Sweet 16 Betting Odds West Regional Bracket

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There’s no doubt about it now. The wackiest bracket in this year’s NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament resides out West where Cinderella has decided to slip on both pairs of glass slippers. Whereas the first, second and third seeds in the Midwest, the first, third and fourth seeds in the South, and the Top 4 seeds in the East made it to the Sweet 16, the only seed in the Top 4 that made it to the Sweet 16 Odds in the West Bracket is 2 Ohio State and the Buckeyes needed a brilliant last second shot from Aaron Craft in order to beat 10 seed Iowa State this past Sunday.

Sweet 16 Betting Odds West Regional BracketJoining Ohio State in the Sweet 16 from the West Bracket will be 6 Arizona, 9 Wichita and 13 La Salle. Wichita in particular is a surprising entrant to this year’s Sweet 16 since they had to take down 1 Gonzaga in order to get the nod. La Salle barely hung on to beat 4 Kansas State after building a huge lead before beating 12 Ole Miss by 2, 76 to 74.

Keep reading for a Sweet 16 breakdown of the West Bracket!

West Regional Bracket

Sweet 16 Participants

9-Wichita State Shockers 28-8 – – The defense is brilliant and they’ve got a couple of sharpshooters, namely guard Ron Baker, on their squad making them a serious Final Four threat.

13-La Salle Explorers 24-9 – – Ramon Galloway has been carrying this team all season long. The team defense isn’t all that spectacular meaning that Galloway’s going to have to be even better, yes, better than the 24 he put onto Ole Miss, for the Explorers to punch their ticket to Atlanta.

6-Arizona Wildcats 27-7 – – My surprise team from the bracket, check my past article if you don’t believe me, has beat up on a couple of cupcakes so far in the Big Dance. The litmus test comes versus the Buckeyes on Thursday.

2-Ohio State Buckeyes 28-7 – – Craft has ice water in his veins. Seriously, the man is clutch. That DeShaun Thomas guy is pretty good as well, but do the Buckeyes have enough to contain Arizona’s super athletic players?

Biggest Surprise: Wichita State Shockers

A lot of college hoops fans no doubt are going to pick La Salle as the biggest surprise team in the West. After all, the Explorers are the 13 seed, but Wichita State had to beat 8 Pittsburgh, a terrific, tough team from the Big East, and 1 Gonzaga, the best team on the West Coast, in order to make it to the Sweet 16.

La Salle took out 4 Kansas State, an okay team, and 12 Ole Miss. Wichita State had the much tougher road to the Sweet 16 and for that they get the nod as the biggest surprise.

6 Arizona Wildcats vs. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes

When: March 28 at 7:15 pm ET

Betting Odds: Ohio State -3.5

Analysis: Expect the line to rise from Buckeyes -3.5 to Buckeyes -4 or even -4.5 in this Sweet 16 battle. Ohio State is the more glorified squad. After all, Thad Matta’s group won the Big Ten Tournament and held their own versus the likes of Indiana, Michigan and Michigan State. All three of those Big Ten rivals are in the Sweet 16 along with the Buckeyes.

But Ohio State is going to have major issues keeping up with an extremely athletic Arizona Wildcats squad. Bear Down did beat up on Belmont and Harvard, but they did it easily, throttling the Crimson 74 to 51 and destroying Belmont 81 to 64. Arizona has two fantastic guards in Nic Johnson and Mark Lyons. They have that special player in Solomon Hill and an underrated frontline led by freshman Kaleb Tarczewski. More importantly, Sean Miller led AZ to the Elite Eight in the 2010-2011 season. He knows how to get a team ready for the NCAA Tournament.

The Wildcats are simply too deep for Craft and Thomas to keep up with. Expect Arizona to not only beat the college basketball betting spread but to also win the game outright on March 28.

Moneyline Pick: Arizona Wildcats

ATS Pick: Arizona Wildcats +3.5

9 Wichita State Shockers vs. 13 La Salle Explorers

When: March 28 at 10:17 pm ET

Sweet 16 Betting Odds: Wichita State -4

Analysis: There was a moment in the Shockers 76 to 70 victory over Gonzaga where they had every right to pack it in and call it a day. The ‘Zags were up by 8 and Wichita was having trouble keeping Gonzaga from grabbing almost every single rebound, but, then Dylan Baker got hot and all of a sudden the Shockers were on top in the game again. Wichita State’s defense is one of the best that I’ve seen so far in this tournament. In fact, with the exception of Louisville, the Shockers might have the best defense of any team in this year’s Big Dance.

La Salle is riding the incredible talents of one Ramon Galloway. You can read more about Galloway below. There comes a time, though, think Wake Forest with Tim Duncan, where you need more than a great player to get you to the next round of the NCAA Tournament. As good as Galloway is, La Salle allows teams to shoot 45.6% from the field.

Wichita State should have a field day punishing the soft Explorers’ defense. The Shockers will move on and are a solid Online Sportsbook betting pick to cover the spread.

Moneyline Pick: Wichita State Shockers

ATS Pick: Wichita State Shockers -4

West Regional Championship

9 Wichita State Shockers vs. 6 Arizona Wildcats

When: March 30 – 31

Likely Betting Odds: Arizona -2.5

Wichita State should have no trouble against La Salle but it’s going to be tough for them to beat Arizona. The Wildcats match their athleticism and guards Mark Lyons and Nic Johnson are good enough to counter the Shockers’ guards. Plus, Arizona has size that Wichita State is going to have a hard time matching up with.
The Wildcats should beat the Shockers should the two meet up in the Elite Eight sending Bear Down to the Final Four for the first time since the 2000 – 2001 College Basketball Season.

West Regional Championship Pick: Arizona Wildcats

Future NBA Star

Ramon Galloway 6′ 3″, 180 lb, guard, La Salle – – Although you’re probably only going to see him play once this week, you had better pay attention to Ramon Galloway from La Salle. He averages over 17 points, close to 5 boards and close to 4 assists per game. What I love about Galloway is that he’s improved every year in College. Ramon played his first two seasons at South Carolina where he averaged 7.8 points and then 10.7 points. In his first season with La Salle he averaged 14.1 points. This season, Galloway’s averaging 17.4 points. He’s increased his per game assist average during his college career as well going from 1.2 to 1.7 to 3.5 and to 3.8 assists this season. Although it’s tough to predict super stardom for any College hoops player, Galloway has shown the ability to improve his game from year to year meaning that he’s definitely got a shot to be a special player at the next level.

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