March Madness: Brackets Revealed and Tournament Set to Tip-OffPublished March 15, 2016 by Sol FH
The biggest tournament in the NCAA tips off March 16 until April 3 with thousands of wagering opportunities to choose from at bet365 sports.
Selection Sunday went down without a hitch and the NCAA committee revealed one surprise No.1 seed decision. This year's tournament will undoubtedly be one of the most interesting, with top seeds the Oregon Ducks (West Regional), Kansas Jayhawks (South Regional), Virginia Cavaliers (Midwest Regional) and North Carolina Tar Heels (East Regional) looking to take control of the pace early-on.
The committees' decision to give Oregon the top spot over Michigan State was a shocker, as the Spartans were viewed as the top seed. The Ducks are 28-6 and they won top spot because of roster depth and numerous scoring options. The Ducks will face Holy Cross or Southern (winner of first four game on 17th) on March 18 for their first game and are favored to win with bet365 Sports predicting a blow-out win.
Kansas was the overall No.1 seed at 30-4, after winning both the regular season title and the conference final. They did this in the hardest league in the NCAA, the Big 12. The Jayhawks have many weapons on offense and even more on defense, and made it an easy decision for the committee. The Jayhawks take on the Austin Peay on the 17th and bet365 has over/under lines of 1.90 for both teams with Kansas at -26.0 while Austin Peay are at +26.0.
Aside from Kansas, this season was one of the toughest in NCAA history to predict. The No. 1 seed changed six times, which is just one off the all-time season record. The East was a bit easier to decide as the Tar Heels (28-6) were an excellent team all year round. They kick-off their tournament against either Florida Gulf Coast or Fair. Dickinson (first four match) on the 17th. Outright favorites, North Carolina, Michael Jordan's Alma Mater, will dominate this game, and bet365 has attractive odds in favor of the Tar Heels.
They didn't win a conference title all year, but the Cavaliers managed to get top spot in the Midwest. They will face Hampton in the first round, which will be an easy win for Virginia, but don't expect them to go too far, as they have lost crucial games all year.
The next two weeks will be a College Basketball fans wet dream. There are tons of games to watch and even more wagering markets to choose from. Historically, March Madness is one of the heaviest –bet sporting events in the world, and this year, online bookmakers like bet365 are expecting heavier traffic than usual. This is due in part by the diversity of teams and the competitive odds that the sportsbooks have posted so far.
March Madness Schedule
There are a total of 60 teams in the tournament. The "first four" matches tip-off a day earlier, and the winners of those games will face their hardest tests of the season the next day in the first round. The first round runs from the 17th until the 19th and will be played at Wells Fargo Arena in Iowa, PNC Arena in North Carolina, Pepsi Coliseum in Denver and Dunkin Donuts Center in Rhode Island.
The second round begins on March 18-20. Games are played in Brooklyn at Barclays, Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Chesapeake Energy Center in Oklahoma and Veterans Memorial Arena in Spokane. After the second round the real action begins with the regional matches, beginning with the West on March 24 and 26 at Honda Center in Anaheim. The South regional games will be played on the same dates as the West, but at KFC YUM! Center in Louisville Kentucky.
The Midwest and East regionals are to be played on March 25 and 27. United Center in Chicago and Wells Fargo Center will be the venues for those games.
The Final Four will be played on April 2 and 4 from NRG Stadium in Houston Texas. If you play your bets right, you're bracket winner could make some lucrative profits for you throughout the tournament. Check out bet365 Sports for all the best wagering markets ahead of each game.