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

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March Madness 2014 Bracket: Latest Picks and Odds Advice Before 1st-Round Day 2
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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
Team Odds
Florida 5/1
Michigan State 11/2
Arizona 8/1
Louisville 8/1
Kansas 10/1
Wichita State 15/1
Syracuse 18/1
Duke 18/1
Virginia 18/1
Wisconsin 20/1
Michigan 30/1
Creighton 35/1
Villanova 35/1
Iowa State 40/1
UCLA 45/1
North Carolina 50/1
Kentucky 50/1
Oklahoma State 60/1
San Diego State 65/1
Ohio State 65/1
Oklahoma 75/1
Baylor 75/1
UConn 80/1
VCU 90/1
Cincinnati 90/1
Pittsburgh 95/1
Oregon 100/1
Tennessee 115/1
New Mexico 115/1
UMass 125/1
Iowa 125/1
Memphis 125/1
Gonzaga 125/1
Texas 125/1
Saint Louis 125/1
Providence 225/1
Stanford 225/1
Kansas State 300/1
St Joseph's 350/1
Nebraska 450/1
Dayton 500/1
BYU 500/1
Colorado 500/1
Xavier 500/1
Arizona State 500/1
George Washington 500/1
N.C. State 900/1
Harvard 1000/1
North Dakota State 1000/1
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
Region Matchup Winner
South Albany vs. Florida Florida
South Pitt vs. Colorado Pitt
South Stephen F. Austin vs. VCU VCU
South Tulsa vs. UCLA UCLA
South Dayton vs. Ohio State Ohio State
South W. Michigan vs. Syracuse Syracuse
South Stanford vs. New Mexico New Mexico
South E. Kentucky vs. Kansas Kansas
West Weber State vs. Arizona Arizona
West Gonzaga vs. Oklahoma State Oklahoma State
West North Dakota State vs. Oklahoma Oklahoma
West New Mexico State vs. San Diego State San Diego State
West Nebraska vs. Baylor Baylor
West Louisiana-Lafayette vs. Creighton Creighton
West BYU vs. Oregon Oregon
West American vs. Wisconsin Winsonsin
East Coastal Carolina vs. Virginia Virginia
East George Washington vs. Memphis Memphis
East Harvard vs. Cincinnati Cincinnati
East Delaware vs. Michigan State Michigan State
East Providence vs. North Carolina Providence
East NC Central vs. Iowa State Iowa State
East St. Joe's vs. UConn St. Joe's
East UW-Milwaukee vs. Villanova Villanova
Midwest TBD vs. Wichita State Wichita State
Midwest Kansas State vs. Kentucky Kentucky
Midwest NC State vs. St. Louis St. Louis
Midwest Manhattan vs. Louisville Louisville
Midwest TBD vs. Massachusetts Massachusetts
Midwest Mercer vs. Duke Duke
Midwest Arizona State vs. Texas Arizona State
Midwest Wofford vs. Michigan Michigan

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