Let the Dance Begin!

The time that so many of us wait for each and every year is finally here! If you are a fan of the pandemonium of March Madness this year should not disappoint. To me the field is wide open and even though I believe that there were a few mistakes by the committee this year, it should be a outstanding tournament. Before we take a look at the odds to cut down the nets, I do want to mention the teams I believe should have made it in and a couple that should have been left out. The first thing that pumped out at me was the exclusion of USC, while fellow Pac-12er Arizona St got in. USC was the #2 seed in the Pac-12 Tourney at 12-6 (23-11 overall) while Arizona St was the #8 seed at 8-10 (20-11 overall). While Arizona St was bounced in the first round of the conference tourney, USC played in the Championship game. The only argument for Arizona St was wins over #1 seeds Kansas And Xavier, but that was back in December. I also think that Oklahoma St deserved to be in over, in-state rival, Oklahoma. They both were 8-10 in conference play but Oklahoma St won 2 of 3 heads-up match-ups between these teams, including last weeks tourney game 71-60. Oklahoma started fast this year but lost 8 of their last 10 games, 11 of their last 15. Finally I would have taken St Marys-CA over Syracuse. St Marys may not have had as tough of a schedule but they did go 28-5 for the year including 1-1 versus Top-25 teams (win over Gonzaga). On the other hand, Syracuse was 20-13 overall and finished as the 11 seed in their conference tourney. They were just 1-7 versus Top-25 teams this year (win over Clemson). Louisville & Notre Dame also finished ahead of Syracuse in the ACC and did not get an invite to the NCAA. That being said, if your have to worry about being the 36th best at-large team, do you really have that big of an argument to play for a National Championship? That being said, lets take a look at the odds win the NCAA Tourney, along with each region.

ODDS TO WIN THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP
Villanova +570
Virginia +620
Duke +835
Michigan St +925
Purdue +1200
Arizona +1400
Kansas +1450
Michigan +1500
North Carolina +1650
Cincinnati +1675
Xavier +2450
Gonzaga +2550
Kentucky +4400
West Virginia +4400
Tennessee +5000
Wichita St +5800
Texas Tech +7500
Ohio St +8500
Auburn +8700
Houston +11000
Florida +12000
Butler +18000
Clemson +18000
Seton Hall +20500
TCU +21500
Texas A&M +23000
Miami-FL +27000
Texas +27000
Missouri +32500
Florida St +32500
Virginia Tech +35000
Arkansas +38000
Rhode Island +38000
Loyola-Chicago +38000
Oklahoma +44000
Alabama +47500
NC State +48500
Kansas St +55000
Creighton +55000
Nevada +55000
Providence +55000
UCLA +55000
San Diego St +65000
Davidson +75000
Arizona St +87500
St Bonaventure +110000
New Mexico St +125000
Syracuse +130000
Murray St +200000
Buffalo +250000
Marshall +300000
South Dakota St +300000
College of Charleston +400000
NC-Greensboro +400000
Bucknell +500000
All the remaining teams at +999999

ODDS TO WIN THE EAST REGION
Villanova +132
Purdue +290
West Virginia +740
Texas Tech +1100
Wichita St +1100
Florida +1900
Butler +3800
Alabama +4900
Virginia Tech +5500
Arkansas +6000
UCLA +6600
St Bonaventure +16000
Stephen F. Austin +26000
Murray St +36500
Marshall +36500
CS-Fullerton +105000
Radford +205000
Long Island +505000

ODDS TO WIN MIDWEST REGION
Duke +213
Michigan St +280
Kansas +300
Auburn +975
TCU +2150
Clemson +2250
Rhode Island +3300
Seton Hall +3800
New Mexico St +4900
Oklahoma +8700
NC State +9200
Arizona St +12000
Syracuse +12000
College of Charleston +31000
Bucknell +31000
Iona +105000
Pennsylvania +105000

ODDS TO WIN THE SOUTH REGION
Virginia +137
Cincinnati +330
Arizona +625
Tennessee +725
Kentucky +850
Miami-FL +4500
Nevada +5400
Texas +5500
Creighton +6600
Loyola-Chicago +7000
Kansas St +8000
Davidson +10000
Buffalo +23500
Wright St +31000
Georgia St +80000
UMBC +510000

ODDS TO WIN THE WEST REGION
North Carolina +275
Gonzaga +345
Xavier +485
Michigan +510
Ohio St +950
Houston +1450
Missouri +1750
Texas A&M +1850
Florida St +3300
Providence +4400
San Diego St +6000
South Dakota St +9000
NC-Greensboro +31000
Montana +52500
Lipscomb +100000
NC Central +150000
Texas Southern +250000

So there you go, it is time to start the dance. Who do you like heading in. Will the favorites live up to their seedings or will this be a year for Cinderlla to show up at the ball? Who are your biggest upsets in the first round and who may go deeper? Here at Razor Sharp Sports we had an outstanding run the Conference Tourneys and look to keep things rolling over the next few weeks. Make sure you check in for all of our winning action by going to Freeplays.com and clicking on Razor Sharp Sports! Good Luck and Let’s Go Dancing!!

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