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2016 Midwest Region March Madness Odds

Michigan State may not be a No.1 seed, but they are the favorites to win the Midwest Region and book a trip to Houston for the Final Four. Virginia is frequently an afterthought for many, as the Cavaliers’ defensive style has not made them the most of exciting teams to watch.

Michigan State opened as a +160 favorite to win the Midwest over No.1 Virginia, who opened at +210 per Bet365.

The Spartans won their final nine games ahead of the NCAAB Tournament with their defense holding opponents to just 62.7. You would be remiss to talk about the Spartans without talking about Denzel Valentine. The senior may be the most complete player in the nation as he has averaged 19.4 points, 7.6 rebounds and 7.6 assists per game.

Virginia’s second-ranked defense nationally has not allowed an opponent to score 70-plus points since the end of January. The Cavaliers offense rests predominately on the senior duo of Malcolm Brogdon and Anthony Gill. That tandem combines for almost 50 percent of the Cavs offense.

Seton Hall could be the disrupter of the Midwest though, as they enter the tournament red-hot and clicking at the right time. Though, I don’t think anyone would complain if we get to see Michigan State vs Virginia in the Elite Eight.

2016 NCAA Tournament Midwest Region Winners

Odds as of March 14 at Bet365

  • Michigan State +160
  • Virginia +210
  • Purdue +600
  • Iowa State +750
  • Utah +900
  • Gonzaga +1400
  • Dayton +1800
  • Butler +2000
  • Seton Hall +2000
  • Syracuse +2500
  • Texas Tech +3300
  • Iona +12500
  • Fresno State +12500
  • Green Bay +15000
  • Arkansas Little Rock +15000
  • Middle Tennessee +20000
  • Hampton +20000

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The Kentucky Wildcats are the heavy chalk on the odds to win the Midwest Region of the 2015 NCAA Tournament at the online sportsbooks, with Bovada setting them as the 4/11 favorites on those March Madness futures heading into the event.

No. 3 Notre Dame and No. 7 Wichita State are both sitting at 9/1 on the odds to win the Midwest Region at Bovada, with No. 2 Kansas just behind them at 10/1, No. 11 Texas at 25/1, and No. 4 Maryland at 33/1. No. 6 Butler (40/1), No. 5 West Virginia (50/1), and No. 10 Indiana (66/1) have longer odds to win the tournament.

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

Midwest Regional - Cleveland, Ohio

(16) Hampton/Manhattan vs (1) Kentucky - Matchup Report
(15) New Mexico State vs (2) Kansas - Matchup Report
(14) Northeastern vs (3) Notre Dame - Matchup Report
(13) Valparaiso vs (4) Maryland - Matchup Report
(12) Buffalo vs (5) West Virginia - Matchup Report
(11) Texas vs (6) Butler - Matchup Report
(10) Indiana vs (7) Wichita State - Matchup Report
(9) Purdue vs (8) Cincinnati - Matchup Report

Odds to Win Midwest Region of 2015 NCAA Tournament at Bovada:

Kentucky #1 4/11
Notre Dame #3 9/1
Wichita State #7 9/1
Kansas #2 10/1
Texas #11 25/1
Maryland #4 33/1
Butler #6 40/1
West Virginia #5 50/1
Indiana #10 66/1
Cincinnati #8 75/1
Purdue #9 75/1
Buffalo #12 150/1
New Mexico State #15 150/1
Northeastern #14 150/1
Valparaiso #13 150/1
Hampton #16 500/1
Manhattan #16 500/1

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