Bovada Posts March Madness Odds: Many Are In, Few Can Win
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According to the oddsmakers at Bovada, it looks like Marquette is going to need help in high places to go very deep into the NCAA tournment this year.
The Golden Eagles earned a double-bye in the final Big East tournament (in its current form) and promptly got bounced from it by Notre Dame. The Selection Committee clearly figured it was a minor setback in the bigger scheme of bracketing, but the crowd at Bovada isn't so sure.
Neither, it seems, is Marquette coach Buzz Williams. He was blunt about it. "It's all about perspective," he mused at his press conference. "Are they going to be fired up because we peed down our leg in New York? Or are they going to be timid because we peed down our leg in New York?"
66:1 says 'timid' at loud volume.
Elsewhere, the quirkiest match-up in the early going features California and UNLV. While Marquette is looking for assistance from above, the team from Sin City got apparently got the treatement from below. The Runnin' Rebels ventured into the Bay Area already this season and toppled the Golden Bears. Now, they'll have to do it again. That could be tough. Usually, when lightning strikes twice, the bolts are coming from above.
Gonzaga has fair odds for a top seed, as does Kansas in what seems to be a wide open tournament. The Zags were a huge bargain only a month ago. Their rapid rise in the rankings this year hasn't seemed to affect them as much as it has their critics, because Coach Mark Few annually assembles a non-conference schedule designed to steel the team for March Madness. Now's the time to see how well it worked this time around.
However, according to Bovada, the title game will pit Louisville and Indiana. If so, the victor would still bring a decent payout. Here's the field in order of seeding:
|1||Indiana 5:1||Kansas 10:1||1||Louisville 5:1||1||Gonzaga 10:1|
|2||Miami 12:1||Georgetown 20:1||2||Duke 12:1||2||Ohio State 16:1|
|3||Syracuse 22:1||Florida 7:1||3||Michigan St 20:1||3||New Mexico 25:1|
|4||Marquette 66:1||Michigan 25:1||4||Saint Louis 25:1||4||Kansas St 75:1|
|5||UNLV 66:1||VCU 50:1||5||Oklahoma St 75:1||5||Wiconsin 30:1|
|6||Butler 75:1||UCLA 100:1||6||Memphis 100:1||6||Arizona 66:1|
|7||Illinois 200:1||San Diego St 150:1||7||Creighton 100:1||7||Notre Dame 100:1|
|8||NC State 66:1||North Carolina 60:1||8||Colorado St 200:1||8||Pittsburgh 33:1|
|9||Temple 200:1||Villanova 200:1||9||Missouri 100:1||9||Wichita St 300:1|
|10||Colorado 200:1||Oklahoma 300:1||10||Cincinnati 300:1||10||Iowa St 200:1|
|11||Bucknell 300:1||Minnesota 75:1||11||M Tenn St 500:1||11||Belmont 300:1|
|12||California 200:1||Akron 500:1||11||St Mary's 300:1||12||Mississippi 200:1|
|13||Montana 500:1||S Dakota St 500:1||12||Oregon 300:1||13||Boise State 500:1|
|14||Davidson 500:1||Nwstn St 500:1||13||New Mex St 500:1||13||LaSalle 500:1|
|15||Pacific 1000:1||Florida GC 1000:1||14||Valparaiso 500:1||14||Harvard 500:1|
|16||J Madison 1500:1||W Kentucky 1000:1||15||Albany 1000:1||15||Iona 1000:1|
|16||LIU Brooklyn 1500:1||16||Liberty 1500:1||16||Southern 1000:1|
|16||N Car A&T 1500:1|