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March Madness West Bracket Betting – Blue Devils Take Top Seed In NCAA West Region Bracket

Posted by Washington Tucker on 2/6/2014 2:30:50 AM

There weren’t many surprises when the NCAA’s Selection Sunday wrapped up, although there will always be those that will voice their opinions on how things should have gone down differently. But with the tournament extended to 68 teams for this year, there is no question that the programs that deserve to participate will, and there is no other spot where that is truer than at the top. The defending national champion Duke Blue Devils will be the top seed in the March Madness betting West region bracket, but there road to the Final Four could be the hardest.

The Favorite

Duke Blue Devils (30-4. 2nd in ACC, ACC Title)

There was little doubt that the Blue Devils deserved one of the four top seeds in the NCAA title tournament, where they will fight as the reigning national champions. Duke faltered towards the end of the regular season with losses to the Virginia Tech Hokies and North Carolina Tar Heels to concede the top spot in the ACC standings before the conference title tournament, but rebounded by beating both of those teams by double-digits en route to an ACC title. The road to the Final Four won’t be easy with potential matchups against the Texas Longhorns and Connecticut Huskies, but that doesn’t mean that Duke is not expected to come out of this sports betting region.

Next In Line

Connecticut Huskies (21-9, 9th In Big East, Big East Title)

One of an amazing 11 teams that were added to the NCAA national title tournament from the Big East, the Huskies’ story is perhaps the best. Connecticut finished with a .500 record in conference play, and many had rubbed them off as a talented team that just wasn’t consistent enough to do anything big this season. That all changed when Kemba Walker took his spot at the front of the Huskies’ truck that steamrolled its way through the Big East tournament with wins over three of the top-four seeds to clinch the conference title. That included a 76-74 win over the top-ranked Pittsburgh Panthers in the opening round.

Texas Longhorns (25-6, 2nd in Big 12)

A surprising skid in late February kept the Longhorns from reaching their potential in the Big 12, as Texas conceded both the top seed in the conference tournament and the Big 12 title to the Kansas Jayhawks. The Longhorns lost three of four games over that span, all against unranked opponents that many felt that Jordan Hamilton and company should have buried. Texas will have no problem with Oakland in the opening round, but will then face either Arizona or Memphis before a date with the defending national champions Duke.

Dark Horse

Arizona Wildcats (27-7, 1st in PAC-10)

Perhaps the one team with the potential to surprise is the PAC-10 champions, which dominated their way through conference play before falling to the Washington Huskies in the conference title game. Arizona will be a huge longshot in such a deep bracket, but if any team is going to upset the sportsbook promo powers at the top it will be a determined Wildcats’ group.

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