March Madness 2016 begins Tuesday with the NCAA Tournament kicking off with the play-in games starting in Dayton, Ohio. This college basketball season has been a very fluid one, but two teams stand head-and-shoulders above rest, according to the odds at least.
Kansas at 5-1 and Michigan State at 11-2 are both +500 to be the last team standing in Houston in April, according to the latest odds from Bovada.
North Carolina (7-1), Kentucky (10-1), Virginia (12-1) and Oregon and Oklahoma (both 14-1) are the next teams in line.
Both the Jayhawks and Spartans won their respective conference tournaments and feature some of the country’s best players. With Denzel Valentine leading the way for Tom Izzo’s men and Wayne Selden doing the same for Bill Self’s crew. It also doesn’t hurt that both Self and Izzo have a long track records of March success, as well as championship rings to boot.
Kansas, Michigan State, North Carolina and Oklahoma are the favorites to win their respective regions. Individual game lines are not out yet.
You can read all of Bovada’s updated odds here.
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