Despite claiming the top seed in the West, the Oregon Ducks are not the favorites to represent the region in the Final Four. That distinction belongs to the Oklahoma Sooners, but with a loaded bracket, there is far from a guarantee as to who will be in Houston.
OU is a slight +210 fave over Oregon (+275) according to Bet365.
Oklahoma flirted with the No.1 rank in the nation several times this season, but some late season struggles exposed the team. The Sooners are heavily reliant on the deep ball and their starting five, but their starters are shooting a combined 43 percent from beyond the arc.
Oregon gaining a No.1 seed got some interesting looks from armchair pundits, but it is a spot they have earned. The Ducks are riding an eight game winning streak heading into the tournament and are seeing a continued growth in freshman guard Tyler Dorsey.
There are a lot of intriguing teams in the West Region this season, but keep an eye out for St. Joseph’s. The Hawks have a harsh road ahead of them, but their responsible ball control and experience make them a tough out.
The Wisconsin Badgers are the top seed in the West Region of the 2015 NCAA Tournament, but it's the No. 2 Arizona Wildcats that opened as the favorites to come out on top in that quarter of the March Madness bracket at online sportsbook [custom:bovada-link].
At [custom:bovada-link] the Wildcats are the 8/5 favorite with the Badgers just behind them at 19/10 on the odds to win the West Region. Those schools are followed by No. 4 North Carolina at 10/1, No. 3 Baylor at 12/1, No. 10 Ohio State at 18/1, and No. 5 Arkansas and No. 7 VCU both at 20/1. No. 6 Xavier is holding down 22/1 odds.
Here's a look at the schedule of opening games for the West Region of the NCAA Tournament, with links to matchup reports for the contests along with the opening futures for the region.
West Regional - Los Angeles, California
(16) Coastal Carolina vs (1) Wisconsin - Matchup Report
(15) Texas Southern vs (2) Arizona - Matchup Report
(14) Georgia State vs (3) Baylor - Matchup Report
(13) Harvard vs (4) North Carolina - Matchup Report
(12) Wofford vs (5) Arkansas - Matchup Report
(11) BYU/Ole Miss vs (6) Xavier - Matchup Report
(10) Ohio State vs (7) VCU - Matchup Report
(9) Oklahoma State vs (8) Oregon - Matchup Report
Odds to Win West Region of 2015 NCAA Tournament at [custom:bovada-link]:
Arizona #2 8/5
Wisconsin #1 19/10
North Carolina #4 10/1
Baylor #3 12/1
Ohio State #10 18/1
Arkansas #5 20/1
VCU #7 20/1
Xavier #6 22/1
BYU #11 40/1
Oklahoma State #9 50/1
Ole Miss #11 50/1
Oregon #8 50/1
Wofford #12 75/1
Harvard #13 100/1
Georgia State #14 150/1
Coastal Carolina #16 300/1
Texas Southern #15 300/1