Las Vegas Lays Out Its NCAA Tournament Odds

Las Vegas Lays Out Its NCAA Tournament OddsThe sportsbook at Wynn Las Vegas has made Kentucky a clear favorite to win the NCAA Basketball Tournament, posting an opening line of 9-5 for the top seed.  By contrast, Ohio State was the tourney favorite at 4-1 odds last year.

The Wildcats, who last won the NCAA title in 1998, were only 12-20 against the point spread this season. 

Other strong favorites include Syracuse at 6-1, North Carolina at 6-1 and the Buckeyes at 7-1. 

Oddsmakers clearly like Ohio State more than the NCAA selectors do. 

Missouri stands at 8-1, Michigan State 9-1, Kansas 12-1 and Duke 15-1.

The lines for other notable squads such as Vanderbilt are 25-1, with Marquette at 28-1 and Louisville 30-1.

ACC Tournament champion Florida State, who beat both North Carolina and Duke last week, are curiously listed at 40-1, a very high line for such a strong team. 

Georgetown is also an interesting play as a 45-1 long shot. 

By the way, if you think that all four number one seeds will advance to the Final Four, your odds are 82-1.