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‘Bear Bets’: The Group Chat’s thoughts on the Sweet 16

'Bear Bets': The Group Chat's thoughts on the Sweet 16

Bear Bets is back!

FOX Sports’ digital gambling show returned this week to discuss the Sweet 16 round of March Madness.

The Group Chat also reconvened, as Chris “The Bear” Fallica and Geoff Schwartz were joined by Sam Panayotovich and Will Hill to discuss the men’s NCAA Tournament and which bets they like the most this week.

Let’s get right into their bets!

EAST REGION

No. 1 UConn (-11) vs. No. 5 San Diego State

The Bear: UConn -11

“What is different from last year? UConn is better than they were last year. San Diego State is not as good as they were last year. Why should we expect anything different? 

Hill: UConn -11

“If you don’t want to lay -11, maybe you played Under 135.5 or San Diego State team total Under. Is there anything you could throw at [UConn] that’s going to disrupt their dominance?”

No. 2 Iowa State (-1) vs. No. 3 Illinois

The Bear: Iowa State money line

“I think their defense could give Illinois some problems. Look, I know Illinois has been awesome in the tournament. … Going into this tournament, I was a little worried that Iowa State might be a little bit too trendy of a team. Maybe they would be upset-prone in the first two rounds. But they have been absolutely lights out in the first two games.”

WEST REGION

No. 2 Arizona (-7.5) vs. No. 6 Clemson

The Bear: Strongly leaning toward Clemson +7.5

“I don’t think any of us have the utmost faith and trust in Tommy Lloyd. If Caleb Love doesn’t have a good game, there are quite a few avenues for this to be a close game.”

Schwartz: Clemson +7.5

“Clemson has a lot of ways they can score and keep this game close. They shoot 3s well. Arizona doesn’t. Arizona doesn’t contest catch-and-shoots very well. Arizona, at times, can stop scoring”

Hill: Clemson +7.5

“What you like if you’re Clemson: You’ve won two games in this tournament, and you haven’t gotten that monster game out of PJ Hall. Lloyd is 1-5 now against the spread in the tournament.”

Sammy P: Clemson +7.5, potentially money line

“I think this is a game where Arizona does go down. To me, the biggest key in the game is the free-throw line. Clemson is 79% at the free-throw line, eight-best in the country. Arizona is barely over 70%.”

No. 1 North Carolina (-4.5) vs. No. 4 Alabama

The Bear: Alabama +4.5

“I worry about the lack of defense from Alabama, but that game against Grand Canyon was a different type of game.”

Sammy P: Under 174

“If you bet the Under, you probably don’t want to watch it because you’re gonna see that like eight-, nine-point minute and you’re…

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