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Sweet 16 South Bracket Betting - South Regional Sweet 16 Game Picks

Posted by Washington Tucker on 2/10/2014 5:18:23 AM

Game 1: Xavier Musketeers vs. Baylor Bears – Friday, March 23

As March madness betting experts know, the Xavier Musketeers are one of the longest of long shots to make the Final Four. Xavier has suffered through a very inconsistent season. The Musketeers were a No. 6 seed in 2011 and 2010, but they dropped to a No. 10 seed with a veteran lineup. Xavier is in this game because it was good enough to beat Notre Dame and Lehigh, but it’s also necessary to point out that Xavier needed a Notre Dame lane violation with 2.8 seconds left in regulation to beat the Irish; they probably would have gone to overtime without that violation on a made Notre Dame foul shot. Then, Xavier benefited from the second-biggest upset of the tournament so far, Lehigh’s conquest of second-seeded Duke.

If Xavier had played Duke on Sunday, the Musketeers would very likely be home right now. Baylor is an inconsistent team. The Bears have endured many rocky patches in their own right this season, but the Bears are stronger and quicker at most spots on the floor. They have better shooters and have performed at a much higher level than Xavier has all season long. Take Baylor in this game. The Bears are a loaded team that should be able to make Xavier pay for any mistakes it makes on Friday evening in Atlanta.

College Basketball Betting Pick: Baylor

Game 2: Indiana Hoosiers vs. Kentucky Wildcats – Friday, March 23

When you do your homework and assess your sports bet on this game, college basketball betting experts will tell you that the odds do not favor Indiana for several very simple reasons. First of all, it’s hard to beat a team as good as Kentucky on one occasion; Indiana will be attempting to do the deed a second time this season. Moreover, Indiana will be playing this game without guard Verdell Jones, an important defender for IU who adds depth to coach Tom Crean’s rotation and enables role players to be that much more effective when coming off the bench.

Kentucky is a team that wears down opponents with its high energy level and constant defensive pressure. Indiana needs Jones in a game like this, but with Jones out for the season with an injury, the cards are simply stacked against the Hoosiers. Kentucky can fall in love with the three-point shot and suffer as a result, but the Wildcats are likely to learn their lesson this time around. All these reasons add up to a Kentucky victory inside the Georgia Dome.

There are two more convincing reasons to pick Kentucky here. One is that in the Dec. 10 game won by Indiana, Kentucky big man Anthony Davis got into foul trouble for one of the few times this season. That’s not likely to happen again. Second, Indiana has been extraordinarily good inside its home gymnasium, Assembly Hall, but very average outside it. Safe to say, this game isn’t inside Assembly Hall. Advantage, Wildcats.

College Basketball Betting Pick: Kentucky

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