South Regional Betting Preview

At least three teams have a realistic shot at winning the South Regional this year and advancing to the Final Four. And while nothing is etched in stone, those three teams should have little trouble getting beyond the first round. They’re the top three seeds, after all.

Here’s the South schedule with times (all ET), locations and betting odds included.

Thursday, March 18

New Orleans Arena, New Orleans

12:25 p.m.
No. 6 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (-2 at Bovada) vs. No. 11 Old Dominion Monarchs

The Fighting Irish have cashed in eight times in a row. The Monarchs are the best offensive rebounding team in Division I.

2:45 p.m.
No. 3 Baylor Bears (-10.5) vs. No. 14 Sam Houston State Bearkats

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Baylor is 16-9 ATS this year and a sleeper pick to win the South. The Bearkats are quick, but greatly outsized in this matchup.

Dunkin' Donuts Center, Providence, Rhode Island

12:30 p.m.
No. 2 Villanova Wildcats (-18.5) vs. No. 15 Robert Morris Colonials [ check out odds at Bovada ]

Villanova ended the season 4-6 SU and 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games. The Colonials have some perimeter defense and could slow the game down enough to cover.

2:50 p.m.
No. 7 Richmond Spiders (-2) vs. No. 10 St. Mary’s Gaels

The Spiders take a lot of 3-pointers, but miss a lot, as well (35.1 percent). The Gaels got here by upsetting Gonzaga (-4.5) to win the West Coast.

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Friday, March 19

Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville, Florida

7:25 p.m.
No. 1 Duke Blue Devils vs. No. 16 Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions or Winthrop Eagles

After 100 attempts, the No. 16 seed has yet to win a Tournament game against a No. 1 seed.

9:45 p.m.
No. 8 California Golden Bears (PK) vs. No. 9 Louisville Cardinals

California had a 6-0 SU and ATS streak snapped by Washington (+2) in the Pac-10 final. Louisville is 2-3 SU and ATS in its last five with an upset over Syracuse (-1) at the Big East tourney.

Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena, Spokane, Washington
2:30 p.m.
No. 4 Purdue Boilermakers (-4) vs. No. 13 Siena Saints

Purdue was a potential No. 1 seed before Robbie Hummel tore his ACL. Siena can take advantage with its zone pressure defense.

4:45 p.m.
No. 5 Texas A&M Aggies (-3) vs. No. 12 Utah State Aggies

Texas A&M dropped the cash in both its Big 12 tournament games. Utah State went 2-1 SU and ATS in the WAC tourney and is deadly from downtown at 42.1 percent.

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