NCAA Tournament Region Winner Odds and Free Picks

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March MadnessThe second round of the 2013 NCAA basketball tournament starts tomorrow, which means you only have the rest of today and until noon tomorrow to place your March Madness college basketball futures bets!

All of the odds below are taken from Bovada.lv, which is a great bookie for Americans looking to bet on the NCAA tournament.  If you aren’t from the States then I suggest checking out Bet365.com.  BonusReferrerCode.com has some great info on the site that is worth checking out.

2013 NCAA West Region

  • #1 Gonzaga 12/5
  • #2 Ohio State 11/4
  • #3 New Mexico 9/2
  • #8 Pittsburgh 9/1
  • #5 Wisconsin 9/1
  • #6 Arizona 14/1
  • #4 Kansas State 16/1
  • #7 Notre Dame 30/1

The selection committee said that Gonzaga just beat out Miami for the final #1 seed in the tournament.  That said Gonzaga drew a solid regional draw by getting the #8 overall seed, Ohio State, as the 2 seed in the region.  I personally don’t think Ohio State should be the 8th overall seed though and I expect them to be able to take down Gonzaga if Pittsburgh or Wisconsin don’t already finish off the job.  I like Ohio State to advance to the Final Four from the West.

Play: Ohio State 11/4

2013 NCAA East Region

  • #1 Indiana 6/5
  • #2 Miami 7/2
  • #4 Syracuse 11/2
  • #3 Marquette 12/1
  • #5 UNLV 16/1
  • #8 NC State 18/1
  • #6 Butler 20/1
  • #7 Illinois 25/1

In the East Region, Indiana is being given almost a 50% chance of making it to the Final Four.  With a potential difficult game against Syracuse in the Sweet Sixteen followed by an Elite Eight game against likely either Miami or Marquette I’m not convinced they have that good of a shot.  Miami has been playing well and they have a chip on their shoulders for not being given a 1 seed in the tournament.  I see Miami making quick work of their section of the draw to advance to the Elite Eight and face either Indiana or Syracuse.  Once it gets to that game its really anyone’s to win so I like Miami to advance from the East.

Play: Miami 7/2

2013 NCAA Midwest Region

  • #1 Louisville 6/5
  • #2 Duke 7/2
  • #3 Michigan State 11/2
  • #4 Saint Louis 6/1
  • #7 Creighton 20/1
  • #5 Oklahoma State 20/1
  • #6 Memphis 25/1
  • #9 Missouri 28/1

Louisville is the number one overall seed in the tournament and rightfully so.  They have been on a tear lately winning their last 10 games including the Big East Championship Tournament with a crazy come from behind performance against Syracuse.  Duke and Michigan State are both strong opponents that will pose a challenge for Louisville in the Elite Eight game, but Louisville should be able to advance at least that far without much trouble and they will be the favorite in the Elite Eight game as well.  So I like Louisville even with the relatively low reward for the risk.

Play: Louisville 6/5

2013 NCAA South Region

  • #3 Florida 8/5
  • #1 Kansas 3/1
  • #2 Georgetown 9/2
  • #4 Michigan 7/1
  • #5 VCU 14/1
  • #8 North Carolina 16/1
  • #11 Minnesota 18/1

In the south Florida is a big favorite to advance to the Final Four and they are the 3 seed in the region.  That said they don’t have as difficult a road as most 3rd seeds in the tournament and they should easily make the Sweet Sixteen against Georgetown.  That’s where it gets tricky though as Georgetown was on a tear before losing to Villanova at the beginning of the month and then Syracuse in overtime in the Big East tournament, so I really think that game could go either way.  At the top of the region Kansas will likely have to battle Michigan in the Sweet Sixteen which is another tough game.  The Big 12 got respect from the selection committee, but they aren’t getting the same respect from the oddsmakers and rightfully so I think.  When you look at the top 3 teams from the Big 12 (Kansas, Kansas State and Oklahoma State), their only really big wins of the season have come over each other, while their out of conference games against other top teams haven’t gone as well.  So with all of that said I’m taking a full circle back to Georgetown, who  I think will advance to the Final Four if they can find a way to beat Florida in the Sweet Sixteen.

Play: Georgetown 9/2


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