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Sports NCAA tournament odds: Virginia, Villanova favorites to win title at 6-to-1

16:51  12 march  2018
16:51  12 march  2018 Source:   usatoday.com

Six coaches you can bank on in March Madness

  Six coaches you can bank on in March Madness Whom can you trust when you’re filling out your brackets? Even the best teams can fall victim to big upsets. Duke, for instance, has been defeated by the likes of Lehigh and Mercer in the first round under Mike Krzyzewski. Sometimes, you just have to look to a coach who has a great record of success in the NCAA Tournament — or a penchant for advancing past certain rounds with remarkable consistency. Here are six safe coaches to bank on in March Madness. 1) Roy Williams, North Carolina Williams’ third national title in 2017 solidified him as one of the all-time great college coaches — if he wasn’t already, that is. It’s really quite amazing to think that he arrived at North Carolina hindered by a reputation of being unable to win the big one. He’s certainly shed it in the decade and a half since coming to Chapel Hill. Let’s start with one amazing stat: Williams has never lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. He’s been there 27 times dating back to 1989, and he’s a perfect 27-0 in tournament openers, even with his lesser squads over the years. When you consider that every single one of his rivals, from Coach K to Cal and everyone in between, has tripped up at least once, that’s simply amazing. He’s made the tournament 13 times with the Tar Heels and made it to the second weekend in nine of those runs, with five Final Four appearances to go with them. It’s been an up and down year for North Carolina, but Williams is a steady hand at the helm you can count on.

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Virginia and Villanova were tapped as favorites by one large Nevada sportsbook, minutes after the brackets for March Madness were released Sunday.

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Virginia and Villanova were tapped as favorites by one large Nevada sportsbook, minutes after the brackets for March Madness were released Sunday. Ten percent of the future bets during that span have been placed on Duke, which is at 8- to - 1 to win a sixth title .

Virginia and Villanova were tapped as favorites by one large Nevada sportsbook, minutes after the brackets for March Madness were released Sunday. Ten percent of the future bets during that span have been placed on Duke, which is at 8- to - 1 to win a sixth title .

William Hill, which runs more than 100 sportsbooks in Nevada, pegged those two No. 1 seeds at 6-to-1 to win it all. Kansas and Xavier – the other two No. 1 seeds – were 10-to-1 and 12-to-1, respectively.

Virginia also has the biggest point spread (22 points) among the 32 first-round games. On Friday, the Cavaliers face the Maryland-Baltimore County Retrievers, who secured a berth with a Jairus Lyles 23-foot last-second shot to win the America East title over the weekend.

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Maryland-Baltimore County, Cal State Fullerton, Texas Southern, Radford, LIU-Brooklyn and North Carolina Central are the longshots, each with 2500-to-1 odds to claim the title. 2017 champion North Carolina is listed at 15-to-1 odds to repeat.

Michigan State, which is at 10-to-1, has seen the most money bet on it among all the teams since last year's Final Four concluded with 11% of the future bets placed on the Spartans at William Hill. Ten percent of the future bets during that span have been placed on Duke, which is at 8-to-1 to win a sixth title.

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