The NCAA March Madness is almost here. On Tuesday, the 68 best teams in the nation will begin to play through the National Tournament. All these programs are vying to become the last one standing in this brutal single-elimination tournament and a quick look at the odds will reveal that, no surprise, the Kentucky Wildcats are the odds-on favorites to take home the title.
With a deep roster, a top caliber coach, and a choking defense, the Wildcats ran the table and are the story of the tournament before it’s even started. They are in line to become the first team ever to go 40-0 in college basketball history, and were so far ahead of the rest of the field that the NCAA declared Kentucky the first overall seed in the tournament before they’d even played in the SEC championship game.
Kentucky, however, isn’t the only powerhouse in the field. Duke and Virginia (No. 1 and No. 2 seeds, respectively) are quality teams with depth that could take down the Wildcats. Despite their respective losses in the ACC Tournament, the Blue Devils and the Cavs still carry the potential to eliminate Kentucky, though the soonest either team could see the Wildcats would be in the national championship.
Duke and Virginia are priced +1,000 and +900 to win the National Championship Game, respectively. Other teams that can also make a run in the tourney are Arizona, Wisconsin, and Villanova. The current TopBet.eu NCAA betting line has a rundown of these teams’ odds to win it all.
Duke is banking on its high-powered offense that is currently ranked third overall with 81.1 points per game to make a deep run in the Big Dance. Virginia, on the other hand, owns a defense that’s ranked even better than that of Kentucky. Cavs opponents are scoring just 50.8 points per game.