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Current Odds to Win NCAA Basketball Championship Favor Virginia and Michigan State

David Hayes
NCAA Basketball Tournament - East Regional - Washington DC
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And then there were four.

It took a few rounds for it emerge, but some March Madness finally crept into the 2019 NCAA Tournament between the Sweet 16 and Elite 8 games in the last legs of the race for the Final Four.

Despite a chalky Sweet 16 with all No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 seeds making it to this year's third round, we saw only one No. 1 seed advance to the Final Four and, unsurprisingly, they have the best odds to win it all on FanDuel Sportsbook.

No. 1-seed Virginia survived a near upset against No. 3-seed Purdue thanks to a game-tying buzzer beater in the Elite 8 to power the Cavaliers to their first Final Four since 1984. UVA is currently eying +125 odds on FanDuel Sportsbook to win it all, and the Cavaliers' Ty Jerome and Kyle Guy also boast the second and third-best odds to win Most Outstanding Player in this year's tournament, respectively.

The biggest Cinderella left is No. 5-seed Auburn (+750), which rallied from a late-game deficit to edge No. 2-seed Kentucky in overtime. The Tigers are another team making school history, appearing in Auburn's first Final Four in program history. It faces UVA in one semifinal.

No. 3-seed Texas Tech knocked off No. 1-seed Gonzaga to win the West Region, thanks to an incredible defensive performance by Jarrett Culver and the Red Raiders. Texas Tech held the Bulldogs' No. 1 scoring offense in the country to just 69 points in its 75-69 win. It boasts (+500) the third best odds to win it all.

Michigan State upset overall top seed Duke in the Elite Eight and faces the Red Raiders in the Final Four. The No. 2 seeded Spartans (+180) have the second best odds to win it all.


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