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March Madness Southeast Bracket Betting – The Southeast Bracket Will Offer Many Surprises

Posted by Washington Tucker on 2/6/2014 2:31:42 AM

There’s no more volatile region in the NCAA Tournament, at least on paper, than the Southeast. If you’re looking for locks and stone-cold specials, you might want to avoid this region.

NCAA basketball betting All Southeast Region Games Are On Thursday, March 17

(5) Kansas State vs. (12) Utah State

Here’s the only betting statistic you need for this game: Utah State, though a regular tournament team under coach Stew Morrill, has not won an NCAA Tournament game since 2001, when it defeated Ohio State in Greensboro, North Carolina. Utah State lost in 2003, lost in 2005, lost in 2006, lost in 2009, and lost in 2010. Don’t trust Utah State with that 12-seed upset pick over a 5 seed. Go with Kansas State, a team that made the Elite Eight last year and has the kind of player – guard Jacob Pullen – who can and will take over at least one game in the NCAA Tournament. Take Kansas State with confidence in this particular 5-12 seed matchup.

March Madness betting upset special: (4) Wisconsin vs. (13) Belmont

If there was ever a time to take an upset, this is it: Wisconsin, as a No. 4 seed last year in the NCAA Tournament, trailed Wofford late before barely surviving, 53-49. This year, the Badgers are once again a four seed, and this time around, they’re probably even more vulnerable to a shocker. Coach Bo Ryan’s Badgers generally play poorly in March. They just endured a close but humiliating 36-33 loss to Penn State in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament, a shocking result that was the byproduct of a great deal of panic. Wisconsin’s star point guard, Jordan Taylor, rushed a lot of shots and was unwilling to pass the ball to teammates. Wisconsin is so dominant on its home court (the Badgers have lost only 11 times at the Kohl Center since the building opened in 2001) that it falters when placed in a neutral-court setting. Belmont is a fabulous small-conference team that won its conference tournament championship game (in the Atlantic Sun Conference) by 41 points. The Bruins almost took down Duke in the 2008 NCAA Tournament. They will land the knockout punch against Wisconsin. At the very least, this game will go down to the wire, even if Wisconsin finds a way to pull out a victory in the final minutes.

(1) Pittsburgh vs. (16) UNC-Asheville

This is a cupcake game. Don’t spend any time mulling over this choice. Pittsburgh will roll by at least 20 points, and likely more than that. UNC-Asheville had to win a play-in game in overtime on Tuesday and then fly to Washington, D.C., to play a number one seed. That’s not a recipe for victory

(8) Butler vs. (9) Old Dominion

The calculus for sports betting experts in this game is simple: If this game is decided on the perimeter, Butler has a decided advantage with Shelvin Mack and Ronald Nored, two veterans of the Bulldogs’ run to the national championship game last season. That’s where the bulk of Butler’s playmaking and scoring ability lies. On the other hand, if this game is decided within eight feet of the basket and belongs to the interior players who traffic in the low post, Old Dominion will have the edge. Matt Howard is a fine post-up player for Butler, but Frank Hassell of Old Dominion is better. Hassell’s hook shot and overall low-post game exceed anything and everything Howard can throw at him. Since the pace of this tilt is likely to be slow, Old Dominion should be able to give the ball to Hassell on a regular basis. The Monarchs are big and long near the rim, and therefore, they should get a majority of rebounds, especially down the stretch. Old Dominion deserves the nod in what should be a fascinating matchup of highly-credentialed mid-major programs.

(6) St. John’s vs. (11) Gonzaga

Very simply, St. John’s has lost its starting senior guard, D.J. Kennedy, for this entire tournament due to an injury suffered last week in the Big East Conference Tournament against Syracuse. That fact, plus the location of this game in Denver, will give Gonzaga a pair of undeserved but genuine breaks. Pick Gonzaga due to SJU’s profoundly bad luck.

(3) BYU vs. (14) Wofford

This is a great chance for another upset. BYU is not the same team without center Brandon Davies. Wofford can compete on the glass, and the Terriers from the Southern Conference run great halfcourt sets at the offensive end of the floor. BYU should be favored, but Wofford should definitely keep the game very close and will have a very legitimate chance to steal this one. Take Wofford with another upset in a Southeast Region bracket that promises chaos.

(7) UCLA vs. (10) Michigan State

Michigan State is a hugely underachieving team, but UCLA looked absolutely awful in its Pac-10 Tournament quarterfinal loss to Oregon, a 76-59 blowout that felt like a 25-point game. Michigan State probably won’t go far in this tournament, but it should win in round one.

(2) Florida vs. (15) UC Santa Barbara

This game is a mismatch to begin with, but it’s being played in Tampa, forcing the sons of Santa Barbara to fly across the country. Florida should roll.

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