Florida opens as Vegas favorite in first-look NCAA tourney odds
MAR 16, 2014 8:39p ET
The Las Vegas Hotel & Casino made the Gators a 4-1 favorite to win the national championship Sunday, not long after the brackets were revealed.
Florida is 31-2 and went unblemished in SEC play, running the table in the regular season and holding off Kentucky on Sunday to win the conference tournament championship game.
Second on the board, somewhat surprisingly, are the Michigan State Spartans. Ranked No. 1 earlier in the season, Michigan State struggled with injuries and had dropped off the radar a bit. But the Spartans are getting healthy again, and they surged to win the Big Ten tournament title on Sunday. They're 9-2 to win the big title, according to the LVH.
Arizona (6-1) and Kansas (8-1) come next, then Wichita State at 15-1. Despite being a No. 1 seed and boasting a 34-0 record, the Missouri Valley conference champion Shockers have a brutal road ahead, and the odds seem to reflect that. Their Midwest Region is littered with difficult competition, including No. 2 seed Michigan, No. 3 seed Duke and No. 4 seed Louisville -- all of whom were in the running for a No. 1 seed in recent days. On top of that, rapidly improving Kentucky, a No. 8 seed, looms as a potential third-round opponent.
Looking for some value? Michigan -- potentially worthy of a No. 1 seed before Sunday's loss to Michigan State -- is down at 25-1. The Wolverines were runners up a year ago. Traditional powers UCLA and Kentucky, both struggling through transition years, are 35-1 and 40-1, respectively. Both came on strong this week, with the Bruins winning the Pac-12 title and the Wildcats coming within a point of beating Florida in the SEC title game.
Feeling like a crazy flier? The longest shots on the board of the 49 individual teams for which the LVH set odds belong to North Carolina State, Harvard and North Dakota State, who are all at 1,000-1. The "field" pays 100-1.
Check out all the odds in the table below: