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$12 Million NCAA Bracket Contest

Written by:
Carrie Stroup
Published on:
Mar/16/2009

Sportsbook.com is offering an amazing $12 Million for the member that picks the perfect NCAA tournament bracket.

And while employees are not eligible to win, we had one of our writers take the challenge in an early preview of March Madness.

Go to Sportsbook.com for your chance to be set for life, and don't forget about Sportsbook.com's other exciting promotions like 5 % Cash Back and 10% Reload Bonuses all week.

Here's a look at one man's bracket:

East Region

Second Round: Pittsburgh, Tennessee, Florida State, Xavier, VCU, Villanova, Minnesota, Duke.

Regionals:  Pittsburgh, Florida State, Villanova, Duke.

Champion: Pittsburgh over Villanova.

Analysis: The East Region Odds have Pittsburgh (5:4) followed by Duke (7:2), Villanova (5:1) and UCLA (6:1). Xavier (12:1) and Florida State (15:1) aren't getting a lot of respect as 4th and 5th seeds respectively, but it's Villanova who has the best chance of upsetting Pitt.

South Region

Second Round: North Carolina, Butler, Illinois, Gonzaga, Arizona State, Syracuse, Clemson, Oklahoma.

Regionals:  North Carolina, Gonzaga, Syracuse, Oklahoma.

Champion: North Carolina over Syracuse.

Analysis: The South Region Odds have North Carolina (4:7) as the heavy favorite over Oklahoma (5:1), Syracuse (6:1) and Gonzaga (6:1). UNC point guard, Ty Lawson is battling a sore toe but he will definitely suit up even if he's less than 100%.

Midwest Region

Second Round: Louisville, Ohio State, Utah, Wake Forest, West Virginia, Kansas, Boston College, Michigan State.

Regionals:  Louisville, Wake Forest, West Virginia, Michigan State

Champion: Louisville over Michigan State.

Analysis: The Midwest Region Odds have Louisville (1:1) leading the way followed by Michigan State (3:1), Wake Forest (6:1), West Virginia (7:1) and Kansas (8:1). Wake looks like the best value because if they can sneak by Louisville, they have a great chance to upset Michigan State and make the Final Four.

West Region

Second Round: Connecticut, Texas A&M, Purdue, Washington, Marquette, Missouri, Maryland, Memphis.

Regionals:  Connecticut, Washington, Missouri, Memphis

Champion: Memphis over Connecticut.

Analysis: West Region Odds have Connecticut (7:5) as the big chalk, but I like Memphis (2:1) upsetting them as the Huskies are a different team without Jerome Dyson. There are also two good upset picks with Missouri (6:1) and Washington (10:1).  Purdue (6:1) is overrated at these odds.

Final Four

The Championship Odds have been posted and North Carolina (3:1) leads the pack over Louisville (5:1), Pittsburgh (6:1) Connecticut (7:1) and Memphis (8:1).

The prediction here is North Carolina over Louisville with the Tar Heels star power overcoming the depth of the Cardinals.

Be sure to enjoy March Madness at the industry leader, Sportsbook.com.

Carrie Stroup, Gambling911.com Senior Reporter

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