March Madness betting is certainly heating up.
After the first two action-packed rounds this past weekend, the field is down to just 16 teams remaining.
Your bracket may already be busted, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get in on all the Sweet 16 action.
In fact, you can still bet on all the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight games at NJ sportsbooks this upcoming weekend. The Sweet 16 games will tip off this week, March 28 and March 29.
Sweet 16 game odds at NJ sportsbooks
|Team||BS (S)||BS (M)||BS (T)||DK (S)||DK (M)||DK (T)||FD (S)||FD (M)||FD (T)|
|#1 Gonzaga Vs.||-7.5||-333||147||-8||-345||146||-6.5||-340||147.5|
|#4 Florida State||+7.5||+260||147||+8||+275||146||+6.5||+300||147.5|
|#2 Tennessee Vs.||-1.0||-120||146.5||-1||-114||145.5||-1||-120||146.5|
|#2 Michigan Vs.||-2||-133||126||-2.5||-136||125.5||-2||-135||126.5|
|#3 Texas Tech||+2||+115||126||+2.5||+114||125.5||+2||+100||126.5|
|#1 Virginia Vs.||-8.5||-400||119||-8||-375||118||-7.5||-420||144.5|
|#2 Michigan State Vs.||-6.0||-275||149||-6||-278||149||-6.5||-270||152|
|#1 North Carolina Vs.||-4.5||-212||163||-5||-220||163||-5||-220||160.5|
|#1 Duke Vs.||-7||-333||144.5||-8||-360||145||-7.5||-340||144.5|
|#4 Virginia Tech||+7||+260||144.5||+8||+290||145||+7.5||+300||144.5|
|#2 Kentucky Vs.||-2.5||-150||135||-3||-157||134.5||-2.5||-150||135.5|
Note: BS= BetStars NJ; DK= DraftKings Sportsbook; FD= FanDuel Sportsbook; S= Spread; M= Moneyline; T= Total
Of course, you can always put together two or more of these bets as a part of a parlay for a chance at increasing your winnings.
Plus, NJ online sportsbooks still have futures markets open allowing you to bet on who will get through each region and who will win it all.
No surprises but one Cinderella story
The first two rounds of the tournament went pretty much according to the seeding. In fact, all but two of the teams that made it to the Sweet 16 are No. 1 through No. 4 seeds.
Courtesy of a win over the Midwest Region’s No. 4 seed Kansas, Auburn advanced as a No. 5 seed.
Plus, Oregon established itself as the only true Cinderella story so far.
The Ducks beat the South Region’s No. 5 seed Wisconsin in Round 1. Then, after No. 13 UC Irvine tried on the glass slipper by beating No. 4 Kansas State in Round 1, Oregon took it from them, beating the Anteaters by 19 to advance.
As a No. 12 seed, this PAC-12 Tournament-winning Oregon team is the only one in the Sweet 16 higher than a No. 5 seed.
March Madness Sweet 16’s best bets
If you believe this Cinderella story will include the fairy-tale ending, you can get +11000 on Oregon to win the title at FanDuel Sportsbook, or +10000 at BetStars NJ.
Of course, Duke is still the favorite to win the NCAA Tournament, despite barely scraping by Central Florida in the second round.
You can get Duke at +240 to win it all on BetStars NJ and +220 on FanDuel Sportsbook.
Looking at the individual game lines posted above, there is one total that sticks out. North Carolina and Auburn were part of posting totals of 161, 140, 155, and 164 in each team’s first and second round games.
As a result, the top NJ online and mobile sportsbooks have the total line for this Sweet 16 matchup posted at anywhere from 160.5 to 163. It’s the highest total of all eight Sweet 16 games. It’s an invite for anyone thinking to bet the under on the chance North Carolina and Auburn are going to step up the defense going forward.
Although, if both teams’ hot shooting continues, the over may be the sharp play.
Momentum is real in the NCAA Tournament.
For sharp sports bettors, the seeding means less in the Sweet 16 than any other time. The teams that win aren’t always the higher seeds. They are the teams that are playing the best. The ones with momentum on their side.
Oregon certainly fits the mold here. The Ducks won eight straight heading into the tournament, including four games in four days to win the PAC-12 Tournament.
Now Oregon faces a No. 1 seeded Virginia team that has already proven it can be upset. Remember, Virginia became the first No. 1 seed in history to lose to a No. 16 seed in the first round of the NCAA Tournament last year.
Plus, Virginia was the No. 2 seed in the ACC Tournament this season but lost to No. 13 Florida State in the tournament semifinals.
The 7.5 to 8.5 point spreads posted at the top NJ sportsbooks for this game look like a real opportunity. Plus, if you can get anywhere from +295 to +320 on the Oregon moneyline that might not be a bad play either.
In the meantime, that plucky Florida State team that beat Virginia in the ACC Tournament ultimately lost to Duke in the final and came into March Madness as a No. 4 seed.
Now, the Seminoles face a top-seeded Gonzaga squad that also happened to be upset in its conference tournament.
You can get anywhere from 6.5 to 8 points at the top NJ sportsbooks betting on Florida State, which might be a tad high. Plus, there appears to be some value in the Florida State moneyline at anywhere from +260 to +300.
Take a good look at the Sweet 16 lines and you might find some other great March Madness spots to get your money down good. Put a little something on the line and there’s a good chance you’ll enjoy the rest of the NCAA tournament more than ever before.