March Madness is officially on. The brackets are set. WagerTalk and William Hill of the U.S. have teamed to provide the userbase with the latest Odds to Win the 2018 Big Dance. Odds to Win 2018 Men’s NCAA Tournament from William Hill.
In addition here is a quick rundown from what teams are where, playing whom and their seeds, from today’s NCAA College Basketball Selection Show:
No. 1 Xavier vs. No. 16 North Carolina Central/Texas Southern
No. 8 Missouri vs. No. 9 Florida State
No. 5 Ohio State vs. No. 12 South Dakota State
No. 4 Gonzaga vs. No. 13 UNC-Greensboro
No. 6 Houston vs. No. 13 San Diego State
No. 3 Michigan vs. No. 14 Montana
No. 7 Texas A&M vs. No. 10 Providence
No. 2 North Carolina vs. No. 15 Lipscomb
No. 1 Kansas vs. No. 16 Pennsylvania
No. 8 Seton Hall vs. No. 9 North Carolina State
No. 5 Clemson vs. No. 12 New Mexico State
No. 4 Auburn vs. No. 13 College of Charleston
No. 6 TCU vs. No. 11 Arizona State/Syracuse
No. 3 Michigan State vs. No. 14 Bucknell
No. 7 Rhode Island vs. No. 10 Oklahoma
No. 2 Duke vs. No. 15 Iona
No. 1 Villanova vs. No. 16 LIU Brooklyn/Radford
No. 8 Virginia Tech vs. No. 9 Alabama
No. 5 West Virginia vs. No. 12 Murray State
No. 4 Wichita State vs. No. 13 Marshall
No. 6 Florida vs. No. 11 St. Bonaventure/UCLA
No. 3 Texas Tech vs. Stephen F. Austin
No. 7 Arkansas vs. No. 10 Butler
No. 2 Purdue vs. No. 15 Cal State Fullerton
No. 1 Virginia vs. No. 16 Maryland Baltimore County
No. 8 Creighton vs. No. 9 Kansas State
No. 5 Kentucky vs. No. 12 Davidson
No. 4 Arizona vs. No. 13 Buffalo
No. 6 Miami (Fla.) vs. No. 11 Loyola (Ill.)
No. 3 Tennessee vs. No. 14 Wright State
No. 7 Nevada vs. No. 10 Texas
No. 2 Cincinnati vs. No. 15 Georgia State
While the opening games are always exciting. And Thursday and Friday contests are college basketball thrills from dusk to dawn. There are some potential Game #2’s that are more than just intriguing. One example is a potential matchup between UK and U of A. Who wouldn’t want to watch Coach Cal and the young Kentucky Wildcats attempt to contain the best player in college basketball, Deandre Ayton, of the Arizona Wildcats.
The Monday morning office water cooler’s will be busy. Why is the second best team in the Pac-12, Southern California, not part of the “Dance’? which made the Pac-12 tournament final last night. The eighth place Pac-12 finishers, Arizona State, are in. And they play tradition rich college basketball power Syracuse who had a weak resume.
Saint Mary’s, which finished No. 23 in the final USA TODAY Sports men’s poll, didn’t receive an at-large invite.
The hoop fanatics in Stillwater are fuming that their rivals from Norman, the Sooners are in and their Cowboys are not. Oklahoma State was a better and more deserving team at the end of the regular season. Oklahoma hasn’t won a game since January while Oki State defeated the Sooners and Kansas twice.
A number of bubble team’s that are headed to the CIT or NIT have beefs. The SEC Alabama Crimson Tide are dancing. Bama is the first 15-loss team to get at-large berth since the league began playing the conference postseason tournament.
Las Vegas’ William Hill has updated their Odds to Win the Big Dance.
Odds to Win 2018 Men’s NCAA Tournament from William Hill