At the start of the Madness, the No. 4 Connecticut Huskies were fourth on the oddsboard with +500 odds to win the West. But no one in the region – or in the country – proved capable of keeping up with the Huskies. After three straight double-digit wins, UConn headed to the Elite Eight to meet the No. 3 Gonzaga Bulldogs in the regional final. The Huskies entered the matchup as -150 favorites and easily cashed the line, defeating the Bulldogs 82-54 to win the region. UConn went on to win the national championship over the No. 5 San Diego State Aztecs 76-59, earning the school its fifth title in 25 years.
The Connecticut Huskies won their six NCAA Tournament games by a combined 120 points.— John Fanta (@John_Fanta) April 4, 2023
UConn just completed one of the most dominant runs in the history of the big dance.
They left zero doubt.
The West Region bracket, hosted at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, is arguably the most exciting quadrant of the tournament. The West was opened up after No. 8 Arkansas took out No. 1 seed Kansas in the second round. But then the Razorbacks were dulled by the No. 4 Connecticut Huskies in an 88-65 finish in one of the Thursday night semifinals. The previously favored No. 2 UCLA Bruins were upset 79-76 by the No. 3 Gonzaga Bulldogs in the other. So we’re down to our final two in the wild, wild West and who’s gonna be the one to take it?
Here’s a breakdown of the March Madness West Region odds. Who comes out on top now that only two remain?
March Madness West Region Odds
|Connecticut Huskies (No. 4)||-150|
|Gonzaga Bulldogs (No. 3)||+125|
Odds as of March 24, 2023
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Bulldogs vs Huskies, who has the bigger bark ... i mean, edge?
Gonzaga (31-5) is fresh off a confidence-maximizing 79-76 win over UCLA to advance to the Elite Eight. Rallying from a 46-33 halftime deficit, the Zags were led by senior Drew Timme, who piled up an insane 36 points and 13 rebounds.
The Bulldogs, leading the nation by scoring 86.1 PPG, blew a late-game eight-point lead after storming back but managed to pull it out thanks to a huge three-pointer from Julian Strawther with seven seconds left. Close calls won’t always work out in their favor, so the Bulldogs will need to stay disciplined and focused moving forward on their journey to grab their first national title.
DREW TIMME TONIGHT VS. BRUINS:— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) March 24, 2023
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Though you could argue No. 4 Connecticut’s opponent wasn’t as deadly, the Huskies still destroyed No. 8 Arkansas in an 88-65 beating. It was a dual showcase of Jordan Hawkins (24 points) and Adama Sanogo (18 points) carrying the offensive load. But the real star of the show was the UConn defense, which ranks 34th, allowing just 64.7 points per game as the Huskies try to hunt down their fifth national championship.
Gonzaga holds the edge over UConn in most areas aside from rebounds and free-throw shooting. The Bulldogs shoot 52.62 percent from the field compared to the Huskies’ 46.26 percent.
These teams last met in 2015 when Gonzaga eked out a 73-70 win. However, Connecticut holds the overall series edge 3-2. The OVER has hit in the last three meetings, with totals set at 144 points or less. This time around, the total is set at 153.5 points with the Huskies subtle 2-point favorites. But, with Gonzaga coming off a thrilling win, I can see the momentum giving the Bulldogs the edge Saturday night.
March Madness West Region Historical Betting Records & Information
If you’re the type of bettor who loves to look at historical results to help with your March Madness handicapping, you’re not alone. It shouldn’t be used as a sole reason to make a bet but it’s hard to predict the future without knowing your history.
Here’s a look at the March Madness West Region results since the 2010 season:
|Season||No. 1 Seed||West Region Winner (Seed)|
|2019||Gonzaga||Texas Tech (#3)|
|2013||Gonzaga||Wichita State (#9)|
|2012||Michigan State||Louisville (#4)|
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Who has the best odds to win the West Region for March Madness?
The betting favorite to make it out of the West Region for March Madness is UConn at -150.