Sweet 16 Betting Lines & Score Predictions 2011

#3 BYU Cougars (+3) vs. #2 Florida Gators (149)

This is a great rematch from last year’s NCAA Tournament, as the Gators were knocked out of the dance in the first round by the Cougs. Florida returns basically its entire team from last season, but the problem is that BYU also has back Jimmer Fredette. Unless Head Coach Billy Donovan has figured out something magical that no one else has, Jimmer Mania should once again run rampant. Advantage: Jimmer.

Prediction: BYU 80 – Florida 72

#8 Butler Bulldogs (+5) vs. #4 Wisconsin Badgers (124)

We just can’t leave this number on the board. Time has to be running out on the Bulldogs. They just can’t be this good to be able to take down monster after monster in the dance. The Badgers look to have the consistent team in place that should be able to finish off the job that Pittsburgh and Old Dominion started.

Prediction: Wisconsin 60 – Butler 50

#3 Connecticut Huskies (pk) vs. #2 San Diego State Aztecs (130)

Home court advantage should be key here for the Aztecs. They don’t have to stop an entire team here either; just Kemba Walker. Yes, that’s easier said than done, but UConn hasn’t seen a balanced team like this with so much mojo on its side.

Prediction: San Diego State 68 – Connecticut 64

#5 Arizona Wildcats (+8.5) vs. #1 Duke Blue Devils (145)

Derrick Williams packed the Memphis Tigers, and he stuffed up the Texas Longhorns as well. Arizona, like SDSU, will have home court advantage on its side playing on the West Coast, and that should finally finish off the overhyped defending champs once and for all.

Prediction: Arizona 72 – Duke 65

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#11 Marquette Golden Eagles (+4.5) vs. #2 North Carolina Tar Heels (149.5)

The Tar Heels were lucky just to get here to Newark, but now that they are here, they could do a ton of damage. Carolina’s bigs will be just too good here, and Marquette doesn’t have the horses to keep up like Syracuse would have had it not lost Brandon Triche midway through the game.

Prediction: North Carolina 75 – Marquette 68

#4 Kentucky Wildcats (+5.5) vs. #1 Ohio State Buckeyes (140)

Kentucky has the talent to be able to stick around in this game, but when push really comes to shove, Ohio State’s sharp shooting is just too tough. Don’t be shocked if the Cats stick inside the number, though.

Prediction: Ohio State 77 – Kentucky 74

#12 Richmond Spiders (+10.5) vs. #1 Kansas Jayhawks (138)

Kansas is going to have the ultimate home court advantage just a few hours away from Lawrence. Richmond might be a nice upstart team, but the magic run ends in a big time way this week as the region’s top seed smashes Cinderella’s slipper to advance to the Elite 8.

Prediction: Kansas 80 – Richmond 65

#12 VCU Rams (+3.5) vs. #11 Florida State Seminoles (132)

FSU has withstood some of the biggest tests in the land, but this pressure defense is going to be too much to handle, especially if Chris Singleton isn’t around to deal with it. VCU’s magical run for VCU and Head Coach Shaka Smart advances into the Elite 8 with a win over the Noles.

Prediction: VCU 69 – Florida State 66

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Sweet 16 Historical Trends & Betting Tips Past 10 Years

We have now reached the Sweet 16 after an exciting first week of the NCAA Tournament that has already seen one top seed fall in Pittsburgh and most of the 11 Big East teams that made the tournament go by the wayside as well. (see Sweet 16 odds)

We now continue our round-by-round seeding trends based on all results since the 2001 NCAA Tournament. Moving on to the Sweet 16, once we get beyond the top eight seeds, it is interesting that there have been more 12 seeds to reach the Sweet 16 (8) than any other team seeded ninth or higher. Richmond has made it nine 12th seeds in 10 years this season.

Also no team seeded higher than 13th has reached the Sweet 16 in the last 10 years, and that has continued this season with Richmond being the highest remaining seed.

One seeds: A total of 36 top seeds made it past the opening weekend the last 10 years, and they are 31-5 straight up in the Sweet 16 while winning by an average of +8.8 points per game. Those clubs have mainly been good bets, going 21-15, 58.3 percent against the spread.

Two seeds: The 25 two seeds that reached the Sweet 16 have gone 18-7 straight up since 2001 while winning by an average of only +4.0 points. Due to that rather slim average winning margin, two seeds have not been good bets this round going 12-12-1 ATS. This does not bode well for San Diego State, Florida or North Carolina with the latter two favored.

Three seeds: Three seeds are 12-13 straight up and 13-12 ATS in the Sweet 16, but they have been true to form seeding wise, as they are 7-3 straight up and 6-4 ATS vs. lower seeds but only 5-10 straight up and 7-8 ATS when going up against two seeds.

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Four seeds: A disappointing total of just 14 fourth seeds have reached the Sweet 16 since 2001, and they have continued to underperform, going a dismal 3-11 straight up. That could be a bad sign for Wisconsin, but the Badgers are only the second fourth seed to actually be the higher seed in this round, and the first one won and covered. All four seeds are just 7-7 ATS.

Five seeds: A total of 17 fifth seeds have reached the Sweet 16 the last 10 years, which is greater than the 14 fourth seeds that made it this far. The five seeds are just 4-13 straight up though, while going one game over .500 ATS, at 9-8. Arizona is the only five seed this year.

– No six or seven seeds have reached the Sweet 16 this year so no trends to speak of there.

Eight seeds: Two eighth seeds have made the Sweet 16 since 2001, and interestingly, the lower seeded team won each time as eighth seeded Alabama upset fifth seeded Syracuse in 2004 and the other eight seed, UCLA, got upset by 12th seeded Missouri in 2002. Butler gets another Cinderella chance this season.

– Besides the top eight seeds, two 10th seeds, two 11th seeds and one 12th seed have advanced to the Elite Eight since 2001. This year’s Sweet Sixteen includes 10th seeded Florida State, two 11th seeds in Marquette and VCU and 12th seeded Richmond.

Sweet 16 Betting Predictions & Vegas Odds 2010


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March Madness betting action takes a few days off to rest after four action packed days that dwindled the field down to just 16 teams. We’ll take a look at the eight matchups in the third round of the dance as we prepare for another great weekend of games to boost your sports betting bankroll.

#1 Syracuse Orange vs. #5 Butler Bulldogs:

Should the Orange be considered the favorite to win the NCAA Tournament right now? Considering how good they looked against both the #16 Vermont Catamounts (79-56) and the #8 Gonzaga Bulldogs (87-65), it’s possible. Syracuse is hoping to get F Arinze Onuaku back in the lineup after his leg injury suffered in the Big East Tournament, and anything it can get out of its forward is an added bonus. The Bulldogs have fought hard to reach this point in the dance, but in all likelihood, they don’t have the talent level to be able to stick with one of the three #1 seeds left in the tourney. (Syracuse-Butler Odds & Syracuse-Butler Picks)

#2 Kansas State Wildcats vs. #6 Xavier Musketeers:

In an otherwise very disappointing NCAA Tournament for the Atlantic 10, the Musketeers are the lone bright spot after their close call victory against #3 Pittsburgh on Sunday afternoon. Kansas State has torn through its first two foes, taking absolutely no prisoners against North Texas (82-62) and BYU (84-72). G Jacob Pullen has gone off for 49 points in two games, but his better NCAA basketball betting battle was clearly his game against the Cougars. He without a doubt outdueled BYU’s G Jimmer Fredette, shooting 7/12 from the beyond the arc and finishing up with 34 points. He has the ability to lead K-State, but Xavier, behind leading scorer G Jordan Crawford, who has put up five straight 20+ point efforts, is going to be the team that rules the day to get to the Elite 8. (Kansas State-Xavier Odds & KSU-Xavier Picks)

#1 Kentucky Wildcats vs. #12 Cornell Big Red:

HC John Calipari may be smirking just a bit, as his team’s East Bracket has sort of fallen apart around him. Now, instead of having to play a #4 or a #5 like every other top seed does left standing, the Wildcats will draw the Ivy League champion Cornell. The Big Red have gotten a total of nearly 100 points between their top two scorers, G Louis Dale and F Ryan Wittman in this tournament, and they have become the first Ivy League team to reach the Sweet 16 since 1979. However, the trio of F Patrick Patterson, F DeMarcus Cousins, and G John Wall is just going to be far too much to overcome. (Kentucky-Cornell Odds & Kentucky-Cornell Picks)

#2 West Virginia Mountaineers vs. #11 Washington Huskies:

The Big East champs have been on a roll through the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament, and this doesn’t figure to be a significantly difficult challenge either. Other teams have tried to push the Mountaineers’ tempo in the past only to ultimately fail. Washington has been a nice story out of the Pac-10, but unless the conference victors find a way to get a ton of points from G Isaiah Thomas and F Quincy Pondexter (way more than their combined 36.8 points per game), they’re going to have a tough time overcoming F Da’Sean Butler’s 17.5 points per game and the Mountaineers’ tough defense, which is allowing just 63.3 points per contest. (West Virginia-Washington Odds & WVU-Washington Picks)

#2 Ohio State Buckeyes vs. #6 Tennessee Volunteers:

The Midwest Bracket has completely opened up now that the top seed in the bracket, the Kansas Jayhawks, have been eliminated. The Buckeyes appear to be the most likely team to move on to the Final Four at this point after looking great against both #15 UC Santa Barbara and #10 Georgia Tech. The Volunteers haven’t had much of a challenge yet either, as this will be their biggest test of the tourney after disposing of both #11 San Diego State and #14 Ohio. Finding scoring options to keep up with G Evan Turner is going to be difficult for the Vols. The AP’s Player of the Year hasn’t quite had that first eye-popping game yet in this tournament, and he’ll probably prove to be the big difference maker in another college basketball betting Big 10 win on Friday. (Ohio State-Tennessee Odds & Ohio State-Tennessee Picks)

#5 Michigan State Spartans vs. #9 Northern Iowa Panthers:

Sunday afternoon’s victory for Michigan State was bittersweet. HC Tom Izzo has to be happy that his team survived to move on to yet another Sweet 16 on G Korie Lucious’ three pointer as the clock expired, but the fact that Lucious was on the court meant that G Kalin Lucas wasn’t. Why? Because he most likely tore his Achilles tendon per Izzo in a postgame press conference, and if he can’t go against Northern Iowa, Cinderella may have her slipper on for a little bit longer. The Panthers bounced mighty Kansas from March Madness betting action, and now the Missouri Valley champs are going to look to use their #2 rated defense in the country to stuff up more big boys from the Big Ten. Don’t be surprised if UNI gets the job done. (Michigan State-Northern Iowa Odds & MSU-NIU Picks)

#1 Duke Blue Devils vs. #4 Purdue Boilermakers:

The #4 Purdue Boilermakers were supposed to be the team that suffered the big upset in the first round of the tournament at the hands of the #13 Siena Saints. When that didn’t happen, no one gave them a shot against the #5 Texas A&M Aggies. They passed both tests with flying colors, and their award for doing so comes in the form of the South Brackets overall #1 seed, the Duke Blue Devils. The Dookies have looked incredibly good in this tournament so far, and Coach K is out to prove that his team was deserving of that #1 seed. Expect the Blue Devils to use their inside game and stellar defense to keep Purdue under wraps so the trio of G Jon Scheyer, G Nolan Smith, and F Kyle Singler can take over offensively. (Duke-Purdue Odds & Duke-Purdue Picks)

#3 Baylor Bears vs. #10 St. Mary’s Gaels:

If you like offense, this is the betting battle for you on Friday! The Gaels and Bears combine to score almost 157 points per game, and they’ve both been flying up and down the court in this tournament thus far. For Baylor, the key is going to be stopping C Omar Samhan, who has averaged over 30 points and almost ten rebounds per game in his two tourney games this year. St. Mary’s is going to have to slow down G LaceDarius Dunn, who is coming off of a 26 point showing against the Monarchs on Saturday in the Round of 32. St. Mary’s may be trendy, but the Bears, who will essentially be playing in their own backyard in Houston, are going to be too tough to take out at this stage of the tournament. (Baylor-St. Mary’s Odds & Baylor-St. Mary’s Picks)

Let us know who you think will win in the 2010 Sweet 16 by submitting your comments below.

Betting the Sweet 16: Who really is the Cinderella team?


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Considering the fact that there are 11 different conferences represented in the Sweet 16, there’s plenty of eligible March Madness betting teams that can further ruin your brackets and move closer towards pulling the ultimate surprise of winning the NCAA Tournament.

#9 Northern Iowa Panthers: The Panthers are the ultimate giant killers of this Big Dance after dismissing the tournament’s overall top seed, but the damage may not be done quite yet for the Missouri Valley champs. Northern Iowa has a very, very favorable road that could see it get all the way to the Final Four. Not only will it be playing in St. Louis, which isn’t all that far from home, but it will also get a Michigan State team that may be playing without G Kalin Lucas whose said to have torn his Achilles tendon in the Spartans second round battle with Maryland. Sparty was awful without their senior leader in the regular season, so as long as the mentality that says they have already won their Super Bowl doesn’t kick in, the Panthers could be primed to march on once again.

#12 Cornell Big Red: The Ivy League hadn’t won a game in the NCAA Tournament in 12 years and hadn’t advanced to the Sweet 16 since 1979, but now, the Big Red are moving on to the second weekend of NCAA Tournament betting action with fury! Cornell absolutely obliterated both Temple (78-65) and Wisconsin (87-69) to get to this point. The Big Red have gotten great games out of G Louis Dale (47 combined points) and F Ryan Wittman (44 combined points) in both outings. Now, the Ivy League champs are going to have their toughest task when they have to take on the #1 Kentucky Wildcats. If they find a way to pull that upset, there’s no telling how far this 12 seed can actually go.

#11 Washington Huskies: When you’re hot, you’re hot. The Huskies only made their way to the NCAA Tournament because they won the Pac-10 Tournament. That said; they’ve certainly capitalized on their opportunities in the dance after U-Dub dispatched of both #6 Marquette and #3 New Mexico in the first two rounds of the tourney. Perhaps we shouldn’t be so shocked at these developments. After all, Washington was favored to win the Pac-10 at the outset of this season, and it’s clear that head coach Lorenzo Romar has a very talented squad at his disposal. If you want some more proof, just check out the betting line from this weekend’s game. The 11th seeded Huskies closed as short favorites against the 3rd seeded Mountain West Conference champs.

#10 St. Mary’s Gaels: The Gaels played two vastly different types of teams when they took on Richmond and Villanova in Providence, but they persevered in spite of those discrepancies. C Omar Samhan just can’t be stopped right now, and Baylor isn’t going to be able to hold him down either. Their guard play has been exceptional to boot led by the gritty play of Mickey McConnell and Matthew Dellavedova. St. Mary’s isn’t afraid to run with anyone in the nation, and if it continues to stroke the trifecta as easily as it has over the first weekend of the tournament, it’s gonna be one incredibly tough team to bounce from this field.

Let us know who you think the “true” Cinderella will be once the Sweet 16 is complete, by submitting your comments below.

Cornell odds to win NCAA Tournament listed at $7500 on a $100 wager


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Am I the only sports bettor in America shocked that Cornell is still considered the least likely to win the 2010 NCAA Tournament of the 16 teams still alive in March Madness?

Cornell has not slipped in any back doors or used miracle shots to win their first two NCAA Tournament matchups. They absolutely blew the doors off of Temple and Wisconsin. Lets also remember that this is the same Cornell team that earlier this season had Kansas beat at home if not for 2 terrible calls by the refs in the last minute of that game.

Listen, I do not think Cornell is going to win the Final 4. I just think this team is not getting enough respect from the Vegas oddsmakers and offshore sportsbooks. Check out the betting odds below for the remaining 16 teams in the 2010 NCAA Tournament to win the 2010 Final 4.

Sportsbook.com has just released their updated team odds to win the 2010 NCAA Tournament:

Updated Odds To Win 2010 NCAA Tournament

(The number below each team is the payout on a $100 wager if that team wins the 2010 NCAA Tournament)





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