Current Midwest Region Betting OddsRachel Garcia
If you’re looking for help in the Midwest region in the 2014 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament then you are not along. With three of last year’s Final Four teams, the Midwest Region is shaping up to be the toughest region in the 2014 NCAA Tournament.
This expert betting breakdown on the Midwest region and its likely winner, will give NCAA hoops gamblers the information they’ll need to make an informative wager on the value-packed NCAA Futures Odds to win the Midwest Region.
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Now, let’s get down to business.
Current Midwest Region Betting Odds
- #4 Louisville +100
- #3 Duke +275
- #1 Wichita State +400
- #2 Michigan+500
- #8 Kentucky +600
- #5 Saint Louis +2000
- #11 Tennessee+2500
- #11 Iowa +3000
- #7 Texas+3500
- #6 U Mass +4000
- #9 Kansas State +4000
- #12 North Carolina State +4500
- #10 Arizona State +4500
- Xavier +6000
- Field (Any Other Team) +4000
While the fourth-ranked Louisville Cardinals are being picked by many to win the Midwest region, I genuinely believe they are going to be hard-pressed to take down top-seeded Wichita State, my personal pick to win this region.
The Cardinals and Shockers will likely meet on March 28 in the regional semifinals in one half of this region while I’m expecting Michigan and Duke to meet in the other semis.
Of course, I’d be remiss in not admitting that the eighth-ranked Kentucky Wildcats could very well upset the entire apple cart in this region by knocking off both, Wichita State and Louisville in potential third and fourth round matchups. At +600, the Wildcats certainly offer the best return value for a team that could legitimately win this region, based mostly on the jaw-dropping athletic talent of their myriad McDonald’s All-Americans.
Louisville has looked fantastic as of late, winning five straight games while covering the spread each time out. The Cardinals have two outstanding players in guard Russ Smith (18.7 ppg) and bruising forward Montrezl Harrell.
#3 Duke has won five of its L/6 games but lost to Virginia in the ACC Tournament, so they could have a chip on their shoulders, not to mention, arguably the best player in this region in freshman forward Jabari Parker. Unfortunately, the Blue Devils have also gone 1-5 ATS over their last six games.
The second-seeded Michigan Wolverines have won seven of their last eight games – but were spanked by Michigan State 69-55 in the Big ten title game on Sunday.
I’m just stunned that not many people are giving top-seeded Wichita State much of a chance to win this region seeing as how they are the most mature – and focused team in this region. Not only are the Shockers the only undefeated team in the nation this season, but they’ve also cashed in for their betting backers in a blistering eight straight games.
College hoops fans may not know the names of Shockers star players Cleanthony Early, Ron Baker or Fred VanVleet, but I suspect they will by the end of the opening weekend.
I’m going to back the top-seeded Shockers to win this region, followed by selections for Louisville, Duke, Kentucky and last but not least, Michigan.