Selection Sunday is now less than two weeks away.
On Monday, DraftKings posted updated odds for the number of teams from each conference to make the NCAA Tournament. The book also posted odds for several teams’ chances at making The Big Dance.
The Big Ten has been the deepest conference in college basketball this season. ESPN’s Joe Lunardi currently has 10 teams from the Big Ten in the NCAA Tournament field, while DraftKings has ‘under’ 9.5 teams at -124.
Eight teams from the Big Ten are currently in the Associated Press‘s Top 25. Rutgers and Indiana are both listed under Lunardi’s “Last Four Byes,” while Purdue is in the “Next Four Out.” The Boilermakers would be the eleventh team from the conference in the field.
The Big East is priced at -435 to have ‘over’ 5.5 teams in the field. Lunardi has seven teams from the conference currently in his bracket, with Xavier listed among his “Last Four Byes.” DraftKings’ total is essentially a lock to go ‘over’ 5.5 teams.
Lunardi currently has four SEC teams in his tournament field. DraftKings listed the total at 4.5, with the ‘under’ juiced to -115 and the ‘over’ priced at -108.
Mississippi State is among the “First Four Out” and South Carolina is in the “Next Four Out.” Bracketville has Arkansas in his “Next Four Out.”
The Razorbacks are an interesting case due to the injury that caused Isaiah Joe, their second-leading scorer, to miss five games in February. They went 0-5 without him, dropping two games in overtime and another on a buzzer beater to Mississippi State. Arkansas has an 18-6 record with Joe in the lineup, and it has gone 2-1 since his return.
The Bulldogs have -134 odds to make the 68-team field, while South Carolina is +300. Tennessee and Alabama could also be in the mix, as each team is +250.
Three of last year’s No. 1 seeds belonged to teams from the ACC, as seven teams from the conference made the tournament. The conference total this season is only set at 4.5, with the ‘under’ juiced to -118.
Lunardi has four ACC teams currently in his bracket, with Louisville, Florida State, Duke and Virginia all in the top 25. North Carolina State is the wild card, as the Wolfpack are currently the first team out of Lunardi’s field. They are -134 to make The Big Dance.
Texas has made a late-season push and is now -167 to hear its name called on Selection Sunday. However, Lunardi has the Longhorns listed among his “Next Four Out.”