Vegas tabs Kansas top favorite in NCAA tournament
Las Vegas oddsmakers like No. 1 Kansas as much as the NCAA
selection committee, picking the Jayhawks as the top team in the
Las Vegas Sports Consultants, which gives betting lines to about
90 percent of Nevada sports books, made the Jayhawks (32-2) a 2-1
favorite Sunday night to win it all.
“They’re really, truly the only preseason top 5 team to have
lived up to all their expectations,” oddsmaker Dan O’Brien of Las
Vegas Sports Consultants said. “Kansas came into the season
Kansas capped its season by winning the Big 12 tournament title
Saturday night over No. 9 Kansas State, 72-64.
At MGM Mirage casinos, race and sports book director Jay Rood
listed Kansas as a 9-5 favorite. MGM Mirage owns the most casinos
on the Las Vegas Strip.
The Jayhawks were 9-4 favorites at the Las Vegas Hilton, race
and sports book executive director Jay Kornegay said.
“They just have everything they need to be a championship
team,” Kornegay said. “Whether they will be or not, we’ll
Las Vegas Sports Consultants picked Kentucky and Syracuse as the
next best teams.
Rood, who listed Kentucky as a 2-1 favorite and Syracuse at
11-5, said the field is unpredictable beyond the top teams.
“It’s a weird-looking tournament,” he said. “You look at it
and there’s really only three or four teams that can make a
commanding statement in the tournament, but outside of them it’s
really wide open.”
Rood said Georgetown had done the most to improve its odds, and
went from 35-1 to win the title to 15-1 after the Big East
tournament, where it beat Syracuse before losing to No. 7 West