Despite the Tennessee Volunteers sitting atop the college basketball polls for the third week in a row, they have been unable to supplant the second-ranked Duke Blue Devils from the No. 1 spot at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com as the favorites on the odds to win the 2019 NCAA Tournament.
The Blue Devils are listed at +170 (bet $100 to win $170) to cut down the nets on April 1 in advance of Saturday’s ACC showdown with the Virginia Cavaliers while the Volunteers are the second choice to take home the title at +750.
Duke fell from the top spot of the polls following a surprising 95-91 overtime loss to the unranked Syracuse Orange as a 17-point home favorite on January 14. Since then, the Blue Devils have reeled off six consecutive wins though, going 4-2 against the spread during that stretch.
Meanwhile, Tennessee is riding a 17-game winning streak (10-6-1 ATS) since suffering its lone loss of the season to the 13th-ranked Kansas Jayhawks 87-81 in OT as a 3.5-point underdog on the college basketball odds on November 23. The Jayhawks have lost three of their last four games overall, and they are currently the eighth choice to win the NCAA Tournament at +1600.
Virginia is the +800 fourth choice to win the NCAA Tournament right now and will have an excellent opportunity to move up in the polls and on the betting board with a home victory versus Duke on Saturday. The third-ranked Cavaliers lost the first meeting with the Blue Devils 72-70 on January 19 but beat the spread as 3.5-point road underdogs.
Other teams in the mix to win the national title include the fifth-ranked Kentucky Wildcats (+900), seventh-ranked Michigan Wolverines (+750), fourth-ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs (+1000), ninth-ranked Michigan State Spartans (+1000), sixth-ranked Nevada Wolf Pack (+2000) and eighth-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels (+2400).
The Wildcats host the Volunteers a week from Saturday in a huge SEC battle. North Carolina will also host Virginia on Monday in another big ACC game.
The 14th-ranked Villanova Wildcats, the defending national champions who have won the NCAA title in two of the past three years, are further down the March Madness odds board at +4000. Villanova is off to an impressive 10-0 start in Big East play going into a key conference road matchup with the 10th-ranked Marquette Golden Eagles on Saturday.
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