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UCLA is the favorite, according to Las Vegas

Posted on: March 18, 2008 5:36 pm
Edited on: March 20, 2008 3:24 pm
 

NEW YORK -- The oddsmakers have weighed in on the NCAA tournament.

(What, you thought gamblers were going to sit this one out?)

UCLA, with 7-to-2 odds, is the favorite to win the national title (according to Bodog), followed by North Carolina (4/1), Kansas (5/1), Memphis (6-1) and three programs -- Georgetown, Texas and Duke -- getting 14-to-1 odds. You can probably tell by that that the four No. 1 seeds are the favorites to take their regions. That makes sense. But if you like somebody besides UCLA, UNC, Kansas or Memphis to win the national title, you can take the entire field against the top seeds, and if anybody besides UCLA, UNC, Kansas or Memphis wins the national title you'll make $130 for every $100 wagered.

Translation: It'll be a major surprise if somebody besides a No. 1 seed wins the national title.

Anyway, North Carolina's Tyler Hansbrough is the favorite to be the Final Four's Most Outstanding Player. You can get him at 4-to-1. After that, it's UCLA's Kevin Love (7/1), Memphis' Chris Douglas-Roberts (8/1), Kansas' Brandon Rush (10/1), UCLA's Darren Collison (10/1), North Carolina's Ty Lawson (12/1), Tennessee's Chris Lofton (15/1), Kansas' Darrell Arthur (15/1), Memphis' Derrick Rose ( 15/1), Duke's Kyle Singler (15/1) and Texas' D.J. Augustin (19/1).
 
As for the first round, the biggest spread is UCLA minus-32 against Mississippi Valley State. The smallest is Miami minus-1 against Saint Mary's.  And just so you know, my super-duper, 10-star lock of the century is Xavier minus-8 over Georgia. I think I'm calling that the Dream-Stops-Here Thursday Guarantee/Get-Rich-Or-Die-Trying Extra Special Tip-off Special of the Year.

Or something like that.
Category: NCAAB
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Since: Feb 26, 2008
Posted on: March 20, 2008 12:18 am
 

UCLA is the favorite, according to Las Vegas

UNC is about as close as you can come to a lock.  Kansas isnt, and Memphis will be gone before the great eight.  UCLA might have what it takes but I just dont think so.  UNC should be about 3 to 1 to win it all...



Since: Mar 12, 2007
Posted on: March 19, 2008 8:49 pm
 

UCLA is the favorite, according to Las Vegas

I got Memphis and Kansas in the Final. But I would not bet against any of the top 8 seeds!



Since: Mar 17, 2008
Posted on: March 19, 2008 2:53 am
 

UCLA is the favorite, according to Las Vegas

UCLA might be the favorite, but I wouldn't bet the mortgage on them. As a Kansas fan, 5 to 1 sounds good to me, but bet with your head, not your heart. So the only advice I would give is save your money on Rush as MOP as Kansas doesn't look to one guy and are able to score from all five positions. Arthur is a better value and I am most comfortable with Mario Chalmers if it would come down to a Championship game last second shot. Take it for what it is.



Since: Mar 17, 2008
Posted on: March 19, 2008 12:46 am
 

UCLA is the favorite, according to Las Vegas

UCLA is a definite favorite to make the Final Four with that cake bracket but I've got them losing to Kansas in the Championship.



Since: Feb 16, 2007
Posted on: March 18, 2008 11:50 pm
 

UCLA is the favorite, according to Las Vegas

If you can't see UNC is the favorites at this point you haven't been paying attention.


Viktor Crapper
Since: Sep 22, 2007
Posted on: March 18, 2008 8:03 pm
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