South Region Betting Odds, Picks 2015

The Duke Blue Devils are the top seed and the betting favorite on the odds to win the South Region of the NCAA Tournament at the online sportsbooks, with the Gonzaga Bulldogs second on those March Madness futures heading into the start of the event.

At Bovada the Blue Devils are the 11/5 South Region favorites, with the No. 2 Bulldogs at 5/2, No. 3 Iowa State at 11/2, No. 5 Utah at 7/1, and No. 4 Georgetown at 12/1. From there it's No. 6 SMU at 20/1, and both No. 7 Iowa and No. 8 San Diego State at 25/1, with No. 10 Davidson in a group of three teams at 33/1.

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

South Regional - Houston, Texas

(16) North Florida/Robert Morris vs (1) Duke - Matchup Report
(15) North Dakota State vs (2) Gonzaga - Matchup Report
(14) UAB vs (3) Iowa State - Matchup Report
(13) Eastern Washington vs (4) Georgetown - Matchup Report
(12) Stephen F. Austin vs (5) Utah - Matchup Report
(11) UCLA vs (6) SMU - Matchup Report
(10) Davidson vs (7) Iowa - Matchup Report
(9) St. John's vs (8) San Diego State - Matchup Report

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

Duke #1 11/5
Gonzaga #2 5/2
Iowa State #3 11/2
Utah #5 7/1
Georgetown #4 12/1
SMU #6 20/1
Iowa #7 25/1
San Diego State #8 25/1
Davidson #10 33/1
St. John's #9 33/1
UCLA #11 33/1
SF Austin #12 50/1
E. Washington #13 100/1
UAB #14 100/1
North Dakota State #15 150/1
North Florida #16 300/1
Robert Morris #16 300/1

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The top-seeded Florida Gators are the favorites on the odds to win the South Region of the 2014 NCAA Tournament at the sportsbooks, with the second-seeded Kansas Jayhawks looking to knock them off and make it to the Final Four in their place.

At Bovada Florida is listed as the 9/5 favorite on the South Region odds for the NCAA Tournament, with Kansas at 15/4, No. 3 Syracuse at 5/1, and No. 4 UCLA and No. 5 Virginia Commonwealth both listed at 9/1 on those March Madness betting lines.

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

South Regional - Memphis, Tennessee

(16) Albany/Mount St. Mary's vs (1) Florida - Matchup Report
(15) Eastern Kentucky vs (2) Kansas - Matchup Report
(14) Western Michigan vs (3) Syracuse - Matchup Report
(13) Tulsa vs (4) UCLA - Matchup Report
(12) Stephen F. Austin vs (5) Virginia Commonwealth - Matchup Report
(11) Dayton vs (6) Ohio State - Matchup Report
(10) Stanford vs (7) New Mexico - Matchup Report
(9) Pittsburgh vs (8) Colorado - Matchup Report

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

Florida #1 9/5
Kansas #2 15/4
Syracuse #3 5/1
UCLA #4 9/1
VCU #5 9/1
New Mexico #7 12/1
Ohio State #6 14/1
Pittsburgh #9 14/1
Stanford #10 40/1
Dayton #11 50/1
SF Austin #12 50/1
Colorado #8 66/1
Tulsa #13 66/1
Eastern Kentucky #15 100/1
Western Michigan #14 100/1
Albany #16 200/1
Mount Saint Mary's #16 200/1

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Top-seeded Kansas will be favored by many to advance to the Final Four from the South Region of the NCAA Tournament over the next two weeks. And they're also big March Madness betting favorites to take care of lowly Western Kentucky in their first matchup of the Big Dance this week.

No. 1 Kansas vs. No. 16 Western Kentucky is a likely mismatch in the Round of 64, as is No. 2 Georgetown vs. No. 15 Florida Gulf Coast. No. 3 Florida will be up against No. 14 Northwestern State on the NCAA betting board at Bovada to open their tournament.

It's then No. 4 Michigan at No. 13 South Dakota State, while No. 5 Virginia Commonwealth will be looking to avoid an upset as they take on No. 12 Akron in the Round of 64 this week. No. 6 UCLA could have a tough matchup as they prepare to take on No. 11 Minnesota.

No. 7 San Diego State faces No. 10 Oklahoma this week, while the 8 vs. 9 matchup in the South Region of the NCAA Tournament bracket features No. 8 North Carolina going up against No. 9 Villanova.

South Regional Bracket

01 Kansas
16 WKU - Matchup Report

08 North Carolina
09 Villanova - Matchup Report

05 VCU
12 Akron - Matchup Report

04 Michigan
13 South Dakota State - Matchup Report

06 UCLA
11 Minnesota - Matchup Report

03 Florida
14 Northwestern State - Matchup Report

07 San Diego State
10 Oklahoma - Matchup Report

02 Georgetown
15 Florida Gulf Coast - Matchup Report

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

Florida #3 3/2
Kansas #1 7/2
Georgetown #2 5/1
Michigan #4 7/1
VCU #5 14/1
North Carolina #8 16/1
Minnesota #11 18/1
San Diego State #7 25/1
UCLA #6 30/1
Oklahoma #10 40/1
Villanova #9 40/1
Akron #12 75/1
South Dakota State #13 75/1
Florida Gulf Coast #15 100/1
Northwestern State #14 100/1
Western Kentucky #16 100/1

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Kentucky faltered in the SEC tournament but has the talent to go all the way – therefore, they are a favorite to win the South Region.

The bracket features VCU which had a long Cinderella run a year ago, but is in tough against Wichita to start the tournament.

The computer is picking a couple of huge first-round upsets here and while Lehigh beating Duke and South Dakota State beating Baylor would be crazy upsets, it does point to some underdog potential in those games.

The bracket also features the team that has been money in the bank for March Madness bettors over the past decade. Xavier is predicted to cover the spread against Notre Dame, boosting their 15-2-1 ATS record over the past 18 tournament games.

(16) West. Kentucky (16-18)
(1) Kentucky (32-2)
Pick: West. Kentucky +24.5

(12) VCU (28-6)
(5) Wichita St. (27-5)
Pick: VCU +6.5

(14) South Dakota St. (27-7)
(3) Baylor (27-7)
Pick: South Dakota St. +8.5

(9) Connecticut (20-13)
(8) Iowa St. (22-10)
Pick: Iowa St. +1.5

(13) New Mexico St. (26-9)
(4) Indiana (25-8)
Pick: New Mexico St. +6.5

(11) Colorado (23-11)
(8) UNLV (26-8)
Pick: UNLV -3.5

(15) Lehigh (26-7)
(2) Duke (27-6)
Pick: Lehigh +12.5

(10) Xavier (21-12)
(7) Notre Dame (22-11)
Pick: Xavier +2.5

Odds to Win the South Region at Bovada:

Kentucky (1) 5/7
Duke (2) 5/1
Baylor (3) 11/2
Wichita State (5) 8/1
Indiana (4) 12/1
UNLV (6) 25/1
Connecticut (9) 30/1
Notre Dame (7) 40/1
Iowa State (8) 60/1
Xavier (10) 60/1
VCU (12) 100/1
Colorado (11) 150/1
New Mexico State (13) 200/1
South Dakota State (14) 200/1
Lehigh (15) 200/1
Western Kentucky (16) 200/1
Mississippi Valley State (16) 225/1