Odds makers released a new updated NCAA National Championship futures boards prior to the start of this week’s Sweet 16 and Elite Eight.
No one was surprised to see the Kentucky Wildcats sitting at the top of the list with the shortest odds (even-money) since the team is 36-0 on the season and has had the shortest odds in the nation since the first set of odds were released following last season’s national championship game in April.
Arizona had its odds shortened by odds makers and the Wildcats how have the second shortest odds on the board at 5 to 1 up from last week’s 15 to 1. Odds makers leapfrogged the Wildcats over West Region No. 1 seed Wisconsin, which remained at 7 to 1 to win the national championship. Wisconsin will play North Carolina, while Arizona takes on Xavier in the Sweet 16.
Michigan State, which is seeded No. 7 also had its odds shortened from 60 to 1 to 12 to 1 when they qualified for the Sweet 16. The Spartans how have shorter odds to win the national title than do both Oklahoma the No. 3 seed and Louisville the No. 4 seed in the East Region. Despite their lower seed, the Spartans will be short favorites when they meet the Sooners on Friday in their Sweet 16 regional semifinal.
Kentucky as mentioned previously remained at even-money and has not changed since Selection Sunday. Following Kentucky and Arizona, the team with the third shortest odds is the Duke Blue Devils at 6 to 1. The Blue Devils odds did not change from last week.
The Sweet 16 round will have four games on Thursday followed by another four on Friday, after which the Elite Eight will have two games played on Saturday and another two on Sunday.
At the end of the weekend, the original 68 including the First Four, will have been whittled down to just four teams with the Final Four to be played on Saturday April 5 and the national championship will follow on Monday April 7.
Odds to Win 2015 NCAA National Championship
Kentucky even money
Arizona 5 to 1
Duke 6 to 1
Wisconsin 7 to 1
Gonzaga 12 to 1
Michigan State 12 to 1
North Carolina 25 to 1
Utah 25 to 1
Louisville 25 to 1
Oklahoma 30 to 1
Wichita State 30 to 1
Notre Dame 35 to 1
NC State 60 to 1
West Virginia 75 to 1
Xavier 75 to 1
UCLA 100 to 1