NCAA tournament odds: Vegas backing favorite Kentucky

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Kentucky is a 6-to-5 favorite to win the NCAA tournament, per Bovada. The Wildcats are even money, according to the Las Vegas Superbook.

USA Today’s For the Win blog helps put these unprecedented odds into perspective:

Rafael Nadal, who has won nine French Opens and is 66-1 in his career at the tournament, is currently 7/4 to win in 2015. Rory McIlroy, coming off wins at the last two golf majors and the natural, heavy favorite at the Masters, is at 11/2. Floyd Mayweather is a 5/1 favorite to knock out Manny Pacquiao in May’s mega-fight, while Pacquiao is getting 4/1 odds, and those are odds in a head-to-head matchup. Kentucky is getting even against the top 67 teams in the country.

The site also reports that Kentucky is the biggest favorite in modern NCAA tournament history.

Here are the betting lines for this year’s tournament, courtesy Bovada:

Odds to win the NCAA title:

Kentucky (1): 6/5

Arizona (2): 15/2

Wisconsin (1): 17/2

Duke (1): 9/1

Villanova (1): 10/1

Virginia (2): 10/1

Gonzaga (2): 16/1

Notre Dame (3): 25/1

Iowa State (3): 33/1

Utah (5): 33/1

Kansas (2): 40/1

Michigan State (7): 40/1

North Carolina (4): 40/1

Baylor (3): 50/1

Oklahoma (3): 50/1

Wichita State (7): 50/1

Louisville (4): 66/1

Northern Iowa (5): 66/1

Maryland (4): 75/1

SMU (6): 75/1

Arkansas (5): 100/1

Butler (6): 100/1

Georgetown (4): 100/1

LSU (9): 100/1

Ohio State (10): 100/1

Providence (6): 100/1

Texas (11): 100/1

VCU (7): 100/1

West Virginia (5): 100/1

St. John’s (9) 150/1

Xavier (6): 150/1

BYU (11): 200/1

Indiana (10): 200/1

Iowa (7): 200/1

NC State (8): 200/1

Ole Miss (11): 200/1

Oregon (8): 200/1

Purdue (9): 200/1

San Diego State (8): 200/1

Boise State (11): 300/1

Cincinnati (8): 300/1

Davidson (10): 300/1

Dayton (11): 300/1

Georgia (10): 300/1

Oklahoma State (9): 300/1

SF Austin (12): 300/1

UCLA (11): 300/1

Wyoming (12): 300/1

Albany (14): 500/1

Belmont (15): 500/1

Buffalo (12): 500/1

E. Washington (13): 500/1

Georgia State (14): 500/1

Harvard (13): 500/1

New Mexico State (15): 500/1

North Dakota State (15): 500/1

Northeastern (14): 500/1

Texas Southern (15): 500/1

UAB (14): 500/1

UC Irvine (13): 500/1

Valparaiso (13): 500/1

Wofford (12): 500/1

Coastal Carolina (16): 1000/1

Hampton (16): 1000/1

Lafayette (16): 1000/1

Manhattan (16): 1000/1

North Florida (16): 1000/1

Robert Morris (16): 1000/1

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