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2019 March Madness Odds: Big Dance Begins

Selection Sunday is in the books, which means the NCAA Tournament bracket is nearly set in stone, and the 2019 March Madness odds have been updated.

After the First Four play-in games take place Tuesday and Wednesday, the 64-team field will be officially set, followed by First Round action on Thursday morning.

With the March Madness season finally at hand, sports bettors everywhere are eagerly eyeing the odds posted by online sportsbook Bovada. And in no surprise, a star-studded Duke squad sits atop the betting board as significant favorites.

Williamson Leads Duke as Favorites on 2019 March Madness Odds

As the most highly coveted NBA prospect since LeBron James, the 6’7” freshman Zion Williamson has certainly lived up to the hype.

After guiding the Blue Devils to a 23-2 record, Williamson went down in the first minute against archrival North Carolina in a game Duke would go on to lose. With him off the floor nursing an injury, Duke stumbled to a 3-2 record, including a one-point close call to a woeful Wake Forest team.

But after Williamson made his triumphant return for the ACC Tournament – a decision many basketball pundits believed was too risky given his draft stock – he averaged a team-leading 27 points per game in three easy victories.

Blessed with an uncanny blend of raw power, speed, and hops, Williamson will surely be the best player on the floor in any game Duke plays come tourney time. Accordingly, the Blue Devils (29-5) earned the top-seed in the tournament along with (+225) odds to win it all – making them a clear consensus favorite.

Those odds are nearly three times better than fellow #1 seeds Virginia (29-3) and Gonzaga (30-3), both of which offer a (+600) price.

Virginia is no stranger to top-seeded status, after last year’s historic loss in the First Round, the Cavaliers will be playing with an enormous chip on their shoulders. After #1 seeds beat their #16 seed opponents in 135 consecutive matchups, Virginia became the first to fall in a 20-point beatdown by the University of Maryland Baltimore County last March.

The Bulldogs have made the Tournament each and every year during head coach Mark Few’s two decades at the helm – but they’ve never broken through to become national champs. The last time Gonzaga was a #1 seed, however, they reached the title game before falling as runner-up to North Carolina.

Speaking of North Carolina (27-6), the #1 seed Tar Heels sit slightly lower on the title totem pole at (+750) on the 2019 March Madness odds. But with a pair of regular season wins over Duke, along with a 13-point blowout of Gonzaga, this top-seed knows it can handle the best competition the tournament can offer.

Plenty of Potential Cinderella Stories Offer Value at Tournament

If you’re looking for another #16 seed to make history this year, Iona (17-15) offers the best bet at (+100000) on the 2019 March Madness odds – but they’ll have to knock off North Carolina to cash the longshot ticket.

The other #16 seeds – Fairleigh Dickinson (20-13), Gardner Webb (23-11), N.C. Central (18-15), North Dakota State (18-15), and Prairie View A&M (22-12) – all sit at the bottom of the betting barrel with (+200000) odds.

A far more likely Cinderella scenario involves dark horses seeded in the #11 range, which is where Loyola-Chicago entered the tournaments before going on a rousing Final Four run.

This year’s top #11 seed contender would appear to be Belmont (26-5), after the Bruins cruised to a runner-up finish in the Ohio Valley Conference championship tournament. That tournament title was claimed by Murray State (27-4), a team led by NBA can’t-miss prospect Ja Morrant. As a #12 seed, the Racers can be backed for a (+20000) price on the 2019 March Madness odds.

Team (Regional Seed) NCAA Tournament Odds on March 18
Duke (#1) +225
Gonzaga (#1) +600
Virginia (#1) +600
North Carolina (#1) +750
Kentucky (#2) +1200
Michigan State (#2) +1200
Michigan (#2) +1600
Tennessee (#2) +1600
Texas Tech (#3) +2000
Auburn (#5) +3300
Florida State (#12) +3300
Houston (#3) +3300
Purdue (#3) +3300
Iowa State (#6) +4000
Virginia Tech (#4) +4000
LSU (#3) +5000
Villanova (#6) +5000
Kansas (#4) +5500
Kansas State (#4) +6000
Marquette (#5) +6000
Buffalo (#6) +8000
Cincinnati (#7) +8000
Louisville (#7) +8000
Nevada (#7) +8000
Wisconsin (#5) +8000
Syracuse (#8) +12500
Florida (#10) +15000
Maryland (#6) +15000
Mississippi State (#5) +15000
Oregon (#12) +15000
Wofford (#7) +15000
Iowa (#10) +20000
Murray State (#12) +20000
Central Florida (#9) +25000
Minnesota (#10) +25000
Mississippi (#8) +25000
New Mexico State (#12) +25000
Seton Hall (#10) +25000
Washington (#9) +25000
Ohio State (#11) +35000
Oklahoma (#9) +35000
Virginia Commonwealth (#8) +35000
Arizona State (#11) +50000
Baylor (#9) +50000
Belmont (#11) +50000
Georgia State (#14) +50000
Northern Kentucky (#14) +50000
Old Dominion (#14) +50000
Saint Louis (#13) +50000
St. Mary’s California (#11) +50000
St. John’s (#11) +50000
Temple (#11) +50000
Utah State (#8) +50000
Cal Irvine (#13) +100000
Iona (#16) +100000
Liberty (#12) +100000
Montana (#15) +100000
Northeastern (#13) +100000
Vermont (#13) +100000
Yale (#14) +100000
Abilene Christian (#15) +200000
Bradley (#15) +200000
Colgate (#15) +200000
Fairleigh Dickinson (#16) +200000
Gardner Webb (#16) +200000
N.C. Central (#16) +200000
North Dakota State (#16) +200000
Prairie View A&M (#16) +200000