The college basketball regular season and conference tournaments are all over with now, which means it’s time to look ahead to March Madness. We will have 4 play-in games over the next couple of days before we get to the tournament proper, so we still have some time to break things down as we all try to win some money and create the perfect bracket. As always, the tournament is split into 4 distinct regions, which means no less than 4 #1 seeds looking to make a deep run and win it all. We will cover as much ground as possible throughout the course of the tournament, but let’s get things rolling by taking a closer look at the West Region so you can continue with your March Madness Betting.
Top West Region Bracket Betting Predictions for the Upcoming Games
West Region Favorites
Once again, Gonzaga (-198) looks to be one of the teams to beat heading into March Madness. They have the #1 seed in the West Region and will be looking to make another deep run. This is a team that has been in the national Championship Game twice in the last 4 attempts, although they have come up short both times. They will open against Georgia State and look to have a manageable run through to the Elite 8, so definitely worth a look.
The Duke Blue Devils (+380) are the #2 seed in the West Region and will be looking to deliver something special for Coach K in his final season. They are sure to have a bit of a chip on their shoulder after losing to Virginia Tech in the ACC Conference Tournament, but they should be able to shrug it off and be ready to go again in this one. An easy win against CSU Fullerton will be first, after which things could get a good deal trickier.
Potential Dark Horses and Upset Specials
It’s hard to classify the #3 seed in the region as a dark horse, but when you consider the quality of the teams ahead of them in the West, Texas Tech (+550) needs to be given that tag. This is a team coming off a 25-win season and a trip to the Big 12 Conference Game, which they ended up losing. The Red Raiders do a lot of things really well and need to be considered a threat to make a deep run. They will have no problems with Montana State in Round 1 and should win again in Round 2. You never know what might happen once they get rolling.
Where does the potential lie for an upset in the opening round? I am looking at the Arkansas Razorbacks (+1200), who had some shaky moments in the regular season and who failed to reach the conference final in their tournament. They have a Round 1 date with the Vermont Catamounts, who come into the tournament on a high after winning the America East Conference. This is a team loaded with seniors that can shoot the lights out. Might be worth taking an upset shot with this game.
Who Wins the West Region?
A lot of college basketball fans will be cheering for Coach K and the Duke Blue Devils in the tournament, but emotions aside, you have to say that Gonzaga look like the most likely to come out of the West.