2010 March Madness Odds to Win West Bracket

Last Updated: March 17th, 2010 by Adam Markowitz (Bankroll Sports Columnist)
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List of Current Odds to Win The West Bracket Can Be Found Below!

(2010 NCAA Tournament Printable Brackets; PDFGIF) If there’s a team like a George Mason that is going to come out of nowhere to go to the Final Four, the West Bracket is where is most likely to happen. Some of the best mid-major teams in America are all in this at-large heavy region, and they’re all gunning to be the next Cinderella team to come out of nowhere and become a legitimate threat for the National Championships.

It’s possible to think that the #1 team in this bracket, the Syracuse Orange, may have nothing but mid-majors to face en route to the Final Four. Their first serious test after #16 Vermont is going to be either #8 Gonzaga or #9 Florida State. The Seminoles are the only lower seed on the board to be favored over a higher seed in the first round. Still, everyone knows that HC Mark Few’s club is capable of dominant March Madness runs year in and year out, and the Orange have to be worried to tangle with them so early in the tournament.

The #5 Butler Bulldogs, #12 UTEP Miners, and #13 Murray State Racers are also big time mid-majors that feel like they can do a ton of damage this March. Both the Miners and Racers have to feel shafted for their seedings in the dance. Though UTEP only has itself to blame for not winning the Conference USA Tournament, Murray State did its job and won the Ohio Valley with a dominant record. Yet, as a #13 seed, the Racers face the daunting task of taking on the SEC’s #4 Vanderbilt Commodores in Round 1.

On the other half of the draw, two very underrated mid-majors lie waiting to strike. The #7 BYU Cougars were probably good enough to be on the #5 line this year, especially considering that New Mexico was blessed with a three seed on the other side of the tournament table. They’ve got a bad history in the tournament in recent years, but this should be the year that the Cougs get out of the first round of the dance, as they take on a Florida team that many question whether they belong in the field of 65 or not.

List of Current Odds to Win The West Bracket Can Be Found Below!

The other dangerous mid-major comes out of the Atlantic 10, the #6 Xavier Musketeers. The X-Men have a history of screwing up brackets, as they know what it’s like to get to the Elite 8. Neither the #3 Pittsburgh Panthers nor the #2 Kansas State Wildcats have to be thrilled about the prospects of a second round match with a hungry Cinderella story or a Sweet 16 duel with the other one.

Still, the Orange are the team to beat out West, especially if the injury to F Arinze Onuaku isn’t a serious one. HC Jim Boeheim has a dangerous team that is deep enough to take out any team in America. The road to Indianapolis, as they say, will be a long and winding one, though.

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Current March Madness Odds to win the West Bracket @ BetUS (as of 3/17/10):
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Syracuse +160
Kansas State +300
Pittsburgh +800
Butler +1000
BYU +1000
Xavier +1200
Vanderbilt +1400
Florida State +1600
Gonzaga +1800
Minnesota +2000
UTEP +4000
Florida +4000
Murray State +6000
Oakland +15000
North Texas +30000
Vermont +30000

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