Sweet 16 Wagering Lines Arrive at the Sportsbooks

The top-seeded Wichita State Shockers and third-seeded Duke Blue Devils are out, but it’s still easy to argue that the four best teams in the Midwest Region will meet in the Sweet 16 of this year’s NCAA Tournament.

Wichita State had their perfect 35-0 SU season ended in the third round by No. 8 Kentucky, who knocked off the Shockers 78-76 in a game where UK entered as 4.5-point underdogs. The win was just the Wildcats’ fifth in their last eight outings, pushing their season record to 26-10 SU. But Kentucky has covered their last five and came within one point of beating the Florida Gators, the nation’s top-ranked team, in the SEC title game. purchase lioresal That experience will serve the young Wildcats well at the Sweet 16 when they face the cross-state rival Louisville Cardinals.

Despite being seeded a surprising fourth in the Midwest, the Cardinals entered March Madness deadlocked with Florida as a +500 favourite to win the National Championship at 5Dimes. The Cards defeated Manhattan 71-64 in the second round, but failed to cover a 16-point spread. They followed up with a decisive 66-51 win over Saint Louis on Sunday. The Cardinals are 5-point favourites against Kentucky at Sports Interaction, but a revitalized Wildcats squad may represent the toughest challenge Louisville has faced all season. The Wildcats are 5-1 in their last six versus Louisville (4-1-1 ATS), including a 73-66 win in December.

The other matchup in the Midwest features another underachieving young club facing a tournament favourite. No. 11 Tennessee, who were pegged by 5Dimes as +6500 longshots to win the tourney, needed a first-round 78-65 win over Iowa just to punch their ticket to the show. They have simply been dominant since, soundly beating No. 6 Massachusetts and No. 14 Mercer last week. The Volunteers’ outstanding performance has not gone unnoticed at Sports Interaction, where the oddsmakers have pegged them as a mere 2-point underdog when they face No. 2 Michigan.

The Wolverines are no stranger to stiff competition. They are currently on a 9-1 run SU, including a win and loss against rival Michigan State. However, they are a middling 6-4 ATS during that run, failing to cover against conference rivals Purdue, Minnesota and Illinois; all sub-.500 teams in Big Ten action this season.