Not a lot of people had the Aztecs in this matchup as the College of Charleston was a popular upset pick in the first round of the tournament. The public also rooted for the Furman Paladins to continue their Cinderella run in the Round of 32, but the Aztecs have proven so far why they are a No. 5 seed in this tournament.
The Aztecs’ defense has been stout through the first two games and their toughest test all year will come in the Sweet 16 against the Alabama Crimson Tide. Alabama has yet to be tested in this tournament and will now face a strong defense in San Diego State.
Let’s dive into the best parlays to put together for this Sweet 16 matchup.
Ani Sridhar’s March Madness Betting Record: 9-5 (+4.69 units)
Alabama vs San Diego State Best Same Game Parlay
Alabama vs San Diego State SGP (+135) • DraftKings Sportsbook
WAGER: 1 Unit
- Alabama ML (-330)
- Under 137.5 (-125)
With this CBB bet of the day, I expect the Crimson Tide to win this game as they are one of the most complete teams left in the tournament. They have a dynamic offense and play stout defense.
Brandon Miller is the X-factor for the Crimson Tide, as he can easily score 20-plus points on any given night and is a prolific rebounder.
One of the key players who has come on of late for Alabama has been senior guard Jahvon Quinerly. He only averaged 8.7 points per game during the season but has scored in double digits in three straight games, including 22 points against Maryland in the Round of 32.
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San Diego State also has a very good defense as it is ranked fifth in KenPom’s adjusted defensive efficiency rankings. It held one of the nation’s best offenses in Furman to just 52 points in the Round of 32.
The two strong defenses should lead this game to go Under the 137.5 game total.
Alabama vs San Diego State Longshot Same Game Parlay
Alabama vs San Diego State Longshot SGP (+425) • DraftKings Sportsbook
WAGER: .5 Unit
- San Diego State ML (+235)
- Both Teams Total Points Over 63.5 (+100)
I don’t expect the Aztecs to pull off this upset but this is a fun longshot parlay to bet a half-unit on. If they are going to win, then they will have to keep up offensively and make timely threes, which is why I like pairing their money line with both teams to score Over 63.5 points.
The Aztecs are not a big three-point shooting team but are capable of knocking them down when required. They shot 6-for-20 from three against Baylor and 4-from-16 from beyond the arc against the College of Charleston.
If the Aztecs are able to successfully grab offensive rebounds and restrict Alabama’s second-chance opportunities, then they have a very good chance of knocking off the No. 1 overall seed in this tournament.