Kansas Opens March Madness as Tourney Favorite

Videos by OutKick

Special to Outkick The Coverage from OddsShark.com

Have you been burned by the Kansas Jayhawks in the past at tournament time? Well, if you like betting favorites you could be in for another scorching this March Madness as the Jayhawks enter the Big Dance as +650 (13/2) chalk on the odds to win the NCAA Tournament. Kansas is followed by North Carolina at +700, Michigan State at +750, and Virginia at +1100. Meanwhile, the Oregon Ducks, who claimed the No. 1 seed in the West section of the NCAA Tournament bracket, are back at +1800 odds. Here’s the remainder of the list of odds to win the Tournament, followed by the play-in games’ stats and trends at the bottom. 

Odds to Win 2016 NCAA Tournament:

Kansas +650

North Carolina +700

Michigan State +750

Virginia +1100

Kentucky +1300

Oklahoma +1400

Villanova +1500

Xavier +1600

West Virginia +1800

Oregon +1800

Duke +2200

Maryland +2800

Indiana +3000

Purdue +3000

California +3300

Miami (FL) +3300

Texas A&M +3300

Texas +4000

Iowa +4500

Iowa State +4500

Arizona +5000

Utah +6600

Baylor +6600

Wisconsin +6600

UConn +8000

Providence +8000

Wichita State +8000

Notre Dame +8000

Gonzaga +8000

Dayton +10000

Cincinnati +10000

Syracuse +12500

Vanderbilt +12500

Butler +12500

Michigan +12500

Seton Hall +12500

Oregon State +12500

VCU +15000

USC +15000

Texas Tech +15000

St. Joseph’s +20000

Pittsburgh +20000

Hawaii +20000

Temple +25000

Colorado +30000

Yale +30000

Northern Iowa +35000

Stephen F. Austin +35000

Austin Peay +35000

Iona +50000

Buffalo +50000

South Dakota State +50000

Fresno State +50000

Tulsa +50000

Florida Gulf Coast +50000

Holy Cross +75000

UNC Asheville +75000

Southern +75000

Middle Tennessee +75000

Green Bay +75000

Fairleigh Dickinson +75000

Hampton +75000

Chattanooga +75000

Stony Brook +75000

Cal State Bakersfield +75000

NC Wilmington +75000

Arkansas-Little Rock +75000


Florida Gulf Coast vs. Fairleigh Dickinson

Fairleigh Dickinson is 5-2 ATS in its last seven games as underdogs.

Fairleigh Dickinson is 5-0 SU in its last five games.

Fairleigh Dickinson is 3-1 ATS in its last four games in March.

FDU won five in a row to finish the season and win the Northeast Conference.

Florida Gulf Coast is 2-5 ATS in its last seven games as favorites.

Florida Gulf Coast is 3-0 ATS during their only other tourney appearance in 2013.

FGC finished the season on 7-2 SU run to win Atlantic Sun Conference.


Vanderbilt vs. Wichita

The total has gone under in five of Wichita State’s last six games against teams with winning records.

Wichita State is 6-1 SU and ATS in its last seven games after an ATS loss.

Wichita State is 19-3 SU and 16-5-1 ATS in its last 22 games.

WSU 13-4-1 ATS past 17 games as favorite this year.

The OVER is 8-2 in the past 10 Wichita State tournament games.

Vanderbilt is 2-5 ATS in its last seven games as underdogs.

The total has gone over in eight of Vanderbilt’s last 10 games.

Vandy beat WSU in 2005 bracket.

Vandy is 1-5 SU in the past 6 tournament games.

Vandy is 2-7 SU this season as underdog.


Michigan vs. Tulsa

Tulsa was underdog just 7 times this season, won outright 4 times.

Tulsa 7-2 ATS in tournament since 2000.

Tulsa is 5-2 SU and ATS in its last seven games with four days off between games.

Tulsa is 0-6 ATS in its last six games in March.

Michigan is 1-4 ATS in its last five games against teams with winning records.

Michigan is 46-14 SU in its last 60 games after a loss.

The total has gone under in four of Michigan’s last five games.

Michigan is 7-2-1 ATS since 2013.

Michigan is 5-1 ATS in its past 6 Round 1 games.

Michigan is just 2-6 ATS in the past 8 games as chalk this season.

Michigan is 6-0 SU, 5-0-1 ATS since 2013 as Madness favorite.


Southern vs. Holy Cross

Holy Cross is 4-0 SU and ATS in its last four games.

Holy Cross is 3-0 SU and ATS in its last three games after winning as an underdog.

Holy Cross won and covered four straight to end the season and win the Patriot League.

Southern is 10-3 SU in its last 13 games against teams with losing records.

Southern is 3-0 SU in its last three games.

Southern lost four of its final 8 games but won the SWAC title.


Written by Clay Travis

Clay Travis is the founder of the fastest growing national multimedia platform, OutKick, that produces and distributes engaging content across sports and pop culture to millions of fans across the country. OutKick was created by Travis in 2011 and sold to the Fox Corporation in 2021.

One of the most electrifying and outspoken personalities in the industry, Travis hosts OutKick The Show where he provides his unfiltered opinion on the most compelling headlines throughout sports, culture, and politics. He also makes regular appearances on FOX News Media as a contributor providing analysis on a variety of subjects ranging from sports news to the cultural landscape. Throughout the college football season, Travis is on Big Noon Kickoff for Fox Sports breaking down the game and the latest storylines.

Additionally, Travis serves as a co-host of The Clay Travis and Buck Sexton Show, a three-hour conservative radio talk program syndicated across Premiere Networks radio stations nationwide.

Previously, he launched OutKick The Coverage on Fox Sports Radio that included interviews and listener interactions and was on Fox Sports Bet for four years. Additionally, Travis started an iHeartRadio Original Podcast called Wins & Losses that featured in-depth conversations with the biggest names in sports.

Travis is a graduate of George Washington University as well as Vanderbilt Law School. Based in Nashville, he is the author of Dixieland Delight, On Rocky Top, and Republicans Buy Sneakers Too.