March Madness Props – Let the Real Madness Begin!

3235465927_1264ca70ec_zYou’ve stressed over your bracket, you’ve updated your cable package, and you’ve saved up your sick days. It’s finally time to get March Madness underway!

Beginning tonight with play-in games and running right into the return of baseball, the next three weeks will be a beautiful mix of high intensity, high drama, single-elimination basketball. It’s the best tournament in all of sports for a reason, and employers around the nation are about to find that out the hard way as productivity grinds to a halt.

Even long after one’s bracket is busted (which is usually about noon on Friday), there are still plenty of reasons to watch the tournament to the bitter end. And now you can add our collection of props and odds to that list.

Enjoy!

2016 March Madness Props

Odds to win the 2016 National Championship:

  • Kansas: 9/2
  • Michigan State: 5/1
  • North Carolina: 6/1
  • Kentucky: 10/1
  • Virginia: 15/1
  • Oregon: 17/1
  • Duke: 20/1
  • Oklahoma: 20/1
  • Villanova: 20/1
  • West Virginia: 23/1
  • Maryland: 28/1
  • Miami (Fl): 28/1
  • California: 32/1
  • Indiana: 32/1
  • Purdue: 32/1
  • Arizona: 35/1
  • Baylor: 40/1
  • Texas A&M: 45/1
  • Utah: 45/1
  • Wisconsin: 50/1

O/U seed total in Final Four: 8

Odds a team seeded 5 or higher wins the title: 12/1

Odds a team seeded 5-9 makes the Final Four: 11/5

Odds a double-digit seed makes the Final Four: 15/2

Odds a double-digit seed wins the title: 48/1

Odds to win the NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player:

  • Denzel Valentine (Michigan State): 6/1
  • Perry Ellis (Kansas): 9/1
  • Jamal Murray (Kentucky): 12/1
  • Marcus Paige (UNC): 12/1
  • Buddy Hield (Oklahoma): 18/1
  • Dillon Brooks (Oregon): 20/1
  • Malcolm Brogdon (Virginia): 20/1
  • Grayson Allen (Duke): 23/1

Almost always awarded to a player on the winning team, guys like Valentine and Hield are heads-above-the-rest favorites to win for their respective squads. Things get murkier for other contenders, though, as guys like Murray and Ellis will need to outperform talented teammates like Tyler Ulis and Wayne Selden Jr, respectively. 

Odds there is a repeat team from last year’s Final Four: 4/5

Odds one conference has multiple teams in the Final Four: 9/7

The odds are really good both those teams come from the Big 12.

Odds the winning coach will not be with the same team next year: 22/1

Odds to be selected no. 1 Overall in NBA Draft:

  • Ben Simmons (LSU): 7/6
  • Brandon Ingram (Duke): 3/2
  • Dragan Bender (International): 12/1
  • Jaylen Brown (California): 16/1
  • Buddy Hield (Oklahoma): 20/1

Sadly, only three of the top-five NBA prospects are in this year’s tourney, after Simmons’ Tigers pooped the bed. Now, if you bought tickets to the NIT tournament hoping to catch a glimpse, tough luck: the Tigers aren’t even going to play in that. All this sucking has hurt Simmons once invincible draft stock, opening the door for Ingram and others.

O/U office work hours lost during the tournament: 500 million

O/U total number of office pools in the USA: 23 million

O/U time it takes people to find TruTV on their channel guide: 2.5 minutes

O/U number of segments it takes Charles Barkley to forget a player’s name: 0.5

 

(Photo credit: SD Dirk (Originally uploaded to Flickr)[https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/])

Boris

Hockey may be a wildly unpopular sport in the U.S., but where no one is paying attention, there’s a ton of value for Boris to mine. An avid NHL fan of over 20 years, Malloy made his first bet against a friend during the 2001 Stanley Cup Finals (going against Ray Bourque) and has been hooked ever since. He has yet to pay off that debt of $2, but he’s made plenty back since. In between worrying about the league’s next lockout, he regularly contributes to MTS and is also fluent in football, basketball, baseball and French (sort of).