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2009 Elite 8 Betting Preview

Bet the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight at betED.com

The Elite Eight round of the NCAA Tournament gets going Saturday and betED.com has odds available for the first two tilts.

The first game features the Missouri Tigers taking on the No. 1-seeded Connecticut Huskies in the West Regional Final (4:40 pm ET, CBS).

The Huskies are 5.5-point favorites and the over/under is 149.5 in March Madness Betting Odds at betED.com.

Later, the upstart Villanova Wildcats battle the No. 1 Pittsburgh Panthers in the East Region Final (7:05 pm ET).

Pittsburgh is a slim, 2-point favorite and the over/under is 142.

Missouri looked impressive in jumping out to a 10-point halftime lead against the favored Memphis Tigers in their Sweet Sixteen matchup Thursday night. Missouri beat Memphis 102-91, winning as a 4.5-point underdog. The score went way over the total of 141.5.

Missouri was led by J.T. Tiller’s 25 points, three rebounds and three assists while DeMarre Carroll chipped in with 17 points.

Connecticut beat Purdue 72-60 in their Sweet Sixteen matchup on Thursday. Connecticut covered the 7-point spread and the score went under the total of 134.

Missouri is 31-6 SU and 20-9-1 ATS. Connecticut is 30-4 SU and 16-14 ATS.

Villanova scored 51 points in the second half to upset the Duke Blue Devils 77-54 on Thursday. Villanova won as a 2.5-point underdog and the 131 points went under the total of 148.

Scottie Reynolds had 16 points for Villanova and Dante Cunningham added 14 points and 12 rebounds for a double-double.

Pittsburgh recovered from an eight-point deficit to beat Xavier 60-55 in their Sweet Sixteen tilt on Thursday. Pittsburgh failed to cover the 6.5-point spread, and the score went under the total of 138.

Villanova is 29-7 SU and 18-14 ATS while Pittsburgh is 31-4 SU and 17-12 ATS.

Check out betED.com for odds for the final two games of the Elite Eight after the matchups are determined Friday night.

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