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West Region Betting Predictions

The Arizona Wildcats are the top seed and the betting favorite in the West Region of the NCAA Tournament's bracket this year, with the sportsbooks listing them ahead of second-seeded Wisconsin and third-seeded Creighton on those March Madness betting lines to start the Big Dance.

At Bovada Arizona opened as the 2/1 favorite on the odds to win the West Region of the NCAA Tournament this month, with Creighton and Wisconsin both at 4/1, and fourth-seeded San Diego State rounding out the top contenders on that odds list at 9/1.

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

West Regional - Anaheim, California

(16) Weber State vs (1) Arizona - Matchup Report
(15) American University vs (2) Wisconsin - Matchup Report
(14) Louisiana-Lafayette vs (3) Creighton - Matchup Report
(13) New Mexico State vs (4) San Diego State - Matchup Report
(12) North Dakota State vs (5) Oklahoma - Matchup Report
(11) Nebraska vs (6) Baylor - Matchup Report
(10) Brigham Young vs (7) Oregon - Matchup Report
(9) Oklahoma State vs (8) Gonzaga - Matchup Report

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

Arizona #1 2/1
Creighton #3 4/1
Wisconsin #2 4/1
San Diego State #4 9/1
Oklahoma State #9 12/1
Baylor #6 14/1
Oregon #7 14/1
Oklahoma #5 16/1
Gonzaga #8 18/1
Nebraska #11 40/1
New Mexico State #13 50/1
North Dakota State #12 50/1
BYU #10 66/1
UL Lafayette #14 75/1
American #15 100/1
Weber State #16 100/1

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The Gonzaga Bulldogs managed to pick up a No. 1 seed for the 2013 NCAA Tournament, and they'll be headlining March Madness betting action in the West Region of the Big Dance. And the Bulldogs are expected to easily win their Round of 64 betting matchup this week.

Gonzaga is the betting favorite against No. 16 Southern at sportsbooks like Bovada in the Round of 64 in the West Region, as the Bulldogs look to navigate their quarter of the bracket and emerge as one of the schools in the Final Four.

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No. 2 Ohio State could be Gonzaga's biggest challenger in the West - they'll take on No. 15 Iona in the Round of 64 this week. No. 3 New Mexico will be up against No. 14 Harvard, with No. 4 Kansas State looking to come out on top against the winner of the Boise State vs. La Salle play-in game.

No. 5 Wisconsin meets No. 12 Mississippi in West Region betting action, with No. 6 Arizona battling Belmont, No. 7 Notre Dame taking on No. 10 Iowa State, and No. 8 Pittsburgh going up against No. 9 Wichita State to close out the region's Round of 64.

West Regional Bracket

01 Gonzaga
16 Southern - Matchup Report

08 Pittsburgh
09 Wichita State - Matchup Report

05 Wisconsin
12 Mississippi - Matchup Report

04 Kansas State
13 Boise State/La Salle

06 Arizona
11 Belmont - Matchup Report

03 New Mexico
14 Harvard - Matchup Report

07 Notre Dame
10 Iowa State - Matchup Report

02 Ohio State
15 Iona - Matchup Report

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

Gonzaga #1 5/2
Ohio State #2 11/4
New Mexico #3 5/1
Pittsburgh #8 8/1
Wisconsin #5 8/1
Arizona #6 12/1
Kansas Sate #4 16/1
Notre Dame #7 33/1
Iowa State #10 35/1
Ole Miss #12 40/1
Belmont #11 50/1
Boise State #13 66/1
Wichita State #9 66/1
Harvard #14 100/1
Iona #15 100/1
LaSalle #13 100/1
Southern #16 100/1

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Michigan State earned the top seed in the West Region by winning the Big Ten, but many see the winner of the Big 12 doing bigger damage.

Missouri is the No. 2 seed and picked by many to make the Final Four. That means they must win the West Region and they start off against Norfolk State, the tiny 15 seed.

The scores prediction computer has Louisville going down at the hands of a 13 seed AGAIN, losing to Davidson. It also projects BYU upsetting Marquette as many underdogs are predicted here in West Region betting odds.

Murray State, the team that made headlines being the last undefeated team in the country, is favored and expected to cover the spread as the No. 6 seed. They face Colorado State, which hits the tournament on a nice 7-1 ATS roll.

(11) Colorado St. (20-11)
(6) Murray St. (30-1)
Pick: Murray St. -2.5

(13) Davidson (25-7)
(4) Louisville (26-9)
Pick: Davidson +7.5

(14) BYU (26-8)
(3) Marquette (25-7)
Pick: BYU +5.5

(12) Long Beach St. (25-8)
(5) New Mexico (27-6)
Pick: Long Beach St. +4.5

(10) Virginia (22-9)
(7) Florida (23-10)
Pick: Virginia +3.5

(15) Norfolk St. (25-9)
(2) Missouri (30-4)
Pick: Norfolk St. +22.5

(9) Saint Louis (25-7)
(8) Memphis (26-8)
Pick: Saint Louis +3.5

(16) Long Island (25-8)
(1) Michigan St. (27-7)
Pick: Long Island +22.5

Odds to Win the West Region at Bovada:

Michigan State (1) 11/5
Missouri (2) 9/4
Marquette (3) 13/2
Louisville (4) 13/2
New Mexico (5) 9/1
Florida (7) 14/1
Memphis (8) 14/1
Murray State (6) 25/1
St. Louis (9) 30/1
Virginia (10) 50/1
Long Beach State (12) 75/1
Davidson (13) 100/1
BYU (14) 100/1
Colorado State (11) 150/1
Iona (14) 150/1
Norfolk State (15) 200/1
Long Island (16) 200/1