Best Betting Values Throughout the 2014 NCAA Tournament

Jeff Grant

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 1:47 PM UTC

Wednesday, Mar. 26, 2014 1:47 PM UTC

College basketball handicappers will still find plenty of value in wagering on the 2014 NCAA Tournament—even though the field has been cut down from 68 teams to 16 after three rounds of action.

Let’s take a closer look at three offerings that every sports bettor should be looking at for their NCAA Tournamanet picks when the event starts back up with the Sweet 16 Thursday.


Sweet 16 Round
The Dayton Flyers have advanced past the Ohio State Buckeyes and Syracuse Orange as 6.5 and 8.5-point underdogs respectively—arguably the toughest opening stretch for any team remaining in the field.

It’s important to point out that the program has compiled a 24-11 SU record against BCS opponents in the last seven years.

Head coach Archie Miller has led the squad to 37 wins in his two seasons on campus, and will likely receive great information on the Stanford Cardinal from his brother Sean, who faces them on a regular basis as the front man of the Arizona Wildcats.

Best Value Pick in the Sweet 16:  Dayton Flyers +3.5


Win a Region
Wisconsin is flexible enough with its roster to take on any opponent, which has already been on display in moving past American University and Oregon to reach this stage of the Big Dance.

The Badgers are averaging 73.9 points per game—the highest such figure in the Bo Ryan era.

Sports bettors will find that the squad has 18 wins over RPI top 100 opponents, which equals the most of anyone in the country.

Due to already being a 3.5-point favorite over the Baylor Bears Thursday, the school would be in a virtual pick ‘em game if it met up with top seed Arizona in the West Region final.

Best Value to Win a Region:  Wisconsin Badgers 11/4


Cut Down the Nets 
Virginia hasn’t earned much respect in the national media as a No. 1 seed despite winning the ACC regular season and tournament titles.

NCAA basketball oddsmakers are expecting the Cavaliers to exit the Big Dance when taking on the Michigan State Spartans Friday—establishing them as two-point underdogs on the college basketball odds board at Madison Square Garden.

I’m not surprised by the school getting a small amount of points against Tom Izzo’s squad, but it also provides a huge amount of value in the market if it pulls off a slight upset and advances.

Few teams are as balanced as this one on both ends of the floor, which is valuable when facing different styles of play in short turnaround situations.

Best Value to Win the Tournament:  Virginia Cavaliers 10/1

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