Diehard March Madness betting fans have closely been watching this year’s action unfold; attentively eyeing the 68-team bracket shed its way into the Sweet Sixteen. This past weekend’s action brought with it more upsets than anyone could’ve anticipated, which makes watching the rest of the tournament, broken brackets and all, even that much more fun.
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Regarding this past weekend’s action, most sportsbook players likely ended up coming up short. Apart from the biggest exceptions, it’s hard to imagine someone predicting that both Nova and Duke would have gotten usurped in the first round. But that’s the problem when people bet on names instead of teams, i.e. picking Duke simply because it’s Duke.
In order to prevent losses that come with the picking the wrong team, or from going along with the NCAA Tournament betting lines, players can get to know individual teams, as well as how they match up against their opponents. More often than not, it’s the matchups that determine who comes out on top. So, with that in mind, let’s re-seed the teams that have made it this far.
Ersatz Sweet Sixteen Seeding
- Gonzaga Bulldogs
One of the few No. 1 seeds to not get upset this past weekend, there’s no denying that the Bulldogs reign supreme at the top of this year’s Sweet Sixteen and enter as the sportsbook favorite to win it all.
- Kansas Jayhawks
Few would argue with this. Out of all March Madness betting favorites, the Jayhawks looked the best out of the lot.
- Arizona Wildcats
The Wildcats won the Pac-12 Tournament, steamrolled North Dakota, and followed that up by delivering a good beating against St. Mary’s. Sean Miller could lead this team to a title, but they might need a little luck to get there.
- UCLA Bruins
Their win at Kentucky validates this seeding, not to mention the fact that their offense looked considerably better than the Wildcats. In addition, the Bruins have proven that they can win on the road.
- Kentucky Wildcats
Malik Monk hasn’t been as exceptional as expected, but the Wildcats have won 13 straight. March Madness betting fans will have to see if they can keep it up.
- West Virginia Mountaineers
The Mountaineers resume paints them as a team that no one wants to face.
- North Carolina Tar Heels
Some might want to see them on this list, but this year’s UNC has failed to prove itself on several occasions.
- Florida Gators
The fact that Florida held Virginia to 39 instantly validates them in sportsbook’s eyes.
- Baylor Bears
Baylor has the 3rd top-50 wins of anyone who made the tournament.
- Purdue Boilermakers
Purdue has delivered sensational games several times this season, but can they come out on top when it truly matters?
- Butler Bulldogs
Simple. When you sleep on Butler you lose.
- Oregon Ducks
They should have been taken out by Rhode Island. However, they have enough talent to merit this seeding.
- Michigan Wolverines
The Wolverines have recently looked like one of the best teams in the nation. But this isn’t the NFL where getting hot at the right time equates a Super Bowl. Their woes earlier in this season should be a clear indication that this team is not built to last.
- Wisconsin Badgers
They took out Nova, but that might have just been taking advantage of the right matchups.
- Xavier Musketeers
Seeing Xavier ranked this low shows sportsbook players just how competitive this year’s tourney is.
- South Carolina Gamecocks
Someone had to be last.