Westgate 2019 Sweet 16 Line Report
The college basketball national championship tournament has been whittled from the pair of First Four events – followed by a field of 64 – to the present Sweet 16. The chalk-loaded Round-of-16 sports only one double-digit seedling. That being No. 12 seed Oregon. But this Ducks squad was seriously under-seeded and will not be an easy out for No. 1 seed Virginia on Thursday night.
All four No. 1 seeds advanced to the 2019 Sweet Sixteen. But that doesn’t equate to against the spread covers for the tournament favorites. The Blue Devils, 26-point favorites in their first-round matchup versus North Dakota State, won by 23 points. After failing to cover in the Round-of-64 they entered round-two of last weekend’s affairs as 13-point favorites over the UCF Knights. Coach K and the Devils survived and advanced with a single-point buzzer beater.
The 2019 NCAA Tournament Sweet-16 has a star-studded lineup of top seeds:
- All four No. 1 seeds
- All four No. 2 seeds
- All four No. 3 seeds
- Two No. 4 seeds
- One No. 5 seed
- and one No. 12 seed
The lone double-digit seed remaining is Oregon. This is the same Ducks team that was not only forecasted to win the Pac-12 regular season but a squad that was considered a Final Four contender this past summer. The injury to freshman one-and-done Bol Bol in November forced head coach Dan Altman to reinvent his team.
Oregon (23-12), the opening No. 12 seed in the South Region, opened the tournament with a straight up win and against the spread cover against Big 12 No. 5 seed Wisconsin (23-10).
The Ducks recorded a ninth straight victory with their easy victory over No. 13 seed UC-Irvine on Sunday.
All things being equal the Ducks, due to having to retool their rotations, suffered a mid-season metamorphosis that resulted in them having to win four-games in four-days in the league’s postseason conference tournament. Which they did resulting in the selection committee issuing the club a difficult road to this weekend’s Sweet-16.
But here they are… as well… the Las Vegas SuperBook‘s opening numbers for the 2019 Sweet 16 Line Report