2011 March Madness Betting Trends

Just because a No. 1 has never lost to a No. 16 doesn't mean you should take all the top seeds against the spread in the opening round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament. The trends are actually calling for a few ATS upsets of heavily-favored top seeds on Thursday and Friday. But you would never know it by the heavy betting volume on the No. 1 seeds over at sportsbook Bovada.

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West Regional Odds Duke Favored

Last year’s champion earned another No. 1 seed with a stellar season in the ACC, although they lost to UNC in the conference title game.

Duke is a significant favorite in odds to win the West Regional this year, comfortably ahead of San Diego State. The Spartans have been to the tournament four times since 1985 and never won a game.

That will change for the 2-seeds who open with Northern Colorado.

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Southeast Region Odds Pitt Favored

Pittsburgh has been a regional power for many years but it has never translated into a deep tournament run.

The Panthers expect that to change this year as the No. 1 seed in the Southeast and bettors expect the same. [ Get matchup reports and trends on every game ] 

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Southwest Region Odds Kansas Favored

The consensus among oddsmakers is that the Southwest Region is a lock for the Kansas Jayhawks.

While some brackets have close regional odds among the top seeds, Kansas is a runaway 13/10 (almost even money) favorite to win here. No. 2 seed Notre Dame is more than 3/1 odds while Purdue is nearly 5/1.

Kansas opens with a cupcake on Friday (Boston U) although low seeds with school names starting with ‘B’ have caused Kansas heartache before (recall Bucknell and Bradley in successive madnesses).

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East Regional Odds Ohio State Favored

With Player of the Year candidate Jared Sullinger leading the charge, Ohio State was dominant much of the season.

The Buckeyes went 32-2, but did lose a pair of tough conference road games in February (Wisconsin and Purdue) to shake the confidence of some bettors.

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UNC Asheville visit Arkansas-Little Rock

The Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans and UNC Asheville Bulldogs tip off at Dayton Arena on Tuesday with a spot in the Round of 64 March Madness dance at stake.

This matchup, featuring play in game odds that favor UNC Asheville, is one of four games to whittle down the field of 68 teams. It will decide which team faces Pitt to open the tournament in the Southwest Regional.

The Bulldogs will try to spoil to the party on Tuesday; they are 3-1 ATS against the number this season, while the Trojans are 13-14 ATS.

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VCU vs. USC Play-In Game Odds

USC gets it suspended coach back for this First Four matchup with Virginia Commonwealth Rams Wednesday as the schools battle for the final spot in the Field of 64 tournament teams.

This matchup is a neutral-site affair being played at Dayton Arena with the winner earning an 11 seed and facing Georgetown on Friday in Chicago.

The Trojans currently sports a 19-14 record overall in NCAAB action and had coach Kevin O'Neil suspended for jawing with fans in the Pac 10 tournament. The Rams are 23-11 SU, but a money-draining 10-15 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Trojans produce a 10-18-1 run favoring the UNDER on the season, while the Rams have trended slightly OVER at 14-10.

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Play In Game Preview - ASU vs UTSA

It's East Regional Play In game odds time with the Roadrunners of UTSA battling the Alabama State Hornets for the right to join the Field of 64 and get slaughtered by Ohio State.

This game is being played at a neutral-site court (Dayton Arena). Alabama State is a small underdog, despite a 9-1 SU run of late where they have won by an average of nearly 11 points per game

If you are checking your bracket, you'll see these teams at the 16 seed in the East, but few are probably picking either team to upset the Buckeyes. But Alabama State, the only team without a winning record in the Field of 68, started the year 1-8 and have been playing much better and a serious threat to win here. [ See list of bracket contests here at OddsShark.com, some with million-dollar top prizes ]

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UAB vs. Clemson Play-In Odds

The Clemson Tigers will look to squeeze into the field of 64 when tip off against the UAB Blazers at Dayton Arena on Tuesday in NCAAB play-in game action.

This matchup is a neutral-site affair and is one of four play-in games that college basketball bettors get to whet their whistles with this year.

The Tigers currently sports a 21-11 record overall in NCAAB action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 13-13-2 ATS. The Blazers are 22-8 and 17-11-1 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Tigers produce a 9-16-1 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Blazers have gone 11-16-2 against the number.

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NBA Betting: Thunder vs. Heat

Miami will look to improve on its 46-21 record on Wednesday when they host Oklahoma City in NBA odds action at AmericanAirlines Arena.

The Heat bring a 46-21 record (31-35-1 ATS) to the battle against the 43-23 Thunder, who are 35-31 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Miami go 35-31-1 so far and the Thunder go 38-28.

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