March Madness Updated Odds: Who Will Win It All?

March Madness Updated Odds: Who Will Win It All?

Ryan Knuppel
1 year ago
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Houston Cougars bench cheers after made basket

March Madness is right around the corner as the 2023 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament officially begins with play-in games on Tuesday, March 14. We're less than four weeks away from the start of the 64-team tournament, and conference regular season play is nearing its conclusion.

At this point in the season, there's still time for teams to get hot and go on a run to move further up the national rankings and secure a better tournament seed, but most of the contenders have already shown themselves. 

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Outright Betting Odds

Houston +700

Alabama +850

Purdue +900

Kansas +1000

UCLA +1000

Arizona +1400

Baylor +1400

Houston Rises Up Rankings

The Houston Cougars have never won the NCAA national championship (they were runners-up in 1983 and 1984), but this could be the year. 

The AAC isn't as strong as the Big Ten or some of the other NCAA conferences, but the Cougars have, for the most part, dominated their competition. They routinely win by double digits and, outside of conference opponents, have wins over ranked teams like Virginia and Saint Mary's. They did, however, lose 71-65 to Alabama in December.

Edey A Dominant Force For Purdue

Zach Edey has been far-and-away the best player in college basketball this season. He's almost a lock for NCAA Player of the Year and is a major reason why the Boilermakers went from unranked to No. 1 in the country this season.

Edey, a 7-foot-4 center, is still only in his junior season and has been giving teams problems all season long. He's averaging 22.2 points, 13 rebounds, and 2.3 blocks per game on 62.8 percent shooting. He has scored 30-plus points, including a career-high 38, in two of his last five games.

"We couldn't cover him," MSU coach Tom Izzo said about Edey last week. "He's bigger than any player I've ever coached against, he's more skilled with his hands than any player I've coached against."

Alabama Rising To The Top

Alabama reached the top of the AP Top 25 for just the second time in program history this week, and it's well deserved. The Crimson Tide are 22-3 this season, including a perfect 12-0 at home. They score a remarkable 83.4 PPG, sixth in the nation, and have the 11th-best defensive rating (92.8) in the country.

While they've dominated SEC opponents, Alabama hasn't played a top-25-ranked team since December 17, when it lost 100-90 against 13th-ranked Gonzaga. They also lost 82-67 to 20th-ranked Connecticut in November.

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