NCAA Tournament 2013: Updated Bracket and Odds for Sweet 16 Teams

Alex KayCorrespondent IMarch 28, 2013

Mar 16, 2013; New York, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange guard Michael Carter-Williams (1) controls the ball against the Louisville Cardinals during the second half of the championship game of the Big East tournament at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Sweet 16 of the 2013 NCAA tournament is set to tip-off shortly and should provide two thrilling days of March Madness action—complete with upsets, buzzer-beaters and all the other unpredictable scenarios that arise during the Big Dance.

One way to make these matchups even more exciting is to place a wager on the contests, which ups the ante and turns each minute of every game into an edge-of-your-seat moment.

If you’re not sure which way to lean on certain contests, want to know a bad bet to avoid or an underdog that could pay dividends—we’re here to help.

Keep reading to check out an updated Sweet 16 bracket, find out where to watch each game, see what the latest odds are, peep our picks for certain contests and more.



An updated printable bracket is available here, while a live bracket is available to follow along with here.


Schedule and Odds

*All times ET, Odds via VegasInsider.



Start Time



(3) Marquette vs. (2) Miami (FL)

Thursday, Mar. 28

7:15 p.m.


Miami -5

(6) Arizona vs. (2) Ohio State

Thursday, Mar. 28

7:47 p.m.


Ohio State -3.5

(4) Syracuse vs. (1) Indiana

Thursday, Mar. 28 

9:45 p.m.


Indiana -5.5

(13) La Salle vs. (9) Wichita State

Thursday, Mar. 28 

10:17 p.m.


Wichita St. -4

(12) Oregon vs. (1) Louisville

Friday, Mar. 29

7:15 p.m.


Louisville -10

(4) Michigan vs. (1) Kansas

Friday, Mar. 29 

7:37 p.m.


Kansas   -2

(3) Michigan State vs. (2) Duke

Friday, Mar. 29 

9:45 p.m.


Duke -2

(15) Florida Gulf Coast vs. (3) Florida

Friday, Mar. 29 

10:07 p.m.


Florida -13



Best Bet: Louisville -10 over Oregon

The Cardinals are the No. 1 overall seed in this tournament, making them a heavy favorite over the No. 12 seeded Ducks.

While Oregon has been playing extremely well in this event, it just doesn’t have the firepower to get past an opponent with such strong scoring, athleticism and talent at every position on the floor.

UL’s Russ Smith is one of the most dynamic scorers in the nation and has averaged 18.4 points per game, while Peyton Siva is an elite PG that keeps this offense humming with his 5.9 assists per contest.

Factor in a legit big man that can protect the rim and dominate the paint in Gorgui Dieng and you have all the key personnel pieces to obliterate a subpar Ducks defense.

Rick Pitino’s squad has gone 20-7 against the spread in its last 27 neutral court site games, often as large favorites. We expect another cover as the Cardinals roll to a big win and easily dance into the Elite Eight.


Bad Bet: Indiana -5.5 over Syracuse

It’s tough to get behind the Hoosiers in this event, even if they possess two of the best players in Cody Zeller and Victor Oladipo.

Indiana greatly struggled in the third round against a one-man Temple team led by Khalif Wyatt, who dropped 31 points on 12-of-24 shooting—mostly against the vaunted defense of Oladipo.

Had the other Owls stepped up and knocked down some shots, especially from beyond the arc, we’d likely be talking about the Orange matching up with Temple in the Sweet 16.

Because of this, we think the Orange will not only cover on Thursday but have a great shot at outright winning.

They possess a variety of talented scorers, including C.J. Fair, Brandon Triche and James Southerland, while star point guard Michael Carter-Williams is one of the best facilitators at this level and finds a way to set these teammates up for easy buckets.

If Syracuse’s shots are falling, we believe it will find itself in the Elite Eight.


Long Shot: Florida Gulf Coast +13/+700 ML over Florida

The FGCU Eagles have been on a magical run, becoming the first 15 seed to advance into the Sweet 16 after knocking out No. 2 Georgetown and No. 7 San Diego State in back-to-back contests.

Now they’ll get a crack against No. 3 Florida to further imprint their name in the history books and beat a dominant powerhouse from the Sunshine State.

It’s certainly not going to be easy, but “Dunk City’s” run-and-gun, highlight reel style of play has captured the hearts and minds of college basketball fans everywhere.

UF has the athleticism to keep up with the Eagles pace, but we wouldn’t be surprised if the Gators are caught off guard by just how talented and creative this underdog program can be.

We wouldn’t recommend making a huge bet on the moneyline here, but the odds seem right and we aren’t about to bet against Cinderella.


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