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
is a prohibitive favorite to make the Final 4 at 2/3.
A modest surprise to sports betting expert Cy McCormick of MasterLockLine.com
is how little respect second-seeded
has gotten. They are tied with the No. 3 seed
“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 OffshoreInsiders.com
somewhat disagrees saying
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,
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