March Madness betting handicappers believe that the Ohio State Buckeyes are one of the few power teams in the Big Dance as they will be a popular choice with the March Madness betting line.
Ohio State is the number one seed of both the East Regional and the NCAA Tournament overall. The Buckeyes were the regular season and tournament champions of the Big Ten and will open play on Friday in Cleveland against the winner of Wednesday’s game between Texas San Antonio and Alabama State.
Ohio State finished the season 32-2 straight up and 16-15 against the spread.
The East region will feature other teams that may not match Ohio State’s record or reputation but could offer better board value in the end.
The Villanova Wildcats are just such a team. Villanova is a 9 seed in the East regional and will open on Friday against George Mason from Cleveland.
Villanova is just two years removed from a Final Four and was ranked in the top ten for most of this season before a horrific slump down the stretch in which they lost a great deal of confidence to finish 21-11 straight up and 11-17-1 against the spread. Villanova is still a highly talented team that could prove to be a dangerous March Madness bet board value as a “beaten favorite.”
Perhaps the most dangerous team in the East region besides Ohio State are the Kentucky Wildcats who will begin bet March Madness action as the 4 seed in the East. Kentucky will take on Ivy League champion Princeton on Thursday from Tampa.
Kentucky won the SEC Tournament championship against Florida and will enter the Big Dance with a record of 25-8 straight up and 13-14-1 against the spread. The Wildcats are loaded with NBA talent and that is what will keep coaches worried when going up against them.
The East regional also has dangerous #2 seed North Carolina and #3 seed Syracuse which makes Ohio State’s March Madness betting bid for the Final Four very much in peril. North Carolina was 26-7 straight up and 15-14-1 against the spread as runner up in the ACC while Syracuse was 26-7 straight up and 14-17 against the spread in the Big East.