With a fine, late-season surge, the fourth-seeded Michigan State Spartans have suddenly become oddsmakers and fans’ darling to win the East region of the 2014 NCAA March Madness Basketball Tournament.
However, I believe college you should know that at least three other teams stand just as good a chance of winning this region even if they’re not being mentioned as much as Michigan State.
Before we get started with this regional betting breakdown, check the betting schedules for each and every 2014 NCAA Tournament contest thanks to our informative 2014 March Madness tip times TV schedule.
Now, let’s get started.
Current East Region NCAA Men’s Tournament Odds
- No. 4 Michigan State +175
- No. 1 Virginia +175
- No. 2 Villanova+300
- No. 3 Iowa State +500
- No. 6 North Carolina +900
- No. 5 Cincinnati +1300
- No. 7 Connecticut+1300
- No. 8 Memphis+2000
- No. 12 Harvard +4000
- No. 11 Providence +4000
- No. 10 St. Joseph’s +3000
- No. 9 George Washington +5000
- Field (Any Other Team) +2000
I’m going on record right now to say that the East region is the toughest region in the annual NCAA Basketball Tournament this year, which is one of the reasons I like one of the other top favorites on the board to take down – and knock out – the Michigan State Spartans.
Top-seeded Virginia has gone 5-1-1 ATS in its last seven games and should meet the Spartans in the regional semis – if Michigan State don’t get upended by a talented Cincinnati ballclub in their likely third round meeting. I think it’s quite possible that the red-hot Cavaliers beat the Spartans seeing as how they just pounded Duke in the ACC title game while also handing out recent spankings to Syracuse, Notre Dame, Maryland, Pittsburgh and North Carolina.
The wildly inconsistent Cincinnati Bearcats could also pose potential problems for the Spartans, although college hoops gamblers should know this team has compiled an unimpressive 1=4 ATS mark in its last five games.
In the bottom half of the bracket, I really like No. 3 Iowa State and No. 2 Villanova and believe both teams can beat any team in the nation on any given day. Unfortunately, I expect these two teams to meet in the regional semis on March 28, so only one team can advance here and for me, it’s the Iowa State Cyclones.
College hoops gamblers should know that the Villanova is coming off a crushing 64-63 buzzer beater of a loss to Seton hall in the Big East tournament that snapped a six-game SU winning streak and four-game ATS winning streak. Still, I can’t get over the pair of blowout losses the Wildcats took against Creighton this season.
My pick to win this region is the underrated Iowa State, winners of four straight games and eight of their L/10 games overall. Not only do the Cyclones have two star players in forward Melvin Ejim (18.1 ppg) and guard DeAndre Kane (17.1 ppg), but they’re one of the best offensive teams in the nation (82.9 ppg, sixth).
Iowa State’s recent string of wins includes victories over Baylor, Kansas, K-State and Oklahoma State, which means this years’ team is both, battle-tested – and very, very good.