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Are you ready to place your bets on the college basketball championship? Bodog Sportsbook has you covered for betting on the NCAAB tournament games online. The Duke Blue Devils are no longer the top picks on the March Madness lines – it’s the Virginia Cavaliers leading the four remaining teams in the tournament. Who will you be betting on?

 

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The Duke Blue Devils couldn’t dodge all the bullets fired at them. They were on top of the March Madness betting odds all season long, but Duke didn’t even make it to the Final Four at the 2019 NCAAB Division I Men’s College Basketball Tournament. A pair of near-misses during the Second Round and the Sweet Sixteen were followed up by an equally dramatic one-point loss in the Elite Eight. In the end, the Blue Devils failed to cover any of their four games at the Big Dance.

 

NCAA March Madness Betting Preview: The Current Favorites It was open season on No. 1 seeds last week. Joining Duke on the list of victims: the North Carolina Tar Heels, who lost in the Sweet Sixteen, and the Gonzaga Bulldogs, who were tripped up in the Elite Eight. It was a rough week for No. 2 seeds, as well; the Michigan Wolverines and Tennessee Volunteers got tossed from the Tournament, then the Kentucky Wildcats followed suit.

 

That leaves the No. 1 Virginia Cavaliers as the only top seeds to win their region. After surviving the South, they’re the leading favourites on the March Madness lines heading into the Final Four, which begins this Saturday at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. Winning the title would be the best redemption possible for Virginia after their historic First Round loss to the No. 16 UMBC Retrievers at last year’s Big Dance. But are the Cavaliers up to the task?

 

1. Virginia Cavaliers: +150 Odds to win March Madness

 

There’s no one else more qualified in Division I. Virginia (33-3 SU, 25-11 ATS) were overshadowed by Duke all season long in the ACC, but the advanced stats have been in their corner. From an efficiency standpoint, the Cavs were the only team to rank in the top five on both offense and defense. And that’s despite having no prospects listed in the Top 30 of their class. Top scorer De’Andre Hunter was the No. 74-ranked prospect in 2016, although he’s now considered a Top 10 pick at the 2019 NBA Draft.

 

Hunter and the Cavs still have some work to do. Their Final Four matchup on Saturday (6:09 PM ET, CBS) is against the No. 5 Auburn Tigers, who have already slain many giants at this tournament. Virginia are 5-point favourites at press time after opening at –5.5 on the March Madness odds board. Both teams feature elite offenses, but Auburn’s defence could be their undoing – as we’ll discuss further in a moment.

 

2. Michigan State Spartans: +185 Odds to win March Madness

 

Heading into the Elite Eight, the No. 2-seed Spartans (32-6 SU, 27-11 ATS) were 3-point underdogs against Duke, and head coach Tom Izzo was 1-11 SU and 6-5-1 ATS lifetime versus Mike Krzyzewski and the Blue Devils. However, Michigan State were arguably the better overall team on paper, having come out of this year’s toughest conference: the Big Ten. They won 68-67, thanks to 20 points and 10 assists from Cassius Winston, the Big Ten Player of the Year.

 

Michigan State also boasts a veteran lineup, unlike the collection of one-and-done players at Duke, and that should help carry them forward into Saturday’s Final Four battle (8:49 PM ET, CBS) with the No. 3 Texas Tech Red Raiders. The Spartans are laying 2.5 points at press time, down from –3 at the open; again, the favourites are well balanced on both sides of the ball, while the underdogs are relatively lacking on offense.

 

3. Texas Tech Red Raiders: +425 Odds to win March Madness

 

If you’re looking for the best defence in college basketball, look no further than the Red Raiders (30-6 SU, 19-16-1 ATS). They’re responsible for knocking both Michigan (–2) and Gonzaga (–5) out of the Tournament; the Wolverines managed to score only 44 points against Texas Tech, making just one of their 19 attempts from long range, while the Bulldogs shot just 7-of-29 from the perimeter.

 

Head coach Chris Beard deserves all the credit in the world for the work he’s done rebuilding the Red Raiders since taking the reins from Tubby Smith. Beard is now the two-time Big 12 Coach of the Year, after earning the same honors in the Lone Star and Sun Belt conferences. You won’t find any blue-chip recruits on Beard’s squad – it’s graduate transfers Tariq Owens (formerly with St. John’s) and Matt Mooney (South Dakota), along with a rag-tag collection of JUCO transfers and sophomore guard Jarrett Culver, now a potential Top 10 NBA draft pick after leading Texas Tech in scoring. But do they have enough offensive firepower alongside Culver to take down Michigan State?

 

4. Auburn Tigers: +600 Odds to win March Madness

 

There’s no shortage of offense when it comes to the Tigers (30-9 SU, 21-16-1 ATS) – except for Chuma Okeke, the team’s best player and a two-way superstar in the making. Okeke tore his ACL during Auburn’s 97-80 Sweet Sixteen victory over North Carolina (–6), after dropping 20 points and 11 rebounds on the Tar Heels. Then Okeke watched from the sidelines as the Tigers upset Kentucky 77-71 in overtime, cashing in as 5-point underdogs. The Tar Heels and Wildcats both had their flaws coming into the tournament; Virginia will be a tougher nut to crack, especially with Okeke out of the picture.

 

But it’s not impossible. Much like the Red Raiders, head coach Bruce Pearl has built a veteran-laden team since taking the top job from Tony Barbee in 2014. Pearl has a bit more talent to work with, including forwards Danjel Purifoy and Horace Spencer, his top recruits from the Class of 2015. They’ve played a more limited role for Pearl this year, but with Okeke out, Purifoy and Spencer will both have to step up and provide the defence Auburn need to get past the Cavaliers. What do you think of the NCAAB odds this year? Who are you picking to win the NCAAB tourney?

 

 

*Odds as of April 3, 2018

 

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