First time for both Illinois Big Ten teams to participate in the Madness Bracket in March originally appeared nbc sports chicago
For the first time, both Illinois Big Ten teams will compete in the NCAA March Madness Men’s Basketball Tournament.
The Northwestern Wildcats last made it to the NCAA in 2017. On the other hand, he has competed in the tournament 32 times.
Both Wildcats and Illini are seeded in the western region of the bracket. No. 7 seed Northwestern will take on No. 10 seed Boise St. on Thursday at 6:35 pm. Earlier in the day, No. 9 seed Illinois will face No. 8 seed Arkansas at 3:30 p.m.
Experts say these brackets are keeping employees busy and costing employers. March Madness is reportedly costing employers an estimated $17 billion in lost wages.
This equates to $2.5 million per hour that people attend March Madness instead of focusing on work.
But back to brackets.
Chance to fill in Perfect NCAA Tournament Bracket It’s an impossible task, but there are other ways college basketball fans can beat the odds in March.
If you’re looking for a true Cinderella, head straight to Seed No. 16.
Four of the six seeds in the 16th seed have won the national title at odds of +100,000: Howard, Missouri South, Texas A&M-CC and Texas Southern. These schools are also joined by No. 15 UNC Asheville, who are the least likely to win it all.
Northern Kentucky is the only 16th seed with odds over +100000. The Horizon League champions have odds of +50000 and will face Houston on Thursday night.
Fairleigh Dickinson and Princeton are not participating in PointsBet. Fairleigh Dickinson will take on the 16th-seeded First Four in his matchup against Texas Southern on Wednesday, while Princeton will tip off against No. 2 Arizona on Thursday as the 15th seed.
According to PointsBet, Northwest odds are +3300 and Illinois odds are +2200.
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