2016 NCAA Tournament title odds: Kansas, North Carolina new favorites

March Madness has delivered all of the excitement we could have asked for already in what Matt Norlander aptly described as the most thrilling opening weekend in NCAA Tournament history. We do have double-digit seeds in the 16 thanks to some of those upsets, but it’s mostly brand names at the top of Bovada’s reset odds board for the 2016 National Championship.

Kansas (7/2) and North Carolina (17/4) are the new favorites, followed by Virginia and Okahoma. The 1-seeds in the South, East and Midwest (Kansas, UNC, UVA) all have better-than-even odds to advance to the Final Four while the odds to the win the West show very little separation between Oklahoma, the favorite, Oregon and Duke.

Other interesting highlights from the region-by-region breakdown include Gonzaga, not Iowa State, as the team given the second-best odds to win the Midwest Region and very little separation between the other three teams in the East Region (Indiana, Notre Dame, Wisconsin) behind North Carolina.

Check out the region-by-region breakdown below, courtesy of Bovada:

Odds to win the Midwest Region
Team Odds
Virginia 10/11
Gonzaga 3/1
Iowa State 9/2
Syracuse 7/1
Odds to win the West Region
Team Odds
Oklahoma 9/5
Oregon 9/4
Duke 7/2
Texas A&M 15/4
Odds to win the South Region
Team Odds
Kansas 10/11
Villanova 12/5
Miami 6/1
Maryland 13/2
Odds to win the East Region
Team Odds
North Carolina 5/7
Indiana 3/1
Notre Dame 6/1
Wisconsin 7/1
Buddy Hield and Oklahoma are the betting favorites to come out of the West. (USATSI)


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