7 USC Trojans to advance 68-66.
The winner of this second round matchup has a date in the Sweet Sixteen at the United Center in Chicago next weekend.
All odds below are from DraftKings Sportsbook.
Game date: Sunday, March 19th
Game time: 7:45 p.m.
TV channel: TruTV
Location: Bon Secours Wellness Arena, Greenville, South Carolina
Odds: Auburn -7.5, O/U 144.5
No. 2 Auburn 27-5 (15-3 SEC): At-large
First Round: Defeated No. 15 Jacksonville State 80-61
KenPom rating: 10 Overall, 24 Offense, 8 Defense
Leading scorer: Jabari Smith (17.1 ppg)
Key stat of the tournament: The Tigers lead the nation in block percentage at 21%.
Auburn got out of the gates slowly but still had a 12-point lead at halftime. They went on to win by 19 on the back of forward Jabari Smith’s double-double. He finished with 20 points and 14 rebounds. Walker Kessler also finished with a double-double bringing in 10 rebounds to go along with his 13 points.
No. 10 Miami 23-10 (14-6 ACC): At-large
First Round: Defeated No. 7 USC 68-66
KenPom rating: 60 Overall, 17 Offense, 155 Defense
Leading scorer: Kameron McGusty (17.6 ppg)
Key stat of the tournament: Big man Sam Waardenburg is shooting 42.9% from three-point range this season.
Their first round game came down to the wire, but the Hurricanes pulled off the upset. Guard Isaiah Wong couldn’t connect on his three point attempts, but he still led Miami with 22 points in the game. Miami went 1-14 from three but won the war of attrition to head to the second round. The Hurricanes had 12 steals and forced 18 turnovers while only having three giveaways themselves.