2016 March Madness Odds | NCCA Tournament Bracket Picks
March Madness Top Seeds
The top seeds for the 2016 NCAA Tournament will be Kansas, Michigan State, Villanova, Virginia, Oklahoma, Xavier, North Carolina and then possibly Xavier and Miami and maybe even Duke, Iowa, West Virginia, Oregon and Maryland.
March Madness Favorites
The big three of Kansas, Michigan State and North Carolina will get a lot of attention in March Madness odds but this year’s NCAA Tournament doesn’t have an overwhelming favorite. This is not like previous years where there was a standout team like Kentucky or Duke. And even in those years the favorite rarely won. The favorite entering the NCAA Tournament wins the title only about 25 percent of the time. In fact, the champion in the last seven years has actually been about the 7th or 8th most likely winner on average. What does that tell you about Kansas, Michigan State and North Carolina? It tells you that while they are favored, they probably won’t win it all. Kansas looks like the best team as they play in the toughest conference, the Big 12, have a number of experienced players including Perry Ellis, Frank Mason and Wayne Selden Jr. and they have a good head coach in Bill Self. If one of the top three teams is going to win the title then it should be Kansas but you can never count on Michigan State with Tom Izzo as head coach and North Carolina has a lot of talent if Roy Williams can ever get the team to play defense.
March Madness Live Longshots
If you want to take a team that has a realistic chance to win the NCAA Tournament then you want a top four seed listed with odds of 20-1 or more. And there will be a lot of contenders this season. The California Golden Bears and Iowa Hawkeyes are two teams that play in good conferences that could go under the radar with bettors. Both teams are listed at odds of 25-1. Another team that has a ton of talent is Maryland who has players like Melo Trimble and Diamond Stone. The Terrapins could get on a big run and take the NCAA Tournament title and they are listed with odds of 25-1. If you want a team that was hot down the stretch and could be a surprise then you may want to consider the Utah Utes at odds of 45-1. They played a tough schedule in the Pac-12 and in this year’s NCAA Tournament where there is no overwhelming favorite the Utes could be a major surprise team.
March Madness Predictions
The favorite we’ll go with is Kansas at odds of 6-1; the darkhorse we’ll take is Villanova at odds of 15-1 and the live longshots we will go with are Maryland at odds of 25-1 and Utah at odds of 45-1.
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2016 March Madness Schedule
Here is a quick look at the general schedule for the 2016 NCAA Tournament, including who will be hosting and where the game will be played.
2016 March Madness Odds, Schedule and March Madness Picks
The 2016 NCAA Tournament gets started with play-in games on Tuesday, March 15th and Wednesday, March 16th before the first round begins on Thursday, March 17th and Friday, March 18th. The Kansas Jayhawks are the #1 overall seed and co-favorites to win the title along with the Michigan State Spartans who are actually a #2 seed. Both teams are listed with odds of 5-1 in March Madness odds. The top four seeds for the NCAA Tournament are Kansas, North Carolina, Virginia and Oregon. Let’s look at odds to win the NCAA Tournament, the schedule, odds to win each region, March Madness tips, March Madness trends and predictions and each of the 32 first round games in 2016 March Madness.
2016 March Madness Odds
Kansas Jayhawks 5-1
Michigan State Spartans 5-1
North Carolina Tar Heels 6-1
Kentucky Wildcats 10-1
Virginia Cavaliers 11-1
Oregon Ducks 15-1
Oklahoma Sooners 16-1
Villanova Wildcats 16-1
Duke Blue Devils 25-1
Xavier Musketeers 25-1
California Golden Bears 25-1
West Virginia Mountaineers 25-1
Miami Hurricanes 30-1
Indiana Hoosiers 30-1
Maryland Terrapins 30-1
Purdue Boilermakers 35-1
Texas A&M Aggies 35-1
Arizona Wildcats 40-1
Utah Utes 45-1
Iowa State Cyclones 45-1
All of the other teams are listed with odds of 50-1 or more or they are part of the field.
2016 NCAA Tournament ScheduleSouth Play-In Game (Winner faces Arizona)# 11 Vanderbilt (19-13) vs. # 11 Wichita State (24-8)
This is one of the best play-in games in NCAA Tournament history and the winner of this could do some serious damage in the tournament as either team is capable of beating Arizona in the next round. Wichita State is second in the nation in turnover margin and they should find a way to win.
March Madness Odds: Wichita State -3
East Play-In Game (Winner faces Notre Dame)# 11 Michigan (22-12) vs. # 11 Tulsa (20-11)
It is debatable whether either of these teams should be in the tournament and Tulsa should be one and done. Michigan is simply the better team as they rebound better, shoot better and play better defense.
March Madness Odds: Michigan -4
East Play-In Game (Winner faces North Carolina)# 16 Florida Gulf Coast (20-13) vs. # 16 Fairleigh Dickinson (18-14)
One of these teams will go up against North Carolina in the first round and get routed. It should be Florida Gulf Coast as Farleigh Dickinson simply isn’t very good.
March Madness Odds: Florida Gulf Coast -6
West Play-In Game (Winner faces Oregon)# 16 Holy Cross (14-19) vs. # 16 Southern (22-12)
It is shocking that Holy Cross is even in the NCAA Tournament as they won their last four games. Holy Cross doesn’t score much and they don’t rebound so they should get routed by Southern who forces a lot of turnovers and rebounds well.
March Madness Odds: Southern -2
South Region# 1 Kansas (30-4) vs. # 16 Austin Peay (18-17)
This should be a rout as Kansas is simply far too good for Austin Peay. The Jayhawks are ranked #1 in the country, they play very good defense and they are balanced. Austin Peay has been scoring a lot of points so perhaps they can at least make this interesting against the spread.
March Madness Odds: Kansas -26
# 8 Colorado (22-11) vs. # 9 Connecticut (23-10)
The 8-9 matchups are always close and this should be as well although Colorado does have more overall talent.
March Madness Odds: Connecticut -3.5
# 4 Maryland (25-8) vs. # 13 South Dakota State (26-7)
This could be a dangerous game for Maryland who simply hasn’t played that well recently. The Terps could be the most talented team in the country but their chemistry is just off. South Dakota State is our upset special in March Madness picks for the first round.
March Madness Odds: Maryland -9
# 4 California (23-10) vs. # 13 Hawaii (27-5)
The Golden Bears are young but very talented and they should be able to handle an overmatched Hawaii team. The only chance for the Warriors is if the Bears continually turn the ball over.
March Madness Odds: California -7
# 6 Arizona (25-8) vs. # 11 Vanderbilt/Wichita State winner
This is an upset waiting to happen no matter which teams wins between Vandy and Wichita State. Arizona hasn’t been anything special this season and could easily lose this game.
# 3 Miami (25-7) vs. # 14 Buffalo (20-14)
The Hurricanes should win this game but can they be trusted? Miami is capable of having a bad game at anytime and Buffalo does force other teams into a lot of mistakes.
March Madness Odds: Miami -13.5
# 7 Iowa (21-10) vs. # 10 Temple (21-11)
This should be a low scoring game as Temple doesn’t score much. If Iowa actually comes to play then they should win this game but the Hawkeyes have been a mess in the last month of the season.
March Madness Odds: Iowa -7
# 2 Villanova (29-5) vs. # 15 UNC Asheville (22-11)
The Wildcats should roll in this one as Asheville simply doesn’t have enough to challenge.
Mach Madness Odds: Villanova -16.5
West Region# 1 Oregon (28-6) vs. # 16 Holy Cross/Southern winner
Regardless of who wins between Holy Cross and Southern it should be Oregon that wins this game.
# 8 St. Joe’s (27-7) vs. # 9 Cincinnati (22-10)
This should be interesting and low scoring. Both teams will look to avoid mistakes and take this game down to the wire. Take the game under and enjoy the defense.
March Madness Odds: Cincinnati -2
# 5 Baylor (22-11) vs. # 12 Yale (22-6)
The Bears played a much tougher schedule than Yale and they have a big advantage in the middle. The only chance for Yale is to slow this game down and hit some three’s.
March Madness Odds: Baylor 5.5
# 4 Duke (23-10) vs. # 13 UNC-Wilmington (25-7)
This shouldn’t be competitive if Duke simply shows up and doesn’t have a horrible shooting game. The only danger is if Duke is looking ahead to the weekend.
March Madness Odds: Duke -9.5
# 6 Texas (20-12) vs. # 11 Northern Iowa (22-12)
This could be interesting as Northern Iowa has enough talent to beat Texas in this game. The Panthers are a good shooting team and they don’t turn the ball over. This is an upset waiting to happen.
March Madness Odds: Texas -4.5
# 3 Texas A&M (26-7) vs. # 14 UW Green Bay (23-12)
A&M is a really good team while Green Bay is all about creating steals. If A&M just takes care of the ball they win this one easy.
March Madness Odds: Texas A&M -13
# 7 Oregon State (19-12) vs. # 10 VCU (24-9)
Oregon State has Gary Payton II and not much else. Neither of these teams is really that good so taking the points with Oregon State could be the way to go.
March Madness Odds: VCU -4
# 2 Oklahoma (25-7) vs. # 15 CSU Bakersfield (24-8)
This should be an interesting game that Oklahoma wins by double-digits. Oklahoma is just going to keep shooting three’s and unless they have a cold shooting game UC Bakersfield simply doesn’t have the offense to keep up.
March Madness Odds: Oklahoma -13.5
East Region# 1 North Carolina (28-6) vs. # 16 FGCU/Farleigh Dickinson winner
The Tar Heels should roll over either Florida Gulf Coast or Farleigh Dickinson in this game.
# 8 USC (21-12) vs. # 9 Providence (23-10)
The Trojans and Friars are very evenly matched so this should go down to the wire. Providence has more talent but they make a ton of mistakes to keep other teams in the game.
March Madness Odds: Providence -2
# 5 Indiana (25-7) vs. # 12 Chattanooga (29-5)
This one might be a lot more interesting than people think. Indiana isn’t always great at shooting from the outside and when they go cold they struggle. Chattanooga plays really good defense and they might spring the upset and ruin the Indiana-Kentucky second round matchup.
March Madness Odds: Indiana -11.5
# 4 Kentucky (25-8) vs. # 13 Stony Brook (26-6)
The Wildcats are more experienced and they have more talent so they should win but it might not be easy as Stony Brook has lost just twice since mid-December.
March Madness Odds: Kentucky -14.5
# 6 Notre Dame (22-11) vs. # 11 Michigan/Tulsa winner
Notre Dame should be able to handle either Michigan or Tulsa but if they happen to face the Wolverines at least it would be interesting.
# 3 West Virginia (26-8) vs. # 14 Stephen F. Austin (27-5)
The Mountaineers will look to run and turn this into a frenzied game. Stephen A. Austin is number one in the nation in turnover margin so if they can avoid mistakes this game might be interesting.
March Madness Odds: West Virginia -7
# 7 Wisconsin (20-12) vs. # 10 Pittsburgh (21-11)
This might not be the low scoring game people think as neither defense is anything special. Pittsburgh is better offensively and they should be able to grind out a win.
March Madness Odds:
# 2 Xavier (27-5) vs. # 15 Weber State (26-8)
The Musketeers are loaded with talent while Weber State is simply in over their heads. The only chance for the Wildcats is if they get hot from outside and stay hot.
March Madness Odds: Xavier -13.5
Midwest Region# 1 Virginia (26-7) vs. # 16 Hampton (21-10)
The Cavaliers are going to clamp down and make it very tough on Hampton to score. This could get ugly early if Virginia has any offensive success. And no 16 seed has ever beaten a #1 seed.
March Madness Odds: Virginia -23.5
# 8 Texas Tech (19-12) vs. # 9 Butler (21-10)
The Red Raiders are well coached and they played a much tougher schedule than Butler. The problem for Texas Tech is that Butler can shoot from the outside and if they get hot this is over.
March Madness Odds: Butler -3.5
# 5 Purdue (26-7) vs. # 12 Arkansas-Little Rock (28-4)
The Boilermakers should dominate on the glass and win this going away. Arkansas-Little Rock forces mistakes but it is hard to see them causing Purdue trouble.
March Madness Odds: Purdue-8
# 4 Iowa State (21-11) vs. # 13 Iona (22-10)
This is another potential upset as Iona can score a ton of points. Iowa State is known for making mistakes and finding ways to lose games that they should win. Look for a high scoring game that Iona pulls out.
March Madness Odds: Iowa State -7.5
# 6 Seton Hall (25-8) vs. # 11 Gonzaga (26-7)
The late game on Thursday night has Gonzaga a slight favorite. Both teams are talented and could win more than just one game. The Pirates won the Big East title while Gonzaga has a ton of experience. This one should be fun to watch.
March Madness Odds: Gonzaga -1.5
# 3 Utah (26-8) vs. # 14 Fresno State (25-9)
The Utes had been red-hot until losing to Oregon but they should be fine in this game against Fresno State. Unless the Utes completely lay an egg this one shouldn’t be close.
March Madness Odds: Utah -8.5
# 7 Dayton (25-7) vs. # 10 Syracuse (19-13)
This is a coin flip game as neither team is anything special. Syracuse shouldn’t even be in the tournament and Dayton isn’t a serious threat. The best bet in this game could be the under.
March Madness Odds: PICK
# 2 Michigan State (28-5) vs. # 15 Middle Tennessee (24-9)
The Spartans are a pick by some people to win it all and they should roll against Middle Tennessee. The only chance for Middle Tennessee to keep this close is to hit threes.
March Madness Odds: Michigan State -17
March Madness Trends
First Four teams are not without a chance to advance as at least one team from the First Four has advanced to the round of 32 each year. It was VCU going all the way to the Final Four in 2011 after playing in the First Four.
1 vs. 16
# 1 seeds are 124-0 versus # 16 seeds.
2 vs. 15
# 2 seeds are 117-7 against # 15 seeds, with the last loss coming in 2013 when Georgetown lost to Florida Gulf Coast.
3 vs. 14
# 14 seeds have won at least one game in three straight years. Two #14 seeds won last year.
4 vs. 13
There were no 13 seed winners in either of the last two tourneys. Before that, the 13 seed had won at least one game in six straight tournaments.
5 vs. 12
From 2008-14, # 12 seeds won 15 of 28 matchups but last year none of the 12 seeds won a game.
6 vs. 11
# 6 seeds have won 65 percent of meetings with # 11s but since 2010 they have split 24 meetings.
7 vs. 10
# 7 seeds have won 61 percent of the games with # 10 seeds since 1985.
8 vs. 9
8 seeds hold a 63-61 edge since 1985. # 8 seeds have won 15 of the last 20 meetings. The # 8 seeds swept all four meetings last year.
Only four times since 1985 have all of the top four seeds in each region made it through the first round. Rarely do the #2 seeds all make it out of the weekend as only once in the past 19 years has there been a Sweet 16 in which all the #2 seeds were still alive. There has been at least one double-digit seed to make it through to the Sweet 16 in 29 of the 31 years since the field went to 64 teams.
Only once have all four top seeds made the Final Four and that was in 2008. There has never been a Final Four without at least one top seed. A total of 14 teams seeded 7th or worse have reached the Final Four. #1 seeds have won seven of the past nine NCAA Championship games and 19 of 31 overall. Only twice in the past 20 years has the top-ranked team at the end of the regular season won the title, Kentucky in 2012 and Duke in 2001.
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Odds to Win 2016 NCAA Tournament
When it comes to NCAA Tournament odds, there is Kentucky and then everyone else. The Wildcats are listed as the odds-on favorite to win the 2016 NCAA Tournament and they will be the most popular choice on March Madness brackets. They have a real chance to go unbeaten this season but in the NCAA Tournament anything can happen and just one bad night could ruin their season. The top contenders to beat them are the Wisconsin Badgers, Duke Blue Devils and Virginia Cavaliers. Those are the only other teams listed at single-digit odds. Here are the odds on the top ten contenders at the sportsbook.
• Kentucky Wildcats 1-2
• Wisconsin Badgers 6-1
• Duke Blue Devils 6-1
• Virginia Cavaliers 8-1
• Gonzaga Bulldogs 10-1
• Arizona Wildcats 12-1
• Villanova Wildcats 20-1
• Kansas Jayhawks 25-1
• Utah Utes 40-1
• Iowa State Cyclones 40-1
Sweet Sixteen and Final Four Odds
The odds of Kentucky reaching the Sweet 16 are over 90% which tells you just how big a favorite they really are. The Wildcats have about a 63% chance to reach the Final Four according to a leading college basketball statistics site. The next team behind them is Virginia at odds of about 40% and then Gonzaga at 39%. After the top three it is then Wisconsin at 33%, Duke at 32%, Villanova at 31% and Arizona at 29%. All of the other teams are listed with odds of 16% or less to make the Final Four. When you make your Final Four selections on your March Madness bracket at BetDSI you probably want to stick with at least three of these top seven teams and perhaps all four of them.
Kentucky Wildcats Looking for Perfection
The Kentucky Wildcats have a real chance to go undefeated this season. Earlier this season the odds on the Wildcats going unbeaten were attractive as you could have gotten odds of 8-1 or more. That is not the case now as the odds on Kentucky going unbeaten are about even money or less. Only seven teams in NCAA history have finished a season unbeaten and none since the 1976 Indiana Hoosiers.
The Kentucky Wildcats average almost 75 points per game which ranks them 33rd in the nation. The team allows just over 52 points per game which is second best in the country. They are very balanced in terms of scoring with their leading scorer being Devin Booker who averages 11 points per game. Seven players average over seven points per game. Despite the great overall statistics for the Wildcats, they are just average in terms of covering the spread as they were 16-14-1 ATS in their first 31 games.
The 2016 NCAA Tournament gets underway on March 17, 2016 with First Round action. First round action takes place on Tuesday, March 17th and Wednesday, March 18th. The “real” action that starts the NCAA Bracket begins on Thursday, March 19th. The two biggest days of the tournament are Thursday and Friday with 16 games on Thursday and 16 on Friday. NCAA basketball betting is available for all games with sides, totals and money lines at Diamond sportsbook. Also available are Final Four odds as you can pick the team you think will win the NCAA Championship and you can also bet which team you think will win each regional in Elite 8 betting.
Here is a look at the games and March Madness odds.
NCAA Championship Odds
2016 Bracket Contest
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Here are the dates and locations for the 2016 NCAA men’s basketball tournament:
All Times EDT
At UD Arena – Dayton, Ohio / Tuesday, March 17
• Hampton (16-17) vs. Manhattan (19-13), 6:40 p.m.
• BYU (25-9) vs. Mississippi (20-12), 9:10 p.m.
Wednesday, March 18
• North Florida (23-11) vs. Robert Morris (19-14), 6:40 p.m.
• Boise State (25-8) vs. Dayton (25-8), 9:10 p.m.
Thursday, March 19 / At CONSOL Energy Center, Pittsburgh
• Villanova (32-2) vs. Lafayette (20-12), 6:50 p.m.
• N.C. State (20-13) vs. LSU (22-10), 9:20 p.m.
Friday, March 20 / At Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte, N.C.
• Michigan State (23-11) vs. Georgia (21-11), 12:40 p.m.
• Virginia (29-3) vs. Belmont (22-10), 3:10 p.m.
At Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio
• Oklahoma (22-10) vs. Albany (24-8), 7:27 p.m.
• Providence (22-11) vs. Boise State-Dayton winner, 9:57 p.m.
At KeyArena, Seattle
• Northern Iowa (30-3) vs. Wyoming (25-9), 1:40 p.m.
• Louisville (24-8) vs. UC Irvine (21-12), 4:10 p.m.
Saturday, March 21 / At CONSOL Energy Center, Pittsburgh
• Villanova-Lafayette winner vs. N.C. State-LSU winner
Sunday, March 22 / At Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte, N.C.
• Virginia-Belmont winner vs. Michigan State-Georgia winner
At Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio
• Oklahoma-Albany winner vs. Providence/Boise State-Dayton winner
At KeyArena, Seattle
• Louisville-UC Irvine winner vs. Northern Iowa-Wyoming winner
Friday, March 27
• Villanova-Lafayette N.C. State-LSU winner vs. Louisville-UC Irvine_Northern Iowa-Wyoming winner
• Virginia-Belmont_Michigan State-Georgia winner vs. Oklahoma-Albany_Providence_Boise State-Dayton winner
Sunday, March 29
SOUTH REGIONAL Second Round
Thursday, March 19 / At KFC Yum! Center, Louisville, Ky.
• Iowa State (25-8) vs. UAB (19-15), 12:40 p.m.
• SMU (27-6) vs. UCLA (20-13), 3:10 p.m.
At Moda Center, Portland, Ore.
• Utah (24-8) vs. Stephen F. Austin (29-4), 7:27 p.m.
• Georgetown (21-10) vs. Eastern Washington (26-8), 9:57 p.m.
Friday, March 20 / At Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte, N.C.
• Duke (29-4) vs. North Florida-Robert Morris winner, 7:10 p.m.
• San Diego State (26-8) vs. St. John’s (21-11), 9:40 p.m.
At KeyArena, Seattle
• Iowa (21-11) vs. Davidson (24-7), 7:20 p.m.
• Gonzaga (32-2) vs. North Dakota State (23-9), 9:50 p.m.
SOUTH REGIONAL Third Round
Saturday, March 21 / At KFC Yum! Center, Louisville, Ky.
• Iowa State-UAB winner vs. SMU-UCLA winner
At Moda Center, Portland, Ore.
• Georgetown-Eastern Washington winner vs. Utah-Stephen F. Austin winner
Sunday, March 22 / At Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte, N.C.
• Duke-North Florida-Robert Morris winner vs. San Diego State-St. John’s winner
At KeyArena, Seattle
• Gonzaga-North Dakota State winner vs. Iowa-Davidson winner
SOUTH REGIONAL Regional Semifinals
Friday, March 27 / At NRG Stadium, Houston
• Cincinnati (22-10) vs. Purdue (21-12), 7:10 p.m.
• Iowa State-UAB_SMU-UCLA winner vs. Gonzaga-North Dakota State_Iowa-Davidson winner
Regional Championship MIDWEST REGIONAL
Thursday, March 19 / At KFC Yum! Center, Louisville, Ky.
• Duke_North Florida-Robert Morris_San Diego State-St. John’s winner vs. Georgetown-Eastern Washington_Utah-Stephen F. Austin winner
• Kentucky (34-0) vs. Hampton-Manhattan winner, 9:40 p.m.
At CONSOL Energy Center, Pittsburgh
• Notre Dame (29-5) vs. Northeastern (23-11), 12:15 p.m.
• Butler (22-10) vs. Texas (20-13), 2:45 p.m.
Friday, March 20 / At Nationwide Arena
• OhioWest Virginia (23-9) vs. Buffalo (23-9), 2:10 p.m.
• Maryland (27-6) vs. Valparaiso (28-5), 4:50 p.m.
At CenturyLink Center, Omaha, Neb.
• Kansas (26-8) vs. New Mexico State (23-10), 12:15 p.m.
• Wichita State (28-4) vs. Indiana (20-13), 2:45 p.m.
MIDWEST REGIONAL Third Round
Saturday, March 21 / At KFC Yum! Center, Louisville, Ky.
• Kentucky-Hampton-Manhattan winner vs. Cincinnati-Purdue winner
At CONSOL Energy Center, Pittsburgh
• Notre Dame-Northeastern winner vs. Butler-Texas winner
Sunday, March 22 / At Nationwide Arena Columbus, Ohio
• Maryland-Valparaiso winner vs. West Virginia-Buffalo winner
Sunday, March 22 / At CenturyLink Center, Omaha, Neb.
• Kansas-New Mexico State winner vs. Wichita State-Indiana winner
MIDWEST Regional Semifinals
Thursday, March 26 / At Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland
• Kentucky_Hampton-Manhattan_Cincinnati-Purdue winner vs. Maryland-Valparaiso_West Virginia-Buffalo winner
• Kansas-New Mexico State_Wichita State-Indiana winner vs. Notre Dame-Northeastern_Butler-Texas winner
WEST REGIONAL Second Round
Thursday, March 19 / At Jacksonville Veteran’s Memorial Arena. Jacksonville, Fla.
• Baylor (24-9) vs. Georgia State (24-9), 1:40 p.m.
• Xavier (21-13) vs. BYU-Mississippi winner, 4:10 p.m.
• North Carolina (24-11) vs. Harvard (22-7), 7:20 p.m.
• Arkansas (26-8) vs. Wofford (28-6), 9:50 p.m.
Thursday, March 19 / At Moda Center, Portland, Ore.
• Arizona (31-3) vs. Texas Southern (22-12), 2:10 p.m.
• VCU (26-9) vs. Ohio State (23-10), 4:40 p.m.
WEST REGIONAL Third Round
Saturday, March 21 / At Jacksonville Veteran’s Memorial Arena, Jacksonville, Fla.
• North Carolina-Harvard winner vs. Arkansas-Wofford winner
• Baylor-Georgia State winner vs. Xavier-BYU-Mississippi winner
Saturday, March 21 / At Moda Center, Portland, Ore.
• At Moda Center, Portland, Ore.
Sunday, March 22 / At CenturyLink Center, Omaha, Neb.
• Wisconsin-Coastal Carolina winner vs. Oregon-Oklahoma State winner
Saturday, March 28 / Semifinal winners
• Wisconsin-Coastal Carolina_Oregon-Oklahoma State winner vs. North Carolina-Harvard_Arkansas-Wofford winner
• Arizona-Texas Southern_VCU-Ohio State winner vs. Baylor-Georgia State_Xavier-BYU-Mississippi winner
Saturday, April 4 / At Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis
• Midwest champion vs. West champion
• East champion vs. South champion
Monday, April 6 / Semifinal winners
March Madness Betting History:
March Madness is the annual Division 1 NCAA Championship Tournament that features the top 68 college basketball teams as ranked by the NCAA selection committee. The tournament was created in 1939 by the National Association of Basketball Coaches, most notably Ohio State University coach Harold Olsen. March Madness Betting has reached international notoriety and rivals the Super Bowl, The Kentucky Derby, and other Major Global Sporting Events.
Even though the March Madness nick name got its roots from a historical 1930’s Illinois High School basketball tournament, the NCAA credits Bob Walsh of the Seattle Organizing Committee for officially appointing “March Madness” as the name for the NCAA tournament in 1984, which went on to become officially trademarked by the NCAA.
The tournament has several rounds. They are currently called
• The First Four
• The Second Round (also known as “the Round of 64”)
• The Third Round (also known as “the Round of 32”)
• The Regional Semi-finals (participating teams are popularly known as the “Sweet Sixteen”)
• The Regional Finals (participating teams are commonly known as the “Elite Eight”)
• The National Semi-finals (participating teams are officially referred to as the “Final Four”)
• The National Championship
March Madness Betting The First Four:
March Madness First Four Betting is usually very well balanced due to the equality of the teams playing their way into the coveted 64 bracket spots. Point spreads in these games are typically low, and there is a lot of value in playing underdogs as straight up winners. These matched definitely see a lot of two way action from the betting public. The name first four actually refers to the number of games played, not the number of teams. The First Four betting match ups are derived from the lowest four at-large qualifying teams and the lowest four automatic bid conference champion teams.
March Madness Betting Round 2:
The March Madness betting season is one of the few times that players look at the underdogs as a preference with a lot of media emphasis focused on the Cinderella teams taking on the NCAA traditional powerhouses. Usually this does not work out so well on the outright winners, but there are a lot of underdogs that do go home but cover the spread. It is not uncommon to see gamblers taking a lot of shots on the big underdogs as outright winners. Everyone loves a good story, and big payout opportunities are abound in this one and done March Madness Betting environment. This season March Madness Betting round 2 is comprised of the finalized teams filling out the tradition bracket of 64 after the bubble teams have competed to make the Big Dance. Thirty two second-round games in total are played on Thursday and Friday following the First Four round. After this round the field is whittled down to 32 teams.
March Madness Betting Round 3:
After March Madness Betting Round 2 has ended, players that were looking at the underdogs as a preference are now a bit more focused on one Cinderella teams and a lot more action swings towards the NCAA traditional powerhouses. In March Madness betting Round 3, there are a lot of favorites that do advance in the NCAA Tournament, but do not cover the spread. There are a lot of live dogs in this round! The Third Round of thirty two is played on Saturday and Sunday immediately following the second round. The third round played March 22nd and March 23rd 2012 consists of Thursday’s winners playing in eight games on Saturday and Friday’s winners playing in the remaining eight third-round games on Sunday deciding which teams move on to the next round commonly known as the “Sweet Sixteen.”
Sweet 16 Betting:
This is where the NCAA tournament gets serious, and the teams that have made the grade to get here are all serious contenders. Sweet 16 betting is unique in that teams from large and small colleges alike are in full belief that they have what it takes to win this NCAA tournament. Betting these games is exciting and any result is possible. Sweet 16 betting trends tend to lean to the large universities to carry the day, but not without a battle. Double digit spreads are really attractive to underdog bettors in the Sweet 16 betting round. Eight semi-final games are played between Thursday and Friday March 22nd through March 23rd 2012. From here eight teams known as the “Elite Eight” get set to do battle over the weekend.
Elite 8 Betting:
Elite 8 betting kicks off with teams getting ready for their biggest games of the year and decide the regional champions. This round tends to favor the large universities who have played well on the road throughout the season. This round is usually comprised of high seeded teams and small point spread differences. Moneyline wagering is popular in the Elite 8 betting round based on most covers leading to outright wins. Public betting action is usually well balanced between favorites and dogs in the Elite 8 betting round. Saturday March 24th 2012 features two regional final games matching Thursday’s winners and Sunday March 25th 2012 final games feature Friday’s winners. The four region champions move on to the “Final Four” round.
Final Four Betting:
This round is the closing round of the tournament and Final Four Betting usually leans towards the traditional powerhouses more than any of the other rounds. Underdogs do not get a great deal of respect here from the betting public unless of course the dog is a traditional NCAA Tournament power or past winner. These matches decide the Championship game and carry a great deal of betting interest from all over the globe. Well coached teams often provide a definitive edge in the Final Four Betting round. The “Final Four” round is played on Saturday March 31st 2012 to decide the participants in the National Championship game.
National Championship Betting:
All we can say is good luck with your bets, and enjoy the game. The beauty of NCAA Basketball is in the effort the kids put in to win. There is never a moment where they don’t give their best effort. National Championship betting is all about value and how well you handicap the little things. Make your National Championship Betting a great experience here at DSI and enjoy the final game of the year that much more. It’s Only A Game…Until You Bet It! The national championship tips off on Monday April 2nd 2012.
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The NCAA Tournament begins in less than two weeks so odds will be on the board for teams to win the national title. Which teams are favored to win it all? What should you be looking for when trying to predict the ultimate champion? There are some definite characteristics of NCAA champions. You might think that only the top ranked teams can win the title but history has shown that is not always the case.
Let’s look at the top contenders to win the 2016 NCAA Men’s basketball tournament.
13 of the last 14 champs have all been a one, two or three seed in the March Madness bracket, a member of a power conference, went to last year’s tourney or has an All-American, led by a coach with more than five tourney trips and at least one Elite Eight run, averages more than 73 points per game, allows less than 73 points per game, has an average scoring margin of at least seven points per game and has a schedule that is among the Top 75 in terms of strength.