2017 NCAA Tournament Odds: North Carolina, UCLA, Gonzaga Lead the Pack

Two weeks ago we reviewed the odds offered by online sportsbook Bovada for the 2017 NCAA Tournament, and with March Madness right around the corner it’s time to take a second look.

The tournament tips off on Tuesday, March 14, but two days before that Selection Sunday will officially set the 68-team field. In the meantime, most teams have but a handful of dates left on the schedule.

That leaves top contenders and potential number one seeds like Kansas (26-3), Gonzaga (29-1), and Villanova (27-3) time for fine tuning, while bubble teams such as Syracuse (17-13) and Seton Hall (18-10) get a few more chances to impress the selection committee.

The top-ranked team in the nation is the Jayhawks, but Bovada lists Kansas (+800) as its fourth-most likely team to win the tournament – despite their six-game winning streak.

Conversely, the best of the bunch on Bovada is North Carolina (25-5; +500), and while the Tar Heels’ record isn’t the gaudiest, it includes three wins over Associated Press top-25 ranked squads in as many weeks. The bookmakers have taken notice, moving North Carolina from +1200 to their current position atop the betting table.

Momentum may just be on head coach Roy Williams’ side, and with two tournament titles already under his belt, that’s a bad sign for the field.

The previous top odds at Bovada were held by Gonzaga at +700, but the Bulldogs’ only loss of the year to BYU put a stop to their runaway regular season. Gonzaga (+750) now sits in third overall in terms of odds.

Among the other heavyweights offering odds of 10-1 or better are UCLA (26-3; +700) and Duke (22-7; +900).

For the Blue Devils, sitting as the 17th-ranked team in the nation according to the AP after entering the year as the preseason number one must be a tough pill to swallow. But even as head coach Mike Krzyzewski has been forced to use 10 different starting lineups, Duke has hung around to at least put itself in the national title discussion.

If you prefer longshots to leaders, Syracuse (17-13; +4000) offers a curious case from a betting perspective. After enjoying a surprise run to the Final Four last year, head coach Jim Boeheim turned over most of the Orange’s roster. That inexperience is evidenced by a lackluster regular season record, but Syracuse still has the ACC tournament to turn things around.

Last time we checked in the Orange were listed at +6600, but despite dropping two of three since then, they’ve climbed in Bovada’s estimation.

You can review the current odds posted for all 49 NCAA Tournament contenders via the table below:

2017 NCAA Tournament Winner Odds

Team NCAA Tournament Odds on 2/27
North Carolina +500
UCLA +700
Gonzaga +750
Kansas +800
Duke +900
Villanova +1100
Kentucky +1200
Oregon +1200
Louisville +1400
Arizona +1400
Florida +2500
Florida State +2500
Baylor +2800
West Virginia +2800
Virginia +2800
Wisconsin +2800
Purdue +2800
Maryland +4000
Syracuse +4000
Cincinnati +6600
Butler +6600
Notre Dame +7500
Southern Methodist +7500
Creighton +10000
Michigan State +10000
St. Mary’s CA +10000
Wichita State +10000
Iowa State +12500
Miami (FL) +15000
Xavier +20000
USC +20000
South Carolina +20000
Oklahoma State +20000
Indiana +25000
Michigan +25000
Northwestern +30000
Kansas State +30000
Dayton +30000
Marquette +30000
Virginia Tech +30000
Rhode Island +30000
California +50000
Seton Hall +50000
Alabama +50000
Clemson +50000
North Carolina State +50000
Wake Forest +50000
Monmouth +50000
Middle Tennessee +50000