2015 March Madness: Sweet 16 Betting Trends: UPDATE

The NCAA basketball tourney tips off their Sweet 16 Round this Thursday, March 26th 2015.  With 16 college basketball teams remaining, the Sweet 16 Round will feature 8 games televised this Thursday and Friday.  3 of our 4 original #1 seeds remain - Kentucky, Wisconsin, and Duke - while #1-seeded Villanova was upset by #8-seeded NC State.  We have also seen half of our #2 seeds get knocked off, as Arizona and Gonzaga are both safely headed to the Sweet 16.  Their #2-seeded counterparts, Kansas and Virginia, were upset over the weekend, after winning their March Madness opening round games.  Of the 16 remaining teams, 9 of them own a #4 or lower seed, with #11 UCLA the highest remaining seed.  Interestingly, most of the so-called "experts" on ESPN expressed that they felt UCLA should NOT have earned a tournament berth, however, the Bruins not only deserved a seed, but have already won two tourney games, upsetting #3 Iowa State, and then beating UAB by double digits.

There's plenty of betting action left in the 2015 college basketball tourney, so let's take a look at this week's Sweet 16 betting trends. 

#1 Kentucky vs. #5 West Virginia

  • Kentucky 10-2 SU & 9-2 ATS in Sweet 16
  • Kentucky 3-7 Over/Under L10 Sweet 16
  • Kentucky 5-0 SU & ATS L5 Sweet 16 appearances
  • Kentucky's last Sweet 16 appearance last year (2014) won 74-69 against Louisville
  • West Virginia 2-3 SU & 4-1 ATS in Sweet 16
  • West Virginia's last Sweet 16 appearance in 2010, where they won 69-56

#1 Seed vs. #5 Seed

  • #1 seed 16-4 SU & 9-9-2 ATS when meeting in NCAA March Madness
  • #1 seed 2-1 SU & 3-0 ATS L3 meetings in NCAA March Madness
  • 10-10 Over/Under

#1 Wisconsin vs. #4 North Carolina

  • Wisconsin 3-4 SU & 5-2 ATS in Sweet 16
  • Wisconsin 2-5 Over/Under in Sweet 16
  • Wisconsin's last Sweet 16 appearance last year (2014), beat Baylor 69-52, as 4-pt Favorites (1-0 SU & ATS)
  • Wisconsin 2-0 SU & ATS since 2012 in Sweet 16
  • North Carolina 9-0 SU & 6-3 ATS
  • North Carolina 2-6 Over/Under in Sweet 16
  • North Carolina 1-5 Over/Under last 6 Sweet 16 appearances
  • North Carolina's last Sweet 16 appearance 2012

#1 Seed vs. #4 Seed

  • #1 seed 14-6 SU & 10-10 ATS when meeting in NCAA March Madness
  • 7-13 Over/Under

#1 Duke vs. #4 Utah

  • Duke 6-7 SU & 4-7-2 ATS in Sweet 16
  • Duke 5-8 Over/Under in Sweet 16
  • Duke 2-4 SU & ATS last 6 Sweet 16 appearances
  • Duke 1-4 Over/Under last 5 Sweet 16
  • Duke's last Sweet 16 appearance in 2013, where they beat MSU 71-61 as 2-pt Favorites (1-0 SU & ATS)
  • Duke made Sweet 16 appearances in 2013, 2011, 2010, 2009
  • Utah 2-2 SU, 1-3 ATS in Sweet 16
  • Utah 0-2 Over/Under in Sweet 16
  • Utah has not been to Sweet 16 since 2005

#1 Seed vs. #4 Seed

  • #1 seed 14-6 SU & 10-10 ATS when meeting in NCAA March Madness
  • 7-13 Over/Under

#2 Arizona vs. #6 Xavier

  • Arizona 7-4 SU, 6-5 ATS in Sweet 16
  • Arizona 8-1 Over/Under in Sweet 16
  • Arizona's last appearance in Sweet 16 was last year (2014), won 70-64, as 7.5-pt Favorites
  • 1-0 SU, 0-1 ATS
  • Xavier 2-3 SU, 5-0 ATS in Sweet 16
  • Xavier 4-1 Over/Under in Sweet 16
  • Xavier's last Sweet 16 appearance was in 2012, where they lost 75-70, as 6.5-pt Dogs (0-1 SU & 1-0 ATS)

#2 Seed vs. #6 Seed

  • #2 seed 14-2 SU & 7-9 ATS when meeting in NCAA March Madness
  • #2 seed 2-5 ATS L7 meetings in NCAA March Madness
  • 7-7 Over/Under

#2 Gonzaga vs. #11 UCLA

  • Gonzaga 1-4 SU, 1-3-1 ATS in Sweet 16
  • Gonzaga 0-4 SU, 1-3 ATS L4 Sweet 16 appearances
  • Gonzaga hasn't been in Sweet 16 since 2009, where they lost 98-77 to North Carolina
  • UCLA 4-5 SU, 1-8 ATS in Sweet 16
  • UCLA 4-1 Over/Under L5 in Sweet 16

#2 Seed vs. #11 Seed

  • #2 seed 7-0 SU & 4-2-1 ATS when meeting in NCAA March Madness
  • 3-4 Over/Under

#3 Oklahoma vs. #7 Michigan State

  • Oklahoma 3-1 SU & 4-0 ATS in Sweet 16
  • Oklahoma 2-2 Over/Under L4 in Sweet 16
  • Oklahoma's last appearance in Sweet 16 was in 2009
  • Michigan St 8-4 SU & 6-6 ATS in Sweet 16
  • MSU 3-9 Over/Under in Sweet 16
  • MSU 0-3 ATS L3 in Sweet 16 - 2014, 2013, 2012
  • MSU 0-3 Over/Under L3 in Sweet 16 2014, 2013, 2012
  • MSU's last appearance in Sweet 16 was last year (2014), where they beat Virginia 61-59 as 3-pt Favorites (1-0 SU, 0-1 ATS)

#3 Seed vs. #7 Seed

  • Since 2012, #7 seed is 2-0 SU & ATS in NCAA March Madness

#3 Notre Dame vs. #7 Wichita State

  • Notre Dame only 1 Sweet 16 appearance - 2003
  • Notre Dame 2003 0-1 SU & ATS when they lost 88-71 to Arizona
  • Wichita State 1-1 SU & ATS during their only 2 appearances in Sweet 16
  • Wichita State 0-2 Over/Under in 2 Sweet 16 appearance
  • Wichita State's last Sweet 16 appearance was in 2013 (#9 seed), beat LaSalle 72-58

#3 Seed vs. #7 Seed

  • Since 2012, #7 seed is 2-0 SU & ATS in NCAA March Madness

#4 Louisville vs. #8 NC State

  • Louisville 6-2 SU & ATS in Sweet 16
  • Louisville 4-2 Over/Under L6 Sweet 16 appearances, 2-0 Over/Under L2 years (2014, 2013)
  • Louisville's last Sweet 16 appearance was last year (2014), where they lost 74-69 to Kentucky
  • NC State 0-2 SU & 1-1 ATS in only 2 Sweet 16 appearances
  • NC State 0-2 Over/Under in Sweet 16
  • NC State's last appearance was in 2012, where they lost 60-57, but covered as 9-pt Dogs

#4 Seed vs. #8 Seed

  • #4 seed 1-4 SU & ATS in L6 meetings in NCAA March Madness
  • 2-2 Over/Under