March Madness Odds
March 10, 2011
Ohio State (4/1) has the best odds to win the Big Dance this season and they are solid on both ends of the court ranking 12th in the nation in scoring and 11th in the nation in opponents’ points allowed. They have a solid inside/outside game and they ended the regular season well winning their last 4 games. This season the Buckeyes were 6-2 against ranked teams. One concern for Ohio State is that they only rank 227th in the nation in rebounds per game.
Kansas (5/1) won their last 5 games of the season and they are one of the highest scoring teams in the nation and they have a good defense. The Morris twins, who are combining for over 30 ppg and over 15 rpg this season, lead them. The Jayhawks won 4 of their 5 games against ranked teams this season.
Duke (7/1) is the defending champion and while they have a good all-around team they lost 2 of their last 3 games of the season including the season finale, which cost them a chance to win the ACC. Still, Duke knows how to win, but if stud freshman G Kyrie Irving does not come back from injury to play in the NCAA tournament they may not have a shot.
Even though Pitt is at 8/1 they may be a great betting pick. The Panthers rank 52nd in the nation in scoring, 6th in rebounding, and 15th in the nation in opponents’ points per game. They played a killer schedule, as they won the Big East, which has 7 teams ranked in the top 25.
North Carolina (11/1) beat Duke in the season finale to win the ACC title and they ended the season on fire winning their last 7 games. The Tar Heels can score and they have the top-ranked rebounding team in the nation, but their defense only ranks 142nd in the nation in opponents’ points scored per game.
Purdue (13/1) lost their last game of the season, but they were 4-2 facing ranked opponents. Their two big guns of JaJuan Johnson (20.5 ppg 8.1 rpg) and E'Twaun Moore (18.3 ppg 5.2 rpg) will have to carry the Boilermakers, as they are not a deep team.
Texas (13/1) is solid on both ends of the court, but they struggled down the stretch losing 3 of their last 5 games.
Here are the teams with the top 35 odds to win the NCAA tournament as of March 9th and to check the entire list of teams check Sportsbook.com.
Ohio St 4/1
North Carolina 11/1
Notre Dame 16/1
San Diego St 19/1
Kansas St 26/1
St Johns 41/1
U Conn 41/1
Field (Any Other Team) 101/1
Texas A&M 101/1
West Virginia 101/1
Michigan St 151/1