We can see that the stats hold Syracuse as the top seed in the West Region of the 2010 men’s basketball tournament. The Orange are favored in March Madness odds as they open up play on Friday against #16 Vermont. Here is a look at the entire West region.
March Madness betting fans are confident as Syracuse are expected to win their opener and then facing the winner of the game between 8th seeded Gonzaga and 9th seeded Florida State. These two games will be on Friday in Buffalo, New York. Gonzaga has some experience so if they win against Florida State they might be able to give Syracuse a game in the second round.
The other two games on Friday have sixth-seeded Xavier vs. 11th-ranked Minnesota and third-seeded Pittsburgh vs. 14th-ranked Oakland. Those games will be in Milwaukee. If Xavier gets past Minnesota it would be a great matchup in the second round against Pittsburgh.
The games in the West Region begin on Thursday from San Jose as fifth-seeded Butler plays 12th-seeded UTEP. The winner of that game in March Madness odds the winner of the game between fourth-ranked Vanderbilt and 13th seeded Murray State. Any one of these four teams could reach the Sweet Sixteen.
The other two games on Thursday have 7th seeded BYU facing 10th seeded Florida and second-seeded Kansas State playing 15th seeded North Texas. Those games on Thursday will be played in Oklahoma City. Kansas State will be favored but BYU could reach the Sweet Sixteen.
This region sets up well for Syracuse if they decide to play well. There are not a lot of tough teams in this region. Kansas State is seeded second but they don’t have much experience. Pittsburgh is good but Syracuse is a better team.
A sleeper in this team is seventh-seeded BYU. They are one of the highest scoring teams in the country and they have a very good first round matchup against a Florida team that probably shouldn’t be in the tournament and then they get an inexperienced Kansas State team. Teams that can score and have impact players can be very dangerous in March Madness betting and BYU fits into that category.
Syracuse is the top seed out West and they are favored to win this region. The Orange may very well make the Final Four but this could be a year where #1 seeds have some trouble.