Nine teams got in and eight are out. It has been a debacle, and it’s up to Justin Jackson to try to polish the suddenly tarnished image of the Atlantic Coast Conference.
With the NCAA Tournament field reduced from 68 to 16, North Carolina is the ACC’s sole survivor. Jackson, a 6-foot-8 junior forward, was the league’s Player of the Year this season and will be the most important player for the remainder of the Tar Heels’ postseason run.
North Carolina, the No. 1 seed in the South Region, is the 7-2 favorite to win the NCAA championship. Kansas is the second choice at 4-1, followed by Arizona and Gonzaga each at 6-1 odds.
But when South Point sports book director Chris Andrews posted “Yes/No” propositions on all of the Sweet 16 teams winning the title, the first two significant “No” bets from sharp players came in against North Carolina and Arizona.
Skeptical of the Tar Heels’ championship chances? You can bet “No” at minus-450 (wager $450 to win $100) at the South Point. The two-way prices offer more options for bettors.
“The reason these props are good is because traditionally you have been able to bet only one way in terms of futures,” VSiN oddsmaker Vinny Magliulo said. “If you don’t think Xavier or some other team can win it, it’s like laying a moneyline on a big favorite in a game. Typically, it will be sophisticated play, but that’s OK, too. It’s great for business.”
North Carolina reached the title game last year before dramatically falling to Villanova on Kris Jenkins’ 3-pointer at the buzzer.
The Tar Heels are 7½-point favorites over Butler on Friday. If they advance, the Kentucky-UCLA winner awaits.
The price to bet against Kansas, the top seed in the Midwest, is minus-500. The Jayhawks face Purdue on Thursday, and the winner gets either Michigan or Oregon.
The field appears wide open with no dominant team. The longest shot is Xavier, which is getting 100-1 odds to win it all. The price to bet against the Musketeers is minus-20,000.
You can bet on it: Yes or No?
South Point sports book director Chris Andrews posted Yes/No propositions on all of the Sweet 16 teams winning the NCAA championship:
Arizona Yes plus-600/No -900
Baylor Yes plus-2,200/No -3,600
Butler Yes plus-5,000/No -10,000
Florida Yes plus-2,000/No -3,200
Gonzaga Yes plus-600/No -900
Kansas Yes plus-400/No -500
Kentucky Yes plus-800/No -1,400
Michigan Yes plus-1,200/No -2,000
North Carolina Yes plus-350/No -450
Oregon Yes plus-2,200/No -3,600
Purdue Yes plus-2,000/No -3,200
South Carolina Yes plus-5,000/No -10,000
UCLA Yes plus-800/No -1,400
West Virginia Yes plus-1,800/No -3,000
Wisconsin Yes plus-1,200/No -2,000
Xavier Yes plus-10,000/No -20,000