With One NY Team Left Which Will Empire State Bettors Back to Win March Madness?
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Can any teams stop the inevitable Gonzaga Baylor NCAA Men’s Basketball National Championship Game?
Well, March Madness has lived up to its name so far, and there will be 14 other teams that still think they can do it.
Here is a look at the brackets, with odds to advance to the Final Four and predictions.
We start with the bracket that has the last New York team.
Right now, the second-seeded Houston Cougars are the clear choice to win this part of the bracket. The Cougars are +100 to make the Final Four out of the Midwest, but bettors are also backing eighth-seeded Loyola-Chicago, which is +150 to advance into the Final Four> Syracuse is +450, with Oregon State +700, reported by NY bookies.
It should be Loyola-Chicago against Houston to win the region, but the Orange are going to get A LOT of backing from the Empire State bettors, especially on the spread (+6) and money (+200) against the Cougars Saturday.
My pick: Houston +100
Michigan is the lone Big 10 team left in the tournament and has odds of -106 to get to the Final Four. The top-seeded Wolverines will take on Florida State (+200 odds to get to the Final Four). In the other game, second seed Alabama (+200) will face UCLA (+500), one of four PAC-12 teams in the Sweet 16.
My pick before the tournament was Florida State over Alabama, and I will stick with it
My pick: Florida State +200
Gonzaga is -295 and will play Creighton (+300). The other game is a PAC-12 battle between USC (+350) and Oregon (+600), which right now is the closest game to a pick (USC -1.5) of the eight games.
If I was to make a case for any team here other than Gonzaga, it would be USC and the Mobley brothers. But it is the Zags.
My pick: Gonzaga -295
There are two teams left heading into the Sweet 16 that are minus money to make the Final Four. One is Gonzaga, and the other is the top seed here, Baylor. The Bears are -250 to advance out of the South to the Final Four. Third seed Arkansas is getting some love at +225, as the Razorbacks attempt to get back on the national stage for the first time in a quarter-century.
Villanova, which has won two of the last four national championships, is +400. The banged-up Wildcats will take on Baylor and are a 6.5-point underdog Saturday. Finally, we have Oral Roberts, which is attempting to become the first 15 seed to advance to the Elite 8. The Golden Eagles are +3000 to get to the Final Four, which would be the greatest story in the history of the tournament.
My pick: Baylor -250
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