2017 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament OddsNoah Williams
The mayham hasn’t settled since Kris Jenkins nailed the game winning 3-point shot in the 2016 NCAA Tournament and already the online sports betting odds are out for the 2017 NCAA Basketball Tournament. The truth is that I was already checking out teams for next year’s tournament before this year’s tournament even began. That’s how much I love March Madness. Check out the odds along with a short blurb about each team.
2017 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Odds
- Duke 9/2 – Grayson “The Tripper” Allen returns. Coach K won’t have any trouble replacing likely NBA #1 Draft Pick Brandon Ingram because he’s recruited the Top 2 players in the nation to go to Durham, Harry Giles and Jayson Tatum.
- Kentucky 6/1 – If point-guard Tyler Ulis returns for his junior season, Kentucky is likely to be the favorite ahead of Duke. Ulis is that good.
- Villanova 8/1 – The defending champs lose 2 starters in Daniel Ochefu and Ryan Arcidiacono. But, Kris Jenkins and Josh Hart are staying. Jenkins and Hart and a solid supporting cast will make Villanova a threat to repeat.
- Louisville 10/1 – After taking a self-imposed post-season leave of absence in 2016, Louisville figures to make it to the Big Dance in 2016. But, Coach Rick Pitino won’t have a team nearly as talented as Kentucky, Villanova or Duke.
- Kansas 10/1 – As long as Bill Self coaches the Kansas Jayhawks, KU will have a shot to win the NCAA Tournament. Center Udoka Azubuike is 6’ 11’’ and weighs 270 pounds. He could dominate the paint in the Big 12.
- Michigan State 12/1 – Sparty loses Denzel Valentine to graduation. That’s too bad. It’s hard to envision Michigan State being as good of a team without Valentine.
- North Carolina 15/1 – Without Marcus Paige and Brice Johnson, the heart and soul of the 2016 National Champion Runner-ups, it’s going to be difficult for North Carolina to cut down the nets when March Madness rolls around.
- Arizona 20/1 – Coach Sean Miller brings in a real point-guard in 6’ 6” Kobi Simmons. Plus, Alonzo Trier will be a sophomore. This team could be a sleeper to win it all.
- Indiana 20/1 – The Hoosiers lived and died via the play of PG Yogi Ferrell. Ferrell won’t be in the backcourt next year. Need I write more?
- Oregon 20/1 – Supposedly Dillon Brooks is returning to Autzen. That should give Oregon hoops’ fans plenty to cheer about.
- Virginia 20/1 – If Coach Tony Bennett can find someone to replace Malcolm Brogdon, the Cavaliers might have a shot.