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March Madness Betting: Only Two 1-Seeds Make It To The Sweet 16

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This Thursday, the 2023 March Madness Tournament enters the Round of 16. Only 2 top seeds remain alive in the tournament, the Houston Cougars and the Alabama Crimson Tide.

Both of those teams entered the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament as the top two that were most likely to win, according to college basketball betting sites.

That trend still holds true today, as here are the current March Madness futures from Bovada Sportsbook (Bovada.LV review).

2023 NCAAB National Championship Odds

  • Alabama (#1) +350
  • Houston (#1) +400
  • UCLA (#2) +700
  • Connecticut (#4) +900
  • Texas (#2) +900
  • Creighton (#6) +1000
  • Tennessee (#4) +1100
  • Gonzaga (#3) +1200
  • Kansas State (#3) +3000
  • Michigan State (#7) +3000
  • Arkansas (#8) +3500
  • San Diego State (#5) +4000
  • Xavier (#3) +4000
  • Florida Atlantic (#9) +5000
  • Miami Florida (#5) +5000
  • Princeton (#15) +15000

The 15-seed Princeton Tigers have shocked the basketball world and earned a spot among the final 16 teams. Their next matchup is against the Creighton Bluejays (#6), who are favored by a point spread of -10.0.

Princeton (#15) vs. Creighton (#6)

  • Princeton Point Spread: +10.0
  • Princeton Moneyline: +390
  • Creighton Point Spread: -10.0 (-110)
  • Creighton Moneyline: -550
  • Over/Under: 140.0
  • 9:00 PM – Friday

March Madness sportsbooks featured Princeton as a massive underdog for their first two games as well, favoring their opponents by 15 and 6.5 in the first and second rounds.

It’s easy to suggest that the Tigers are hot and use that as a reason to bet on them to win, but everyone’s hot this time of year. All teams are on a 2-game win streak at minimum.

The potential for Princeton to advance is what makes the tournament so special. No matter how many 5-star athletes are on a given roster, there’s the potential for them to have issues with teams that they are unfamiliar with, especially if they are gelling together.

We’re picking Creighton here, but if you want to let it ride on Princeton in the Sweet 16, gains of $3.90 can be made on $1 wagers on their moneyline odds to win.

Florida Atlantic (#9) @ Tennessee (#4)

  • FAU Point Spread: +5.5
  • FAU Moneyline: +210
  • Tennessee Point Spread: -5.5
  • Tennessee Moneyline: -250
  • Over/Under: 131.5
  • 9:00 PM – Thursday

The Florida Atlantic University Owls are the 9 seed out of the East Bracket and actually have a decent shot at beating the number 4 Tennessee Volunteers.

The lines for Sweet 16 betting suggest that the Vols will best the Owls by a margin of -5.5, but 2-to-1 payouts can be won by wagering on FAU’s moneyline.

We don’t think the Owls will win, but we’re tempted to bet on FAU to cover.

March Madness Most Outstanding Player Award Odds

  • Brandon Miller (Alabama) +375
  • Marcus Sasser (Houston) +800
  • Jaime Jaquez Jr. (UCLA) +1200
  • Drew Timme (Gonzaga) +1400
  • Adama Sanogo (Connecticut) +1600
  • Jarace Walker (Houston) +2000
  • Marcus Carr (Texas) +2000
  • Tramon Mark (Houston) +2200
  • Santiago Vescovi (Tennessee) +2500

Alabama’s Brandon Miller is featured as a near-lock to become the tourney’s most outstanding player. He didn’t take a shot in their first-round win against Texas A&M Corpus Christi but dropped 23 points and 7 boards against Maryland in the Round of 32.

Any player listed behind Miller will deliver at least 8-to-1 payouts, but only if you bet now! Live March Madness Bracket

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