West Regional Odds Duke Favored
Last year’s champion earned another No. 1 seed with a stellar season in the ACC, although they lost to UNC in the conference title game.
Duke is a significant favorite in odds to win the West Regional this year, comfortably ahead of San Diego State. The Spartans have been to the tournament four times since 1985 and never won a game.
That will change for the 2-seeds who open with Northern Colorado.
But many like UConn to outlast the Spartans in the West and the Huskies are 9/2 odds with Kemba Walker leading the way. Texas is also 9/2, rated first in the final college basketball power rankings here at OddsShark.com, but some view them as a possible first-round upset victim.
Arizona isn’t safe at No. 5 as 20/1 odds because of a tough Memphis squad sitting at No. 12.
Penn State is an 80/1 longshot, tied with Michigan and Oakland, the 13 seed. Missouri struggled badly but was a Top 10 ranked team at one point and Cincinnati is another Big east that could cause trouble for the top seeds. The Bearcats are 22/1 odds at Bovada.
Odds to Win WEST Region - lines courtesy of Bovada, home of the $25K Guaranteed Cash Bracket Buster.
1 Duke 5/4
2 San Diego State 7/2
3 Connecticut 9/2
4 Texas 9/2
5 Arizona 20/1
6 Cincinnati 22/1
11 Missouri 30/1
7 Temple 40/1
9 Tennessee 75/1
8 Michigan 80/1
10 Penn State 80/1
12 Memphis 80/1
13 Oakland 80/1
14 Bucknell 200/1
15 Northern Colorado 200/1
16 Hampton 200/1