When: March 22 - 23, 2018
The 2018 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 begun and the March Madness Sweet Sixteen basketball action will be at its peak on Thursday, March 22 and Friday March 23, 2018.
The second week of the NCAA Tournament is really the business week. This is the week where the field is narrowed to the coveted Elite Eight that will take place March 24 - 25, 2018 and the Final Four which takes place on Saturday, March 31, 2018.
The 2018 Sweet Sixteen is kind of an all or nothing bracket, with none of the top seeds remaining in the South and West, while the top seeds remain in both the East and Midwest regions. The games on Thursday, March 22 do have some big name teams, but no top seeds, as Virginia, Xavier, Cincinnati and North Carolina were beaten last week. The Kentucky Wildcats are the marquee team remaining in the South region, while the West has Michigan and Gonzaga. All of the South and West region games take place on Thursday, March 22, 2018.
The first game on Thursday in the Sweet Sixteen is a matchup between Cinderella teams, as Nevada takes on Loyola. The Wolf Pack are listed as a 2-point favorite. One of these two teams will be playing in the Elite Eight with a chance to go to the Final Four. The second game has Michigan a slight favorite against Texas A&M. The third game has Kentucky favored against Kansas State, while the late game has Gonzaga favored against Florida State.
The East and Midwest region games take place on Friday, March 23, 2018 and the bluebloods are very much alive. Villanova is the top remaining seed still alive in the NCAA Tournament and they are the current favorite to win the title. They would face Purdue in the Elite Eight if the seeds hold. The Midwest region could have a monster clash between Kansas and Duke in the Elite Eight if both teams win their Sweet Sixteen matchups.
The first two games on Friday have both of the top seeds in action, with Kansas and Villanova favored. The No. 2 seeds will follow with Duke the biggest favorite of any team in the Sweet Sixteen, as they are laying 11.5 points to Syracuse. The Boilermakers are the shortest of the Sweet Sixteen favorites, as they are just a 1-point choice against Texas Tech.
No. 7 Nevada vs. No. 11 Loyola (Chicago), 7:07 p.m., CBS
Preview: The first matchup in the Sweet Sixteen is an unexpected one, as the No. 11 Loyola Ramblers take on the No. 7 Nevada Wolf Pack on Thursday in the South region in a game that can be seen on CBS. All four of the top seeds in the region are gone, so the winner of this game will have a real chance to make the Final Four. The Wolf Pack are listed as 2-point favorites, with the total at 143.5. Let’s look at this matchup and Sweet Sixteen picks. Continue...
No. 3 Michigan vs. No. 7 Texas A&M, 7:37 p.m., TBS
Preview: Gamblers are all over the Michigan Wolverines due to their status as one of the hottest teams on the college basketball betting board. Michigan has transformed itself from a program that usually emphasizes offense into a team that relies on stout defense for their success in 2018. Not much was expected from the Texas A&M Aggies in the NCAA tournament this year. As a middle of the road Big 12 team without any real identity the Aggies have been overlooked. But a blowout cover against defending national champion North Carolina has dramatically changed perceptions. Michigan and Texas A&M meet on Thursday. Continue...
No. 5 Kentucky vs. No. 9 Kansas State, 9:37 p.m., CBS
Preview: Everything seems to be falling into place for the Kentucky Wildcats to make the Final Four, as all four of the top seeds in the South Region are gone. The No. 5 Kentucky Wildcats are favored to get past the No. 9 Kansas State Wildcats on Friday night on CBS in the Sweet Sixteen. Kansas State got past Creighton and UMBC to get to this point, while Kentucky beat Davidson and Buffalo. Let’s look at this matchup and Sweet Sixteen picks. Continue...
No. 4 Gonzaga vs. No. 9 Florida State, 9:59 p.m., TBS
Preview: Gonzaga is a program that has been transformed from a loveable cuddly underdog that would score huge March Madness betting upsets into a monster national power capable of winning it all. Coming off a loss in the national championship game last year the Zags are aching to return to the Final Four for what they say is unfinished business. Florida State is often overlooked in an Atlantic Coast Conference that is celebrated as the best in college basketball. The Seminoles are now a surprise Sweet Sixteen team that has caught many off guard. Florida State meets Gonzaga on Thursday. Continue...
No. 1 Kansas vs. No. 5 Clemson, 7:07 p.m., CBS
Preview: Faced with some concerns about their roster, the Kansas Jayhawks continue rolling along right into the Sweet 16. And they could become more of a force with the return of Udoka Azubuike, who Bill Self called the team’s most valuable player in a second-round win over Seton Hall. In keeping up with their football program, the Clemson Tigers advanced to the Sweet 16 for the first time in 21 years by pounding SEC regular season co-champ Auburn in the second round. The two meet with an Elite Eight spot up for grabs. Continue...
No. 1 Villanova vs. No. 5 West Virginia, 7:27 p.m., TBS
Preview: It should be a high scoring game on Friday night, as the No. 5 West Virginia Mountaineers go up against the No. 1 Villanova Wildcats in the East Region of the Sweet Sixteen on TBS. The Mountaineers average just over 80 points per game, while the Wildcats are the highest scoring team in the country, averaging just over 87 points per contest. The Wildcats are listed as 5.5-point favorites, with the total at 153. Let’s look at this matchup and Sweet Sixteen picks. Continue...
No. 2 Duke vs. No. 11 Syracuse, 9:37 p.m., CBS
Preview: March Madness is certainly living up to its name and the Syracuse Orange have been a huge part of the chaos. The last team into the NCAA Tournament is still standing after knocking off No. 3 seed Michigan State and will battle the Duke Blue Devils in an all ACC Sweet 16 matchup. Syracuse finished five games worse than Duke in the ACC standings and lost the only matchup between the teams this season. However, that means nothing now, since the Orange weren’t even supposed to be here. Continue...
No. 2 Purdue vs. No. 3 Texas Tech, 9:57 p.m., TBS
Preview: One of the most competitive games in the Sweet Sixteen is expected to be the game between the No. 3 Texas Tech Red Raiders and the No. 2 Purdue Boilermakers on Friday in the East Region. This game takes place at TD Garden in Boston and will be the final one of the Sweet Sixteen. These are two very good defensive clubs, as Texas Tech gave up just over 64 points per game during the regular season, good for 15th in the country, while the Boilermakers allowed just 65 points per game, 24th in the nation. Let’s look at Friday’s game and Sweet Sixteen picks. Continue...
The Sweet 16 is usually the round that separates the pretenders from the contenders and 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.
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.
The first day of the Sweet 16 tournament, March 22, will pit qualifying teams from the West & Midwest regions leaving the second day, on March 23, to those in the South & East regions.
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.
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.
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The NCAA tournament is all about the bracket, but let's get serious though, lots of brackets will get busted within the first day or two, and that's where March Madness props come in. Prop bets can keep you in the mix throughout the Final Four, as opposed to the first hours of the tournament after that #12 seed you had a hunch on gets blown out.
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