Updated NCAA title odds heading into the Elite Eight
An NCAA Tournament that started with 68 teams is down to eight, and as we get set for our four Elite Eight games on Saturday and Sunday, it's time to look at the updated title odds via our partners at DraftKings Sportsbook.
Below are the title odds, and boy oh boy, is strange to see this group of eight specific schools listed on paper.
Here again, are the odds via DraftKings:
North Carolina (+600)
Saint Peter's (N/A)
The first thing that obviously stands out, again, is what a weird group we have in our Elite Eight. We have three teams from the ACC (after we spent the entire season criticizing the conference), followed by one each from the Big 12, AAC, Big East, SEC and MAAC.
Incredible. Saint Peter's being completely off the board also shows that even oddsmakers don't seem to fully know how to wrap their heads around the Peacocks incredible run.
Beyond that, seeing Kansas as the favorite isn't really surprising, and while at first glance seeing Houston No. 2 is a bit surprising, it shouldn't be. The Cougars have arguably the most impressive wins in the tournament of any team, taking down the Big Ten regular season champion Illinois Fighting Illini in Round 1, followed by one of the heavy pre-tournament favorites in Arizona in Round 2.
Finally, there has been a narrative that has formed the last 24 hours that maybe, just maybe Duke is actually the team to beat in this tournament. Apparently the oddsmakers disagree. Also, how about Arkansas at 10-1, coming off an upset of the No. 1 seed in this tournament. Seem pretty good odds to me.
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