dglobalnews.com NCAA Tournament Odds: North Carolina, Duke Lead March Madness Betting Lines
Published: Wed, March 15, 2017
Sports | By Jeannette Edwards

NCAA Tournament Odds: North Carolina, Duke Lead March Madness Betting Lines

NCAA Tournament Odds: North Carolina, Duke Lead March Madness Betting Lines

The Seahawks (29-5), who open against Virginia, have a top-40 RPI and are a better team than the one that almost knocked off Duke in last season's tournament. So Ohio State doesn't get a home game, but they won't have to travel at all if they make it to second weekend of the tournament. "The Dukies are already taking 10 percent of all bets to win it all and anyone who bet them earlier this year at 20/1 received great odds". That's especially true when the regional semifinals and final will be played in the state of CT.

"It's been an awesome (season), a year that no one could have predicted", UConn coach Geno Auriemma told the Hartford Courant.

Now, the Huskies have three weekends to prove it again. "That's why this is the most exciting time of the year". But after a turnaround season, Duke (27-5) is seeded No. 2 in the Bridgeport Regional and will play 15th-seeded Hampton at Cameron Indoor Stadium on Saturday (9 p.m., ESPN2). "To go into NY, play four games, and beat Carolina, because Carolina going into this weekend was probably my favorite to win it all and they are still in the top three, but you have to like what Duke has done".

With most of the top seeds holding pretty steady across the sport, there hasn't been much bracketology movement leading up to the selection show.

SC coach Dawn Staley was not pleased at the prospect of being sent across the country.

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With star guard Kelsey Plum - named the ESPNW national player of the year - the Huskies have been ranked in the top 10 for most of the season. Hate me if you like, but I hope we get the chance and break the record streak. They will appear in the tournament for the second year in a row after not making the field since 1997. I thought it was our turn to get flipped back to the Greensboro kind of ideology. "I'm just very pleased for our team".

After sleeping on it, I am going with Duke as the #1 seed in Memphis, opposite Kentucky as the #2 seed.

2 seed in the East Region and will take on No. 15 seed Troy on Friday.

Kentucky was one of eight Southeastern Conference teams to be awarded a bid to the NCAA Tournament on Monday evening. Maryland (30-2) comes in ranked No. 4. That route would send them to Seattle first to face Gonzaga (nearly a home game for the Zags), then potentially earn a rematch with 3-seed Washington.

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