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March Madness: National Title Odds Entering the Sweet 16

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The 2015 NCAA Tournament has lived up to the hype and produced multiple down-to-the-wire games in the first weekend. Following Sunday’s action, the Sweet Sixteen is now set. There are several familiar faces, and a few surprises remaining in the field. With a No. 1 and a No. 2 seed already falling, several brackets have been busted, and the odds to take home the 2015 national championship have been significantly altered. The team favored to win the title has not changed, but Vegas has adjusted the championship odds for the remaining top contenders in the field. With that, here is a look at the 2015 men’s college basketball national title odds heading into the Sweet Sixteen.

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Joe Robbins/Getty Images

Midwest Region

The Kentucky Wildcats remain the heavy favorites to be the team cutting down the nets in Indianapolis. According to the oddsmakers in Vegas, Notre Dame has the best chance at upsetting the Wildcats to advance to the Final Four, followed by Wichita State, and West Virginia. If Kentucky’s first two tournament games are any indication, they will be extremely tough for any team in the field to beat. John Calipari’s squad defeated Hampton and Cincinnati by an average of 18 points in their first two contests and appear to be poised to handle the pressure of chasing a perfect season. At this point, it would be a monumental upset if Kentucky gets knocked off before the Final Four.

Kentucky

  • Odds:  10/11

Notre Dame

  • Odds:  25/1

Wichita State

  • Odds:  40/1

West Virginia

  • Odds:  75/1
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West Region

Two of the top threats to Kentucky’s perfect season reside in the West region. The Arizona Wildcats have been dominant in their two tournament games, defeating Texas Southern and Ohio State by an average of 19 points per game. Sean Miller’s crew appears to be peaking at the right time of the season, and is currently the top national title contender not named Kentucky in the field of 16. The Wisconsin Badgers are another serious national championship contender in the West region, and like Arizona, the Badgers have taken care of business in their first two tournament games. While they haven’t been as dominant as Arizona, Wisconsin did survive a scare from the red-hot Oregon Ducks that will only make them stronger going forward. The other two teams in the West, North Carolina and Xavier, are viewed by Vegas as long shots at this time.

Arizona

  • Odds:  5/1

Wisconsin

  • Odds:  15/2

North Carolina

  • Odds:  25/1

Xavier

  • Odds:  75/1
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Grant Halverson/Getty Images

East Region

The East region got a major shake-up on Saturday and Sunday when No. 1 seed Villanova and No. 2 seed Virginia both lost in the round of 32. The highest remaining seed in this region is Oklahoma, a No. 3 seed. Ironically, Vegas has given the Sooners the worst national title odds in the region at 40/1. Michigan State has once again proven that their seeding doesn’t matter, as Tom Izzo’s crew are the heavy favorites to win the East region, and have a legitimate national title shot despite landing a No. 7 seed from the tournament selection committee. Louisville and NC State round out the East region, with Vegas viewing both as national title long shots going forward.

Michigan State

  • Odds:  10/1

Louisville

  • Odds:  30/1

N.C. State

  • Odds:  40/1

Oklahoma

  • Odds:  40/1
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Bob Leverone/Getty Images

South Region

The top two national title contenders in the South region, Duke and Gonzaga, are two of the biggest threats remaining in Kentucky’s quest of winning the eighth national title in program history. The Duke Blue Devils have been dominant behind Jahlil Okafor, winning their first two tournament games by an average of 24 points. Coach K and his players have made it clear that they have their eyes set on a national title, and they just may be talented enough to pull it off this year. Likewise, the Gonzaga Bulldogs have arguably the most talented team in program history, and have also been dominant in their first two tournament games. The South region is rounded out by the Utah Utes, who are talented enough to make a surprise run, and the UCLA Bruins, who have the worst national title odds of any team remaining in the Sweet Sixteen.

Duke

  • Odds:  7/1

Gonzaga

  • Odds:  15/1

Utah

  • Odds:  25/1

UCLA

  • Odds:  100/1

 

All odds courtesy of Sportsbook.ag.