March Madness Odds: Villanova favored to Win NCAA Tournament 3/11/18

March Madness Odds: Villanova favored to Win NCAA Tournament 3/11/18

March Madness Odds: Villanova favored to Win NCAA Tournament 3/11/18

St. Bonaventure men's basketball is in the NCAA Tournament for the first since 2012, but the Bonnies will have to best one of the most historic programs in NCAA Division I basketball if they want to get out of the First Four in Dayton and into the first round. The last time the Aggies were a No. 12 seed was in 2010, when they narrowly lost to Michigan State 70-67.

The pressure will be higher than ever for the Cavaliers (31-2) to do it now.

"I'm excited for these guys for the opportunity". "But you know, that's definitely in the back of our minds. You just see the teams in your bracket and there's some really quality teams".

Tennessee, which split the regular-season title with Auburn, is the SEC's top-seeded team at No. 3 in the South. Kentucky, which beat Tennessee 77-72 on Sunday for the SEC Tournament title, wound up seeded fifth in the same region. He has averaged 19.5 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game and scored efficiently from all over the floor.

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But a gauntlet of a quality teams could be waiting for them.

Clemson enters the game with a 23-9 record, including an 11-7 mark in regular season ACC games.

- Will all four No. 1 seeds make it to the Final Four?

REGION OF DEATH?: The South is tough, but the Midwest Region may be tougher.

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FIRST ROUND: Kansas, N.C. State, New Mexico State, Charleston, Syracuse (winning a play-in game first, then topping TCU), Michigan State, Oklahoma, Duke.

Wright, who became Villanova's career wins lead in the Big East Tournament, has the Wildcats rolling behind their B-listers: Big East player of the year Jalen Brunson, all-Big East pick Mikal Bridges and national title game leading scorer Phil Booth. A total of 9 Australians across 8 teams will take in the "Big Dance", with three teams securing automatic bids after winning their conference tournaments, while a further 5 have received invitations to join them. USC had four Quadrant 1 wins while Arizona State had three and was still able to get in. It's the first time since 2013 Baylor will not play in the NCAA Tournament.

While it's an exciting time for those who landed on the inside of the bubble - like Arizona State, Texas and Syracuse - it's rather painful for those teams that fell just outside and didn't make the tournament. The Crimson Tide delivered the most thrilling game of the tournament on Thursday when Alabama guard Collin Sexton dropped from the sky a buzzer-beating finger roll that set the college basketball world on fire.

The Big East landed two of the four No. 1 seeds with Villanova and Xavier among the conference's six teams. Villanova was a No. 1 past year and has consistently been a high seed under coach Jay Wright.

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UNC's resume, with 14 "Quadrant 1" wins, and the No. 1-ranked strength of schedule, was deemed superior to Duke's by the NCAA tournament selection committee.

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