Current Odds To Win The Wild Wild West RegionRachel Garcia
This isn’t your grandpa’s wild wild west and it offers some of the most interesting value betting odds in the round of 64 for this year’s big dance. With top seeds like Arizona, Wisconsin, Creighton and two of the hottest Big 12 teams in Baylor and Oklahoma State, it’s easy to see why this region will be one of the most intriguing in the tournament.
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March Madness 2014 Odds To Win The Wild Wild West Region
- #1 Arizona +125
- #2 Wisconsin +300
- #3 Creighton +450
- #4 San Diego State +700
- #9 Oklahoma State +900
- #6 Baylor +1300
- #7 Oregon+1300
- #5 Oklahoma+1600
- #8 Gonzaga +1800
- #11 Nebraska +3000
- #10 BYU +5000
- Field (Any Other Team) +2000
Analysis: With tourney tip-off times less than 24 hours away, I won’t waste time beating around the bush. Let me get started by saying that, in addition to Arizona, I believe that Wisconsin, Creighton, San Diego State and Oklahoma State could all potentially win this region.
As a matter of fact, Arizona will meet the winner of the Gonzaga-Oklahoma State opener and if the Cowboys win and advance as I suspect, the Wildcats will undoubtedly have their hands full with Marcus Smart and company.
The winner of that third round contest will likely meet #4 seed San Diego State in the regional semis and that hypothetical matchup won’t be a walk in the park against the defensive-minded Aztecs.
In the bottom half of the draw, the two teams that I like (Creighton and Wisconsin) will almost assuredly meet in the regional semifinals. I personally like Creighton to beat the Badgers and whomever they meet in the regional finals, be it Arizona or Arizona or one of the other aforementioned top-half teams.
The Wisconsin Badgers (26-7 SU, 17-16 ATS, 18-14 O/U) enter March madness having gone 1-2 SU over its last three games, but have put together an impressive 6-1 ATS mark in their last seven games against non-conference opponents.
Oklahoma State averaged a whopping 80.3 points per game to finish 17th in the nation in scoring while also restricting their opponents to just 40.7 percent shooting from the field (46th).
The Creighton Bluejays (26-7 SU, 18-13 ATS, 13-18 O/U) not only have a true superstar in senior forward Doug McDermott (26.9 ppg), but they’ve also gone 7-3 SU over its L/10 games and 3-1 ATS over their last four.
San Diego State has compiled a fine, 5-1 ATS mark in their last six neutral site games and has not allowed an opponent to top the 67-point plateau in any of its L/10 games.
As for the Arizona Wildcats (30-4 SU, 20-13 ATS, 10-20-2 O/U) they’ve lost two of their last four games and are just 2-3 ATS over their last five. For me, the team’s 64-57 road loss at Oregon on March 8, was a real eye-opener that leads me to believe this mostly young ballclub isn’t quite yet ready for prime time.
I like Creighton to win the West Region with successive votes for Wisconsin, Oklahoma State, Arizona and last but not least, San Diego State.