A couple of weeks have gone by since our initial post taking a look at the odds to win the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, a.k.a. “March Madness”, and a lot can happen in that time.
We’re in the final days of February now, so the “Big Dance” is even closer in sight and a couple of weeks of regular season action has provided some answers and yielded even more questions on who will walk home with the crown. Let’s take a look at how the odds have changed since the last time around.
Updated 2019 Men’s Basketball Tournament Odds
So who has risen and who has fallen since we last provided a list of the favorites in the middle of the month? Take a look below.
Previous Odds: +170
Current Odds: +225
While Duke remains in the top spot as the favorite to win the tournament, their odds have decreased and the payout has risen in the last couple weeks. The reason, of course, has to do with Zion Williamson. The freshman phenom suffered a knee injury less than a minute into their marquee game against the North Carolina Tar Heels last week, and he is yet to return to action. Most recently, the Blue Devils lost to the Virginia Tech Hokies last night in Williamson’s absence.
It is said to just be a mild knee sprain and not a season-ending injury, but many of the sports pundits are calling for him to call it a career at Duke to not risk further injury and keep himself healthy for the NBA, where he is certain (at this point) to be the #1 pick.
Keep an eye on this slot, as Williamson’s return (or not) will play a huge role in Duke’s postseason chances.
That was the biggest mover in the odds. The second biggest change was for the North Carolina Tar Heels, who put on a clinic at Cameron Indoor a couple of weeks ago and received a huge bump from +2500 odds to +1200. The Tennessee Volunteers, previously paying out +750, have dropped to +1200 after losses to Kentucky and LSU.
Others have remained mostly steady. For the most part, the top teams have received a bit of a bump due to the uncertainty at Duke. Here are some of the changes:
Previous Odds: +900
Current Odds: +700
Previous Odds: +800
Current Odds: +750
Previous Odds: +800
Current Odds: +900
We’ll update the odds again in the next few weeks after the conference tournaments are completed and the bracket is set on Selection Sunday (March 17).
To get the full list of odds, or to place an early bet if you’re seeing an opportunity now, visit BetOnline.
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