That time of year has come once again. Since “March Madness” took on a very different meaning last year, fans have two full years of excitement built up for the NCAA Basketball Tournament. Fans everywhere scramble to fill out brackets, pick Cinderella teams, and pick one team out of 64 to win it all. Even the LPGA golfer Paige Spiranac picked up a basketball in anticipation this week. She posted an eye-grabbing picture on Instagram earlier today.
“Love me some college basketball!” Paige Spiranac said in her Instagram post caption. “Have you filled your bracket out yet? Who do you have winning?”
Millions of Americans can answer a resounding yes Paige Spiranac’s first question. However, the second is up to a bit of interpretation. The heavy favorite going into the tournament is the Gonzaga Bulldogs with an undefeated record. However, several other teams have gained momentum coming out of their conference championship tournaments. Once we get to March, it really is anyone’s game.
Paige Spiranac Promotes Watch Party
In her Instagram post, Paige Spiranac also promoted a series of watch parties she would host throughout the NCAA Tournament. This particular one will be with the PointsBet Sportsbook during the San Diego State University game against Syracuse.
“I will also be doing live watch parties with PointsBet Sportsbook!” Paige Spiranac said in her Instagram post. “The first one will be the SDSU vs Syracuse game. So come hang out and watch some basketball with me Friday night,” she added with a heart-face emoji.
Betting Favorites for the Big Dance
If you are one of the millions of Americans who fill out a bracket (or seven) each year, you probably already know this. However, if you haven’t filled out your bracket yet, make sure you know these betting favorites. Gonzaga comes in to the tournament as heavy betting favorites at +200. Another cluster of teams come after a big gap as we see Baylor with +500 odds, Michigan with +600 odds, and Illinois with +700 odds.
Those four teams, unsurprisingly, also are all number one seeds in the tournament. Only one time in the history of the tournament has a number one seed lost in the first round. However, Virginia did fall to UMBC in the most shocking upset in the tournament. With that said, I would not count on any of these number one seeds losing for a while in this tournament.