Spartans Overlooked as Top Seed, Emerge as March Madness Betting Favorites

Spartans Overlooked as Top Seed, Emerge as March Madness Betting Favorites
Michigan State failed to earn a top seeding in the upcoming NCAA Tournament, but the Spartans have opened at the top of the March Madness odds, deadlocked with the Kansas Jayhawks as 5/1 favorites in college basketball futures betting at sportsbooks available through, the premier online resource for sports betting news and insights.
The Spartans extended their current straight up win streak with a narrow 66-62 win over Purdue on Sunday to claim their third Big Ten Tournament championship in five years, but have to settle for second-seeding in the Midwest Region, where they will open March Madness on Friday as big 17.5-point favorites over the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders.
Kansas heads to the Big Dance as the No. 1 seed in the South after running the table at the Big 12 Tourney, improving their overall record to 30-4 SU, and justifying their position as the top-ranked team in the nation in the AP Top 25.
The Jayhawks will have to contend with challenges from No. 2 Villanova, No. 3 Miami, and No. 4 California to reach the Final Four, but must first get past the upstart Austin-Peay Governors, who have defied the oddsmakers on their drive to a March Madness berth, capped by four upset wins in four days last week to capture the Ohio Valley Tournament crown as a No. 8 seed.
The Governors make their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2008, and will be searching for their first tourney win since 1987 when they take on Kansas on Thursday as 25.5-point underdogs at the online sportsbooks.
The North Carolina Tar Heels rolled to a fifth straight SU win in the ACC Tournament championship game, topping the rival Virginia Cavaliers by a 61-57, and covering as 2.5-point favorites.
With the win, UNC clinched top seeding in the East, and could be worth using a free bet on at sportsbooks available through, where they closely trail the Spartans and Jayhawks, with 7/1 odds in March Madness betting.
Despite their loss to the Tar Heels, Virginia has also emerged as a No. 1 seed, perched atop the Midwest Region bracket, where they must get past the Spartans to reach the Final Four, and are pegged at an intriguing 12/1 on the college basketball futures odds.
The Cavaliers, against the spread winners in their past three as double-digit chalk, take on No. 16 Hampton in the First Round, favored by a huge 23.5 points at the online sportsbooks.
Virginia is joined on the March Madness odds by a pair of Wildcats squads, Villanova and Kentucky, each listed at a solid 12/1.
Villanova, which sat atop the AP Top 25 for three weeks in February, kicks off their tourney as 17.5-point favorites against the North Carolina-Asheville Bulldogs, while Kentucky, fresh off an 82-77 win over Texas A&M in the SEC Tournament, carries a five-game SU and ATS win streak into their First Round clash with the Stony Brook Seawolves, favored by 14.5.
The Oregon Ducks round out the group of No. 1 seeds, leading the way in the West Region.
Oregon closely follows Virginia and the Wildcats on the tournament odds at 14/1, while the Oklahoma Sooners, who many observers expected to enter the NCAA Tournament as a top seed, sit as No. 2 in the West, and at 18/1 on the March Madness odds.