March Madness Odds 2008, Betting Lines For East Region of Big Dance

Do the oddsmakers agree with the 2008 NCAA Tournament
selection committee? In the Eastern
Regional, it will surprise nobody that the top overall seed in the 2008 Big
Dance North Carolina
is a prohibitive favorite to make the Final 4 at 2/3.

A modest surprise to sports betting expert Cy McCormick of
is how little respect second-seeded Tennessee
has gotten. They are tied with the No. 3 seed Louisville
at 7/2.

“Entering the major conference tournaments, most
authorities had the Vols
projected as a top seed. One upset loss in the SEC tournament has dropped their
value too much,” insists McCormick.

Stevie Vincent, Senior Handicapper at
somewhat disagrees saying Louisville
could screw up a few bracket pools. “If they were healthy all year, they would
likely be one of the top 5 teams in the country,” says Vincent, further
reminding that the Cardinals are, “as healthy as they’ve been all year.”

Despite the long travel, Washington

is still given a decent chance at 9/1. Fifth seeded Notre Dame is arguably the
consensus dark horse among the CBS and ESPN talking heads. The sportsbooks have their doubts, making
them 14/1 to win the region.

may be an interesting long shot at 25/1 as teams tend to isolate themselves
from distractions come tournament time. A “win one for” dispatched coach Kelvin
Sampson is a likely rallying cry for a team not lacking in talent.

The NCAA men’s basketball poster child for being a
Cinderella team is of course George Mason. They are 80/1 to wear the glass
slipper straight to the Final 4 a second time.

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