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With conference tournaments underway, teams are beginning to punch their tickets to the big dance. The field of 68 has plenty of big dogs who look like they can bring the title home this year, but there are still dark horses lurking.


We can now confidently separate the contenders from the pretenders and know which teams have the talent to string together the six wins they need to call themselves champs.


According to FanDuel Sportsbook, Duke is still the favorite to win the championship with Gonzaga and Virginia on the rise. 

It's no surprise that three of the top four teams are in the ACC. North Carolina, Duke, and Virginia have the three best odds to win their conference tournament. It's likely at least two of them will be top seeds in the big dance and will have an easy matchup against a 16 seed to get the ball rolling.


Just don't tell Virginia that. 


Gonzaga has the second-best odds to win the tournament at +650. Big Ten champion Michigan State follows up the Zags and ACC teams along with Michigan, which finished third in the conference. Next up is Tennessee, which had a stint as the top team in the nation during the regular season, but is no +2000 to win it all. 


Aside from the names who will be towards the top in seeding, there are other familiar names including Kansas and Louisville among the top picks. Houston and Texas Tech are among lesser-known teams making noise. 

Some intriguing dark horses include Buffalo, which was among the top 10 earlier this season, Kansas State and Wofford, which has won 19-straight games. 


The question is, who will win it all? And the ​answer is yours to bet. 


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