Villanova listed as odds-on favorite to win NCAA tournament
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The odds for the 2018 NCAA tournament have been released, and Villanova is the favorite to take home the crown.

The Wildcats, who opened the season at 12-1 odds, improved their stock to 7-2 with a 30-win season capped off with a Big East championship. Following closely behind is Duke at 5-1, and both Michigan State and Virginia at 6-1.

School Current Odds Opening Odds
Villanova 7-2 12-1
Duke 5-1 12-1
Michigan State 6-1 20-1
Virginia 6-1 30-1
Michigan 10-1 20-1
Purdue 12-1 60-1
Arizona 15-1 20-1
Kansas 18-1 12-1
North Carolina 18-1 12-1
Cincinnati 20-1 80-1
Xavier 20-1 80-1
Gonzaga 25-1 12-1
Kentucky 25-1 10-1
Texas Tech 40-1 300-1
West Virginia 40-1 30-1
Wichita State 40-1 20-1

The biggest descent from the opening odds released last April was Kentucky, which fell from the favorite at 10-1 to 25-1 prior to the tournament. Texas Tech owns the biggest leap among the top favorites, coming in at 40-1 after opening at 300-1.

For fans looking to take a flier on the longest of long shots, NC Greensboro, Penn, and NC Central are all listed at 5000-1 odds.

(Odds courtesy: Westgate Superbook)

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