Futures Betting Guide for the 2017 NCAA Tournament Bracket

Aside from the Final Four, the most anticipated day in all of college basketball is Selection Sunday, when 68 of the nation’s top teams, conference champions and at-large bids, are officially tabbed to compete in the NCAA Division 1 men’s basketball tournament.

And after yesterday’s Selection Sunday announcement, the 2017 NCAA tournament bracket is officially set – signaling the start of feverish betting on first-round games.

With the full field now set, and the path to potential regional-deciding matchups clear, online sportsbook Bovada has released championship odds for each of the 68 contenders.

At the top of the bracket, Villanova (31-3) earned the tournament’s top overall seed out of the East Region. Even so, these Wildcats find themselves tied with those from Arizona (30-4) – the second-seed in the South – along with the top-seeded Jayhawks of Kansas (28-4) in the Midwest, with odds of (+800) to win it all.

That puts the trio in third place, behind top-seeded North Carolina (27-7; +700) in the South, and Bovada’s favorite to win it all Duke (27-8; +600) in the East.

The fact that the Blue Devils have fewer wins and a non-number one seed, but still sit atop the betting board, speaks to the experience of legendary head coach Mike Krzyzewski. It takes players to put up points though, and Duke is powered by sophomore guard Luke Kennard and freshman forward Jayson Tatum in that regard.

Another role reversal in terms of seeding comes from the West, where top-seeded Gonzaga (32-1; +900) has the best win-loss record in the land – but not the best odds to win a title out of their region. That honor goes to aforementioned Arizona, who many bracketologists are labeling a dark horse candidate to down the ‘Zags en route to the Final Four in their backyard of Glendale, Arizona.

While bettors have 68 teams to choose from, only 24 of those offer odds better than 100 to 1, so more than one-third of the bracket is ostensibly comprised of Cinderella stories that aren’t likely to be told.

In terms of value, teams like Louisville (24-8; +1600) – the second-seed in the Midwest – and the East’s third seed Baylor (25-7; +2800) are decent sleeper picks.

The four “play-in” games take place on Tuesday and Wednesday, while full-fledged First Round action tips off on Thursday and Friday. For odds on all 68 NCAA tournament contenders, as offered by Bovada, see the table below:

2017 NCAA Tournament Odds

Team NCAA Tournament Odds on 3/13
Duke +600
North Carolina +700
Kansas +800
Villanova +800
Arizona +800
Gonzaga +900
Kentucky +1000
UCLA +1000
Louisville +1600
Oregon +2200
Purdue +2200
West Virginia +2500
Michigan +2500
Baylor +2800
Florida +3300
Florida State +3300
Virginia +4000
Iowa State +4000
Notre Dame +4000
SMU +4000
Butler +6600
Wichita State +6600
Wisconsin +6600
St. Mary’s (CA) +7500
Cincinnati +10000
Maryland +10000
Michigan State +10000
Minnesota +10000
Oklahoma State +10000
Creighton +15000
South Carolina +15000
Northwestern +20000
Rhode Island +20000
Virginia Tech +20000
Arkansas +25000
Kansas State +25000
Miami (FL) +25000
Middle Tennessee State +25000
Providence +25000
Seton Hall +25000
USC +25000
Virginia Commonwealth +25000
Vanderbilt +25000
Wake Forest +25000
Xavier +25000
Dayton +30000
Marquette +50000
Nevada +50000
Princeton +50000
Bucknell +100000
East Tennessee State +100000
Florida Gulf Coast +100000
Iona +100000
Jacksonville State +100000
Kent State +100000
Mount St. Mary’s +100000
NC Central +100000
NC Wilmington +100000
New Mexico State +100000
New Orleans +100000
North Dakota +100000
Northern Kentucky +100000
South Dakota State +100000
Texas Southern +100000
Troy +100000
UC Davis +100000
Winthrop +100000
Vermont +100000