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South Regional Snapshot
East · West · South · Midwest
South Regional Matchups - Bracket Breakdown

1 North Carolina vs. 16 Texas Southern
2 Kentucky vs. 15 Northern Kentucky
3 UCLA vs. 14 Kent State
4 Butler vs. 13 Winthrop
5 Minnesota vs. 12 Middle Tennessee
6 Cincinnati vs. 11 Kansas State
7 Dayton vs. 10 Wichita State
8 Arkansas vs. 9 Seton Hall

Odds to win South Regional - per Sportsbook.ag
North Carolina 7/5
Kentucky 2/1
UCLA 5/1
Butler 8/1
Wichita State 8/1
Cincinnati 12/1
Minnesota 40/1
Middle Tennessee State 40/1
Arkansas 50/1
Seton Hall 60/1
Dayton 75/1
Kansas State 75/1
Winthrop 300/1
Kent State 1000/1
Northern Kentucky 2000/1
Texas Southern 3000/1

South Regional Stats
Seed Team SU ATS Away Last 5 Last 10 O-PPG D-PPG FG% 3-PT% FT%
1 North Carolina 22-7 17-14 11-7 3-2 7-3 84.9 70.6 47.1 36.6 70.5
2 Kentucky 29-5 18-16 14-3 5-0 10-0 85.9 71.6 47.7 35.3 70.2
3 UCLA 29-4 16-17 13-3 4-1 9-1 90.4 75.3 51.9 40.5 74.5
4 Butler 23-8 17-12 10-5 3-2 5-5 76.3 68.4 47.8 36.3 74.0
5 Minnesota 24-9 19-12 7-6 3-2 8-2 75.3 69.1 43.5 34.5 70.7
6 Cincinnati 29-5 16-14-1 11-5 4-1 7-3 74.5 60.8 45.5 34.4 68.3
7 Dayton 24-7 19-10 9-6 3-2 8-2 76.5 66.5 47.0 38.7 68.9
8 Arkansas 25-9 17-15 10-6 3-2 8-2 79.8 74.0 46.1 36.4 76.2
9 Seton Hall 21-11 14-16-1 9-9 4-1 7-3 73.3 70.2 45.0 33.7 64.3
10 Wichita State 30-4 18-12-1 14-3 5-0 10-0 82.1 62.4 47.4 40.8 73.4
11 Kansas State 20-13 15-12-2 9-8 3-2 4-6 71.7 66.9 45.8 36.1 68.9
11 Wake Forest (Out) 19-13 16-14 8-10 4-1 6-4 82.7 77.9 47.2 38.7 77.3
12 Middle Tennessee State 30-4 23-10 17-2 5-0 10-0 75.0 63.3 49.0 36.8 69.8
13 Winthrop 26-6 3-4-1 13-3 5-0 9-1 79.7 70.2 45.7 37.3 72.0
14 Kent State 22-13 16-13-2 12-7 4-1 9-1 76.9 72.3 42.8 31.8 71.9
15 Northern Kentucky 24-10 20-9-1 15-8 5-0 9-1 76.1 71.4 45.9 35.3 67.6
16 Texas Southern 23-11 2-6 13-11 5-0 9-1 74.4 71.8 43.2 29.7 73.3


Favorite: North Carolina (22-7 SU, 17-14 ATS)
The Tar Heels fell short of an ACC tournament championship as UNC and Kansas are the only top-seeds that failed to receive an automatic bid to the Big Dance. North Carolina looks to avenge a championship loss at the buzzer to Villanova last April as the Tar Heels face Texas Southern in the opening round. Roy Williams’ team closed the season at 5-2 ATS in the final seven games, while posting a 9-6-1 ATS mark as a double-digit favorite this season. However, the Tar Heels have failed to cash in their tournament opening game the last three seasons, as they are laying 26 ½-points to the Tigers.

Underachiever: Dayton (24-7 SU, 19-10 ATS)
The Flyers hurt their seeding by losing in their Atlantic 10 tournament opener to Davidson, their second consecutive defeat. Dayton slipped to the seventh seed as the Flyers will face Wichita State, the champions of the Missouri Valley on Friday in Indianapolis. The Flyers are listed as six-point underdogs, as Dayton owns a 3-3 SU and 4-2 ATS mark as a ‘dog this season.

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Keep an Eye on: Middle Tennessee State (30-4 SU, 23-10 ATS)
The Blue Raiders made the biggest impact on brackets last season by upsetting second-seeded Michigan State in the opening round as 16 ½-point underdogs. Middle Tennessee State will try to capitalize off last March’s victory as the Blue Raiders posted 30 wins in the regular season and face Minnesota in the 5/12 contest on Thursday afternoon. MTSU closed the season with 10 consecutive victories and an 8-2 ATS mark, while owning a 2-1 ATS and 3-0 SU mark as an underdog.

Upset-Minded: Kent State (22-13 SU, 16-13-2 ATS)
The Golden Flashes knocked off favored Akron in the MAC championship to finish off an incredible 9-1 SU/ATS run the last 10 games. Kent faces UCLA in the opening round as a 17 ½-point underdog in Sacramento on Friday, as the Flashes have cashed in seven of their last nine opportunities in the ‘dog role. UCLA heads into this contest failing to cover in nine of its past 12 tries in the favorite role.

Double-Digit Favorites: North Carolina, Kentucky, UCLA, Butler
Kentucky cruised to an SEC championship by routing Arkansas on Sunday, 82-65, as the Wildcats face intra-state squad Northern Kentucky. The Norse is making their first NCAA tournament appearance after capturing the Horizon League title as NKU is a hefty 19 ½-point underdog. The Wildcats haven’t been successful covering large numbers in the tournament recently by going 2-5 ATS in their last seven March Madness contests.

Butler hasn’t been much of a factor in the NCAA tournament since back-to-back championship appearances in 2010 and 2011. The Bulldogs own a 3-3 record in the Big Dance since 2013 as Butler has won five straight tournament openers since 2010. Butler faces Big South champion Winthrop in the opener on Thursday afternoon as 11-point favorites, as the Bulldogs have put together a 3-7 ATS mark in its last 10 games as a favorite of seven points or more.

Easiest Travel: Minnesota (24-9 SU, 19-12 ATS)
The Golden Gophers put together one of the top turnarounds in college basketball this season by winning 24 games following an 8-23 campaign in 2016. Minnesota was rewarded by the committee by being sent to Milwaukee to face a tough Middle Tennessee State squad on Thursday. The Gophers have dropped two of three since an eight-game winning streak, but knocked off Maryland, Northwestern, and Purdue on the road during Big 10 play.

Toughest Travel: Cincinnati (29-5 SU, 16-14-1 ATS)
The Bearcats have to travel to the west coast for possibly their first two games in Sacramento. Cincinnati doesn’t even know its opponent yet as the Bearcats square off with either Wake Forest or Kansas State, as that winner will be determined on Tuesday. However, UC put together a solid 11-3 record outside of the state of Ohio this season, but has failed to cash in its last three opportunities as a favorite in the NCAA tournament.

Highest Total: UCLA/Kent State – 161 ½

Lowest Total: Minnesota/Middle Tennessee State – 136

  
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