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March Madness: Futures Tracker and Updated Region Odds

ACC(14 Titles) @ Pac-12(15 Titles)

  • Where: Various. Minneapolis, MN and Various
  • When: March 21, 2019 11:00 am EST
  • Moneyline: (As of 3/27) Duke (#1) +300 Virginia (#1) +400 Gonzaga (#1) +475 North Carolina (#1) +600 Michigan State (#2) +1200 Kentucky (#2) +1400 Purdue (#3) +1500 Tennessee (#2) +1500 Michigan (#2) +1800 Texas Tech (#3) +2000 Houston U (#3) +2200 Auburn (#5) +2800 Florida State (#4) +3500 Virginia Tech (#4) +4000 LSU (#3) +5000 Oregon (#12) +7000

Welcome to Mobile Sports Betting’s futures tracker and preview chart for the 2019 NCAA Tournament.

We’re planning to keep running tabs on the tourney on this page, complete with team and match-up analysis headed into the Round of 64, the Sweet Sixteen, and the Final Four in Minneapolis.

Duke is the almost-prohibitive favorite to win the national title as the #1 overall seed. The Blue Devils will be competing in the East Regional and face #16 seed North Dakota State on Friday.

Gonzaga has been competing with Coach K’s squad for most popular wager to win Division 1. But a surprise loss to St. Mary’s in the West Coast Conference postseason has helped the Zags’ line settle at 6-to-1 while Virginia’s stock has increased following a solid finish.

That’s despite UVA coming off a Round-of-64 exit from March Madness in 2018.

Scroll below as we check-in on the favorites in each Region while the tourney gets underway.

Update 3/27: We’re gearing up for Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight weekend, and the Cinderella bids at the tourney have all but been extinguished already. St. Mary’s is out, while Duke, Gonzaga, and UVA remain alive.

Scroll to the bottom of each section for the tourney’s latest updates, pairings, and results.

MSB’s March Madness Futures Tracker: East Region

Duke’s status is an odds-on favorite to cut down the nets on April 8th has not faltered despite a 6-game absence from superstar forward Zion Williamson.

Any doubts about Zion’s health were quickly silenced after a flawless 29-point and 14-rebound performance in his return against Syracuse.

The probable #1 overall NBA pick was an unbelievable 13-of-13 from the field. Williamson and Duke overcame a spirited North Carolina by a single point in the final to earn the pole position.

R.J. Barrett has also been impressive for Coach K all year, posting a season average of 22.9 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 4.1 assists.

#2 East seed Michigan State knocked-off Michigan for the 3rd time this season to nab the Big Ten postseason title. Tom Izzo’s team has been smoking hot down the stretch, and the Spartans’ odds of winning the national title have shrunk from +1400 to +1200 which vaults over Michigan and Tennessee on the Bovada board.

The Virginia Tech Hokies could be a tough out at #4 and enjoy (+4000) futures odds to win the Big Dance.

Update 3/27: Duke nearly lost in the Round of 32 in what turned into an emotional and hair-trigger contest with Central Florida. Aubrey Dawkins missed a put-back that would have eliminated the Blue Devils, but instead the #1 overall seed is advancing to play Virginia Tech. MSU faces LSU in the other Region semifinal.

MSB’s March Madness Futures Tracker: South Region

Another Region, another ACC #1 seed.

The Virginia Cavaliers (+600) had another fantastic regular season. UVA seemed ordained to have a chance at reaching a postseason grudge-match setting against Duke before being toppled in the ACC semi-finals by Florida State. The normally-fetid defense of the Cavs allowed the Noles to shoot 56.5 percent from the field and was trashed 35-20 on the glass.

UVA has been a #1 or #2 seed in 4 of the last 5 seasons and has yet to sniff the Final Four. But Tony Bennett may have fostered a 3-headed monster in the backcourt of Kyle Guy, De’Andre Hunter, and Ty Jerome, all averaging double-digits.

In the meantime, Tennessee’s lopsided loss to the Auburn Tigers in the SEC postseason title scrap killed the Vols’ hopes of earning a #1 Region seed. The Volunteers were at (+1100) but are now at (+1600) at Bovada after the uncomfortable 84-64 loss to the Tigers in Nashville. Volcanic junior Grant Williams will lead an undaunted squad into March Madness.

Make sure you don’t sleep on Purdue at (+3300). The Boilermakers are capable of taking over games against athletic teams. Carsen Edwards, who has averaged an incredible 23 points on the year, is a rare talent who can hold up the offense by himself.

Update 3/27: We were right on our Purdue call…so far. Edwards and company face a tough task against Tennessee in the next round. Meanwhile, Oregon could become the sweetheart of the Big Dance by knocking off #1 seed Virginia in the other South bracket tip-off this Thursday night.

MSB’s March Madness Futures Tracker: Midwest Region

Bet on North Carolina Tar Heels to win NCAAB Title

How about a trio of ACC #1 seeds?

Several weeks ago 1st-seeded Midwest Region bid North Carolina’s national-title futures were long. They’re getting pretty short now at just (+700) or 7-to-1 payoff.

It does help that UNC has split games with Duke. Roy Williams’ Tar Heels made moves to alleviate mid-season turnover problems and subsequently won 14 of the final 15 games, with the only loss coming to Virginia.

With senior guard Cameron Johnson giving opponents headaches, the Tar Heels boast one of the most lethal offensive attacks in D1. UNC may just get another crack at the Blue Devils before it’s all over.

The Kentucky Wildcats would have claimed a #1 seed had they not been unable to knock off the Tennessee Volunteers in 2 late-season match-ups.

The #2-seeded Wildcats (+1100) have a balanced assault with 4 double-digit scorers. Leading the way is a combination of sophomore forward P.J. Washington and freshman guard Tyler Herro. The return of forward Reid Travis in the SEC Tournament has given Wildcat fans a greater hope of making a return to the Final Four.

Kentucky starts the tournament with the shortest line of any #2 seed.

I’m captivated by #3 seed Houston (+3300). Kelvin Sampson’s squad has been the most notorious AAC program this season, racking up a stellar 30+ wins. The Cougars sailed to the American title but did come up short against the Cincinnati Bearcats in the league tournament.

Update 3/27: Houston is still alive, and will meet Kentucky in the Sweet Sixteen. Meanwhile, North Carolina tries to step-up against tougher competition after clobbering Iona and Washington.

MSB’s March Madness Futures Tracker: West Region

Note: Apologies for mislabeling this section last week – hopefully our more-astute fans recognized that Gonzaga is not from the heartland. Then again, neither is “Midwest” #1 seed North Carolina.

West #1 seed Gonzaga (+600) had 21-game winning streak snapped in the 60-47 defeat to the Gaels, which also earned St. Mary’s a trip to the Big Dance. The phenomenal-shooting Bulldogs were held to a meager 37.5 percent from the field and 2-of-17 from 3-point range.

Rui Hachimura, the team’s superstar forward, struggled against the Gaels and failed to get to double-digit points. The 6’8” junior has been dominant, with an average of 20.1 points and 6.6 rebounds during a breakout year.

The Michigan Wolverines’ inability to knock off arch nemesis Michigan State in 3 attempts all within the past month has driven the team’s national-title odds to 16-to-1. UM will strongly rely on tremendous ball protection and top-notch defense to try to make a sneaky run to the Final Four from the #2 spot.

The Wolverines enter the tourney with the lowest turnover average and the nation’s 3rd-best scoring defense. A budding Elite Eight match-up with #1 Gonzaga would foretell a classic offense vs defense showdown.

Florida State is looking like the best mid-winter futures pick, going from an 80-to-1 pick to another (+3300) line after beating Virginia and VT and losing a tough ACC postseason title tip-off against Duke.

The Seminoles show off a deep, athletic, and talented squad fronted by rising 6’10” sophomore forward star Mfiondu Kabengele. The school’s #4 seed promises a difficult potential Round-of-32 match-up against the underrated Murray State Racers.

Update 3/27: FSU not only survived Ja Morant and Murray State, but beat them by 31 points. Hot-scoring forward Terance Mann and the ‘Noles will meet Gonzaga while Michigan faces Texas Tech on Thursday.

March Madness 2019: MSB’s Pre-Tournament Futures Pick

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We’re liking the North Carolina Tar Heels at (+700).

UNC was underrated early in the season thanks to the team’s giveaway issues, and has played like a solid #1 seed since getting things cleaned up. The Tar Heels are more dynamic than Virginia, more physical than Gonzaga, and may prove to be more consistent than Duke when all is said and done.

Update 3/27: Stick with the Tar Heels at their current line of (+600).

 

Kurt BoyerThis article was written by Kurt Boyer

A freelance sportswriter from Missouri, Kurt has covered court, gridiron, rink and ring for 10+ years. He muses about High School football on social media as The Gridiron Geek.


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