The 2016 NCAA Tournament gets under way this week and will conclude on Monday night April 4, 2016. Here is a list of the betting odds for each team to win the 2016 NCAA Tournament.
The odds below are for each team to win the entire 2016 NCAA Tournament and have nothing to do with each team’s chances of winning in any round. Some of the very high odds teams below will defeat some of the lower odds teams in the first round but have no real chance to win the tournament this year.
T-1. Kansas, North Carolina, Michigan State – 5 to 1 odds each
Kansas and North Carolina are #1 seeds while Michigan State is a #2. Obviously Las Vegas does not agree with the selection committees seeding. North Carolina has won five titles, while Kansas has three championships and Michigan State has two.
4. Kentucky – 12 to 1
Kentucky is a #4 seed in the 2016 NCAA Tournament but Las Vegas thinks the Wildcats are the fourth best team in the tournament based upon their 12 to 1 odds to win it all. Kentucky has eight NCAA Tournament championships which is second all-time to UCLA’s 11.
5. Virginia – 15 to 1
Virginia was given a #1 seed in the tournament but the Cavaliers have just the 5th lowest odds to win it all. Generally, you should stay away from teams that have trouble scoring in the NCAA Tournament and Virginia averaged just 70.4 points per game which ranked 246th this season.Virginia has never won this tournament.
T-6. Oregon, Villanova – 18 to 1 odds each
Oregon is a #1 seed and Villanova a #2 seed. Both schools have won the NCAA Tournament once each. Villanova has a bad history of losing in the tournament lately as a high seed.
8. Oklahoma – 20 to 1
Oklahoma has yet to win a NCAA Tournament. The Sooners are a #2 seed and they will go as far as Buddy Hield can take them. Oklahoma was 19-2 at one point this season but then finished the season going 6-5 over their last 11 games.
T-9. Xavier, Duke, West Virginia – 25 to 1 odds each
Duke is the defending champion but the Blue Devils probably don’t have the consistent firepower to win it all this year. Duke has won five NCAA Tournaments, while West Virginia and Xavier are looking for their first titles. All three are unlikely to win it all this year.
T-12. Indiana, Maryland, Miami – 30 to 1 odds each
Indiana makes .501 of their shots from the field and averages 82.3 points per game which is tied for 11th best this season with North Carolina. The Hoosiers could make a run this year as they go for their sixth title. Maryland has one NCAA title and Miami is going for number one.
T-15. Purdue, Cal – 35 to 1 odds each
Purdue has the big men to win it all this year but probably not the guards to get them that far. The Boilermakers have yet to win the NCAA Tournament but Cal did win the Big Dance once back in 1959.
T-17. Texas A&M, Arizona – 40 to 1 odds each
John Calipari complained about Kentucky being seeded behind Texas A&M and the odds makers certainly agree as Texas A&M is 40 to 1 to win it all and Kentucky is just 12 to 1 odds. Arizona won the tournament in 1997 while A&M goes for its first title.
19. Utah – 45 to 1
Believe it or not but the Utah Utes won the NCAA Tournament back in 1944. Utah is a very unlikely winner this year.
20. Baylor – 50 to 1
Baylor is also going for its first NCAA Tournament championship. The Bears have the 79th best offense in college basketball this season scoring 77.2 points per game.
T-21. Texas, Iowa State – 60 to 1 odds each
Texas lost 12 games this season while Iowa State lost 11. Your bucking very high odds if you want to bet either of these teams to win it all with that many losses. Neither school has ever won the NCAA Tournament.
T-23. Wichita State, Wisconsin, Seton Hall, Notre Dame, Iowa – 75 to 1 odds each
Out of these five teams with 75 to 1 odds each only Wisconsin (1941) has ever won the NCAA Tournament. Seton Hall is really on a roll and they probably have the best shot of this bunch, though, Notre Dame can beat anybody if they make their threes.
T-28. UConn, Gonzaga, Providence, Dayton – 100 to 1 odds each
UConn has four titles and is the only team from this bunch at 100 to 1 odds each to win this tournament. These four teams are all too flawed to win it all this year.
T-32. Oregon State, Cincinnati, Michigan, Butler, Vanderbilt – 150 to 1 odds each
Cincinnati has two NCAA Tournament titles (1961, 1962) and Michigan has one (1989) out of this bunch at 150 to 1 odds each. Very hard to see any of these teams winning it all this year.
T-37. St. Joe’s, VCU, USC – 200 to 1 odds each
St. Joe’s and USC are #8 seeds while VCU is a #10 seed. So the odds makers think VCU is a better team than the NCAA selection committee does. Are they right?
T-40. Syracuse, Pitt, Colorado – 250 to 1 odds each
Syracuse won the tournament in 2003 thanks to Carmelo Anthony in his one-and-done season. Each one of these teams would be a surprise just to reach the Sweet 16 this year.
43. Texas Tech – 300 to 1
Like St. Joe’s and USC, Texas Tech is also a #8 seed and is much higher odds than those two teams. The third #8 seed team is Colorado which has odds right between Texas Tech and St. Joe’s and USC.
44. Northern Iowa – 350 to 1
Northern Iowa is a #11 seed and has much higher odds than all the other #11 seeds except Tulsa. Vanderbilt, Wichita State, Michigan and Gonzaga all have much lower odds than Northern Iowa does.
T-45. Buffalo, Chattanooga, Hawaii, Fresno State, Tulsa, Temple, Stephen F. Austin – 500 to 1 odds each
Impossible to see any one of these teams at 500 to 1 odds winning it all. One or two of these teams could pull off an upset or two but winning it all is impossible.
T-52. Arkansas-Little Rock, Green Bay, Middle Tennessee State, Stony Brook, Iona – 1,000 to 1 odds each
Impossible to see any one of these teams at 1,000 to 1 odds winning it all. One or two of these teams could pull off an upset or two but winning it all is impossible.
T-57. SD State, Yale, UNC Wilmington – 1,500 to 1 odds each
Some people are picking Yale to upset Baylor in the first round. Not impossible but Yale has no chance to win the whole tournament in 2016.
T-60. Southern U, Hampton, UNC Asheville, Florida Gulf Coast, Weber State, Austin Peay, CSU Bakersfield, FDU – 5,000 to 1 odds each
68. Holy Cross – 9,999 to 1
Holy Cross is 9,999 odds to win it all this year but the Crusaders actually won the NCAA Tournament back in 1947. Bob Cousy was the point guard on that team. This year’s team has no chance to win it all.