NCAA Tournament Odds: Championship Favorites for March Madness


NCAA Sweet 16 full of surprises

On Friday, the University of Maryland, Baltimore County made history.

Four days of college basketball to start the NCAA Tournament has certainly lived up to March Madness expectations.

The Pac-12 Tournament champions, with likely No. 1 overall National Basketball Association draft pick DeAndre Ayton, got absolutely curb stomped by 13-seed Buffalo in a stunning 21-point defeat. Yet despite being the overwhelming favorite in this "David vs. Goliath" showdown, the Cavaliers failed to show up to their first-round matchup, falling to the Retrievers by whopping 20 points.

UMBC and Kansas State was a mess of a game even though it was a delight to watch America's newest sweetheart.

UMBC gained over 100,000 followers on Twitter after making history by beating Virginia.

Brown took the defensive lead on UMBC standout Jairus Lyles, holding him to 4 of 15 shooting one game after he went for 28 in the upset of Virginia. In fact, those still alive in this year's tournament include double-digit seeds Loyola (11) and Syracuse (11). While the opening round produced some very surprising results, it was nothing compared to what we saw in the Round of 32. For only the fourth time since seeding began in 1979, just two 1-seeds reached the Sweet 16.

Florida State had a terrific comeback win against No.1 Xavier in the second round.

But the madness did not stop there.

The Gamecocks player calls accounted for more than 1,000 tickets sold. After putting up a respectable 13 points and six rebounds in the win over Radford, Bridges was even better against Alabama.

I also dislike when someone nearly runs into me because they don't look up from their phone to walk.

The always dapper Jay Wright must guide East's top seed Villanova past the not-so dapper Bob Huggins' pressing 5-seed West Virginia team and then likely will face 2-seed Purdue with its 7-foot-3 center from the Netherlands - Matt Haarms, who is becoming a sensation due to his Dutch locks.

Grayson Allen wants to make the most of his final run through the NCAA Tournament. The MVC and Mountain West will pocket at least as much from NCAA Tournament units as the Pac-12, which had three teams in the field, all bounced after one game each. This season, the ACC got nine teams into the field, more than any other conference, and placed four teams in Sweet 16.

All that money helps explain why the American Athletic Conference lured tournament-regular Wichita State from the MVC previous year, despite the Shockers not having a football team, and why the Mountain West is trying to strike a similar deal to pull Gonzaga out of the West Coast Conference (WCC).

That's what I can't help myself when I dream of these potential Final Four matchups we could see. As we have seen many times before, the key to winning is getting hot at the right time.

His hustle plays against Wisconsin in the 2015 national championship game sparked Duke to its most recent NCAA title.

Still, the Jayhawks (29-7) have only had one person step up offensively each of their first two NCAA Tournament games, and that's cause for concern. "A game that will require us to play a lot better than we did this past weekend".

Midwest, Friday in Omaha, Neb.: No. 1 Kansas vs. As much as we might love to root for this Midwest dark horse and their team chaplain, Sister Jean, a loss for Tennessee is a loss for the tournament, as it spells the last sighting of their candy-striped warm up trousers.

The upsets and the Cinderellas are for the greater good of the tournament.

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