Cinderella Story in 2014? Who are the Sharps Betting on?

Steven Suarez

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 3:31 PM UTC

Tuesday, Mar. 25, 2014 3:31 PM UTC

We've reached the Sweet Sixteen and there are a few teams that have surprised us thus far, defying the college basketball betting odds with their outstanding performances. Check out an in-depth look at the three double-digit seeds that are killing it.

The next round of games is set to start on Thursday and we can't wait to see March Madness continue. Here are the teams that have made big statements as the high seeds.

NCAA Tournament Betting: Low Seeds That Equal Value

#11 Dayton Flyers (+10000 to be national champions)
The biggest surprise in the remaining 16 has to be the Flyers, who have had to deal with two extremely tough opponents in the opening rounds.

Up first was Ohio State, whom Dayton topped 60-59 on a Dee Sanford layup with just under four seconds remaining. Dyshawn Pierre led the Flyers with 12 points and eight rebounds in a team-high 33 minutes.

The road got even tougher in the Round of 32, with Dayton having to contend with Syracuse. Again the Flyers were up for the challenge and again they had to hold for the ride down the stretch, eventually emerging as 55-53 victors. Pierre had 14 points and six boards, while Devin Oliver did a little of everything with seven points, 10 rebounds, four assists and three steals.

The Flyers will now face Stanford on Thursday, with top sportsbooks listing the #11 seed as a three-point underdog in the college basketball odds. Dayton has been defying the odds all tournament long though – can they do it again?


#10 Stanford Cardinal (+6600)
After getting embarrassed by UCLA in the Pac-12 Championship game, some wondered if Stanford's confidence would be broken heading into the Big Dance.

That certainly hasn't been the case. The Cardinal have looked excellent so far, especially defensively, en route to wins over New Mexico (58-53) and Kansas (60-57) in the first two rounds of the tournament.

Stanford's length has caused a lot of problems so far and Johnny Dawkins will be hoping the same is true when they face Dayton. Dwight Powell, Josh Huestis, Stefan Nastic and even guard Anthony Brown are all 6'6” or taller and that size has proven to be crucial to the team's success.

That being said, the Cardinal's best overall player in the tournament so far has been Chasson Randle. He dropped 23 points against the Lobos and followed that up with 13 points, four rebounds and six steals versus the Jayhawks. Randle will need to bring it once again on Thursday.


#11 Tennessee Volunteers (+3000)
Lastly we have the Volunteers, who have picked the perfect time to start playing their best basketball.

Funnily enough, Tennessee had to fight their way into the tournament through the First Four, where they outlasted Iowa in overtime. That's turned out to be the most difficult challenge for the Volunteers in the tournament experience, as they've had little trouble with either Massachusetts (86-67) or Mercer (83-63).

Against the Minutemen, Jarnell Stokes went for 26 points and 14 rebounds, with Jeronne Maymon also getting a double-double (11 points and 11 boards) and Jordan McRae and Josh Richardson combining for 36 points on 14-of-23 shooting. It was another dominant offensive display versus the upset-minded Bears, with Richardson (26 points on 9-of-13 shooting) and Stokes (17 points, 18 rebounds, five assists) leading the way.

The inside presence of Stokes and Maymon and the perimeter scoring out of McRae and Richardson has been devastating for opposing teams in the tournament so far. Number two seed Michigan will have their hands full on Friday, explaining why oddsmakers have them favored by only 1.5 points right now.

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