March Madness 2014 Bracket: Latest Picks and Odds Advice Before 1st-Round Day 2

Sean ODonnellContributor IIIMarch 19, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 16:  Gary Harris #14 of the Michigan State Spartans celebrates during the 69-55 win over the Michigan Wolverines  during the finals of the Big Ten Basketball Tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on March 16, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Upon the conclusion of Day 1 of the 2014 NCAA tournament's first round, the final field of 64 is just about set. Now that two more teams have entered Round 2 of March Madness, we saw shifts in tournament odds.

Getting off to a hot start on your tournament bracket is an essential component for March Madness success. Knowing the odds and making strategic predictions will give you the upper hand.

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Let's break down the latest odds and go over updated predictions for the entire second round of the NCAA tournament.


Updated Odds

Updated 2014 NCAA Tournament Odds
Michigan State 11/2
Louisville 8/1
Kansas 10/1
Wichita State 15/1
Duke 18/1
Creighton 35/1
Iowa State 40/1
UCLA 45/1
North Carolina 50/1
Kentucky 50/1
Oklahoma State 60/1
San Diego State65/1
Ohio State 65/1
Oklahoma 75/1
UConn 80/1
Tennessee 115/1
New Mexico 115/1
UMass 125/1
Memphis 125/1
Gonzaga 125/1
Texas 125/1
Saint Louis 125/1
Kansas State300/1
St Joseph's 350/1
Dayton 500/1
Arizona State 500/1
George Washington500/1
N.C. State900/1
Harvard 1000/1
North Dakota State1000/1
Field (Any Other Team)100/1
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All odds current as of 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, March 18.


Odds Advice

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Beware of the Midwest Region. This is already being widely heralded as the "Region of Doom." This is because there are more than a handful of teams that could find themselves in the Final Four.

No. 1 Wichita State is on a great run, No. 2 Michigan put together a very solid late-season stretch, No. 3 Duke can always do some damage, No. 4 Louisville is one of the hottest teams entering the tournament and teams like St. Louis and Kentucky can't be counted out.

No matter the odds, look to other regions to place your bets.

Florida may be the "safest" bet in the 2014 NCAA tournament. They enter March Madness after finishing the season with a perfect 18-0 conference record and sweeping the SEC tournament. It's been quite some time since Florida lost, and it may not lose in the near future due to the recent struggles of No. 2 Kansas and No. 3 Syracuse.

Michigan State could be an interesting bet this year. There's not a great deal of competition in the East Region, and the Spartans could get a huge head of steam on their way to the Final Four.

No. 2 Villanova has looked awful lately. No. 3 Iowa State has a great offense but can be contained by better defenses. No. 1 Virginia looks strong, but it has survived many close contests lately—it appears that the team's defense won't be able to keep them in games forever.


Round 2 Predictions

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Keep in mind that every year upsets will happen early in the NCAA tournament. 2014 will be no different, as there are some very intriguing matchups that could give the underdog the upper hand. Predicting these games correctly will allow your bracket to go a long way.

Let's take a look at updated projections for the entire second round of tournament action.

Complete Round 2 Predictions
SouthAlbany vs. FloridaFlorida
SouthPitt vs. ColoradoPitt
SouthStephen F. Austin vs. VCUVCU
SouthTulsa vs. UCLAUCLA
SouthDayton vs. Ohio StateOhio State
SouthW. Michigan vs. SyracuseSyracuse
SouthStanford vs. New MexicoNew Mexico
SouthE. Kentucky vs. KansasKansas
WestWeber State vs. ArizonaArizona
WestGonzaga vs. Oklahoma StateOklahoma State
WestNorth Dakota State vs. OklahomaOklahoma
WestNew Mexico State vs. San Diego StateSan Diego State
WestNebraska vs. BaylorBaylor
WestLouisiana-Lafayette vs. CreightonCreighton
WestBYU vs. OregonOregon
WestAmerican vs. WisconsinWinsonsin
EastCoastal Carolina vs. VirginiaVirginia
EastGeorge Washington vs. MemphisMemphis
EastHarvard vs. CincinnatiCincinnati
EastDelaware vs. Michigan StateMichigan State
EastProvidence vs. North CarolinaProvidence
EastNC Central vs. Iowa StateIowa State
EastSt. Joe's vs. UConnSt. Joe's
EastUW-Milwaukee vs. VillanovaVillanova
MidwestTBD vs. Wichita StateWichita State
MidwestKansas State vs. KentuckyKentucky
MidwestNC State vs. St. LouisSt. Louis
MidwestManhattan vs. LouisvilleLouisville
MidwestTBD vs. MassachusettsMassachusetts
MidwestMercer vs. DukeDuke
MidwestArizona State vs. TexasArizona State
MidwestWofford vs. MichiganMichigan
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