The favorites have more than risen to the occasion for college basketball’s ultimate prize. The team laying points in the final game has won eight of the past nine NCAA Tournaments straight-up and gone 7-2 against the spread.
No matter the participants, this year’s National Championship game will be one of the most evenly matched in recent memory. For only the second time in the past five years, Monday’s final college basketball contest of the season is expected to feature a favorite of less than six points.
If someone spent $100 parlaying Wichita State and Syracuse to make the Final Four, they would have earned a payout of $30,500.
Underdogs were the talk of the last two days, as they went 6-2 against the spread in this year’s Sweet 16. The only two favorites to cover were Duke at minus-2 over Michigan State and Wichita State at minus-4 against La Salle.
It’s time for the Sweet 16 in Las Vegas. Sports books have cleaned out bettors to this point of the NCAA Tournament, including anyone unfortunate enough to tail the picks on this blog.
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And the beatings continued, until a couple of Bulldogs intervened. The unexpected happened early Saturday in the NCAA Tournament. The reign of favorites and blowouts extended for another six hours.
Through two full days of NCAA Tournament action in sports books, the suspense factor in Las Vegas has measured as tepid at best. Teams have covered at an average of 10.5 points per game.
In the off chance that Las Vegas ever gets to host a portion of the NCAA Tournament, it would be most fitting to land a bracket like this year’s East Region. The Entertainment Capital of the World should serve as home to the Entertainment Region of the Tournament. Make no mistake, the East Region will provide by far the most cheap fun of March Madness in 2013.
Case Keefer offers an in-depth look at the West Region of the NCAA Tournament, complete with odds and a discussion of the matchups.
Case Keefer offers an in-depth look at the Midwest Region of the NCAA Tournament, complete with odds and a discussion of the matchups.
Case Keefer offers an in-depth look at the South Region of the NCAA Tournament, complete with odds and a discussion of the matchups.
A full list of conference-tournament future odds is provided along with picks for all the major events.
Jimmie Johnson holds most of the records when it comes to NASCAR’s annual Sprint Cup stop in Las Vegas. He surely knows about couple of them — the four victories and the $2.63 million in earnings — but has no clue to the Sin City-specific honor he could boast. Johnson has probably made sports books more money than any other driver since he first raced at Las Vegas Motor Speedway 11 years ago.
The last five Super Bowl champions have at least one major characteristic in common. Las Vegas sports books opened all of their odds in the middle of the pack to hoist the Lombardi Trophy after the previous season’s Super Bowl. None of them were among the top-five favorites.