When:March 23 - 26, 2017
The 2017 NCAA Basketball Tournament starts to heat up, as College basketball fans jump into the thick of things with the final Sweet 16 teams.
The journey to the Final Four has began and the March Madness Sweet Sixteen basketball action will be at it's peak!
The second week of the NCAA Tournament is really the business week. Nets will be cut down at the end of it, but before we get to that point, we have to decide which teams will get into that coveted Elite Eight. The Sweet 16 is usually the round that separates the pretenders from the contenders. Those rare double-digit seeds who snuck this deep into the field now have to take on a team who will have studied its work for a full week, and this is where dreams of becoming that next great Cinderella typically come to die.
Seeds No. 13, No. 14 and No. 15 are a total of 0-9 all-time in the Sweet 16, and just one No. 12 seed has ever advanced past this round. No. 11s though, are a different story. There are actually six of them who have made it to the Elite Eight all-time.
But the bottom line is that the top seeds are the ones you want to watch out for in the Sweet 16. #1 seeds and #2 seeds have combined to win 149 times in the Sweet 16. All the rest of the teams in the field combined have won 107 times.
Most basketball fans know that the first round of the NCAA Tournament is where all of the action is. Double-digit seeds pull off upsets all the time against teams that had legitimate chances to win it all, and at least one of those teams feels like it finds its way into the Sweet 16. That said, this year, the "mad" in March Madness came on Saturday and Sunday, as Villanova, Duke and Louisville all bit the dust, while Kentucky and North Carolina were on pins and needles every step of the way as well. What's left is an East Region that has been completely and utterly destroyed and three other brackets where the No. 1 seeds are only relatively tenuous favorites to make it to the Final Four.
Walk into a bar and ask how many people got the East Region exactly right. You probably won't find any. Heck, you probably won't find anybody who got three of the four teams right. With that being said, a Florida/Wisconsin matchup is awfully appealing for all of the defense that is going to come out of that one, while a Baylor/South Carolina duel is going to represent two teams who felt like they never quite reached expectations in the regular season but will have their shot at glory in the Sweet 16.
The West is probably the most intriguing of the brackets. We've felt like we're on a collision course for Arizona/Gonzaga in the Elite 8, but both of these teams have some real work to do first. The Wildcats have to contend with Xavier, suddenly one of the hottest teams in America after being one of the coldest amongst the serious contenders through the end of February and early into March. Gonzaga must figure out the pressure of West Virginia, a team that is ready to take no prisoners in the second week of the dance.
Kansas is actually the favorite to win it all right now due to the fact that the Midwest doesn't feel like it's providing that many challenges. The Jayhawks crushed Michigan State and UC Davis en route to this point, and it doesn't feel like Purdue is going to mount any challenge whatsoever. But at the bottom of that bracket are a dangerous Oregon team and a Michigan squad who suddenly has that feel of '14 UConn after winning the Big Ten Tournament and two games here in the first week of the NCAAs. The Wolverines are actually favored over the Quack Attack.
Down South, UCLA and Kentucky will meet in what is surely the most intriguing game. This is a big rematch from December when the Bruins dropped the most points by a road team in the history of Rupp Arena. UK found its defense against Cincinnati in the second round, but this is a far different challenge against one of the best offensive teams in the land. Get your popcorn ready. The winner will likely face North Carolina, who is one of the biggest favorites of the third round of the tourney against Butler.
#3 Oregon vs. #7 Michigan, Sprint Center - 7:09 p.m. ET ( CBS )
Opening Line: Michigan -1, O/U 146.5
Preview: And the beat goes on for the Michigan Wolverines. It's almost unbelievable that they've made it to this point in the dance after such a tumultuous last couple of weeks. Can Big Blue really win it all at this point? There's a long way to go, but four wins in two weeks doesn't seem like an impossible task, especially with a prone looking Oregon Ducks team on the court against them in the Sweet 16. Continue...
#1 Gonzaga vs. #4 West Virginia, SAP Center - 7:39 p.m. ET ( TBS )
Opening Line: Gonzaga -3, O/U 146.5
Preview: For lack of better terms, the Gonzaga Bulldogs have been methodical in the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament. They've had bad moments for sure, and opponents have made some nice runs at them, but just as they have all season long, they've found ways to persevere and are now four games away from their first ever National Championship. The West Virginia Mountaineers though, would love to be in the way of that and pose a real threat, and with the way they play defense, this is a matchup that feels ripe for an upset. Continue...
#1 Kansas vs. #4 Purdue, Sprint Center - 9:39 p.m. ET ( CBS )
Opening Line: Kansas -4, O/U 156
Preview: When the NCAA Tournament brackets were first unveiled, the common belief is that the Kansas Jayhawks had themselves one heck of a road to the Final Four. Many figured they would get challenged by Michigan State and could even find themselves not even getting out of the first week of the dance. That said, they had the easiest route of the four top seeds to reach this point, and a game against the Purdue Boilermakers all of a sudden doesn't feel all that bad for a Sweet 16 showdown. Continue...
#2 Arizona vs. #11 Xavier, SAP Center - 10:09 p.m. ET ( TBS )
Opening Line: Arizona -7.5, O/U 143
Preview: Back in January, the Xavier Musketeers truly had the look of a Sweet 16 team. They were playing great basketball, were ranked in the Top 25 with Top 25 RPI and SOS numbers as well, and they were sitting towards the top of the Big East. Then they lost Edmond Sumner for the season to a torn ACL, and all looked lost. They swooned through the end of the season and probably needed to beat Creighton in their opening game of the Big East Tournament just to reach the NCAAs. But now that they're here, they've picked up two really big wins against good teams and will look to do some more serious damage in the Sweet 16 against the Arizona Wildcats. Continue...
NCAA Tournament Sweet 16, Friday, March 24, 2017
#1 North Carolina vs. #4 Butler, FedEx Forum - 7:09 p.m. ET ( CBS )
Opening Line: North Carolina -7, O/U 152.5
Preview: The North Carolina Tar Heels got a surprising scare from Arkansas on Sunday, but pulled through and are now shockingly the only hope the ACC has of producing a national champion this season. Other ACC contenders like Duke, Louisville, Florida State, Notre Dame, and Virginia all fell by the wayside this weekend and only North Carolina is left from what was supposed to be the strongest conference in America. That gives their Sweet 16 opponent, the Butler Bulldogs, plenty of hope that they can pull off the upset. Continue...
#3 Baylor vs. #7 South Carolina, Madison Square Garden - 7:29 p.m. ET ( TBS )
Opening Line: Check Back Later
Preview: For the first time in their history, the South Carolina Gamecocks will be going to the Sweet 16. South Carolina pulled off perhaps the biggest upset so far this NCAA Tournament after reverse covering Duke in Greenville on Sunday. The Gamecocks did what no one thought possible, putting up 65 points in the second half despite being one of the worse offensive teams left in the win over Duke. To get to the Elite Eight though, they face another tough opponent in the Baylor Bears. Continue...
#2 Kentucky vs. #3 UCLA, FedEx Forum - 9:39 p.m. ET ( CBS )
Opening Line: Check Back Later
Preview: Perhaps the most anticipated Sweet 16 game is going to be a regular season rematch. The UCLA Bruins topped the Kentucky Wildcats when these teams met in Rupp Arena earlier in the season, but Kentucky has been thirsting for a chance at revenge ever since. Fortunately for them, this will be a virtual home game as Lexington is just a day’s drive from Memphis, while UCLA will likely have very few fans in attendance. Whether or not the Wildcats can capitalize on this home court advantage is another story. Continue...
#4 Florida vs. #8 Wisconsin, Madison Square Garden - 9:59 p.m. ET ( TBS )
Opening Line: Florida -1.5, O/U 131.5
Preview: The Wisconsin Badgers pulled off one of the biggest upsets of March Madness thus far with an upset victory over No. 1 seed Villanova on Saturday. It wasn’t as big of an upset as some may have believed since the spread was only 5.5, but few analysts actually expected an up and down Wisconsin team to be able to hang with the defending champions. The Badgers are looking to keep it going, but will face a team that looked great on the opening weekend in the Florida Gators. Continue...
The first weekend of the NCAA Tournament is pure mayhem; games begin and end simultaneously, buzzers sound from TV’s, iPads, iPhones, and computers, celebrations are loud. And of course, defeat is inevitable for more than three-quarters of the field.
The matchups are always intriguing, and every single one of the players and coaches know that they’re playing for the name on the front of their jersey, competing for a spot amongst the heroes of March Madness who came before them.
Bet on sixteen of the best teams in college hoops, playing in win-or-go-home fashion. By now, a number of pretenders have been eliminated from March Madness betting options and we're left with 16 teams in the NCAA tournament.
The upsets that occurred early don’t happen nearly as often in the Sweet Sixteen and the March Madness basketball odds will present different betting challenges than in the earlier 64 rounds.
Now the basketball betting action get even more intense as the oddsmakers put up the latest betting lines for next weekend's Sweet 16 matchups.
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The Bookmakers have a pretty good feel for each team, along with extra time for their lines to be sharpened, as the majority of bettors won't place their wagers until the day of the game, so any value in the line is normally eliminated by the time the public gets around to betting.
First of all bettors, at this point, you shouldn’t even bother looking at any teams’ rankings, because they are just that, an imaginary number that the NCAA gave each team for tournament purposes based on their respective regular season records.
The rankings really don’t mean much at this point to anyone. Not to the coaches, most fans and certainly not the players. Making any wagers based solely on any team’s tournament ranking would be a huge mistake.
As you look at Sweet Sixteen March Madness odds you want to do the opposite of what you did in the early rounds. You want to look at the favorites first for the NCAA sweet sixteen basketball betting line and look for reasons to bet them.
The favorites definitely do better as the tournament progresses and the Sweet Sixteen March Madness odds will illustrate this fact. Look for the best teams to play well and advance. That is the best tip to remember when you are looking at the March Madness betting line for the Sweet Sixteen.
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