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Kansas Looks To Live Up To No. 1 Billing In Wide Open South Region

Posted by Washington Tucker on 3/18/2013 6:58:53 PM

For any sports betting fan that wants to see what the March Madness is all about, the South region is the one bracket they absolutely have to tune in to. Kansas, Georgetown, Florida, and Michigan are all great teams that nobody thought had the potential to be a top seed, but with each of them in the same region it is the Jayhawks that get the nod as the No. 1 in the South. That leaves this grouping as one of the hardest to predict heading in to this tournament, with some excellent depth to make the outlook that much murkier.

March Madness Betting: Favorite

Kansas was one of the most successful teams in the country during the regular season, including an impressive 18-game win streak that kept them undefeated from mid-November to early February. Ben McLemore averaged over 16 points per game as he found his way in to the conversation for who will be the No. 1 pick in this year’s NBA draft, and Jeff Withey provided the perfect inside presence to compliment his skill with over 13 points and eight rebounds per game. However, the Jayhawks went through a three-game losing streak that included an inexplicable loss at TCU in early February and a blowout loss at Baylor earlier this month, and that exposed their vulnerabilities heading in to this online sportsbook tournament.

March Madness Betting: Which Teams To Look Out For

That leaves the South region wide open, with Georgetown and Michigan among the teams most likely to upset Kansas if they do get to the Elite Eight. The Hoyas have a National Player of the Year candidate in Otto Porter, and they have lost just twice since mid-January despite playing in a very deep Big East conference. Meanwhile, the Wolverines are the most talented team that can’t seem to get the job done when it matters the most, as they struggled in the Big Ten despite some elite talents including Trey Burke. A big part of the problem has been a lack of size, but Michigan is hoping their pure scorers and a collective effort on the boards will be enough to overcome that. A second half collapse kept Florida from reaching its potential in the SEC but it still has the potential to make a run, while VCU looms as a very dangerous No. 5 seed in a region where the focus is at the top.

March Madness Betting: Outlook & Pick

The talks about Kansas’ national title hopes have been minimized because of a couple of ridiculous losses, including giving the Horned Frogs one of their only two wins this year. However, the Jayhawks proved at their best that they are one of the most dangerous teams in the country that has the necessary pieces including a superstar player that can take over games and a star big man that can provide the perfect compliment as a No. 2, and that should be enough to get through a region that features a handful of online betting teams with a lot of dangerous talent but no definite title contender.

March Madness Betting Pick: Kansas Jayhawks

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