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2011 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 Schedule, Betting Odds: Thursday Predictions For The Money

We’re approximately six hours away from tip off of the Sweet 16 round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament. We’ve got a host of exciting matchups tonight and tomorrow, and naturally we want to make them more exciting with a few wagers (only for entertainment purposes). The betting odds haven’t changed much since Monday and we’ve had some time to think this over.

At this point I’d have to take San Diego State (1), Florida (-3), Duke (-8.5), and Butler (4.5). I’ve got SDSU running the table so that was a simply option to take. Duke struggled late against Michigan but they’ve got the talent to lay waste to Arizona. I say go with the safe choice in this case.

The real questions for me surround Florida vs. BYU and Butler vs. Wisconsin. I think Florida has Final Four talent, and BYU is too much of a one-trick pony. Jimmer Fredette is a great one trick, but if he doesn’t get help, the Cougars are in trouble. I think they run into that trouble tonight.

As for Butler, they’ve played several close games and even if they’re due for a tough loss, I still think they cover tonight. They’re getting all the breaks so maybe they’re due for a fall, but I’m going to stick with the streaking team.