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Tempting NCAA bet: Who are No. 1 seeds?

By Aaron Moore  ( 


One of the biggest topics of conversation in the college basketball betting universe this season is the difficulty of playing futures for Gonzaga and Baylor when both are such prohibitive favorites to win the national championship. The Zags easily brushed off San Diego over the weekend and are now + 275 at DraftKings, while the Bears, out of action since Feb. 2, are + 250.

Call it the 2021 internal dilemma for college basketball bettors. The basketball side of the brain says take one of these ultra-elite teams to win the national title. But the gambling portion somewhere deep in the cerebrum takes over and decides that the return on investment is too unsatisfying for a play.

Always prioritize the messages from the gambling side of the brain. Just look at last weekend’s Genesis Invitational, where the world’s top golfer, Dustin Johnson, was the pre-flop favorite at a crazy low + 600. Based on recent play, it sure looked like the dominant D.J. was the play to make based on just the eye test. Nonetheless, one player with single-digit odds in a field of over 100 great golfers is not always a wise wager.   

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