The 2016 Sweet 16 schedule tips off this evening as the last four teams from the South and West Regions look to secure a spot in the weekend’s regional finals. Midwest and East Region action gets underway on Friday in Philadelphia and Chicago. The top seeds in all four regions are expected to advance with Kansas, Oregon, Virginia and North Carolina lined as -7, -3.5, -5 and -5.5 Sweet 16 betting odds favorites respectively.
The Jayhawks, who extended their winning streak to 16 games with their 73-61 victory over Connecticut last Saturday, are facing a Maryland squad that faded down the stretch (lost five of its last eight games prior to the tournament), but scored wins over South Dakota State and Hawaii to advance to the Sweet 16.
Dana Altman’s Ducks, winners of 10 straight, are saddled with the task of defeating defending national champion Duke. The fourth seeded Blue Devils dropped 10 games this season, including four of seven, before dispatching UNC Wilmington and Yale from the NCAA Tournament last week.
The Cavaliers, who beat Hampton and Butler to secure a Sweet 16 berth, are matched up against a battle tested Iowa State team that looked earned double digits wins over its first two tourney opponents, Iona (94-81) and Arkansas Little Rock (78-61).
And finally, ACC champion North Carolina will meet fellow blue blood Indiana as looks for its sixth Elite Eight appearance since 2007. The Tar Heels, who also won the ACC Tournament, cruised past Florida Gulf Coast and Providence last week while the Hoosiers scored wins over Chattanooga and Kentucky.
In other action, No.2 Oklahoma is drawing a -3 spread against former Big 12 rival No. 3 Texas A&M, No. 2 Villanova is favored by 4.5 over No. 3 Miami. No. 11 Gonzaga is a 4.5 point favorite over No. 10 Syracuse, and No. 6 Notre Dame is a one point favorite is its matchup with No. 7 Wisconsin.
2016 Sweet 16 Betting Odds and Schedule: College Basketball Odds Provided by Bovada.lv
Thursday, May 24:
South Region –
6:10pm CT (CBS) No. 3 Miami vs No. 2 Villanova -4.5 Over/Under 140
8:40pm CT (CBS) No. 5 Maryland vs No. 1 Kansas-7, Over/Under 144
West Region –
6:37pm CT (TBS) No. 3 Texas A&M vs No. 2 Oklahoma -3, Over/Under 147
9:07pm CT (TBS) No. 4 Duke vs No. 1 Oregon -3.5, Over/Under 157
Friday, March 25:
Midwest Region –
6:10pm CT (CBS) No. 4 Iowa State vs No. 1 Virginia -5, Over/Under 141
8:40pm CT (CBS) No. 11 Gonzaga vs No. 10 Syracuse +4.5, Over/Under 135
East Region –
6:27pm CT (TBS) No. 7 Wisconsin vs No. 6 Notre Dame -1, Over/Under 131.5
8:57pm CT (TBS) No. 5 Indiana vs No. 1 North Carolina -5.5, Over/Under 158.5