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Sweet 16 Betting: Thursday Games

The Madness is back on Thursday night with the start of Sweet 16 betting in the NCAA Tournament's West and Southeast regions.

There haven't been a whole lot of surprises in the West Region so far. The top 3 teams have all advanced to the Sweet 16, along with the No. 5 seed Arizona. Matchups on Thursday include the No. 3 Connecticut Huskies vs. the No. 2 San Diego State Aztecs, and the No. 5 Wildcats vs. the No. 1 Duke Blue Devils.

In UConn vs. San Diego State the Huskies might be the lower seed, but right now they are a 1-point favorite on the Sweet 16 odds at Bovada. The Huskies started the tournament with a bang by routing Bucknell 81-52 as a 10.5-point favorite in their opener. They didn't slow down at all in the Round of 32 with a 69-58 win over Big East rivals Cincinnati as 4-point chalk. Kemba Walker torched the Bearcats for 33 points in that win.

The Aztecs started their tournament run well with a 68-50 drubbing of Northern Colorado as a 14.5-point favorite. In their Round of 32 matchup with Temple they needed double overtime to dispatch the Owls 71-63 as a 6-point favorite. Billy White and Kawhi Leonard each netted 16 points for the Aztecs, and they also combined to grab 22 rebounds.

In Thursday's other West matchup the Blue Devils are a 8.5-point favorite against Arizona at Bovada.

Duke obliterated Hampton 87-45 as a 24.5-point favorite in their tournament opener, but had some trouble in the next round against Michigan. Duke was 12.5-point chalk but barely got past the Wolverines 73-71. Nolan Smith led the Blue Devils with 24 points in that tight win.

The Wildcats began the tournament with a squeaker, edging Memphis 77-75 as a 6-point favorite. In the next round they also played a nail-biter against Texas, slipping past the Longhorns 70-69 as a 5.5-point underdog. Derrick Williams scored only 17 points in that win, but delivered late with a three-point play to give the Wildcats the win.

This game is a rematch of the 2001 Tournament final. Duke won that game 82-72 as a 4-point favorite, and they are 2-0 SU and ATS against the Wildcats in their last two meetings.

In the Southeast region on Thursday things get started with No. 3 BYU vs. No. 2 Florida.

The Cougars rode Jimmer Fredette's hot hand into the Sweet 16. In the last round Fredette poured in 34 points to lead BYU to an 89-67 rout of Gonzaga as 1-point chalk.

The Gators met up with UCLA in their Round of 32 matchup and took care of the Bruins 73-65 as a 5-point favorite. Erving Walker was on fire in that win with 21 points for Florida.

The Gators and Cougars clashed in the first round of the tournament a year ago. In that game the Cougars won 99-92 as a 5-point favorite behind 37 points from Fredette.

In the other Southeast matchup No. 8 Butler takes on No. 4 Wisconsin as a 5-point underdog at Bovada.

The Bulldogs shocked the tournament and likely busted quite a few brackets in the last round by edging No. 1 seed Pittsburgh 71-70 as an 8-point underdog. Shelvin Mack scored 30 points for Butler, and Matt Howard hit the game-winning free throw with 0.8 seconds remaining after an ill-advised foul by the Panthers.

Wisconsin got past Kansas State 70-65 as 3.5-point chalk in the last round despite an awful game from Jordan Taylor. He scored only 12 points on 2-of-16 shooting, but got picked up by 19 points and seven rebounds from Jon Leuer.

The Badgers and Bulldogs last met in 2001. Wisconsin was an 8-point home favorite in that game, but was upset by Butler 58-44.