UConn enters NCAA Tourney as favorite

By Chris Havlicek

Updated 3/19/24 1:36am ET

The NCAA Tournament bracket is officially set, and the odds are posted for all 68 teams looking to win the national championship in Glendale, Arizona, on April 8. 

The championship favorite is defending champ, UConn, at +370. The last school to repeat is Florida in 2006 and 2007.

Next in line are a fellow #1 seeds, Purdue (+700), Arizona (+1300) and North Carolina (+1700).

Last year’s Final Four included two 5-seeds in San Diego State and Miami, along with the 4-seed Huskies and 9-seed Florida Atlantic. That snapped a streak of 10 straight years with at least one #1 seed to reach the Final Four.

Since the tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985, 24 of the 38 champions have been No. 1 seeds. Nine more champs were 2- or 3-seeds. In addition to UConn last year, one other 4-seed cut down the nets, along with one 6-seed, one 7-seed, and a single 8-seed. 

Top 10 National Championship Odds (Courtesy of FanDuel):

Connecticut (+370)

Houston (+600)

Purdue (+700)

Arizona (+1300)

North Carolina (+1700)

Tennessee (+1700)

Iowa State (+2000)

Auburn (+2200)

Creighton (+2500)

Marquette (+2500)

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