Alright admit it, your bracket, if not entirely busted has likely taken a significant hit. Perhaps Warren Buffett slept easy even when offering up a $1 billion perfect bracket prize. As it stands heading into the Sweet 16 of the 2014 NCAA Tournament, there are officially no perfect brackets left.
The Sweet 16 games begin Thursday night with four played, and then four more on Friday night. From there, the Elite 8 will be contested on the weekend where we will have the Final Four by the conclusion of Sunday.
So who will it be?
After 52 teams have been axed from the NCAA Tournament, oddsmakers have readjusted the betting lines to win the 2014 college basketball national championship. But at the top of the list of favorites, they aren’t much different than they were at the start. That’s because the Florida Gators, Louisville Cardinals, and Michigan State Spartans are still in the hunt. These three teams opened as favorites, and still remain in that role. Louisville and Michigan state are No.4 seeds, while Florida is the No.1 overall seed.
The Gators are going off at 10/3 at Bovada Sportsbook, which is just over a 3 to 1 payout. Florida will take on UCLA in the Sweet 16, which is the No.4 seed in the South Region. The Gators and Bruins tip off on Thursday night.
Louisville has a very interesting matchup with Kentucky, while Michigan State must face the No.1 seed in its region in Virginia.
There are three No.1 seeds (Florida, Virginia, and Arizona), and two No.2 seeds (Wisconsin and Michigan) left alive in the tournament. At the same token on the opposite end of the spectrum, there are three double-digit seeds (Tennessee, Stanford, and Dayton) as well.
One double-digit seed is guaranteed to reach the Elite 8 because Dayton and Stanford play each other in the round of 16. The Flyers are the 11 seed while the Cardinal are a 10 seed. Both have obviously been playing very well, but Stanford’s win over Kansas has been one of the most impressive of the tournament.
The only seed in the tournament that still has all four are the No.4 seeds. In addition to UCLA, Louisville, and Michigan State, the San Diego State Aztecs also remain alive and will face Arizona in the Sweet 16.
All of the No.1 seeds will face a significant challenge, and the teams that advance to the Elite 8 over the weekend will be battle tested.
Bovada Sportsbook has the revised odds to win it all + the betting lines to win each bracket still as well.
2014 NCAA Tourney Odds – Sweet 16
- Florida #1 10/3
- Louisville #4 5/1
- Michigan State #4 11/2
- Arizona #1 6/1
- Virginia #1 10/1
- Kentucky #8 14/1
- UCLA #4 14/1
- Michigan #2 16/1
- Wisconsin #2 16/1
- Baylor #6 20/1
- Iowa State #3 20/1
- Connecticut #7 28/1
- Tennessee #11 28/1
- San Diego State #4 33/1
- Stanford #10 50/1
- Dayton #11 75/1