2016 NCAA Tournament Betting Odds
Futures Odds to win NCAA Tournament
Kansas, Michigan State, and North Carolina have the lowest odds to win the NCAA Tournament and each won their conference and conference tournaments.
The Jayhawks come into the Big Dance winners of 14 straight games and they played in a tough Big 12 conference. They are in the killer South Region along with Maryland, Cal, Arizona, and Miami. The Jayhawks have a balanced team, but in the last two seasons they were also a high seed and failed to reach the Sweet 16.
The Spartans spent some time at No.1 this season and they have won nine straight games. They have a balanced team ranking 26th in scoring and 17th in points per game. The Spartans are the 2nd seed in the Midwest, which may be the weakest region.
The Tar Heels entered the season as the No.1 ranked team and in their current five games winning streak they beat Duke and, then, 4th ranked Virginia in the ACC title game. UNC is one of the more athletic teams in the nation and that ranks 12th in points per game. They have a tough bracket in the East Region with a possible Sweet 16 match up with Kentucky.
The Wildcats have the second lowest odds to win the Big Dance, but they are coming off winning the SEC Tournament and were still only given a No.4 seed. Kentucky is a high scoring team that has a tough road to hoe with a possible 2nd round game against Indiana and Sweet 16 game with North Carolina.
The Cavaliers have one of the best defensive teams in the nation and they are in the weakest region. They lost their last game of the season in the ACC title game and they may have to get past Michigan State to advance to the Final Four.
The Sooners have one of the best players in the nation in G Buddy Hield, who struggled in losing West Virginia in the Big 12 tournament. Still, they are in a weaker side of the bracket in the West even though they may face Texas in the 3rd round and they lost the last time they faced them this season.
The Ducks got a No.1 seed and they do play in one of the weaker regions in the West and they won the last eight games of the season including winning the Pac 12 Tournament. Oregon was 5-0 this season facing ranked teams, but they did not face one team in the top 10.
The Wildcats spent time at No.1 in the 2nd half of the season, but they did not fare well facing ranked teams, they lost their last game, and they are in a tough South Region along with Kansas and Miami.
Here is the complete list of odds to win the NCAA Tournament:
- Kansas Jayhawks 11/2
- Michigan State Spartans 11/2
- North Carolina Tar Heels 11/2
- Kentucky Wildcats 12/1
- Virginia Cavaliers 16/1
- Oklahoma Sooners 18/1
- Oregon Ducks 18/1
- Villanova Wildcats 18/1
- Duke Blue Devils 25/1
- West Virginia Mountaineers 25/1
- Xavier Musketeers 25/1
- Maryland Terrapins 28/1
- California Golden Bears 33/1
- Indiana Hoosiers 33/1
- Miami (FL) Hurricanes 33/1
- Purdue Boilermakers 33/1
- Texas Longhorns 33/1
- Arizona Wildcats 40/1
- Iowa Hawkeyes 40/1
- Iowa State Cyclones 50/1
- Texas A&M Aggies 50/1
- Utah Utes 50/1
- Baylor Bears 66/1
- Notre Dame Fighting Irish 66/1
- Wichita State Shockers 66/1
- Wisconsin Badgers 66/1
- Cincinnati Bearcats 80/1
- Connecticut Huskies 80/1
- Gonzaga Bulldogs 80/1
- Providence Friars 80/1
- Seton Hall Pirates 80/1
- Butler Bulldogs 100/1
- Dayton Flyers 100/1
- Oregon State Beavers 100/1
- Colorado Buffaloes 125/1
- Michigan Wolverines 125/1
- USC Trojans 125/1
- Vanderbilt Commodores 125/1
- Syracuse Orange 150/1
- Texas Tech Red Raiders 150/1
- Temple Owls 200/1
- Yale Bulldogs 200/1
- Hawaii Rainbow Warriors 250/1
- Pittsburgh Panthers 250/1
- Saint Josephs Hawks 250/1
- VCU Rams 250/1
- Stephen F Austin Lumberjacks 500/1
- Florida Gulf Coast Eagles 750/1
- Fresno State Bulldogs 750/1
- Northern Iowa Panthers 750/1
- Arkansaas-Little Rock Trojans 1,000/1
- Austin Peay Governors 1,000/1
- Buffalo Bulls 1,000/1
- CSU Bakersfield Roadrunners 1,000/1
- Chattanooga Mocs 1,000/1
- Fairleigh Dickinson Knights 1,000/1
- Green Bay Phoenix 1,000/1
- Hampton Pirates 1,000/1
- Holy Cross Crusaders 1,000/1
- Iona Gaels 1,000/1
- Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders 1,000/1
- South Dakota State Jackrabbits 1,000/1
- Southern Jaguars 1,000/1
- Stony Brook Seawolves 1,000/1
- Tulsa Golden Hurricanes 1,000/1
- UNC Wilmington Seahawks 1,000/1
- UNC-Asheville Bulldogs 1,000/1
- Weber State Wildcats 1,000/1
Odds to win NCAA Tournament East Region
The East is a tough region, especially in the top half of the bracket with North Carolina and Kentucky, who, along with Kansas, have the lowest odds to win the whole tournament.
The Tar Heels won the ACC Tournament and their last five games of the season. They are one of the highest scoring teams in the nation (12th) and are very athletic. UNC received a tough draw, as their possible 2nd round game with USC and Providence is no cakewalk before having to face Indiana or Kentucky just to get to the Elite 8.
The Mountaineers lost to Kansas in the Big 12 title game and that snapped their six-game winning streak. They are solid on both sides of the court and have a great press defense. West Virginia has a tough draw with a possible match up with Michigan or Notre Dame in the 2nd round and Xavier just to get to the Elite 8.
The Wildcats are young, but very athletic and they are coming off a win in the SEC Tournament. UK is riding a five-game winning streak and while they can beat anybody they have a killer part of the bracket with a possible 2nd round game facing Indiana and 3rd round game facing North Carolina.
The Musketeers had a good season, but they lost two of their last four games of the season, including being upset by Seton Hall in the semis of the Big East Tournament. However, Xavier is a high scoring team that was 5-1 facing top 25 teams this season.
The Hoosiers rank 11th in the nation in scoring and while they had won five straight they were upset by an unranked Michigan team in the Big 10 Tournament. They will likely have to beat both Kentucky and North Carolina just to advance to the Elite 8.
The Fighting Irish did beat Duke to advance to the ACC title game, where they lost to UNC, but they did lose 3 of their last five games on the season. While they are balanced and had some big wins this season facing ranked teams they have a killer draw facing Michigan or Tulsa in the first round and then likely West Virginia in the 2nd round.
The Badgers are the defending champions, but they lost most of their key players from the title team, are in a tough region, and they lost their last two games of the regular season.
Here are the odds to win the East Region.
- North Carolina 8/5
- West Virginia 15/4
- Kentucky 9/2
- Xavier 5/1
- Indiana 8/1
- Notre Dame 12/1
- Wisconsin 12/1
- Pittsburgh 22/1
- Providence 25/1
- USC 28/1
- Michigan 40/1
- Tulsa 80/1
- Stephen F. Austin 100/1
- Chattanooga 150/1
- Stony Brook 150/1
- Weber State 200/1
- Florida Gulf Coast 250/1
- Fairleigh Dickinson 250/1
Odds to win NCAA Tournament Midwest Region
The Midwest Region may be the weakest one in the Big Dance and the No.2 seed in Michigan State has the lowest odds to win it.
The Spartans ended the season well winning the Big 10 Tournament and their last nine games. They are balanced on both offense and defense ranking in the top 30 in the nation in scoring and opponents' points per game. While they are in a weaker region Dayton may be a tough 2nd round game and Purdue and No.1 seed Virginia are in the other half of the bracket.
The Cavaliers have the nation's 2nd ranked defense and they had won five straight before losing to North Carolina in the ACC title game. They may face a Purdue or Iowa State in a possible Sweet 16 match up and Michigan State in the Elite 8.
The Boilermakers are a balanced team that won five straight before falling to Michigan State in the Big 10 title game. Their defense is their strength and facing Iowa State in the 2nd round is a tough match up.
The Cyclones did not end the season well losing three of their last five games including their last two. They do not have a good defense, but rank 15th in the nation in scoring. Their offense may be put to the test in the 2nd round with a tough game facing a defensive-minded Purdue squad.
The Utes had a solid season, but they were drubbed in their last game. Still, they are a balanced squad that had some big wins over ranked teams this season. They are in the same half of the bracket as Michigan State.
Gonzaga scored the automatic Big Dance bid winning the WCC title game and they are hot winners of five straight, They are very balanced with a solid offense and defense, but just to get to the Sweet 16 they have to beat a dark horse Seton Hall team and possibly Utah. If they get that far they will then probably have to face off with Michigan State.
The Flyers are a major dark horse, but they are no strangers to taking down the big foe in the Big Dance. They face Syracuse in the tournament opener and if they win that game likely square off with Michigan State.
Seton Hall may be a good dark horse pick, as while they are in the same half of the bracket as Michigan State they are coming off a win in the Big East tournament beating Xavier and Villanova, who were both ranked in the top 5, in the process.
Here are the odds to win the Midwest Region:
- Michigan State 8/5
- Virginia 21/10
- Purdue 6/1
- Iowa State 15/2
- Utah 9/1
- Gonzaga 14/1
- Dayton 18/1
- Butler 20/1
- Seton Hall 20/1
- Syracuse 25/1
- Texas Tech 33/1
- Iona 125/1
- Fresno State 125/1
- Arkansas-Little Rock 150/1
- Middle Tennessee 200/1
- Hampton 200/1
Odds to win NCAA Tournament South Region
The South region is stacked and while Kansas has the lowest odds the Jayhawks have been a big disappointment in the last two NCAA Tournaments.
The Jayhawks come into the Big Dance with a full head of steam winning 14 straight games. They rank 16th in the nation in scoring and in their end-of-the-season winning streak they beat eight ranked teams. They are in a tough region and they will likely face either Maryland or California in the Sweet 16.
The Wildcats were upset in the Big East title game, but they do have a solid defense and are in the weaker half of the region. Nova did not have a great record this season facing top 25 teams and Miami and Arizona, who they will have to likely get by to get to the Elite 8, are both ranked.
The Hurricanes may have a very tough 2nd round game facing an Arizona team that did not end the season well, but is very dangerous. Miami lost two of their last three games of the season, but they were 5-2 on the season facing top 25 teams.
The Terrapins lost two of their last three games of the season, but they have a solid defense and a great backcourt. Maryland is not in Kansas' half of the bracket, but facing Cal in the 2nd round may be a tough game and if they win that one they may face Villanova.
The Golden Bears were up and down this season, but they won nine of their last 11 games. Their defense is a good one, but can Cal take down Maryland and likely Kansas just to get to the Elite 8? Tall task to say the least.
The Wildcats have one of the more athletic teams in the nation and they rank in the top 20 in points per game. Arizona lost three of their last six games on the season and they may have THE toughest draw in the South Region having to face Wichita State or Vanderbilt in the first round just for the right to then play Miami.
The Hawkeyes were ranked in the top 10 in the nation for a while, but they fell apart at the end of the season losing six on their last eight games. However, if they put it together they can beat anybody and they showed that this season with two wins over Michigan State. They face a tough Temple team in the first round and then likely Villanova in the 2nd round.
Here are the odds to win the South Region:
- Kansas 13/10
- Villanova 11/4
- Miami 7/1
- Maryland 7/1
- California 10/1
- Arizona 11/1
- Iowa 11/1
- Wichita State 25/1
- Connecticut 25/1
- Vanderbilt 33/1
- Colorado 50/1
- Temple 50/1
- South Dakota State 150/1
- Hawaii 150/1
- Buffalo 200/1
- UNC Asheville 200/1
- Austin Peay 250/1
Odds to win NCAA Tournament West Region
Oklahoma has the lowest odds to win the West Region even though Oregon is the #1 seed.
The Sooners had won three straight games, two coming against ranked teams, before losing to West Virginia in the Big 12 semis. They have the likely Wooden Award winning in Buddy Hield, who struggled in the game against WVU, and a team that ranks in the top 25 in scoring.
The Ducks won the Pac 12 this season and the conference tournament. Oregon has won eight straight games coming into the Big Dance with the last two coming against top 25 teams. Overall, the Ducks were 5-0 facing ranked teams. They are not in the toughest draw, but may have to face Duke or Baylor, who they team this season, to get to the Elite 8.
The Blue Devils did not have a typical Duke season, but they are talented and rank 17th in the nation in scoring. The Blue Devils lost two of their last three games on the season. In an interesting fact in the last nine NCAA Tournaments when Duke was seeded third or lower, they are four this season, the Blue Devils are 11-9 and have dropped four opening round games.
The Aggies were riding an eight game winning streak before losing to Kentucky in the SEC title game. Texas A&M has a solid defense and while the SEC was down this season they were 4-2 facing top 25 teams. They have a possible tough 2nd round game against Texas for the right to likely play Oklahoma.
The Bears limed to the end of the season losing three of their last four games and four of their last six. While they did have some good wins they may have to play Duke in the 2nd round and they were 0-3 facing Texas A&M and Oklahoma, who are in the same region.
The Longhorns lost two of their last three games of the regular season and while they have a good defense they only rank 222nd in the nation in scoring. Texas may have to face Texas A&M in the 2nd round and early in the season they lost to the Aggies by double digits.
The Bearcats are a long shot and they are in the same half of the bracket as Oregon and Duke. Cincy does have one of the best defenses in the nation, ranking 10th in opponents' points allowed, but they lost two of their last three games of the season with both losses coming against unranked teams.
Here are the odds to win the West Region
- Oklahoma 21/10
- Oregon 11/4
- Duke 4/1
- Texas A&M 11/2
- Baylor 11/1
- Texas 13/2
- Cincinnati 14/1
- Oregon State 28/1
- VCU 28/1
- Saint Joseph's 33/1
- Northern Iowa 80/1
- Yale 80/1
- UNC Wilmington 150/1
- Green Bay 150/1
- Cal State Bakersfield 150/1
- Holy Cross 150/1
- Southern 150/1