Duke were almost eliminated in the second round of March Madness but their come from behind win has ensured that Zion Williamson’s school remain the favorites to win the NCAAB Tournament ahead of the Regional Semi-Finals.
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A massive weekend of College Basketball means that we arrive on Monday ahead of week two of March Madness with just 16 schools from the starting 68 still standing. And, despite a rocky second match with UCF that almost saw them eliminated, it remains Duke who are the NJ sportsbook’s pick to win the NCAA Tournament.
The Blue Devils are the +300 favorites, although that price has moved from +200 at the start of the tournament, which indicates that the oddsmakers are a little worried by what they saw of Duke against Florida.
Of those fading Duke, it is our outright pick of Virginia, who are receiving most big money support. The Cavaliers are now +400 second favorites, ahead of fellow number one seeds Gonzaga and North Carolina, who are both available at +500 ahead of the semi-finals.
There have been few surprises so far in any brackets with only Oregon in the South and Auburn in the Midwest teams who have reached the Regional Semi-Finals without being a top four seed. Oregon are, unsurprisingly, the +10,000 outsiders for the whole tournament with Auburn +3000. However, if there is to be a Cinderella story, it is very much dependent on the next few days as we have only lost two fourth seeds and no team seeded in the top three of any region, which means no bracket has been burst open.
Our outside pick of Houston at +4000 remains in contention but it is still going to require some work for any long odds team to make an impact. What is certain though is that after Duke’s scare on Sunday, no top seed will be taking any chances in the Semi-Finals.
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