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March Madness: Sweet 16 prop bets include buzzer-beater, mascot odds
March 26 (UPI) -- It's Sweet 16 time in the 2019 NCAA men's basketball tournament and UPI has you covered with odds on prop bets, from statistically sound to wonderfully wacky.
The round tips off with No. 1 Gonzaga battling No. 4 Florida State at 7:09 p.m. Thursday in Anaheim, Calif. The Bulldogs and Seminoles begin a four-game slate Thursday before eight other teams vie for a spot in the Elite Eight Friday, starting with No. 3 LSU against No. 2 Michigan State.
Oddsmakers at SportsBetting.AG still have No. 1 Duke as the favorite to win the tournament, with Gonzaga and Virginia close behind. Those oddsmakers also say there are +700 odds of a player hitting a buzzer-beating shot to win a game in the Sweet 16 or Elite Eight. They give -1500 odds of that not happening.
Duke star Zion Williamson has the best odds (+350) of winning the tournament's AP Most Valuable Player award, followed closely by teammate R.J. Barrett (+800). The oddsmakers have Gonzaga's Rui Hachimura with the second-best odds at winning MVP at +900. Michigan State's Cassius Winston, Virginia's De'Andre Hunter and Kyle Guy, and Gonzaga's Brandon Clarke each have +1000 odds at MVP.
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When it comes to the wacky, oddsmakers say a team with Tigers in the mascot has +600 odds at reaching the Final Four and -1000 odds at not making it to the semifinals. Oddsmakers say a team with an animal mascot has +120 odds at winning it all, with non-animal mascot teams spotted at -150 odds.
Oddsmakers also give +200 odds for Michigan State coach Tom Izzo scolding a player during the Sweet 16, with the stipulation being that he must yell and clearly put his hand on a player. There are -300 odds for that not happening.
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