2011 NCAA Tournament: East Regional Preview

October 14, 2011
National League East
by West Point Public Affairs

The Ohio State Buckeyes garnered the top seed in both the NCAA Tournament and in East regional odds. Despite having their athletic director, Gene Smith, as chair of the selection committee; it appears as if the AD did his own team no favors as the 2011 bracket predictions for the East includes such powerhouse teams as Syracuse, North Carolina and Kentucky. Ohio State will open college basketball betting action on Friday from nearby Cleveland as they will take on the winner of Wednesday’s First Four match-up between Alabama State and Texas San Antonio

Ohio State has opened in Vegas odds for the NCAA Tournament as a +450 choice to win the whole thing and +120 to win the East. The North Carolina Tar Heels are the number 2 seed in the East regional and will open up on Friday night in nearby Charlotte against Long Island University. North Carolina (+400) is coming off a loss in the ACC Championship Game to Duke and has opened as a +1800 choice in 2011 bracket predictions to win the NCAA Tournament and +400 to win the East. Syracuse is the number 3 seed in East regional odds and a respected power from the Big East Conference, arguably the best league in college basketball. The Orange will begin tournament play on Friday from Cleveland against Indiana State.

The Orange have opened in Vegas odds for the NCAA tournament as +400 favorites to win the East and +2000 longshots to win the Big Dance. The Kentucky Wildcats are the number 4 seed in East regional odds and could prove to be bargain value as they have a minimum of 3 NBA first round draft picks on their roster. Kentucky was the winner of the SEC Tournament over Florida and will open up their NCAA Tournament action on Thursday from Tampa against Princeton. The Wildcats opened as +1500 longshots in 2011 bracket predictions to win the national championship but are +350 favorites to win the East. While Ohio State is the top class in the basketball betting field, the Final Four is no lock for the Buckeyes with such a strong group. Be sure to play in the ,000,000 Madness of March bracket contest, make your predictions and win millions!

Vegas Odds – College Basketball Picks: Ohio State +450

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