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

Posted by Washington Tucker on 2/10/2014 5:16:00 AM

Louisville Cardinals vs. Michigan State Spartans – Thursday, March 22

The college basketball betting experts who follow the Big East Conference know that Louisville is a very different team at this point in the season. The Cardinals were really sluggish heading into the Big East Conference Tournament in New York on March 7, and in their second-round win over Seton Hall, they looked entirely unconvincing. However, in the quarterfinals the very next day, Louisville flew up and down the court against Marquette, stifling the Golden Eagles in an 84-71 victory that breathed fresh oxygen into the Cardinals’ competitive lungs.

Louisville big man Gorgui Dieng is still a very unpolished offensive player, but his defense and rebounding have been truly spectacular the past two weeks. Dieng’s defense throttled Davidson in Louisville’s round of 64 win in the NCAA tournament this past Thursday, and Dieng was even better on Saturday against New Mexico. He stopped UNM’s star scorer, Drew Gordon, two feet from the basket with the Cardinals clinging to a one-possession lead late in regulation. That play gave Louisville just enough leverage to survive the Lobos’ comeback attempt and advance to the Sweet 16. The Cardinals are not the mediocre squad they in fact were in late February.

However, Michigan State should be up for the challenge. The Spartans took the best punch the Saint Louis Billikens had to offer this past Sunday and were still able to advance to the Sweet 16 in their own right. Saint Louis played picture-perfect defense against Michigan State, but MSU superstar Draymond Green made remarkably good plays at both ends of the floor to carry his team out of trouble. Green is by far the best player on the court, and he’s playing like a young man who simply will not allow his team to be denied on the road to the Final Four. Michigan State also has a lot of size that Louisville will not be able to match. The Cardinals need to create an ugly game, but Michigan State is likely to have an effective counter. Take the Spartans in this contest.

College Basketball Betting Pick: Michigan State

Florida Gators vs. Marquette Golden Eagles – Thursday, March 22

When you do your homework and assess your sports bet on this game, it’s worth noting that while Florida has done quite well to get to the Sweet 16, the Gators were undeniably the beneficiaries of the single biggest upset to hit the NCAA tournament thus far. Florida got to play a No. 15 seed instead of a No. 2 seed in the round of 32, thanks to Norfolk State’s shocking takedown of the Missouri Tigers. Norfolk made a very high percentage of its shots in its win over Missouri, and those same three-point shots definitely did not fall against Florida. The Gators gained a 28-point lead at halftime and coasted the rest of the way.

Florida’s opponent, on the other hand, had to work very hard to earn its Sweet 16 berth. As sports betting experts are very much aware of, the Marquette Golden Eagles were playing in difficult conditions on Saturday against the Murray State Racers. The game was played in Kentucky, which happens to be Murray State’s home. Marquette trailed by five points with just over seven minutes left and was able to respond with a 13-2 run that knocked out a very dangerous opponent that had the majority of the crowd support in its favor. Marquette is a tough team, and it is likely to win the battle on the glass against an undersized Florida squad. Take Marquette on Thursday night in Phoenix.

College Basketball Betting Pick: Marquette

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