Villanova listed as odds-on favorite to win NCAA tournament
PHILADELPHIA, PA - FEBRUARY 21: Head coach Jay Wright of the Villanova Wildcats smiles from the bench while Collin Gillespie #2, Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree #21, Phil Booth #5 and Donte DiVincenzo #10 celebrate after a three point basket made by Denny Grace in the second half against the DePaul Blue Demons at the Wells Fargo Center on February 21, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Villanova Wildcats defeated the DePaul Blue Demons 93-62.

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)

Villanova listed as odds-on favorite to win NCAA tournament
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