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March Madness Predictions: Regional Bracket Odds For 2011 NCAA Tournament

Feeling great about the NCAA bracket you just filled out? Wanna see what the oddsmakers have to say about your March Madness picks, and which ones the betting public think might go ‘bust’ on you?

“Being right about which teams make their way to the Final Four isn’t only good for brackets, but can also be good for your bankroll with futures odds,” said Mark Presley of OddsShark.com. “The best odds you will get on your favorite team are usually now before the madness begins.”

Regional odds have grown in popularity in recent years and savvy handicappers who peg upsets can make a tidy profit on this form of wagering. All the stats, trends, matchup reports and tips for every game can be fleshed out in detail at SB Nation’s odds partner Odds Shark.

Southwest Regional Bracket

Arguably the most interesting quarter of the bracket, the Southwest has three very dangerous favorites in Kansas (+130 to win the Southwest), Notre Dame (+350), and Purdue (+450). All three play different styles, which should make for some very interesting matchups if and when these teams cross paths.

Louisville (+600) could also do some damage, but it’s Richmond, champions of the Atlantic 10, that have some bracket pickers nervous. At 27-7, they have upset potential in the 12 spot which should make Vandy bettors nervous. [ Full Southwest Odds ]

Southeast Regional Bracket

Despite losing their first game in the Big East Tournament, Pittsburgh (+150) still earned a 1-seed, and landed in a pretty favorable bracket. Florida (+350) appears to be their biggest threat, and Pittsburgh wouldn’t have to face them until the Elite Eight.

Many think the Gators are phony at No. 2 and that Jimmer Fredette’s BYU Cougars and Wisconsin (+800) are Southeast Region contenders. Looking for an upset? Utah State finished 11th in the Odds Shark College Hoops Power Rankings this year and they are a very dangerous No. 12 seed against Kansas State. [Full Southeast Odds]

East Regional Bracket

The 1-seed and the consensus pick to win it all among “experts” in the media, Ohio State (+100) is clearly the team to beat in the East. On their path to the Final Four, they will likely meet some resistance in the later stages against North Carolina, Syracuse, or Kentucky (all +400).

With beastly Jared Sullinger leading the Buckeyes, they rolled to a 32-2 mark, losing only to Purdue and Wisconsin on the road all season. But does that spell bracket trouble?

Washington is considered a hazard at No. 7 and are just 14/1 odds, an indication that both oddsmakers and the betting public see potential for the Huskies. [Full East Odds]

West Regional Bracket
   
The Duke Blue Devils (+135) will look to defend their national title by navigating through the West Regional Bracket. San Diego State (+350) went 32-2 this season, and wants to prove they are legit with a deep run in the Tournament, despite having never won a game in four trips here since 1985.

Texas and Connecticut (both +500) could also both be very dangerous, as they have proven in some big wins this season. But both are viewed as fragile picks to advance past the Round of 16 and some have predicted tiny Oakland from Lansing Michigan will upset the Longhorns as a No. 13 seed.

Bucknell and Hampton both own huge Madness upsets on their school resumes, but both are in very tough here in the West. [Full West Odds]

Don’t forget to put this knowledge to good use by checking out the list of bracket contests as well.

March Madness resources: Printable 2011 NCAA Tournament bracket ... Full 2011 NCAA Tournament schedule.