The 68-team NCAA Tournament field has been cut down to just 16 teams after the opening two rounds of college basketball action. With many of the country’s top teams still alive, most people are still safe in their March Madness bracket pools. From an NJ sports betting perspective, those who made March Madness futures betting predictions are still waiting to see if their wagers will bear fruit.
Plenty of NJ sportsbooks, including the BetStars app, saw tons of online sports betting action during the opening days of the tournament. That trend will likely only continue through the coming weekend as 2019 March Madness kicks back into gear with the Sweet 16 on Thursday before the Elite Eight begins on Saturday.
Here on BonusSeeker, we are using data and odds directly from BetStars Sportsbook to make NCAAB predictions ahead of the Sweet 16 break down sports betting statistics from the first two rounds of the 2019 NCAA Tournament. First, let’s look at the upcoming games broken down by region.
NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 Schedule
Below is the entire upcoming 2019 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 schedule, including dates and times. The South and West regions will play Thursday, while the East and Midwest will wait until Friday in order to decide who advanced to the 2019 Elite Eight.
- No. 1 Duke vs. No. 4 Virginia Tech - Friday, March 29 at 9:39 pm
- No. 2 Michigan State vs. No. 3 LSU - Friday March 29 at 7:09 pm
- No. 1 Gonzaga vs. No. 4 Florida State - Thursday, March 28 at 7:09 pm
- No. 2. Michigan vs. No. 3 Texas Tech - Thursday, March 28 at 9:39 pm
- No. 1 North Carolina vs. No. 5 Auburn - Friday, March at 7:29 pm
- No. 2 Kentucky vs. No. 3 Houston - Friday, March 29 at 9:57 pm
- No. 1 Virginia vs. No. 12 Oregon - Thursday, March 28 at 9:57 pm
- No. 2 Tennessee vs. No. 3 Purdue - Thursday, March 28 at 7:29 pm
March Madness Results: Who’s In & Out After First Two Rounds Of NCAA Tournament
NCAA Upsets Disappear After Littering The First Round Of The NCAA Tournament
According to seeding, there was actually a considerable amount of March Madness upsets in the first round of the 2019 NCAA Tournament. Lower seeds won 12 of 22 games in the first round, with the largest upset this year being No. 13 UC Irvine over No. 4 Kansas State, a game we successfully selected in our official BonusSeeker 2019 NCAA Tournament bracket.
It was a clean sweep on the No. 9 line as Washington, UCF, Baylor and Oklahoma all picked up wins over No. 8 seeds. Three No. 12 seeds prevailed in Oregon, Murray State and Liberty, all three of which brought home excellent returns for NJ online sports betting players who took a shot on the underdog. Three No. 10 seeds also paid out on the moneyline with wins by Iowa, Minnesota and Florida. Ohio State was the only No. 11 seed to pull off a victory in this year’s first round.
In their second game, however, just one of these 12 teams advanced as No. 12 Oregon found its way to the Sweet 16 as the only representative of any team that recorded an NCAA Tournament upset in the first round.
Top Three Seed Lines Advance To 2019 Sweet 16
Although there were plenty of upsets according to seed, it didn’t have much of an overall effect on the Sweet 16 or the most popular NJ online sports betting picks to reach the Final Four. If bettors went mostly with the chalk, or the favorites, they live to see another weekend of March Madness and continue the hunt for the national championship.
No seed higher than a four lost in the first two rounds, meaning 12 of the remaining 16 teams are among the top three seeds. The East and West regions both have matchups of No. 1 vs. No. 4 and No. 2 vs. No. 3 in the Sweet 16, with the Midwest slightly distinguishing itself with No. 5 Auburn making the field.
NJ sports betting players who put their faith in No. 12 Oregon winning two games were rewarded both times, as they become the lowest remaining seed by a longshot heading into the next round. The Ducks and Auburn both face No. 1 teams as teams not rated on the top three seed lines face extinction in the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16.
NCAA Tournament Odds & Picks To Win Championship Before Sweet 16
Despite no seed higher than a No. 4 being eliminated at this point, there has been some movement on certain teams’ futures odds after the first two rounds of the 2019 NCAA Tournament. Here are the BetStars Sportsbook odds for each Sweet 16 team to win March Madness. Bet On The Sweet 16 At BetStars Sportsbook!
East Region Betting Odds
- No. 1 Duke (+240)
- No. 2 Michigan State (+900)
- No. 3 LSU (+5500)
- No. 4 Virginia Tech (+3300)
West Region Betting Odds
- No. 1 Gonzaga (+500)
- No. 2 Michigan (+1300)
- No. 3 Texas Tech (+2200)
- No. 4 Florida State (+2500)
Midwest Region Betting Odds
- No. 1 North Carolina (+700)
- No. 2 Kentucky (+1200)
- No. 3 Houston (+2800)
- No. 5 Auburn (+2800)
South Region Betting Odds
- No. 1 Virginia (+450)
- No. 2 Tennessee (+1500)
- No. 3 Purdue (+1800)
- No. 12 Oregon (+10000)
2019 NCAA Tournament Picks Suggestions
Now that the field has been shaved down to 16 teams, NJ online sports betting players have another opportunity to make futures bets on which teams will win each region as well as the entire 2019 NCAA Tournament. Below are some suggestions for your sports betting predictions with just 15 total games left in the college basketball season.
- North Carolina To Win Midwest Region (+125 on BetStars Sportsbook)
The Tar Heels are a favorite against Auburn and if they win, will be a slight favorite against Kentucky as well. Still getting plus-money with the best team in the Midwest Region feels like a safe bet and one worth making. North Carolina has an incredible chance to make it through the next two games and reach the Final Four in Minneapolis.
- Duke To Win 2019 NCAA Tournament (+240 on BetStars Sportsbook)
You can’t help but feel like UCF’s one-point loss to Duke is possibly the closest anyone will get to knocking off the Blue Devils. After being so vulnerable and managing to escape, there’s a chance Duke just rolls to the Final Four from here. The odds haven’t dropped drastically, so +240 for the team that’s still the best in the field isn’t a horrible price for NJ online sports betting players to pay.
- Tennessee To Win 2019 NCAA Tournament (+1500 on BetStars NJ)
Virginia making it through the first weekend has caused oddsmakers and bettes to restore some faith in the Cavaliers. Sure, Tennessee didn’t make it pretty in either game, but the Volunteers pose the biggest threat to Virginia if they get through Purdue. The Boilermakers have looked good, but Tennessee’s odds have value as they’ve barely dropped from the beginning of the tournament.
- Florida State To Win West Region (+650 on BetStars NJ)
This isn’t very likely to happen, but it’s more likely than many other occurrences in the 2019 NCAA Tournament. Florida State just beat Gonzaga in the Sweet 16 last season and has basically the same team. The Zags are an improved group and could be ripe for a Final Four run, but there’s value on the Seminoles at +650 to win the region. A repeat performance of last season means only a matchup with Michigan or Texas Tech keeps Florida State from reaching Minneapolis. It could be worth a longshot NJ online sports betting pick.
NJ Online Sports Betting Results For Early Rounds On BetStars Sportsbook
Although many March Madness bracket pools have been spared any major upsets to this point, not all NJ online sports betting players had an easy time of it. There was plenty of balance between wins and losses on the sports betting front, and BonusSeeker will detail some of those results with help from official BetStars Sportsbook data.
Notable Round 1 Sports Betting Losses
- 88.35 percent of NJ sports betting handle on Louisville ML (lost to Minnesota)
- 87.72 percent of New Jersey sports betting handle on Belmont ML (lost to Maryland)
- 87.57 percent of NJ sports betting handle on Ole Miss ML (lost to Oklahoma)
- 79.68 percent of New Jersey sports betting handle on Yale ML (lost to LSU)
Notable Round 1 Sports Betting Wins
- 91.04 percent of NJ sports betting handle on Villanova ML (defeated St. Mary’s)
- 82.18 percent of New Jersey sports betting handle on UC Irvine (defeated Kansas State)
- 79.22 percent of NJ sports betting handle on UCF ML (defeated VCU)
- 65.38 percent of New Jersey sports betting picks went on Murray St. ML (defeated Marquette)
Notable Round 2 Sports Betting Losses
- 84.62 percent of bets, 83.13 percent of money put on Murray State ML (lost to FSU)
- 83.02 percent of NJ sports betting handle on UC Irvine (lost to Oregon)
- 79.17 percent of bets, 76.81 percent of money on Villanova ML (lost to Purdue)
- 64.92 percent of NJ sports betting handle put on Oklahoma (loss to Virginia)
Notable Round 2 Sports Betting Wins
- 89.14 percent of New Jersey sports betting picks went on LSU ML (defeated Maryland)
- 78.01 percent of NJ sports betting handle on Kentucky ML (defeated Wofford)
- 67.52 percent of sports betting picks went on Auburn ATS (win & cover vs. Kansas)
- 63.96 percent of NJ sports betting handle on Texas Tech (defeated Buffalo)