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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 [custom:bodog-link].

Odds to Win WEST Region - lines courtesy of [custom:bodog-link], 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