2014 College Basketball Predictions: Who Will Win the NCAA Tournament?
The college basketball regular season is coming to a close and the conference tournaments will begin in a few weeks. After the conference tournaments conclude all eyes will turn to selection Sunday as the field for the NCAA Tournament will be set. Although over 60 teams enter the tournament there are only a few who have a realistic chance at cutting down the nets in April.
According to the latest odds to win the NCAA Tournament, the favorites to win it all may not be the team you think it is.
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It could be argued that the Syracuse Orange are the best team in college basketball. They have yet to lose a game, despite playing a difficult schedule. They have one of the best coaches in the country and have benefited from some of the most electrifying wins this season.
With Tyler Ennis leading the way and a suffocating zone defense, the Orange have a great chance to win it all.
Bet on the Syracuse Orange to win the NCAA Tournament
The Kansas Jayhawks join the Orange as the two teams that are (6-to-1) to win the NCAA Tournament. They have big names on this squad to include the highly touted Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid, yet they are still not getting love as championship contenders. Kansas center Embiid could miss time with back and knee injuries, and just how much could determine whether the Jayhawks still have a shot at landing a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament. His health could make or break a tournament run for this team. Kansas is a top team predicted to make a run for the title, but the biggest favorite to win it all is the Florida Gators.
Bet on the Kansas Jayhawks to win the NCAA Tournament
The current favorite to cut down the nets in April is the Florida Gators. The Gators are riding a 17-game winning streak and are steamrolling the opposition. The Gators have taken out everything and everybody in their
path including Kansas, Memphis and 12 SEC opponents including six on the road. One thing that the Gators have that other teams do not is experience. Florida starts four seniors and a sophomore who was a top 100 recruit and although they have never been to a Final Four they have plenty of poise and focus. The Gators are the hands-down favorite to win it all, but there are a few dark horses that can surprise the field.
Bet on the Florida Gators to win the NCAA Tournament
Underdogs who could win the NCAA Tournament
It is difficult to call all of these teams’ dark horses or underdogs, but these higher odds make them teams to watch as the tournament gets closer.
Duke Blue Devils (+1200) –never count out coach K and the Blue Devils. They have been inconsistent all season, but when they are at their best they are nearly unstoppable. The Blue Devils who won their eighth in nine games are led by Jabari Parker as the ACC’s top 3-point shooting team. If they are hot from beyond the arc they can make a run in the tournament.
Arizona Wildcats (+1200) –the Wildcats started the season as the No. 1 team, but have fallen out of favor with recent losses. This team still has enough talent to go deep in this tournament and make a run for the title.
Wichita State Shockers (+1000) –the odds for the Shockers are very tempting considering they have yet to lose a game. They are one of only 21 teams in NCAA history to win their first 27 games, extended their school-record winning streak and are 14-0 in conference play for the first time in school history. They went to the Final Four a year ago and are no stranger to the big stage.
These odds are subject to change leading up to the start of the tournament, so if you like the current odds, now is the time to bet on your favorite team to win the NCAA Tournament.
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