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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 ] 

Pitt is an 8/5 favorite to win the Southeast Region at [custom:bodog-link], comfortably ahead of the line for Florida at 7/2. While Pitt lost to UConn in the Big East tournament, many see them handling challenges better here.

For bettors, they have been a reliable first-round play (8-1 SU, 6-3 ATS past 9 tournaments) but their money-making effectiveness falls off suddenly in subsequent rounds.

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For BYU, Jimmer Fredette is largely a one-man show but when one man puts up 52 points like he did in the Mountain West tournament, that can be good enough. If he stays hot, the Cougars can make the Round of 16. If he cools off, BYU is an upset candidate.

They are 7/1 now at [custom:bodog-link].

Kansas State could be a first-round upset victim or an Elite 8 team, depending on who you listen to. They are 10/1, which shows the oddsmakers are wary of them as the 5-seed. Last year’s finalist Butler is 65/1.

Odds to Win SOUTHEAST Region  - courtesy of [custom:bodog-link]
1 Pittsburgh        8/5
2 Florida        7/2
3 BYU        7/1
4 Wisconsin        15/2
5 Kansas State    10/1
6 St. John's        12/1
11 Gonzaga        20/1
12 Utah State        20/1
10 Michigan State    25/1
9 Old Dominion    40/1
7 UCLA        40/1
13 Belmont        50/1
8 Butler        65/1
14 Wofford        150/1
15 UC Santa Barbara    150/1
16 Ark- Little Rock    300/1
16 UNC - Asheville    300/1