NCAA West Regional Could Bring Betting Value to US Players

North Carolina Tar Heels vs. Duke Blue Devils Odds and Predictions
  • by Andrew Scofield
  • March 13th, 2018
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When it comes to March Madness programs such as North Carolina get plenty of public attention. For sure there is an “Amateur Hour” element to betting on the Big Dance. Tons of casual fans will seek sportsbook for US Players wagering action despite not following the regular season. This is where the sharper college basketball gamblers can often clean up. NCAA Tournament fans will be focused on West Regional teams such as North Carolina. Sharps will instead have their sights set on teams such as Xavier. To the surprise of many the Musketeers are the top seed in the West.

2018 NCAA Tournament West Regional

Dates: March 15 through April 2, 2018

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2018 Regional TV Coverage: Check Listings

West Regional action opens on Thursday from Boise, Idaho with #5 Ohio State vs. #12 South Dakota State. Boise also hosts #4 Gonzaga against #13 North Carolina Greensboro. On that same day Wichita, Kansas will host a West Regional doubleheader. #6 Houston will face #11 San Diego State. Additionally, #3 Michigan is to take on #14 Montana. Michigan figures to be a popular sportsbook for US Players pick as Big Ten champs.

Charlotte. North Carolina gets a Friday twin-bill. #7 Texas A&M vs. Providence opens the day. #2 North Carolina vs. Lipscomb is the second game. Also, on Friday is a doubleheader from Nashville, Tennessee. #7 Nevada against #10 Texas is the opener. Following that its top seed Xavier against the winner of a First Four matchup. The West winners will move on to play on Saturday and Sunday.

Xavier is top seed of the West for good reason. First, the Musketeers were regular season champs of the Big East. Especially relevant was that they were highly profitable. Few teams in the nation could top Xavier’s 21-12 mark vs. the line at GTBets sportsbook this season. Keep in mind that Xavier beat out highly regarded Villanova to win the Big East.

Brand name cache certainly belongs to North Carolina. As defending national champions, they are an annual regular at the Big Dance. Most impressive was that UNC lost only 14 of 34 games vs. the line. Keep in mind that is despite their public status.   Head coach Roy Williams has an entertaining squad. Offensively the Tar Heels are among the best teams in the country. Gonzaga was runner up to North Carolina last year. Mark Few has transformed the Zags from a darling underdog into a national power. Under his leadership Gonzaga has made the Big Dance every year since 2000.

2018 West Regional Matchup to Watch

Michigan finished as strong as anyone in the West bracket. With the Big Ten Conference tournament title they bring plenty of credibility. Of concern to sportsbook for US Players gamblers is that the Wolverines have been idle for nearly two weeks. Ohio State was a surprise team this season. What was to be a rebuilding season turned into an invite to the Big Dance. However, San Diego State will be a formidable opponent for the Buckeyes. Matchup wise the Aztecs could be a best bet.

2018 West Regional Basketball Picks

Three seed Michigan caught fire down the stretch but remains questionable. Several teams have more raw material than the Wolverines. Four seed Gonzaga is a proven commodity. Impressively dominant down the stretch they rate the call in the West!

2018 West Regional Basketball Betting Pick: Gonzaga Bulldogs