Have you enjoyed March Madness so far? It's been a mad one – there's no doubt about that. Heading into the Sweet 16, just TWO No. 1 seeds remain in play to cut down the nets to close out The Big Dance. The theme has been simple — UPSETS, baby!

Here at Gaming Society, our team is all about rooting for the little guy. We love our underdogs, and this is as good a time as any to show them some support. Our team has identified three underdogs in the Sweet 16 that are too fun not to bet on — enjoy.

No. 5 San Diego State +7.5 vs. No. 1 Alabama

Wager type: Spread bet — a wager on the margin of victory

You win if: San Diego State covers the spread. They can do that in one of two ways — either win the game outright or lose by 7 or fewer points. Bet $110 to win $100 in profit if the Aztecs cover and take home a total of $210.

"There's an old idiom that gets tossed around this time of year that perfectly encapsulates the upcoming Sweet 16 battle between the No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide and the No. 5 San Diego State Aztecs - styles make fights. This game sees that nation's fifth-scoring offense that plays at the fifth fastest pace taking on the nation's 24th-best defense, who play at a tempo akin to your grandfather getting up out of his recliner.

Bama is a young squad that sees only three of its nine rotation players as upperclassmen. San Diego has dudes who played with Pete Maravich. Give me the veteran defensive squad over Nate Oats' flashy children. Aztecs unite!" — Tony Cavallo

Watch the game: Friday, March 24 — 5:30 p.m. ET on TBS

No. 5 Miami +10 vs. No. Houston

Wager type: Spread bet — a wager on the margin of victory

You win if: Miami covers the spread. They can do that in one of two ways — either win the game outright with an upset over Houston or lose by fewer than 10 points (AKA, 9 points or less!). Bet $110 to win $100 in profit if the Aztecs cover and take home a total of $210.

"Here's the thing. I'm currently living my life as a Houston-ite and am all but contractually obligated to root for the No. 1 Houston Cougars. However, I do have concerns that this matchup against the Hurricanes won't be as big a beatdown as the odds suggest.

The Cougars enter this round as the only remaining team ranking top 10 in offense and defense. That's great! But here's the thing about Miami; they're vibing right now. The offense is clicking between guards Jordan Miller, Isaiah Wong and Nijel Pack — who've combined for a whopping 91 of 148 points scored by the Hurricanes through the first two rounds.

Houston's defense is a strength that should pull through in the end, but a surging Hurricanes offensive unit could prove to be a challenge. We already saw Houston stumble out of the gate in the first round against No. 16 Northern Kentucky and know their own superstar Marcus Sasser is still managing a groin injury that limited his minutes in Game 1 of this tournament.

'Go Coogs!' says my brain, but in reality, I'm sweating this one out. And not just because of the blistering heat both Houston and Miami have to offer." — Kate Magdziuk

Watch the game: Friday, March 24 — 7:15 p.m. ET on CBS

No. 15 Princeton moneyline (+420) vs. No. 6 Creighton

Wager type: Moneyline bet — a wager on which team will win the game

You win if: the Princeton Tigers win — a literal win-win! Bet $100 to win $420 in profit if Princeton upsets Creighton with a win and take home a total of $520.

"Creighton is a 10-point favorite in this game—and for good reason. They’re superior to Princeton in essentially every advanced statistic, and they’re playing their best basketball of the season. Unfortunately for the Blue Jays, Princeton simply does not care... but like, in a gritty way, not a snooty Ivy League way.

Creighton can absolutely fill it up on offense—but so could Arizona and Mizzou. With a week to prepare, I think Princeton coach Mitch Henderson will prep yet another fantastic game plan, and the Tigers' methodical (and at times infuriating pace) will take them to the Elite Eight." — Dan Treadway

Watch the game: Friday, March 24 — 9 p.m. ET on TBS


Recommended for you