The NCAA tournament gets serious this week as the sweet 16 get set to battle it out for college basketball supremacy.
Duke (1) Vs. Michigan (5).
Duke pulled off a stunning two point victory to advance to the sweet 16, as they look to make it back to back national championships. The one seed from the West will meet an Arizona team that is high on confidence after advancing to the last 16 with a two point win over Memphis and a heart stopping one point win over Texas.
Duke are an 8.5 point favorite in spread betting, while Arizona are ranked a +350 chance in head to head betting.
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Connecticut (3) Vs. San Diego State (2).
San Diego advanced through after a nail biting double overtime win against Temple. The Aztecs, who had not won an NCAA tournament match in six attempts suddenly find themselves with a real crack at reaching the elite 8. They will face a Connecticut team that has had no real problems in disposing of Bucknell and Cincinnati on their way to the sweet 16.
This is the closest match of the sweet 16 in terms of betting. San Diego are at +1 in line betting while it is an even -110 for both teams in head to head betting. If the betting is anything to go by, the Aztecs and Huskies will battle down to the wire.
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BYU (3) Vs. Florida (2).
Under the guidance of NCAA leading scorer Jimmer Freddette, Brigham Young University continue their run, and will meet a fired up Florida outfit fresh off a commanding 12 point victory against UCLA. The Cougars will need every one of Jimmer’s 28.5 points per game if they are going to overcome the Gators, who have shown rock solid form in the tournament thus far.
Bookmakers see this as a free flowing high scoring game, with the total points market set at 149.5, the highest of any sweet 16 match. BYU have a 2.5 point start in spread betting while Florida are slight favorites in head to head betting, currently ranked at -140.
Butler (8) Vs. Wisconsin (4)
Butler enters the last 16 following a stunning one point win over number one seed Pittsburgh. That came after a two point win over Old Dominion in the opening round. The Eight seeds have proven their ability in clutch games and meet a Wisconsin team high on confidence after defeating Kansas State.
Butler are +4 point underdogs in spread betting while Wisconsin are rated -190 in head to head betting. This is also tipped to be a tight, low scoring affair with the total game score set at just 124 points, the lowest of any game in the sweet 16.
Kansas U (1) Vs. Richmond (12)
Richmond are the biggest underdogs in the 2011 sweet 16. After a three point win over Vanderbilt in round one, and a 17 point demolition of Morehead State in round two, the Spiders meet a Kansas U side that many have penciled into the final four. The Jayhawks have lost just two games this year, and enter the match as commanding favorites.
Richmond are receiving a 10.5 point start in spread betting, while Kansas are a skinny -700 in head to head markets.
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Virginia Commonwealth (11) Vs. Florida State (10).
In a battle of the Underdogs the 11th seed Rams of Virginia meet the 10th seeded Florida State in a match up that ensures there will be one team ranked outside the top ten in the elite 8. It is interesting to note that both these teams rank in the bottom four in Championship betting.
Florida State are +4 favorites in spread betting.
Ohio State (1) Vs. Kentucky (4).
Ohio State remain favorites in overall betting following easy wins in the first two rounds of the tournament. The Buckeyes have lost just twice this season and meet a Kentucky side who were lucky to get away with a two point win over Princeton in round one.
Kentucky receives a +5 start in spread betting, while Ohio are ranked -220 in head to head markets. Ohio are also favorite to lift the championship on April 4 and are currently ranked +275 for the title.
Marquette (11) Vs. University of North Carolina (2)
Marquette gets the chance to play spoiler in the sweet 16 and prevent the possible dream match up between Duke and North Carolina. Although seeded 11, the Golden Eagles have had impressive wins over Xavier and Syracuse on their way to the sweet 16. North Carolina survived a scare against Washington in the previous round to win through by 3 points. Marquette are clear underdogs, receiving a +4.5 point start in spread betting while North Carolina are ranked -210 in head to head markets.
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