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Louisville Leads Midwest Region That Is Very Deep

Posted by Washington Tucker on 3/18/2013 6:57:43 PM

There may not be a region that is stronger at the top than in the Midwest, where the No. 1 seed is Louisville, but both Duke and Michigan State have a case as the best team. The Blue Devils and Spartans are no strangers to the Final Four, and while the bottom seeds in the conference aren’t very strong at all, the strength at the top of the West region opens the door for any of the top sports betting seeds to advance.

March Madness Betting: Favorite

Louisville’s only defeat since late January came against Notre Dame in a five-overtime road loss at Notre Dame, and they return a lot of experience from the team that made it to last year’s Final Four. Head coach Rick Pitino is one of the best in the business and knows how to keep his team focused on earning one win at a time, and this team really does have the entire package in terms of a tough defense and explosive offense. Gorgui Dieng is the big man in the middle that talented scorers including Russ Smith and Peyton Siva can play around, and the Cardinals’ press defense is one of the best in the nation.

March Madness Betting: Which Teams To Look Out For

Duke and Michigan State could each have a case as a No. 1 seed, especially considering the Blue Devils’ loss to Maryland in the ACC tournament was their only defeat with Ryan Kelly in the lineup. A big man that can spread the floor, Kelly is one of the most underrated players in the nation, and makes Duke’s attack that much more dangerous. The Spartans always seem to excel in the early rounds of the March Madness and head coach Tom Izzo is the biggest reason for it, but this team is also very deep. Another team to keep an eye on that has flown under the radar due to the online sportsbook strength as the top is St. Louis, which took care of business in both the regular season and tournament play in the A10. The Billikens have four players that have averaged 10 points or more and doesn’t seem to hurt itself often, which makes them an excellent Cinderella pick. The Midwest isn’t very deep beyond the top four seeds, but that group could be the best in the tournament.

March Madness Betting: Outlook & Pick

The Blue Devils and Spartans both have a good shot, but Louisville will be the Final Four representative from the Midwest thanks in big part to the experience they gained in last year’s tournament and a straightforward schedule that will lead to a nice home advantage once they reach Indianapolis. Dieng is the best big man in the region, and as long as Smith and Siva can hold their own against whichever team they are matched up against, there is no reason to doubt Pitino’s Cardinals as the No. 1 online betting seed in the Midwest.

March Madness Betting Pick: Louisville Cardinals

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