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2015 March Madness Odds: Can Anyone Beat Kentucky?

March 17, 2015


I’m sure most of you have been scrambling to fill-in your March Madness brackets.

The four play-in games will be played today and tomorrow, so we still have a couple days to get our brackets submitted. The biggest question on everyone’s mind is whether or not Kentucky will lose?

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Previewing the Top Seeds in March Madness 2015

You can view the complete 2015 March Madness bracket at ESPN.

#1 Kentucky, #1 Villanova, #1 Wisconsin and #1 Duke have all earned a top seed in the tourney.

How many will make it to the Final Four? Looking back – exactly one #1 seed has made the Final Four every year except for one since 2010. In 2011, no #1 seeds made it into the Final Four.

I don’t see as much depth this year in the bracket as in year’s past, so I expect at least two #1 seeds to advance. I personally have the Kentucky Wildcats and Wisconsin Badgers making it to the F4.

Kentucky is in the Midwest, which appears really tough, but I feel much worse for the other teams in the region than I do the Wildcats. Kentucky 34-0 (18-0 SEC) looks to be unstoppable.

They just ran through the SEC tournament and won every game by double digits. Kentucky are not just a step above the competition – they’re playing like they’re from another galaxy this season.

I believe the Badgers are the second best team, but Wisconsin are in the West region and therefore will have to play Kentucky in the Final Four if they make it that far – rather than the finals.

So, who do I have advancing out of the East and South regions?

In the East, I took #2 Virginia to beat Villanova in the Elite Eight. In the South, I took Gonzaga to beat Duke in the E8. On my main bracket, I have the Zags losing to Kentucky in the finals.

Gonzaga 32-2 (17-1 WCC) only played one team in the top 20 this season – a game they against Arizona (66-63) in OT. That worries me, but this is the best shooting team in the nation.

When it comes to March Madness I’m always a fan of offense over defense. The Zags rank 1st in FG% (52.4%), 4th in 3PT% (40.8%), 10th in points scored (79.1 PPG) and 30th in rebounding (37.9 RPG).

This is a team I wouldn’t bet against early in the 2015 NCAA Basketball tournament.

The other #2 seeds are Kansas (Midwest) and Arizona (West).

#3 Baylor and #4 North Carolina are strong teams in 2015, but they’re both in the West region, which is extremely tough. Before the bracket I liked #4 Maryland a lot, but that has changed.

The Terps are in the Midwest and will have to play Kentucky in the Sweet Sixteen.

  • Best Bet: Kentucky to win the NC +110 (Best Odds: Bovada)

Potential Sleepers in March Madness 2015

Last year, a #7 (UConn) and #8 (Kentucky) seed made it to the National Championship Game, but don’t expect that to happen again. This year won’t have nearly as many fireworks as 2014.

Looking back, high seeds dominated the tournament in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2012.

With that being said – we can still expect some underdogs to win in the first couple rounds.

I have #12 Buffalo advancing against #5 West Virginia in the Midwest. I’m also high on #10 Davidson this year, as they have proven throughout the year that they can score points with anyone.

Unfortunately, Davidson have to play the Zags in round three, which is the worst possible match-up for the high-scoring Wildcats.

If we’re going to see any fireworks – they’ll likely come from the East region. #12 Wyoming and #11 BYU could win a game or two potentially, but I think we should be targeting slightly higher seeds.

#9 LSU and #7 Michigan State are two sleepers that have the talent to run through the East and make a surprise run to the Final Four. MSU is my best sleeper pick.

The Spartans really should have held on to beat Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship Game.

Odds to Win the 2015 NCAA Basketball Tournament

Live odds from BetOnline Sportsbook.

Kentucky +100
Wisconsin +700
Arizona +850
Duke +1000
Villanova +1000
Virginia +1200
Gonzaga +1600
Iowa State +2500
Notre Dame +3300
Kansas +4000
Michigan State +4000
Utah +4000
Oklahoma +4000
Wichita State +5000
Louisville +5000
North Carolina +4000
Baylor +6600
Ohio State +6600
Northern Iowa +6600
SMU +6600
Maryland +10000
Texas +10000
VCU +10000
Arkansas +10000
San Diego State +10000
Georgetown +10000
LSU +10000
West Virginia +10000
NC State +10000
Xavier +10000
Butler +15000
Georgia +15000
Iowa +15000
Providence +15000
UCLA +15000
BYU +15000
Davidson +15000
Dayton +15000
St Johns +15000
Oklahoma State +20000
Indiana +20000
Oregon +20000
Wofford +20000
Wyoming +20000
Buffalo +20000
Cincinnati +25000
Purdue +25000
Stephen F Austin +25000
Mississippi +25000
Boise State +25000
Albany +30000
Georgia State +30000
Harvard +30000
UC Irvine +30000
UAB +30000
Northeastern +30000
Eastern Washington +30000
Valparaiso +30000
Belmont +50000
New Mexico State +50000
North Dakota State +50000
Texas Southern +50000
Coastal Carolina +100000
Manhattan +100000
Robert Morris +100000
North Florida +100000
Lafayette +100000
Hampton +100000

About the author

Eric Roberts
Eric Roberts

Sports Journalist

Eric has been a sports journalist for over 20 years and has travelled the world covering top sporting events for a number of publications. He also has a passion for betting and uses his in-depth knowledge of the sports world to pinpoint outstanding odds and value betting opportunities.