Can you feel it? March Madness is officially here, and so are the betting odds for who will cut down the nets in New Orleans next month.
The Big 12 was the best conference from top to bottom this season, but Vegas seems to like a couple of conferences a little better when it comes to odds for being the last team standing at the end of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.
The West Coast Conference comes in with the best odds, 5/2, but only because Gonzaga resides there and has looked like the best team in the country nearly all season. Saint Mary’s and San Francisco are in the tournament as well, but neither of them has quite the expectations that the Zags do.
Next up is the SEC, with 3/1 odds to take home the National Championship. The SEC has six teams in the tournament, and not one is lower than a six-seed. Auburn and Kentucky are two-seeds, Tennessee is a three-seed, Arkansas a four, and Alabama and LSU are six-seeds. Sheer numbers and a strong trio of Auburn, Kentucky, and Tennessee are the reason for the SEC’s odds.
The Big 12 has the third-best odds at 15/4, despite having two one-seeds in this year’s tournament. Kansas looks like a strong candidate to make it to another final four, but Baylor might have a tough time repeating 2021’s success. The Bears are dealing with several injuries and will need to find a perimeter shooter with LJ Cryer out for at least the first weekend of March Madness. Texas Tech looked strong through the conference tournament and will be a force to be reckoned with as a three-seed, while Texas, TCU, and Iowa State all have tough games to open up tournament play.
Here is a look at the rest of the odds, courtesy of BetOnline.ag.
- WCC – 5/2
- SEC – 3/1
- Big 12 – 15/4
- Pac-12 – 9/2
- Big Ten – 5/1
- ACC – 9/1
- AAC – 12/1
- Big East – 12/1
- Any Other Conference – 25/1
- Mountain West – 80/1