Sweet Sixteen Betting: See All 16 Teams Ranked

unc-arkansasIt’s another March Madness, and another year of busted brackets. Teams like Wisconsin, South Carolina, and Michigan weren’t supposed to make it this far, but they’re here, two games within a trip to Phoenix.

What are their odds of winning it all? Find out as we rank the entire Sweet Sixteen field and discuss how this relates to their GTBets.eu betting odds.

#16: No. 7 seed South Carolina
Plays: No. 3 seed Baylor
Betting Odds: +4500

south-carolina-beats-dukeThey say that the tournament is about great guard play, and the Gamecocks have this in Sindarius Thornwell (21.4 PPG) and P.J. Dozier (13.8 PPG). They got here by blowing out 10-seed Marquette 93-73, then shocking 2-seed Duke with an 88-81 victory. South Carolina got hot in the second half to defeat a Blue Devils team that’s faced scrutiny all season. They’ll have to get hot again to beat Baylor since they don’t have a lot of talent beyond Thornwell and Dozier.

#15: No. 7 seed Michigan
Plays: No. 3 seed Oregon
Betting Odds: +1600

michigan-vs-louisvilleMichigan is the hot pick right now because they’re on an unbelievable streak. Winners of 7 straight, and 12 of the last 14 games, the Wolverines’ good run continues with tournament victories over 10-seed Oklahoma (92-91) and 2-seed Louisville (73-69). The latter busted a lot of brackets and has many thinking that Michigan can go further. But our main concern with this team is their rebounding and defense, which doesn’t give us much confidence heading into the Oregon matchup.

#14: No. 11 Xavier
Plays: No. 2 Arizona
Betting Odds: +5000

xavier-florida-stateIf you’re looking for a long-shot to score big with, the Musketeers are it. They have solid guard play with Trevon Bluiett (18.5 PPG) and J.P. Macura (14.3 PPG), and they easily handled their first two opponents in 6-seed Maryland (76-65) and 3-seed Florida State (91-66). However, a No. 11 seed has never made it to the championship, and only three have made it to the Final Four. Odds are that they don’t even beat Arizona, but it’s not impossible.

#13: No. 4 Purdue
Plays: No. 1 Kansas
Betting Odds: +2000

caleb-swanigan-purdueLed by Big Ten Player of the Year Caleb Swanigan (18.5 PPG, 12.6 RPG), Purdue doesn’t have to look far for consistency and production. They can also rely on Vince Edwards (12.7 PPG) and Dakota Mathias (9.9 PPG), who was also a Big Ten all-defensive selection. They’ve beaten 13-seed Vermont (80-70) and 5-seed Iowa State (80-76) so far. But Kansas will be a far bigger test than either of these schools.

#12: No. 3 Oregon
Plays: No. 7 Michigan
Betting Odds: +1800

dillon-brooks-oregonMuch has been made about the Ducks losing forward Chris Boucher (ACL) in the Pac 12 tournament. And this is one reason why Michigan-over-Oregon is a popular upset pick in the Sweet 16. But the Ducks still have plenty in the cupboard, including Pac 12 Player of the Year Dillon Brooks (16.4 PPG), Pac 12 Defensive Player of the Year Jordan Bell (2.1 blocks), and guard Tyler Dorsey (14.0 PPG). They were tested by an underrated Rhode Island team (75-72) last round, which means the Ducks won’t take Michigan lightly. But as for their overall championship hopes, it’ll be tough without Boucher on the floor.

#11: No. 8 Wisconsin
Plays: No. 4 Florida
Betting Odds: +1600

wisconsin-villanovaThe Badgers came into this tournament as an underseeded team, and they proved it with a 65-62 victory over the defending champion Villanova. Some call this a shocker, but it’s hard to say that considering how Wisconsin has been to the Final Four in two out of the last three years. Can they make it three out of four years? Their betting odds don’t offer much value, but this is still a dangerous 8-seed.

#10: No. 4 Butler
Plays: No. 1 UNC
Betting Odds: +4000

butler-east-tennessee-stateThe former gold standard for mid-majors, Butler has been just as successful as a member of the Big East. Led by forwards Kelan Martin (16 PPG) and Andrew Chrabascz (11.1 PPG), the Bulldogs play a strong team game where they don’t beat themselves. Butler hasn’t slayed any giants, knocking off 13-seed Winthrop (76-64) and 12-seed Middle Tennessee State (74-65) en route to the Sweet Sixteen. As we discussed before, UNC is our odds-on favorite to win, so the Bulldogs must play their absolute best to advance.

#9: No. 4 West Virginia
Plays: No. 1 Gonzaga
Betting Odds: +1500

West Virginia has a chance to beat everybody thanks to their high-pressure style, which forces teams to deal with a full-court press the entire game. This team has several stoppers, including Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year Jevon Carter (2.5 steals), Big 12 all-defensive selection Nathan Adrian (9.7 PPG), and guard Tarik Phillip (1.8 steals). Bob Huggins’ squad got by 13-seed Bucknell (96-80) and 5-seed Notre Dame (83-71) with tough D. But they’ll also need to be sharp-shooters against Gonzaga because the latter boasts a strong half-court defense.

#8: No. 3 UCLA
Plays: No. 2 Kentucky
Betting Odds: +1000

lonzo-ball-uclaIf we’re to listen to the craziness of Lonzo Ball’s dad, LaVar, then this Bruins team is the greatest of all time. Make no mistake, though, this team is for real with the Pac 12 Freshman of the Year Lonzo (14.7 PPG, 7.6 APG), forward TJ Leaf (16.2 PPG, 8.2RPG), and coach’s son Bryce Alford (15.6 PPG). The road is difficult ahead, with Kentucky this week, and a potential date with UNC in the Elite Eight. But UCLA does already own a win over Kentucky this season.

#7: No. 2 Arizona
Plays: No. 11 Xavier
Betting Odds: +650

arizona-2017-march-madnessThe Wildcats are a chic pick to win it all, hence betting odds that don’t offer you much value. Led by forward Lauri Markkanen (15.8 ppg, 7.2 rpg) and Pac 12 tournament MVP Allonzo Trier (17.1 ppg), it’s not impossible to see them winning. But they have yet to face a real test, beating 15-seed North Dakota State (100-82) and 7-seed St. Mary’s (69-60) thus far. We like them to make the Final Four since they have the easiest path.

#6: No. 1 Gonzaga
Plays: No. 4 West Virginia
Betting Odds: +600

gonzaga-march-madnessIt seems that the Bulldogs get the overrated billing every year for two reasons: 1) they dominate weak West Coast Conference competition, and 2) they’ve never made it past the Elite Eight. Earlier this year, we covered why this is the Gonzaga team to fear the most because they play great defense. They’re also balanced, with West Coast Player of the Year Nigel Williams (16.7 PPG), forward Zach Collins (10.3 PPG, 1.7 BPG), and center Przemek Karnowski (12.4 PPG). With victories over 16-seed South Dakota State (66-46) and 8-seed Northwestern (79-73), they haven’t done much to prove the naysayers wrong. Gonzaga needs two more wins to make the Final Four and quiet the haters.

#5: No. 3 Baylor Bears
Plays: No. 7 South Carolina
Betting Odds: +1500

baylor-march-madnessThe Bears are our favorite value pick right now at +1500 odds. They feature forward Jonathan Motley (17.3 PPG, 9.9 RPG), guard Manu Lecomte (12.3 PPG), and all-defensive selection Ishmail Wainright (1.7 SPG). Ranked No. 1 to begin the year, Baylor fell off as the season got deeper. But they still have the potential and talent to make their first Final Four since 1950. With an overachieving South Carolina in front, we think Baylor can definitely get to the Elite Eight.

#4: No. 4 Florida
Plays: No. 8 Wisconsin
Betting Odds: +1000

florida-virginia-march-madnessThe thing to love about the Gators is that they play viscous defense, shutting down both 13-seed East Tennessee State (80-65) and 5-seed Virginia (65-39) up to this point. Florida also has a balanced scoring effort, with guards KeVaughn Allen (13.4 PPG), Canyon Barry (11.8 PPG), and Kasey Hill (9.7 PPG) leading the way. The Gators have more talent than Wisconsin, and they stand a good chance against the Baylor/South Carolina winner too.

#3: No. 2 Kentucky
Plays: No. 3 UCLA
Betting Odds: +950

kentucky-2017-march-madnessThe Wildcats have plenty of scoring power in SEC AP Player of the Year Malik Monk (20.0 PPG), SEC tournament MVP De’Aaron Fox (16.1 PPG), and foward Edrice “Bam” Adebayo (13.3 ppg, 8.1 rpg). But they’ve been held in check during victories over 15-seed Northern Kentucky (79-70) and 10-seed Wichita State (65-62). They have a chance for revenge against UCLA in the next round, then a possible date with UNC looms in the Elite Eight. Whatever happens, we love their +950 betting odds at this stage.

#2: No. 1 Kansas
Plays: No. 4 Purdue
Betting Odds: +500

kansas-2017-march-madnessKansas has no shortage of star power, with Big 12 Player of the Year Frank Mason III (20.8 PPG, 5.8 APG), Big 12 Freshman of the Year Josh Jackson (16.6 PPG, 7.1 RPG), and guard Devonte Graham (13.3 PPG). This talent came in handy with dominating victories over 16-seed UC Davis (100-62) and 9-seed Michigan State (90-70). A Kansas-UNC matchup is entirely possible in the Final Four. And this would be right up the Jayhawks’ alley because they’ve fared well against Roy Williams in the past.

#1: No. 1 UNC
Plays: No. 4 Butler
Betting Odds: +450

josh-jackson-kansasAfter losing in last year’s finals, the Tar Heels have had laser-like focus for most of the season. This showed in the first two rounds, as they knocked off 16-seed Texas Southern (103-64) and 8-seed Arkansas (72-65). They have carryovers from last year’s successful team, including ACC Player of the Year Justin Jackson (18.1 PPG), guard Joel Berry II (14.4 PPG), and forward Isaiah Hicks (12.4 PPG). The competition will be tough, with potential dates against Kentucky in the Elite Eight, and Kansas in the Final Four. But UNC has the talent and pedigree to get it done and bring another national championship to the school.

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