South Region Favors Duke in March Madness Betting

December 1, 2010 NCAA Basketball

On the March Madness betting board, stats show that the Duke Blue Devils are the top seed in the South Region of the 2010 NCAA men’s basketball tournament.

The Blue Devils will be favored in March Madness odds on Friday against the winner of the play-in game between Arkansas Pine Bluff and Winthrop. Here is a look at the rest of the South Region.

March Madness betting will favor Duke and if they win their opening game as expected they would play the winner of the 8-9 game between California and Louisville.  That game is also on Friday. Both the Duke game and the Cal-Louisville games will be played in Jacksonville.  If Duke is to get upset early on it could be by Louisville who has Rick Pitino as their head coach.

The South Region actually begins play on Thursday from New Orleans as sixth-seeded Notre Dame plays 11th seeded Old Dominion.  The other game in New Orleans has third-seeded Baylor facing 14th seeded Sam Houston State.  Notre Dame is very well coached and they have Luke Harangody who can always impact a game.

Also on Thursday, March Madness betting fans will see #2 Villanova vs. #15 Robert Morris and seventh-seeded Richmond vs. 10th-ranked St. Mary’s.  Both of those games will be played in Providence.  Villanova has a lot of talent but they did not play as well down the stretch.

The other two games on Friday in March Madness odds have fourth-seeded Purdue vs. 13th-seeded Siena and fifth-seeded Texas A&M vs. 12th-seeded Utah State. Those games will be in Spokane.  Purdue is simply not the same team without Robbie Hummel and they may not even win their opening game.

The South Region could set up well for Duke.  It is without question the weakest of the four regions in the 2010 NCAA Tournament.  Duke is the top seed and Villanova is the second seed.  The ACC was not the strongest conference this season but Duke was still rewarded with a top seed. Villanova is also a questionable #2 seed.  The third seed in this region is Baylor while the fourth seed is Purdue who does not have Robbie Hummel. If you are looking for a sleeper in this region to go out and steal it, then you might want take a look at Texas A&M. They are seeded fifth and they could come out of this region.

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