Virginia has the best odds to win the South Region, but they made history last season becoming the first #1 seed to lose in the first round.
Punters get ready, as March Madness is here and there are tons of wagers to be made in the frantic last couple weeks of college hoops.
Let’s take a look at each team’s odds to prevail:
Virginia is the top-seed in the region and had won nine in a row before losing to Florida State in the semifinals of the ACC tournament. The Cavaliers are all about their great defense, ranking first in the nation by only giving up an average of 55.1 ppg. Kyle Guy (15.1 ppg) is their leading scorer and he has been up and down as of late.
Second seed Tennessee had the top ranking for some of the season and they are loaded, but did lose two of their last four games. Their defense is decent, but their offense is one of the highest scoring in the nation, averaging 82.3 ppg. Grant Williams and Admiral Schofield are one of the best 1-2 punches in college hoops and each is averaging over 16 ppg.
Purdue lost two of their last three games of the season with both coming against a Minnesota team that also made the Big Dance. The bracket did not end up well for the Boilermakers, who may have to face defending champion Villanova in the second round. They are a balanced team and have a star guard in Carson Edwards (23 ppg), but they did not face one ranked team in their last eight games.
Kansas State +1000
Kansas State is not getting much oddsmakers love at +1000 even though they won the Big 12. The Wildcats have one of the best defenses in the nation ranking third, but they are also a very low scoring team. In their last nine games, they only faced two ranked teams and they lost both games. Leading scorer on the season Barry Brown Jr. (149 ppg) leads into the tourney combining for 25 points in his last two games on only 10/30 shooting.
Villanova is the sixth seed in the South Region, but are tied with KSU for the fourth best betting odds. They have won the National Championship twice in the last three seasons and they won the Big East Tournament for the third straight time this season. Phil Booth (18.6 ppg) leads a balanced Wildcats team that knows how to win the big games. However, in the first round they face a St. Mary’s team that shocked college hoops upsetting top-ranked Gonzaga to win the WCC Tournament.
Cincy is yet another team in the South Region with a great defense ranking 12th in the nation in points allowed. They come into the Big Dance with a head of steam winning AAC Tournament and beating 11th ranked Houston in the title game. The Bearcats had 28 wins this season, but they were 0-4 facing ranked teams until beating Houston in the season finale. On top of that they have a tough road to the Final 4 facing Iowa from the Big 10 in the opening game and then likely Tennessee in the 2nd round.
The Badgers are another team in the region that is led by their defense with them ranking ninth in the nation in points allowed. They are not a high scoring team and they had won four in a row before falling to a top-10 Michigan State team in the Big 10 Tournament. Hard to go with Wisconsin to win the region since they lost their last three games facing ranked teams.
Who are the South Region dark horses?
Hard to go with any dark horses in this tough region, but, as mentioned before, 11th seed St. Mary’s (+5000) beat Gonzaga in their last game and they have won seven of their last eight games.
Iowa (+6000) is in the Big Dance even though they lost five of their last six games. Ole Miss (+3000) is in the same boat as Iowa, as they faltered at the end of the season losing four of their last five games.
South Region March Madness betting odds
Virginia – +140
Tennessee – +250
Purdue – +500
Villanova – +1000
Kansas State – +1000
Cincinnati – +1500
Wisconsin – +2500
Ole Miss – +3000
Oregon – +4000
Oklahoma – +5000
Saint Mary’s – +5000
Iowa – +6000
UC Irvine – +7000
Old Dominion – +8000
Colgate – +20000
Gardner-Webb – +50000
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