East Region Betting Predictions

Despite being just a No. 4 seed in the East Region of the NCAA Tournament the Michigan State Spartans have opened as the betting favorites at the sportsbooks to come out on top in their quarter of the bracket in March Madness betting action.

At Bovada Michigan State is sitting as the 5/2 favorite on the odds to win the East Region, with top-seeded Virgina at 11/4, second-seeded Villanova at 15/4, and third-seeded Iowa State at 6/1. North Carolina, the No. 6 seed in the East, is back at 12/1 odds on those NCAA Tournament futures.

Here's a look at the schedule of opening games for the East Region of the NCAA Tournament, with links to matchup reports for the contests along with the opening futures for the region.

East Regional - New York, New York

(16) Coastal Carolina vs (1) Virginia - Matchup Report
(15) Milwaukee vs (2) Villanova - Matchup Report
(14) North Carolina Central vs (3) Iowa State - Matchup Report
(13) Delaware vs (4) Michigan State - Matchup Report
(12) Harvard vs (5) Cincinnati - Matchup Report
(11) Providence vs (6) North Carolina - Matchup Report
(10) Saint Joseph's vs (7) Connecticut - Matchup Report
(9) George Washington vs (8) Memphis - Matchup Report

Odds to Win East Region of 2014 NCAA Tournament at Bovada:

Michigan State #4 5/2
Virginia #1 11/4
Villanova #2 15/4
Iowa State #3 6/1
North Carolina #6 12/1
Cincinnati #5 16/1
Connecticut #7 16/1
Memphis #8 25/1
Providence #11 33/1
George Washington #9 50/1
Harvard #12 50/1
Saint Joe's #10 50/1
Coastal Carolina #16 100/1
Delaware #13 100/1
NC Central #14 100/1
UW-Milwaukee #15 100/1

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The Indiana Hoosiers are the top seed in the East Region of the NCAA Tournament this year, making them a top pick on the March Madness betting odds at the sportsbooks to emerge from their quarter of the bracket and advance to the Final Four.

Indiana's opponent in the Round of 64 will be the winner of the James Madison vs. Long Island play-in game, with the Hoosiers looking to be a big favorite on the NCAA Tournament betting odds at sportsbooks like Bovada no matter who wins that contest.

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No. 2 Miami will be up against No. 15 Pacific in Round of 64 betting action in the East Region, while No. 3 Marquette meets No. 14 Davidson, No. 4 Syracuse takes on No. 13 Montana, and No. 5 UNLV tries to take care of No. 12 California.

No. 6 Butler faces No. 11 Bucknell in East Region betting action this week, with No. 7 Illinois up against No. 10 Colorado, and No. 8 N.C. State set to battle No. 9 Temple.

East Regional Bracket

01 Indiana
16 James Madison/Long Island

08 NC State
09 Temple - Matchup Report

05 UNLV
12 California - Matchup Report

04 Syracuse
13 Montana - Matchup Report

06 Butler
11 Bucknell - Matchup Report

03 Marquette
14 Davidson - Matchup Report

07 Illinois
10 Colorado - Matchup Report

02 Miami
15 Pacific - Matchup Report

Odds to Win East Region of 2013 NCAA Tournament at Bovada:

Indiana #1 5/4
Miami Florida #2 7/2
Syracuse #4 5/1
Marquette #3 12/1
UNLV #5 15/1
Butler #6 20/1
NC State #8 20/1
Illinois #7 25/1
California #12 40/1
Colorado #10 40/1
Davidson #14 40/1
Bucknell #11 50/1
Temple #9 50/1
Montana #13 75/1
Pacific #15 100/1
James Madison #16 200/1
LIU Brooklyn #16 200/1

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Syracuse is the top seed, but just lost their starting center Fab Melo due to eligibility concerns. Are they as vulnerable here in the East as they were in the Big East tournament?

Ohio State is picked by many to emerge from the East and many have picked them to win the title behind Jared Sullinger. They are at 8/5 here, according to Bovada.

Surprise SEC winner Vanderbilt gets the 5 seed here and faces Harvard, in a game where the computer is picking an upset for the No. 12 Crimson.

West Virginia has been a great Madness bet (14-4 ATS in 18 games) but the computer picks them to fall to No. 7 seed Gonzaga.

And Florida State, winner of the ACC over Duke and UNC, gets St. Bonaventure in the first round and the Seminoles are only favored by 6.5 points. The prediction is for them to escape but not cover the spread.

(9) Southern Miss (25-8)
(8) Kansas St. (21-10)
Pick: Southern Miss +5

(13) Montana (25-6)
(4) Wisconsin (24-9)
Pick: Montana +10

(16) N.C. Asheville (24-9)
(1) Syracuse (31-2)
Pick: N.C. Asheville +15

(12) Harvard (26-4)
(5) Vanderbilt (24-10)
Pick: Harvard +7

(10) West Virginia (19-13)
(7) Gonzaga (25-6)
Pick: Gonzaga -1

(15) Loyola (MD) (24-8)
(2) Ohio St. (27-7)
Pick: Loyola (MD) +17.5

(11) Texas (20-13)
(6) Cincinnati (24-10)
Pick: Texas +2.5

(14) St. Bonaventure (20-11)
(3) Florida St. (24-9)
Pick: St. Bonaventure +6.5

Odds to Win the East Region at Bovada:

Ohio State (2) 8/5
Syracuse (1) 9/4
Vanderbilt (5) 9/1
Florida State (3) 10/1
Wisconsin (4) 10/1
Kansas State (8) 15/1
Cincinnati (6) 18/1
Gonzaga (7) 30/1
West Virginia (10) 30/1
Texas (11) 30/1
Southern Mississippi (9) 60/1
Harvard (12) 60/1
Montana (13) 100/1
St. Bonaventure (14) 150/1
Loyola Maryland (15) 200/1
NC-Asheville (16) 200/1

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