There are some definite trends to consider as you look at the second round in March Madness betting.
March Madness odds match the top seeds against the winner of the 8-9 game. Keep in mind that the #16 seed has never made it to round two so we will assume they won’t this year either. The #1 seeds get to the Sweet Sixteen almost 9 times out of 10. Every so often you will see an upset but not very often. They could be due this year though since the last time a top seed lost in the second round was in 2004.
The #2 seeds are normally going to be alive in the second round since they usually win against the #15 seeds. That will have them playing the winner of the 7-10 game. You would think the #2 seeds would win most of the time and make the Sweet Sixteen. Well, it hasn’t worked out as well as you think. Usually at least one and perhaps two of the #2 seeds will fall in this round. Last year was an aberration as all four #2 seeds made it to the Sweet Sixteen. It is extremely unlikely that will happen in two straight years. The #10 seeds are the teams to watch in March Madness odds in this round.
Another part of the bracket in round two will have the winners of the 4-13 and 5-12 games meeting in March Madness odds. Of all of the second round matchups this is the toughest one to predict. Anything is possible in these games and the March Madness betting trends don’t give you much of an edge.
The #3 seeds are interesting in this round if they survived the matchup in the first round against the #14 seeds. You have them facing the winner of the 6-11 first round game. The team to take in this round might surprise you. It is the #6 seed. They do very well in this round. Even the #11 seeds do well against the #3 seeds in this round. Again, last year was an aberration as three number three seeds made the Sweet Sixteen. That usually does not happen. Every once in a while you will get an 11 vs. 14 matchup in this round and when that happens the #11 seeds have won every time in March Madness odds.