There are just 16 teams left in the NCAA Tournament, and that number will be shrunk to just eight teams by the end of Friday night. Betting on the NCAA Tournament is always a good decision, and that is true in the Sweet 16 as well.
With eight games set to be played, there are some great chances to win some money. Some games stand out more than others, and here are three of the best Sweet 16 NCAA Tournament bets to make.Jump to
Arizona Rolls Over Houston
The Arizona Wildcats are the number one seed in the South Region, and they are set to meet up with the Houston Cougars on Thursday night. Houston got into the Sweet 16 as a number five seed after blowing out Illinois in the Second Round.
Arizona is a slim 1.5-point betting favorite in this matchup, and something just doesn’t feel right about that spread. Houston has looked sharp through the first two rounds, but they don’t have the offense to keep up in this matchup.
The Cougars have been a terrific defensive team all season long, but defense alone isn’t going to win this game. Houston can’t score enough points to keep up, and Arizona rolls to a win and covers the slim 1.5-point spread.
Bruins Beat the Tar Heels
One of the most highly-anticipated game of the Sweet 16 round is a matchup between the UCLA Bruins and the North Carolina Tar Heels. The East Region is without the top two seeds, and that is going to create some drama in the Sweet 16.
UNC pulled off a stunning upset over Baylor in the Second Round, but the Tar Heels also blew a 25 point lead in the process. North Carolina can play well when shooting it well from deep, but that doesn’t always happen.
UCLA is a slim 2.5-point betting favorite in this game, and the Bruins have had plenty of recent success in the NCAA Tournament. The Bruins dealt with plenty of adversity during the year, but they are now healthy and playing well.
This game should be tight throughout, but the UCLA Bruins come away with a win and cover the slight spread.
Peacocks Battle Purdue
The biggest betting spread in the Sweet 16 is in the game that features the St. Peter’s Peacocks taking on the Purdue Boilermakers. St. Peter’s is in the Sweet 16 as a number 15 seed, and they have been putting on a show along the way.
Purdue is a 12.5-point favorite in this game, and the Boilermakers have been a popular title pick since the season began. The Boilermakers have been putting on a show in the NCAA Tournament, and St. Peter’s has very little chance of pulling off the upset.
Setting this spread at 12.5 is pretty disrespectful to St. Peter’s, even if they don’t have a real chance to win. Take those 12.5 points and look for the Peacocks to bow out respectfully.