Updated March Madness Odds After Selection Sunday

  • Duke is the heavy favorite in the NCAA Tournament which begins this week
  • Three of four teams under 10/1 come from the ACC
  • Several betting bargains exist if you can look past number one seeds

The bracket is out and the madness is here. Who will cut down the nets in Minneapolis and win the college basketball national title? While the tournament begins with 68 teams, betting odds suggest only about eight or 10 have a legitimate chance to win it all.

A couple of weeks ago we looked at the odds and found sound value. Had you been following our thought process from the start of the campaign you might be sitting pretty with Gonzaga and Michigan State at juicy prices. We’ve included the numbers below

The pre-tournament future odds are here thanks to the folks at BetOnline. We’ve included the numbers below along with our analysis on some of the top teams.

2019 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship Odds

Team Odds to Win 2019 March Madness
Duke +225
Virginia +550
Gonzaga +600
North Carolina +800
Kentucky +1200
Michigan State +1200
Tenneessee +1400
Michigan +1600
Texas Tech +2000
Auburn +2500
Florida State +3300
Purdue +3300
Virginia Tech +3300
Houston +4000
Iowa State +4000
LSU +4000
Kansas +5000
Kansas State +5000
Louisville +5000
Marquette +5000
Villanova +5000
Wisconsin +5000
Buffalo +6600
Florida +6600
Syracuse +6600
Cincinnati +8000
Maryland +8000
Mississippi State +8000
Nevada +8000
Wofford +10000
Baylor +15000
Iowa +15000
Mississippi +15000
Oklahoma +15000
Oregon +15000
Seton Hall +15000
St. Mary’s +15000
UCF +15000
VCU +15000
Washington +15000
Ohio State +20000
Arizona State +25000
Minnesota +25000
Murray State +25000
New Mexico State +25000
Saint Louis +25000
St. Johns +25000
UC Irvine +25000
Utah State +25000
Belmont +50000
Georgia State +50000
Iona +50000
Liberty +50000
Montana +50000
Northeastern +50000
Northern Kentucky +50000
Old Dominion +50000
Temple +50000
Vermont +50000
Yale +50000
Abilene Christian +100000
Bradley +100000
Colgate +100000
Fairleigh Dickinson +100000
Gardner-Webb +100000
North Carolina Central +100000
North Dakota State +100000
Prairie View A&M +100000

*Odds taken on 03/18/19


During the ACC Tournament Zion Williams showed he was healthy and led Duke to the title. The most popular player in college hoops has been a part of a squad with three projected lottery picks all season. When healthy, Coach K’s group has looked the part. Remember, they did lose to Gonzaga, but that was in November. The eye test tells you that the Blue Devils will be tough, but if you look at the ACC Semifinal against North Carolina, they are no lock.

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North Carolina

They are the longest price among number one seeds in large part because Kentucky looms in the Elite 8. However, the Tar Heels may have the easiest draw up until that point, while UK faces at least one significant challenge. The Tar Heels, who won it all two years ago, are experienced and deep. They beat Gonzaga early in the season, and got by Duke twice when Zion was banged up.


Sure, the Wolverines lost to Michigan State three times this year, but MSU is not on their side of the bracket. Gonzaga, as good as they have been for over a decade, has reached one Final Four, and that is who Big Blue likely would need to beat to get to Minneapolis. Michigan coach John Beilein has won at every stop along the way, his teams get better as the season moves along, and he has been to the final game twice in the last six years.

Virginia Tech

If you are seeking a price, Virginia Tech is the play. The Hokies went 12-6 in the rugged ACC doing so for most of the campaign without star guard Justin Robinson. He will be back for the NCAA Tournament, and when Robinson was healthy Virginia Tech was ranked in the top 10. They have wins this year over six different teams that made the dance, including Duke. At 33/1, it is worth a consideration.

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