NCAA Bracket Predictions 2016

ncaa bracket predictions 2016First Four action concludes tonight with Holy Cross meeting Southern University in the West and Tulsa squaring off against Michigan in the East. Southern and Michigan are favored at -3 and -3.5 respectively and should they win they will face Oregon, the No. 1 seed in the West and Notre Dame, the six seed in the East.

All day tournament action gets underway tomorrow and three of the top seeds — Kansas, Virginia and North Carolina — will all take to the court. The other, Oregon, will play on Friday.

According to Bovada’s latest NCAA Bracket Predictions 2016, only two of those teams are favored to reach the Final Four in Houston. The Jayhawks are a +140 pick ($100 wins $140), making them the top choice in the South and North Carolina is drawing the same line to win the East Region.

As for Oregon and Virginia, they are second picks to two seeds Oklahoma and Michigan State, respectively. The Sooners are getting +230 odds to win the West while the Ducks are a +350 pick. Tom Izzo’s Spartans are lined at +180 odds to win the Midwest compared to the Cavaliers +225 line.

Most agreed with the odds makers over the selection committee, wondering how Michigan State, the second ranked team in the country with a 29-5 record, drew the two seed to fourth ranked Virginia (26-7). And, of course, there is the Spartans tournament track record under Izzo, which should have swung things in their favor as well.

Some tournament history notes:

51 one seeds have reached the Final Four since 1985 and 29 of those advanced to the national championship game.

26 two seeds have been to the national semifinals in the same number of years, but only 11 of them participated in the championship game.

NCAA Bracket Predictions 2016: College Basketball Odds Provided by Bovada.lv

Odds to Win the East Region

North Carolina +140
West Virginia +400
Kentucky +400
Xavier +800
Indiana +1200
Wisconsin +2200
Pittsburgh +2200
Notre Dame +2500
Providence +2500
USC +4000
Michigan +5000
Stephen F. Austin +6600
Tulsa +10000
Chattanooga +15000
Stony Brook +15000
Weber State +15000
Florida Gulf Coast +15000

Odds to Win the Midwest Region

Michigan State +180
Virginia +225
Purdue +550
Utah +1200
Iowa State +1400
Gonzaga +1400
Seton Hall +2000
Butler +2500
Dayton +3300
Syracuse +3300
Texas Tech +4000
Iona +5000
Arkansas Little Rock +6600
Fresno State +7500
Hampton +20000
Middle Tennessee State +20000

Odds to Win the South Region

Kansas +140
Villanova +400
Miami – FL +800
Maryland +1000
California +1200
Wichita State +1200
Arizona +1400
Iowa +1600
Connecticut +1600
Colorado +4000
Temple +5000
Hawaii +6600
Buffalo +10000
South Dakota State +10000
North Carolina Ashville +10000
Austin Peay +20000

Odds to Win the West Region

Oklahoma +230
Oregon +350
Texas A&M +425
Duke +700
Baylor +1000
Texas +1200
Cincinnati +1400
VCU +2000
St. Joseph’s +2500
Oregon State +4000
Northern Iowa +5000
Yale +6600
Cal State Bakersfield +10000
North Carolina Wilmington +10000
Green Bay +10000
Holy Cross +25000
Southern University +25000