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Duke leads betting favorites on 2019 March Madness odds

Duke, Virginia, North Carolina and Gonzaga enter the 2019 NCAA Tournament as the No. 1 seeds and among the betting favorites on the March Madness odds.

NCAA Basketball: ACC Conference Tournament-Florida State vs Duke Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

The Duke Blue Devils wrapped up the regular season with a 3-0 straight up and 1-2 against the spread run through the ACC that resulted in them winning the conference tournament and earning the No. 1 overall seed heading into this year’s NCAA Tournament.

In addition to being the top seed in this year’s tournament, the Blue Devils are also the betting favorite to emerge as champions.

Duke is a +225 favorite on the NCAA Tournament odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. Some might argue that a five-loss Duke should not be the No. 1 overall seed over three-loss one-seeds in the Gonzaga Bulldogs and Virginia Cavaliers, but there is no denying that the Blue Devils are at another level with a healthy Zion Williamson on the court. Williamson showed no ill signs from his injury in the ACC Tournament averaging 27 points and 10 rebounds over the three games.

For just the second time in tournament history and the first time since the Big East did it in 2009, one conference will have three one-seeds as the ACC sends Duke, Virginia (+800 to win the tournament) and North Carolina (+1200). The Cavaliers rode the nation’s best defense to a 29-3 SU and 23-9 ATS record this season and will be looking for redemption after a first-round exit as the No. 1 overall seed last season.

North Carolina went 15-2 SU and 12-5 ATS on the college basketball odds down the stretch including a 2-1 SU and 3-0 ATS record in three games against Duke.

Gonzaga is the second favorite to win the NCAA Tournament at +600 and enters March Madness with a 30-3 SU and 21-12 ATS record. Led by Rui Hachimura’s 20.1 points per game, the Bulldogs had the highest scoring offense in the nation averaging 88.8 points per game.

Other top contenders on the March Madness betting odds this year include the four two-seeds in the Michigan Wolverines (+1000), Kentucky Wildcats (+1200), Michigan State Spartans (+1200) and Tennessee Volunteers (+1400). Right behind this group on the betting board are the five-seed Auburn Tigers (+2000), three-seed Houston Cougars (+2500), Purdue Boilermakers (+2500), and Texas Tech Red Raiders (+2500) and the seven-seed Nevada Wolfpack (+2500).

The LSU Tigers are the biggest longshot among the three-seeds at +3300. Also going off at +3300 are the 10-seed Florida Gators, six-seed Iowa State Hawkeyes and defending champion six-seed Villanova Wildcats.

2019 NCAA Tournament Odds

Duke +225

Gonzaga +600

Virginia +800

Michigan +1000

Kentucky +1200

Michigan State +1200

North Carolina +1200

Tennessee +1400

Auburn +2000

Houston +2500

Nevada +2500

Purdue +2500

Texas Tech +2500

Florida +3300

Iowa State +3300

LSU +3300

Villanova +3300

See the complete list at OddsShark

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