NCAA Tournament paring down to Elite 8

Mar 28, 2008 6:33 PM

by Kevin Stott | March Madness continues tonight as the Midwest and South play their regional semifinals and the NCAA Tournament pares down from the Sweet 16 to the Elite 8.

The No. 3 seed in the Midwest, Wisconsin, faces No. 10 seed Davidson in the night’s opener at 7:10 p.m. ET from Ford Field in Detroit with the Badgers being bet up to a 5-point favorite (from -4 opening line at the Las Vegas Hilton) over the upstart Wildcats and star guard Stephen Curry. The total is 126½, the lowest of any regional semifinal game.

Following the Wisconsin-Davidson game at 9: 40 p.m. ET in Motown is the matchup between the Midwest’s No. 1 seed, Kansas, and No. 12 seed, Villanova. The Jayhawks have been bet up a point to -12 ½ from the Hilton’s opening line (-11 ½) and the total for the game is now 144, up 2 ½ points from its’ opening 141½.

In the South Regional at Reliant Stadium in Houston, No. 2 seed Texas locks horns with No. 3 seed Stanford in what’s sure to be a real battle at 7:27 p.m. ET. The Longhorns were installed as a 1½-point favorite, a number yet to move. The total is at 134½, a ½ point drop from its’ opener.

The region’s No. 1 seed, Memphis, gets another test against No. 5 seed Michigan State at 9:57 p.m. in the site’s second game. The Tigers came out as 5-point favorites, a number that has not budged. The Memphis-MSU total was set at 134½ and has been bet up 2½ points to 137.

The four winners of tonight’s games will meet in their respective regional finals on Sunday with both of those winners advancing to the Final 4 in San Antonio next weekend. All games throughout the weekend will be televised regionally on CBS.

Las Vegas Hilton SuperBook future book odds to win the NCAA basketball championship for the eight teams still alive in the Midwest and South regionals are as follows: Kansas (5-2); Memphis (9-1); Texas (12-1); Wisconsin (20-1); Stanford (25-1); Davidson (35-1); Michigan State (40-1); and Villanova (100-1).